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

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