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 –