Natural Dyeing

A few years ago I saw a natural dyeing demonstration of onion skins and turmeric by Greta Menzies. It was an amazing process. Since then I’ve followed a few people on Instagram but haven’t experimented with the process. My friend Teresa and I recently attended a demonstration by Bonnie De Gros aka The Rusty Skillet. …

Auckland Fabric Stores

Auckland has lots of great independent fabric stores! If you know any other places please let me know.  I will add their details to this list. Central city & Newmarket: The Fabric Store 139 Newtown Road, Newton Open 7 days         Drapers Fabric 394 Kyber Pass, Newmarket Open 7 days https://www.drapersfabrics.com/ An awesome…

Melbourne fabric shopping adventures

Paul and I went on an overseas trip to Melbourne in December. We had a whole week so I planned to visit a number of fabric stores. Because fabric is the best souvenir right?! On day 1 we visited The Fabric Store and Clear It. In Wellington we live/work close to The Fabric Store in…

Free Patterns

Here’s a list of free PDF patterns. Please leave a comment if you know of any others or if any of the links change. Tessuti have several Elbe Textiles have several free mens and women’s patterns. Grainline Hemlock Tee  Ida Clutch free from KylieandtheMachine. Blue Prints for Sewing Townhouse bag Hey Jude has a number of free kids pattern…

Fabric shopping in Wellington

Wellington is a creative city here’s a list of places to shop. For Fabrics: The Fabric Store 15 Garrett St Te Aro, Wellington Central The Fabric Warehouse Hutt Road, Kaiwharawhara Spotlight Wellington 120 Hutt Road, Kaiwharawhara Stitchbird  Shop 25 Kilbirnie Plaza, 22 Bay Road, Kilbirnie Nancys 261 Thorndon Quay, Wellington Made Marion Craft Cuba Street Wellington Central…

How to change an overlocker blade

My overlocker is an essential sewing tool. Having owned it for a few years and having sewn a few hundred garments on it I thought it might be time to replace the blade. I asked friends the following question : “How often should you replace the blade on your overlocker?” Maryanne:  When you get the feeling it is…