Grow: A Creative Community

For the past 10 months Sarah Munnings and I have been developing an idea. Our idea has turned into reality and is now happening.  We are developing Grow: A Creative Community  in response to feedback from local artists and artisans. Our vision is to create a collaborative community hub, a flexible workspace and learning hub for creative businesses that do not fit the current flexible working arrangements due to the nature of their business and their flexible needs. Being in a community of crafters and makers and knowing this community already exists, we realised there is a lack of meeting/collaborative space of this kind in the SE suburbs of Melbourne. The aim of the hub is to provide connection in a fragmented industry. Makers are Read More

Make of the Week – Vintage kimono panel skirt

Today I had a meeting with the Mayor of Monash, Rebecca Paterson. The meeting was scheduled for 12 noon. So at  9.30 this morning I decided to make a skirt to wear to the meeting. I had made a dress yesterday, but today it just didn’t feel right. As often is the case, an idea for the design just popped into my head and I decided to go with it, (and it was a good distraction for the meeting). I thought I’d use some of the vintage kimono silk I had purchased a few weeks ago. I realised that this is often my go to fabric – Japanese style. It makes me feel good, comfortable and confident. Maybe it is the Read More

Make of the Week – two tone merino jacket

This is my test jacket and I couldn’t be happier. I always test new patterns and designs with my fabrics from my stash. I like to get the feel for the fit and the sewing techniques before I use quality fabric. However, I have had these two quality merino wool fabrics in my stash for a while now and have been wanting to use them together. So I got thinking about how I could utilise them in a way that is slightly different from my usual basic merino wool long sleeve (which I do love). This brought me to a new pattern – McCalls M7199 This jacket allows for contrasting fabrics and I really liked the versatility of it. The weight of 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 – Marbled zip purse

This was such a great experience for me. A great friend offered to teach me some marbling techniques. Robyn (she was featured in the Weaving Stories through Craft blog), has been marbling for many years, mainly on paper, but some fabrics. Obviously I was interested in marbling on to fabrics. I really love the idea of being able to create your own designs and patterns, with different colours combinations and techniques…the options and outcomes are limitless. We started by using three colours and it was really fascinating to see how the paints acted once they hit the solution and then how they reacted with each other. Once I felt more confident with the process, I added a fourth colour and Robyn showed Read More

December thoughts

The last month has been pretty amazing for me. The last Saturday in November we went to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, they are American friends and although I don’t know much about the history and tradition of Thanksgiving in the US, I really do like the idea of being thankful and taking the time to reflect. The next Saturday was my birthday. I have always loved birthdays and think they are a time to feel extra special and should be truly celebrated. I was totally spoiled with a massage, my husband following me around the city to all my favourite haunts and a completely over the top, delicious 12 course degustation dinner. We’ve also attended a good Read More

Radio interview

My 5 minutes of fame. My interview for Richard Stockman’s Big Brunch was on Saturday 22nd October on 1377 3MP. The interview was  part of the Never Walk Alone segment which is all about community. It is very brief but so wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to share the story behind Woven by Society. I was also able to mention the Opening Doors Community Leadership program and some of the work I am doing in collaboration with Our Little Caravan: The collective store. Here is the interview…

What do you do?

The dreaded question – “What do you do?”, not “How are you?” or “Tell me about yourself?” For a long time I struggled answering this question. I found after years of working, my job started defining who I was, as that was an easy and safe answer – I am Robyn I’m a (insert job title) and I work at (insert company name). Last year I started to realise just how much it was defining me. When I wasn’t in work mode I was still losing myself because I was putting on other hats all the time – mum, wife, daughter, but not just Robyn. How did this happen? I was so caught up in the everyday cycle I started 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

What is Woven by Society?

I have been asked a few times lately – “What is Woven by Society?” Well, this is the best way I can describe it – Woven by Society was a concept I started thinking about last year. By December I actually resigned from my job to follow my dream of creating Woven by Society. It was not easy to resign and leave the security of a job I had known for a long time, but it felt right. I wanted to do something I could be proud of and use all the skills that made me, me. Most importantly I wanted to do something I was passionate about. I wanted to create a community of women that could teach, learn, Read More