Make of the Week – Marimekko Shift Dress

This week’s hint of summer in Melbourne (and the upcoming Spring Carnival) inspired me to make this dress. I used the  gorgeous Marimekko Puketti fabric I bought in Auckland’s Bolt of Cloth store. (And I must say, the staff were amazing – so friendly and helpful). I’m really enjoying this shift dress design – it is simple yet stylish. As soon as I saw this fabric, I connected with it and knew it was coming home with me. It reminded me of a 70’s retro dress my mum used to have. The light blue with the red and white flower pattern is happy and cheerful with the perfect blend of colours. I decided to use the red and feature it as the contrast in Read More

A Big Milestone

August 1st will be stuck in my head for quite a while! The Woven by Society website went live…what a year so far! It is so easy to forget sometimes how much we have done. When I think back to the start of the year, I was both excited and nervous about what lay ahead for me, but I really had no idea about the steep learning curve I would be on. By the start of February I had created a business plan, enrolled in a blogging course, joined an etsy online group and joined another group called RadMind, which was a small group of amazing women all following their dreams. This was all wonderful for the mindset and continued 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

Another chapter

Another chapter… A couple of years ago I joined a book club. What I love about the club is that I have been exposed to a whole range of books I would never have previously read. It is easy to get stuck in repetitive patterns and comfort zones, (in book choices and life) and book club offered a new range of genres and stories to me. I am currently reading The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa and it has so many connections for me. It combines mathematics (I studied Applied Maths at University) and baseball, (one of my favourite sports) and is set in Japan (where I have lived). In fact, the author was born in Okayama, the 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

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