Monday, June 13

louise snook at the sydney craft & quilt fair

images & designs Louise Snook

If you are in Sydney between the 22nd and 26th June and have an interest in fabric, quilts, stamps, beads, wool, thread and paper, or have ever wondered, what exactly is a fat quarter, get yourself to the Convention Centre at Darling Harbour for the annual Craft & Quilt Fair.

Louise Snook, a textile artist, teacher and fabric designer from Perth, will be hosting three silk screening workshops each day, and for only $30 (including materials) you can create a unique printed linen tea towel to impress the crockery in your life.

For arty-farty types in Melbourne, Louise and the Craft & Quilt Fair are heading your way on July 28th.

See more of Louise's work on her website, check out the beautiful 10 meter length of hand printed silk I had the pleasure of wearing on this post, and peek into her studio here.

bridal train

There I was, sitting nonchalantly on the deck, when the Prince's secretary called me in a fit of despair. McQueen had run out of time to make the veil for Catherine, and he heard that I might have a few meters of mosquito netting on hand that could suffice at such late notice.  

Sadly, I had to decline, as I was already in the heat of a last minute rush to make new mosquito nets for the Sugar Shack in Indonesia.  I promised myself I would do them as soon as I got home in January; that I wouldn't leave them to the last day before leaving, and what did I do?  All of our furniture was packed, which left an open floor space for cutting the eight meter lengths of netting, but I had to sew standing up at the island bench.  Six hours of this and I was lopsided, hunched and pooped. Unlike me, old Elna didn't miss a beat.

Total cost for netting and ribbon...$85 from spotlight.  
Malaria protection...priceless.
Sorry Kate. Next time.

Saturday, June 11

volleys reborn

image from volley
An Aussie icon, the footwear of a nation; reliable, unassuming and cheap.  Or so I thought.  Volley have re-released the classics for a new generation, and the price reflects the current popularity and demand for all things retro. The prototype for the first Volleys arrived on our shores from the US; brought home by an Aussie tennis player who lost his sneakers and had to borrow a pair of yacht shoes from a spectator.  He was so impressed he took them to the Dunlop Factory where they began pumping out the simple shoes that have scuffed a thousand courts, footpaths and white lounges.

image from volley

The 1959 Volley OC (pictured above, and my personal desire) retail for $80, the 1965 Volley SS are a cool $120, and the famous 1975 Volley International is still the budget option for $35. Buy a piece of the action online, or if you are like my father-in-law, you never strayed and the well worn Internationals are at the back door. 

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