Weaving Stories through Craft – Maria

“Red Bird Christmas” is a simple heart-warming novel by Fannie Flagg which my mother enjoyed very much in the last stages of her life. It is a parable like story which highlights the power of love at a time of year when many feel lonely in the absence of friends and family. Its inspiration filled my Mum with a determination to make Christmas 2012 special and inclusive;  sadly she  didn’t live to celebrate the day with us. Running parallel to Mum’s hopes and Christmas plans was life in our hectic household. In between visiting Mum, going to work, supporting my husband and 4 children at the pointy exam end of the year, I was privately stitching away at a tapestry Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Sarah

My craft item is a seahorse carved from Australian Mother of Pearl from Abalone shell collected in Melbourne. This is a very symbolic necklace for me, seahorses are one of my favourite creatures and this piece represents a journey I have been on over the last 12 months. Shortly after Christmas 2015 I was unwell and in bed for a week which is very unusual for me. More alarming was that I was unable to concentrate to read, could not write, was exhausted all the time and could not think clearly or articulate myself and I was suffering from chronic pain in my joints and face. I was shattered even walking to the end of our drive way. I had Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Christina

I’ve recently become a member of the Liberty Lovers Club.  This means every once and a while a gorgeous little stash of “fat eighths” of Liberty Print fabric arrives in my letterbox, and I take out the little swatches of loveliness, swoon over their prettiness and then roll them up and pop them in a giant jar and put it on my shelf.  There they sit.  Waiting….and I don’t know what for! It could be that I’m afraid to ‘waste’ the materials?  Waste is an interesting word really.  There’s a John Lennon quote I love: “Time enjoyed wasting…is not time wasted”.  If I could apply that to my Liberty Print stash, then anything I enjoy making out of those materials….even Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Jas

My craft items are some crocheted toys given to me by my Aunt Caroline. In a way they mean to me that family is the most important thing in the world and that without family we would be nowhere at all. The first one given to me was the unicorn which they named Khaleesi. I will keep the memory of that one forever because it was very special when she gave it to me. The second one given to me was in Bali for Easter – the little bunny I named Daisy. I like her because we always travel to Indonesia with our Aunts Caroline and Julia and when I see her I think of all the fun times we Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Robyn (Part 2)

My wedding dress – it makes sense that I follow up with a wedding story after engagement one right? My mum not only made my wedding dress, but she did all the embroidery and made a matching bag. At the time I don’t think I really realised the stress I put on my mum by asking her to make my dress. For me though it was never an option not to have her make it. I knew the colour and style I wanted – I was definitely not having a white dress and I have always loved how elegant a halter neck looks. There was to be no veil or train. So mum and I went shopping and choose the sewing pattern Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Robyn (Part 1)

My mum is very talented. She can knit, crochet, sew and embroider, (as well as many other things). For as long as I can remember she has made clothes and craft items for me (and our family). I loved as a girl having my own unique clothes that she had made for me. My mum taught me how to sew, and her perseverance with trying to teach me to knit has been amazing (and very frustrating for her I’m sure). She has demonstrated a lot of patience and persistence throughout. I have found it truly hard to choose one craft item from my mum to feature, then I realised it doesn’t have to be one item – I can feature Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Judy

As a young girl, Uncle Steve and I were very, very close, there was just an innocuous thread but strong as silk that bound us. He along with my mum and dad used to sit at a foot treadle potters wheel in one of the more derelict sheds on our family farm in northern Tasmania. One day, wrapped in tough crinkled brown paper I was handed a solid parcel and upon opening it there was the lamp. Oh what a joy, a joy that has stayed in my heart. Uncle Steve described it as two bowls joined together. This lamp has been everywhere with me, bar the time I was in boarding school and living on a Borneo built boat. Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Julia

These items I’ve chosen are far from the most skillful or useful products I’ve ever made, but they do remind me of the role that friends and family have played in developing and refining my knitting skills. I was looking for something else entirely when I came across Sarah, my favourite toy from childhood. Sarah is still wearing a knitted cape (now perished and falling apart) I made when I was probably nine or ten, which is probably the one of the first things I ever knitted. I don’t remember what started it, but my sister tells me when we found out we were going to learn knitting at school we both dashed home to find out how (so we Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Oanh

I have 2 artworks that my younger sister made and she gave them to me as a farewell when I was coming to Melbourne. The bluebird painting is a decoupage. I was leaving from Sydney, so one of them was a present for leaving and the other one was a year later as I make regular visits back to Sydney so she made it as a gift for me – maybe as a birthday gift. She knows that I like bluebirds as my name Oanh means a bird. To me a bird is about freedom, it’s about beauty and freedom and being so little and being able to fly means I can just go and explore the world and not Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Rae

My sister bought this fabric in Bali over 17 years ago, before she had her four children.  It lay in a box in our parent’s spare room for years before I expressed and interest in using stashed fabric for quilting and other craft projects.  She gave it to me without hesitation, glad to get it out of the box!  I made a single bed quilt which was perfect for a young child, bright and snuggly. This mat is crocheted from the left over fabric  as a companion to the quilt.  I posted the quilt and matching pillow case to my niece this year for her ninth birthday and my sister told me she put it straight onto her bed.  Hopefully Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Caroline

About 13 years ago, my very patient friend Belinda taught me how to crochet. My first project was a classic granny square blanket and it was pretty dodgy, but it was a good place to start. As I got more confident I found myself in the world of amigurumi and typically got more than a bit carried away. This pattern for a tiny Loki was my gateway toy, along with his little mate Thor, and I soon found myself adapting the pattern to make all the Avengers (at that time). This little Stitch from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch (a Stitch made of stitches!) is significant to me because he was the first amigurumi I made using the skills I’d learned, Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Robyn

I create marbled papers. To create the papers, I float gouache paints on a carrageenan bath. To make the patterns, I manipulate the paints with skewers and combs and transfer the pattern onto paper. I would like to extend this to working with fabric. My background is in Maths and Chemistry, but I’ve always enjoyed creative activities such as sewing and doing crafts. Marbling combines all of these things. There is plenty of experimenting and problem solving and I get a great sense of achievement when I finally master a pattern. Some of Robyn’s amazing works can be seen here –