Weaving Stories through Craft – Danielle

My favourite handmade item is a pair of orange sandals that my husband made for me. José and I have been married 7 years. We met salsa dancing in Melbourne and were friends for many years. I moved to Spain and lived there for nearly 4 years where José came to visit me, we got together and I returned home for love. José is from El Salvador where art, music, dance and the Spanish language play an important role in enriching the creative spirit and has lived in Australia 29 years. His heritage includes a long line of artisans from designers to dressmakers, woodcraft makers, actors, artists, dancers and writers. In 2014, inspired by his culture and passion for life, Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Helen (Part 2) told by Ian

My story is about my wife, Helen. We have been married for almost 49 years and lived on the Mornington Peninsula for nearly all of our married life. Our two children, Ken and Robyn, completed their secondary school studies at Rosebud High School apart from one year at Capital High School where I worked, in Olympia, Washington State, USA. Their tertiary studies, at Monash University, resulted in Ken completing a degree in Civil Engineering before achieving a PhD in that field. Robyn completed degrees in Arts and Science majoring in Slavic Languages (Russian) and Applied Mathematics respectively. During her studies, a scholarship enabled Robyn to spend 3 months studying in Russia. Ken and Robyn are both married to wonderful partners Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Helen (Part 1)

My name is Helen and this is my story. I was born in Scotland a long time ago… 73 years to be exact.   In primary school when we reached grade 5 we were taught to knit mittens.  We did this on four double pointed needles and had to place and knit a thumb.   Because we were so slow at school, we were allowed to take them home for the weekend to get a wriggle on.   I must admit my Granny helped me a lot with this.   In grade 6 we graduated to socks.   Once again 4 double pointed needles but this time we learned to turn the heel, very important and when we finally knitted the sole of the sock Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Yvonne

Since I have started my business, Originals Lab.  I have met some heart warming people and as a result have swapped many hand made items with fellow crafters. I made a pair of earrings for my friend Sharon and she insisted on paying me and I refused.  Little did I know was that Sharon was planning on surprising me with something even more special. While we were at swimming with the kids each week, I noticed that Sharon would bring in her knitting needles and was knitting with this amazing wool from Hedgehog Fibres.  It was this stunning hand spun and dyed wool with flecks of fluro pink, fluro yellow and blue.  I have never seen anything so unique. A Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Marnie

My first night out of hospital (after 6 weeks of being treated for depression and anxiety) I painted the first watercolour painting called “If I could only fly” in a series called #cantfly. The series of paintings was inspired by my time in hospital and the challenges (enormous ones!) I faced after discharge.  I felt extremely vulnerable and stripped bare after being in hospital for so long, and this piece came out of my feelings and fears that – even with wings – I might never fly again.  The piece shows a girl on tiptoes, leaning forward and up with her arms stretched behind her… like she’s trying to fly. The series has people in all the butterflies, in different Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Kathy

When I studied Art, I majored in sculpture and silver-smithing.  In all honesty I was far better at sculpture than silver-smithing.  Sculpture felt natural.  This was because mum and dad were potters, and I spent a lot of time working with clay in their workshop. I had visions of what I wanted to create but my ideas weren’t always practical, and my lack of experience with metals meant that some of the ideas didn’t translate well. Then I attended a workshop to focus on different stone-setting techniques.  I was trying really hard to recreate what I was being taught rather than just following my creative ideas.  After one of the classes I felt the urge to make something new and different, but this time I was Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Louise

I am Louise Gracey and originally from the North East of England, I moved here just over 20 years ago. I am a daughter, a Mum, a wife and friend and I am the owner/operator of Mummy Cuggles – my eldest daughter Jessica could never say the word cuddle when she was little and would ask for a ‘Mummy Cuggle’ and that’s where the name comes from! I have always loved creating and my Mum taught me to sew at an early age and art was one of my favourite subjects at school. During a particularly difficult journey to have another baby I began making things for my little Jess at the time, some clothes, some dolls and friends asked Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Michael

My craft item is a scarf. It is particularly special to me because it was knitted for me by my girlfriend. Finances for both of us are very challenging and the fact that she spent so much time to make such a special gift for me was really important to me. She only started to learn to knit so she could give something special to me. She is knitting more now, but this is her way of showing and sharing her love with me. So this was her very first knitting project, which does make it really special to me.

Weaving Stories through Craft – Claire

I embroidered the “Baby” blanket when I was pregnant with my first child, as I stitched in the evenings I wondered about this baby; was it a boy or a girl? What sort of person would they become? Would they be happy in their life choices? I stitched dreams, wishes and happiness into this blanket so those positive thoughts would flow into the baby lying underneath. It’s made with unconditional love. Every time I make something for a baby gift, I think I stitch love and positive thoughts into it hoping that this little human has a happy and healthy life to come. I make the “organisers” as fun things for birthday presents. I try to find out the recipients Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Alex

When I was younger I discovered a sheet in our linen closet that had been embroidered. I asked my mum about it. She told me my grandmother had made it and went on to explain how. I remember how amazed I was that you could take something so plain and create a simple, yet beautiful piece. As my own children were growing I loved to buy them unique clothing but was very reluctant to pay the price often attached to them. I also knew what I liked but often couldn’t find it; the right colour or pattern. It was then that I took inspiration from my grandmother. Although not nearly as beautiful or complicated, I felt brave enough to take Read More

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