Sunday, July 31, 2011

Feature Fabric of the Week - Pink Hana Web

Two days after Pamela came in wearing this top, she came in wearing this one. Yep, in addition to being stylish she's rather fast too. The fabric - Pink Hana Web - is a gorgeous 100% cotton Japanese double-layered seersucker, also available in white and black.

It's a fabulous design, reminiscent of the smocky style often seen in Japanese pattern books. "And which pattern did she use?" I hear you ask. Pamela tells me the inspiration came from an old nightie belonging to her mum AND an Armani top that she owns.


*Don't forget to enter our latest giveaway. Comments close end of day, Wednesday 3rd August AEST

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Julia's Sunny New York Cape

I spotted Julia's version of our New York Cape pattern on Burdastyle recently. Doesn't she look gorgeous?

It's interesting how different the pattern looks in this butter yellow wool/cashmere coating with large buttons. Julia decided to line the cape after finding a New York themed cotton print - this works so well as I doubt it would have been easy to find a binding to match the yellow plus it adds a whimsical charm to the cape! So if the outer binding is also an issue for you this could be something to consider.

Julia's outlined how she altered the pattern to add lining and importantly to ensure that the lining didn't poke out at the edges, along with her comments over on Pattern Review.

Clever Julia! This certainly would brighten up any winter's day!

Don't forget to email me your version of this pattern or upload them on our Flickr Group page. We'd love to see them!


Don't forget about our 100% Linen Yarn and Knitting Book giveaway. Closes August 3rd.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Buying trip giveaway

Having just returned from our annual buying trip to Europe, I'm feeling sooooo excited about the beautiful fabrics we've purchased from Italy and, for the first time, Germany . They're all bundled up and en route to Sydney as I type this.

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. The only thing holding me back is a rather delayed reaction to some hardcore jetlag and a two week stint of jury duty. Not a winning combination, I can assure you...

And so, foggy head and all, I'm marking my return with a beautiful giveaway. I picked this one up in Greece and, unlike last year, I actually remembered to bring it home with me (long story).

Mallia Sakalak
30 Kolokotroni St
Ph: +30 2103231710

Whilst in Athens, I made a point of visiting Mallia Sakalak, a knitters paradise situated just minutes from the much troubled Syntagma Square (but we witnessed no sign of trouble only coffee/ouzo drinking and the sound of dice rolling on backgammon boards). I've been following the store after coming across it on Flickr. On my visit I was very lucky to meet owner Joseph, and discovered his store has been in the family for three generations.

Although this blog is predominantly a sewing blog, I know that quite a few of our readers are also knitters. So when I spotted beautiful 100% linen LANG YARN (Imported from Italy) in the store, I couldn't resist!

For this giveaway I have 10 balls of Shade 0070 - Steel Grey, plus ...

...Joseph very kindly threw in an issue of FATTO A MANO 182 - SUMMER COLLECTION, which includes 70 stylish and up-to-date knitting patterns!

Feel free to leave a comment if you would like to receive the yarn and book. All readers welcome, local and international, by end of day Wednesday 3rd August AEST. Note: Readers without a Google account please leave me your email address.

Needles crossed!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Love Lace @ The Powerhouse Museum

The Love Lace exhibition
Powerhouse Museum
opens Saturday 30th July.
134 artists from 20 countries unleash their passion for lace in this spectacular exhibition of winning entries and finalists in the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award. Playful and inventive, the works on display present a provocative challenge to traditional concepts of lace. The artists push lace techniques in surprising new directions — knitting human hair into sculptures of human organs, crocheting steel wire into a ghostly motor engine, carving lace patterns from the body of a rusty old truck. See lace in fashion, jewellery, sculpture, lighting and digital multimedia installations.

The Love Lace International Symposium: Not just a Thread

Venue: Powerhouse Museum
Saturday 30th July: 9.00am - 4.30pm

Join a selection of international and interstate artists represented in the Love Lace exhibition, as they bring to light issues arising from the creative brief, broadening the definition of lace to an ‘openwork structure whose pattern of spaces is as important as the solid areas’. Be inspired by insights into vastly different artistic practices. For bookings for the Symposium (which includes morning/afternoon teas and lunch) and information on the speakers visit the website.

Love Lace Master Classes
Venue: Powerhouse Museum
Sunday 31 July
Join artists who are represented in the exhibition Love Lace in Master Classes where you learn fantastic skills:

Indigenous Weaving techniques with Mavis Ganambarr (Elcho Is)
Join Mavis Ganambarr and assistant Cathie Martin in this master class and learn an ancient hand-weaving technique that is reminiscent of traditional needle lace. Participants will weave a coil basket as well as a hand woven mat using native pandanus collected and dyed by Mavis and the weavers of Elcho Island. Bookings here.

Design for Laser Cutting with Douglas McManus (textile designer tutor at RMIT).

Have you ever wondered how to laser cut fabric, wood, plastic, card - here is your opportunity. Douglas McManus has been a major contributor to the development of Australian printed textiles, both as a practitioner, curator and textiles teacher at RMIT. The Powerhouse Museum collection includes four examples of his textile designs. Bookings here.

Bobbin Lace Jewellery with Lauran Sundin (US)
Join Lauran Sundin in this master class and create your own unique piece of jewellery using bobbin lace techniques. Lauran Sundin is a practising artist from New Hampshire, USA. Sundin is a weaver and jeweller of 30 years experience who uses bobbin lace technique. She turns delicate gold and silver wire into a stable mesh. Students will make a brooch, using stainless steel and gold wire with sterling silver beads. Bookings here.

Not to be missed!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stylish Dress Book 1 - Now available in English

That's right, in English!

The full-sized pattern sheets have been adapted for Western sizing and run from AU 6–16.

Available in store and online now.

How good.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pattern Review - Vogue 1220

I was tempted to title this blog post "I love this dress" because I love this dress. Lynette made up Vogue 1220 in our textured cotton Marina Biscotti.

I note the pattern suggests fabrics that are all stretch wovens - which this isn't - but it still works beautifully as it has a lovely crispness making it ideal for this type of garment. Aside from looking absolutely fab and being easy to sew, Lynette also said there were no pattern adjustments or alterations required.

Pattern Winner.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

New York Cape Pattern in reprint!

Due to popular demand, we've printed up more copies of our New York Cape Pattern. Click here to order your copy (* NOW available in PDF A4 Print at Home version)

And if you've already sewn yours, don't forget to add a photo (or three) to our Tessuti Fabrics Flickr group.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pattern Review - McCalls 5926

Love a good cowl neckline? Here's a perfectly stylish winter dress that Leith made up.

The pattern is (recently) OOP McCalls 5926.
Snap it up while you can because this one's a winner, right down to the little pleat details around the hemline.

This particular fabric has sold out but a great alternative is our 100% wool Japanese Check.

Thanks Leith.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

2011 Tessuti Awards

Yay! The first entry has been submitted at our Tessuti Awards website. Thanks Gisela and good luck!

Right-o then, who's next?
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