It’s been over four months since I last sat in front of my sewing machine! Life just gets hectic sometimes. Leading up to Christmas was crazy, followed by a fabulous family holiday to the USA (our first time to the States), my Dad’s 70th birthday; which included my first ever public speaking engagement (very daunting!!) and then a truck load of work emails to deal with meant there was no time left to sew.
My crazy husband is away this weekend competing in a half Ironman race in preparation for a full Ironman race at the end of next month; so after getting the kids dinner, bathed and to bed I decided why not get back to the machine? A year ago I had bought a stack of fabric from the States so I decided to make a simple little skirt for my daughter to wear to a party today.
The skirt takes me about 40 minutes to whip up. It’s very easy to make, in fact I think the second thing I ever attempted to sew when I started this ‘learn to sew’ adventure was this skirt. The difficult part was trying to get her measurements at 9pm (in the dark) when she was fast asleep; I managed to do it without waking her! Either she was super tired or I was a genius…
I think the result is pretty good, and by the looks of things she’s pretty chuffed too!
Now I have to try and make some headway on the quilt I started 5 months ago!
A few weeks ago a good friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in doing a screen printing course with her. To be totally honest I wasn’t really interested because I once did it at uni (back in 1997) and hated every moment of it but for some reason I decided to say ‘yes’ and give it a second chance. I have to admit that I loved every minute of it! Lucy and I took Saffron Craig’s course held at Material Obsession in Drummoyne. From the minute I walked into the room I had a good feeling about the day. Saffron was a delightful teacher, full of knowledge on the techniques of screen printing, colour and fabrics. She certainly was a wealth of information!
I turned up to the class very unprepared. Partly from lack of time and partly because we weren’t told to bring anything with us or do any prior research. Ten minutes into the class we were asked what we might like to screen print! My girlfriend Lucy had come prepared with an image she wanted to print – I had no idea what to do. I decided to do something for my baby girls room. She seems to have a bird theme going on so I came up with a simple bird & tree motif to screen print. So I grabbed a pencil and a piece of paper and sketched it up quickly, (and I have to say surprised myself and how quickly I came up with something not too bad…. am I allowed to admit that???!!). Below are a few shots of the process.
I have to admit that I was thrilled with the final product. I am going to turn it into a cushion and embellish the design with felt & stitching…. but this will happen over the course of the next month or two so you might have to wait a few weeks to see the final product!
If anyone is interested in attending Saffrons class I can highly recommend it! Saffron travels all over Australia offering her classes from the big cities right out to little country towns. Grab a group of friends and give it a go – I’ll guarentee you’ll thoroughly enjoy every minute of it! Thanks Saffron – a nice way to spend a day! (Oh and thanks Luc for the inspiration to give it a second go!!)
(Above: the beginning of my print coming together)
(Above: firstly I decided to do the trunk as an outline but didn’t like it so on the next piece of cloth I blocked out the trunk)
(Above: and here is the final product)