Passion Project

This Sunday, I was featured in The Age and quite a few of the major Fairfax publications. It was (and still is) an absolute honour to be able to share my story. The article was titled – “I followed my Dream”, and retells 3 women’s stories of switching career to pursue a long-held passion. I am still amazed that I am able to do what I am so passionate about and hope this inspires others as well. I love what I do and am able to meet so many other passionate, inspiring women everyday. Have a read and I’d love to hear your thoughts.  

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring… (for those of us in the Southern hemisphere…) I am now 17 days into my #sewlongwinter challenge and enjoying it still. I am enjoying the creativeness and not being tied down to a plan (and after week one I did share these insights). For me this challenge is not about the sales, but sharing my creativeness and learnings along the way. I am trying new designs and fabrics and playing with different shapes and sizes. With two weeks of this challenge still to go, I am looking forward to even more designs and creations. Workshops have been keeping me busy as well. I have been loving my workshops in August. I have met some absolutely amazing women and they have inspired Read More

Sewing Challenge – #sewlongwinter

I have decided to set myself a new sewing challenge. I will be making one new item a day and selling each item online for one month. #sewlongwinter When I started Woven by Society I didn’t really know the direction it would take – and to be honest I still don’t really know all the possibilities and that is OK. I know I did want to push my own boundaries and expand my comfort zone. I have done this (and hopefully inspired some others to do so too). Along the way I have had some really big positives come out of my journey with WBS. I am now selling clothes as well as bags and purses. I never intended to Read More

Me Made May 2017

Today I joined the  Me Made May challenge #MMMAY17. Me Made May is a challenge run in May each year to encourage people who enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting etc. to wear what they make and be proud of it. There is more information about the founder and the challenge on So, Zo…what do you know? I have pledged to wear something different and me made everyday for the whole month of May. I did this challenge last year and although daunting, it was so wonderful to not only wear my own creations for a whole month, but share them on social media. Last year the biggest positive for me was gaining confidence in my dressmaking. I was able to wear some of my Read More

Make of the week – Blue green straight line top

My Make of the Week. I really love blue and green together. I actually purchased this green/blue fabric online, which is highly unusual for me. I was drawn to it; I love the shapes, pattern and colours. There is just something about stripes and straight lines that appeal to me visually. Once the fabric arrived I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use it. So after a bit of thinking, I actually cut it out and made it into a skirt – yep this top was a skirt! The skirt didn’t workout as I would have liked. The pattern was a bit compromised due to the direction of the grain line of the fabric and the resulting hang. It just didn’t feel Read More

Support and inspiration

I have been absent lately… Once the WBS website launched, I crashed a bit. I had some host provider issues which caused some delays and I allowed these annoying issues to build into major roadblocks. I started to beat myself up with thoughts like – I should have known about this and this is my doing and I even let the dreaded question what am I doing? sneak into my head. Now that I have some perspective I realise how unfair this kind of thinking is. So, I put this down as another lesson learned and one I got to share with my 10-year-old daughter. She was being incredibly tough on herself yesterday, so I could talk with her about Read More

Another Russian tale from Robyn

Twenty years ago today I was on Kizhi Island – the furthest North I have ever been. I caught an overnight train from St.Petersburg to Petrozavodsk with three friends. Once in Petrozavodsk, we travelled by hydrofoil to Kizhi Island (which is on Lake Onega). We had heard that it was a nice place to visit but didn’t have much idea about what to expect, (my Russian experience in 1996 did not have great (read: any) access to the internet…). When we arrived on the island we discovered the most magnificent wooden structures – an area on Kizhi has two large churches and a bell tower built completely of wood. It is one of the best memories I have of my time in Read More

We all have stories

We all have stories… Over the last 3 weeks I have had the privilege of attending two very different retreats. Although very different in purpose, a similarity was the openness and willingness people had in sharing their stories. A couple of months ago I didn’t think I had any really interesting stories to share – I have had a pretty good life, nothing major to report. What I have now come to realise is that all stories are pretty amazing in themselves. They make us who we are now. You probably know by now that sewing is a part of my story. I want to share another part of my story. As I briefly mentioned in a previous post, twenty Read More

Reflections so far

Back home and after a decent night’s sleep I have had the time to reflect on the year so far – 5 full months in and the start of Winter today. What a massive year for me so far. I have achieved so much more than I ever expected. I have met amazing and inspirational women, experienced things I could not have dreamed of, made connections, completed the Me Made May challenge, organised and run my first workshop and have just been accepted into a Community Leadership program for social inclusion.  My website is nearly ready to launch and the next workshop is ready to go. I am so excited about the people I get to work and share stories Read More

Why Bali?

Why Bali? Well, the main reason is – I am going to a retreat. This is not something I have ever done before, but then again it does seem to be the year for that… Twenty years ago (almost to the day), I was flying to St.Petersburg to live and attend university, thanks to a scholarship I had been awarded. I remember being scared and excited at the same time – not too dissimilar to how I feel now. I was entering a huge unknown – a similar feeling I have today. Being in Bali without my husband and kids is massive for me – I have had severe “mother guilt” about coming – emotions completely overriding the logical reality. Read More

Me Made May

Woven by Society about sharing your stories as well as learning and teaching. Part of my story is constantly challenging myself and moving out of my comfort zone. Not only is Me Made May doing both of these, but it also has a great story behind it. It is a great challenge which encourages “…people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them.” I love the message behind the challenge and decided I would join #MMMAY16. I pledge to wear at least one garment every day that I have made myself, and I will aim to post pics daily (or whenever I can) for the month of May.