Friday, October 29, 2010

Markets and Screen Printing

Just a little update here, on some happenings with Red Seed Studio.

Screen Printing Workshops are currently all booked up, but I'm planning 2 or 3 more before the end of the year. Perfect for doing Christmas making. 

Learn the basics of screen printing onto fabric in this fun class. You'll hand cut your own stencils, using your original designs (I'll be there to help with design inspiration!), and then print using a blank screen and toxic-free printing ink.

All materials will be provided as well as ongoing help, and access to extra materials at wholesale prices. We'll be printing onto sustainable and organic fabrics (class will include 2 x 100% linen tea towels and 1/2m of organic cotton / hemp fabric). You're welcome to bring along your own materials for printing onto (t-shirts, pillow cases, baby onesies, etc). We'll talk about designs suitable for stencil cut printing, as well as exposed screens.

I'm opening bookings up for the following dates:
Saturday 27th Nov, Saturday 4th Dec & Sunday 5th Dec. If anyone is interested in any other dates or times, let me know so we can consult diaries. I can do classes mid-week, if you'd like to have a fun get together with your friends (while the kids are at school!). Perfect way to have your crafty gatherings.
Bookings here. Or email me {} for further info.

In other news, we'll be at the upcoming Brisbane Finders Keepers market. Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th Nov 10am - 5pm. At the beautiful Old Museum, Herston. Come along and visit us, to see our new collection. (Just a reminder that we'll have no eftpos or card facilities there).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Screen Printing Workshops

Are you interested in learning how to screen print? If so, I'd love to invite you along to our new studio space for a fun little day of designing and printing.

We'll spend some time working on a design, then hand cutting the stencil to turn into your screen printing image. We'll be printing onto 100% linen tea towels, fabric pieces or any other medium you'd like to bring along (pillow cases, t-shirts, etc etc). Our new table is very lovely to print on - come and add your mark!

Our studio is located in inner-city Brisbane, and close to good transport as well as ample parking. It's a lovely location, with a good backyard for morning / afternoon tea and chatting.

The first two workshops coming up are 30th Oct and 13th Nov, at 10.30-3pm. The workshops are $125, which includes 100% linen tea towels, hemp / organic cotton fabric and all other materials you'll need to print your own design. There'll also be a yummy (vegetarian) lunch and delicious nibbles + tea included in the cost. You are welcome to being along your own blank items to print onto - t-shirts, pillow cases, etc. You'll also have access to extra tea towels at wholesale price. Get your Christmas gift list under way with some beautiful handcrafted goodness!

More details + book your class here. (I'm open to doing different dates if neither of those suit you, please contact me to chat about it -

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kristen Doran

Look at this beautiful photo of Kristen from Kristen Doran Design, recently featured in The (Sydney) Magazine.

What a glamourous woman she is!

I love all her fabric and special softies flying in the background.

If you're in Sydney this weekend today, then the Winterland Markets are finishing tonight. Go and check it out.

*photo from The (Sydney) Magazine, via Kristen Doran Design. Click on pic to read the whole article.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


I have a Giveaway happening on my other blog. Check it out at Petalplum.

Don't you just love the texture of this natural linen.......

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I'm clearing out some things in anticipation of moving into a little studio next week. Wanting to get our downstairs at-home studio free of as much 'piles of to-do' stuff as possible.

All prices in Australian $ ::
Kristen Doran bunny + kitty kits. These cute little kits include beautiful Kristen Doran fabrics and pattern to make a bunny or a kitty. There's enough fabric to make two little creatures. The pattern is suitable for young beginner sewers (perhaps 8yrs and up, depending on skills), and easy enough to whip up a personalised gift for a new born or little friend in your life. 
Bunny Kit + Kitty Kit Were $25, now $17 each. (Postage within Australia is $5 each).

Made by Miffy Saucy Apron Kits. These fabulous and fun fabrics have been put together by the bright, and ever-smiling Louise from Made by Miffy. She really has a great talent for putting fabric combinations together in an interesting way. Pattern includes instructions for making the Full Saucey Apron and the Half Sauce.
Were $49, now $35. Includes fabric and easy to follow full colour pattern for a full apron. (Postage within Australia is $8 each). {I only have one of each fabric colour left}
(below) Kaffee Fasset Cabbage and Rose

(below) Alexander Henry Futue-ella one each in pink and aqua

(below) Alexander Henry Thunder Flower
(below) Sweethearts by Benartex

Audrey and Maude Softies Patterns. These sweet and very well written patterns make little creatures perfect for newborns, children, and those of us who like something soft to snuggle up to!
Were $15, now $8. (Postage within Australia is $3 each)

Please contact me for International Postage or for combined postage costs.
Email me with what you'd like ( and I'll send you a Paypal invoice.

*some images used with much thanks to Audrey and Maude, Kristen Doran and Made by Miffy.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Heads Up - Sale over at Ink & Spindle

Wanted to let you know that the lovely Inkie Girls are having a sale on their glorious fabric.

They are about to launch a new range of fabrics, in co-ordinated colourways, so need to clear out some of their other fabrics. These are beautiful, high quality, hand crafted fabrics in amazing designs and colours. So, do pop on over and have a look
I really like this charcoal on black,

and this honey gold colour.

These discontinued fabrics won't be reprinted once they've sold out, so you'd better be quick.

* images used with thanks from Ink & Spindle blog and website.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Dear Friends - the news

Good Morning Dear Followers, Readers, Friends, Supporters, Fellow-Crafters,

Thank you all so much for hanging in here, while we've been basically absent from this little blog of ours. We've both been posting over at our individual blogs, if you'd like to visit there to see what's been happening of late. Craft Laboratory. Petalplum. You may notice, from reading our blogs, that there is a similar theme running through them. The theme of us both feeling a little lost, and unsure of where we're up to, where life is taking us.....

The reason for this is that late last year we both had quite exciting and pretty real plans for where we would be right now. If all had gone to plan we would currently be in our new shop, sewing or printing or fondling lovely lovely fabric, and talking with sweet crafting friends.

Things don't always go to plan, though, do they. Life in general rarely goes to plan. It doesn't matter how many hours, weeks, months you've planned and dreamed and set your heart on something. Things slip and change and we have to move with that, rather than the looking back and longing and wishing. 

What I'm getting to, in a very long winded manner!, is that our lovely little modern crafting shop will not be going ahead as planned (at this time..... a girl can dream, can't she). Our lives have lead us to realise that we weren't both in the same place of readiness to sign on the dotted line together. Committing to a $50,000+ a year (for 3years) lease is a big thing to step into.

We are both devastatingly sad about this decision. Having got to the planning stage of choosing wall colours, and couches for our entrance way, and drawing up how our sewing room and fabric shop would look, and then to have to stop. But sometimes you have to stop in life. And, things move forward, or sideways, and things change and you start doing something else....

So - please do stay tuned for more details on what Danielle and I are up to. While the bricks & mortar shop isn't happening (at this stage.... I'll keep telling myself that), we both have things simmering away, slowly progressing onto the next point in our creative lives. We'll also be spending a bit of time updating our online shop, as we have some lovely fabrics, patterns and other little pieces that we want to share with you.

Danielle has so many things, she simply has to just decide which direction to turn to. 
For myself, after I get home from my New Zealand workshop, I'll be jumping into my new collection. This will be a change from our previous Red Seed Studio range, and I'll be announcing it here. 

We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support and friendship and excitement we have received about our Selvedge House shop. We look forward to seeing you all around blogland, somewhere or other!
xxxx E + D

Monday, February 22, 2010

something witty and hilarious

We just received a lovely email from a special someone.
Caroline is one of those people who you know in blogland, and also have the marvelous pleasure of seeing around real-land as well. It's so nice to see a familiar smile, and to have a fabric connection with someone!
Caroline was the lucky winner of our giveaway last year. She's also a blog follower of Selvedge House, Craft Laboratory and Petalplum. The prize we sent out was some of our pear fabric printed onto the berry hemp. Delicious. 
Combined with some natural unprinted fabric, Caroline has made a beautiful little notebook cover. This looks, to me, to be a unique design - I love that little flap on, and the strip to hold pages in place. If hemp fabric lasts as long as my customers have told me (you know those lovely older ladies you meet at markets, who say they've had beautiful soft hemp sheets for 30+ years), then I can foresee lots and lots of important and witty notes being jotted down in this booklet. 
I totally agree, Caroline, about how the hemp feels soft and buttery like your favourite pair of jeans. It's such a delicious fabric to sew with. 
Thank you for sending these photos through, Caroline. We love seeing your creations using our fabric. 

* PS - there'll be more fabric listed on our webstores when I get back from my NZ holiday.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fabric News :: Heather Ross

Just popping in quickly to let you all know that Heather Ross has had some of her sweet old season fabrics reprinted.
Some of you may know that what generally happens with larger fabric printers is that once a fabric is sold out it isn't normally reprinted. Meaning that if you really love it when you first see it, buy up big. 
I'm sure that many (all) of you have heard of the quirky, fun, sweet fabrics by Heather Ross. If you haven't yet heard about her, do pop over and have a look at her blog. I so love the hand drawn blog headers she uses. This same wonderful, whimsical drawing style is used in her fabric collections. 

The first range of reprints is now available through Spoonflower. {A USA based company who will professionally print anyone's fabric designs. By anyone's I mean; email in your own designs - hand drawn, computer made, whatever - and they'll digitally print it onto the fabric of your choice. They even have organic fabrics.}
So, pop on over and have a look at these wonderful gnomes and sweet little florals. Keep yourself updated here for the arrival of the next (re)print range. 

*Unfortunately, due to Spoonflower being a USA site, the costs are at the higher end.
*The difference between hand screen printed fabrics and digitally printed fabrics will be explained in depth in a later post. But basically pretty much all the commercial fabrics on the market (most American Quilting cottons) are digitally printed.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

sweet little things at markets

These are the wonderful things that happen during market day.
Just watching little people wanting to touch and play with our fabric and our {softie}friends. It's so perfectly amazing seeing the games they play and their thought processes. And watching their parents watch them.

These special little owl friends were made for us by a dear dear friend of mine. They're made from hemp, linen, reclaimed scraps, and some are filled with organic Australian grown lavender.
She made some sweet elephants and little birds as well - most which went to new homes for Christmas.

This scene was at our market stall at the Southbank Young Designer's Market, on December 6th.
Just so you know, we won't be at any markets during January - as we're taking some time off from markets while we work on opening our shop. More news about that later......

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

fabric mirrors

I love these.
The texture.
The size.
Just a perfect little way to frame your favourite piece of fabric.
And to frame your favourite face!

We will have these available in our online shop early in the new year. Using our favourite hand printed fabrics, vintage and found pieces and some embroidery as well. Also available by custom order of your favourite fabric.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

GOMA Twilight Market

We can't wait for Friday night, when the grassy section outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) shop will come alive with fairy lights, market stalls and the clinking of glasses at the outdoor (cash only) bar. 
Do come along and experience a beautiful night of shopping, just in time for Christmas. We'll be joined by many other wonderful and talented craftspeople.

Remember also, that the APT has just recently opened, so make some time to visit the Gallery before the markets start.

More screen printing tomorrow, to replace all that sold at our markets last weekend. And more packing and labeling and folding of fabric (which we love doing).

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

drum roll please...... winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway, and for your lovely words. Seems most of us can't decide on one single favourite craft - so many wonderful things out there to keep us entertained. At least none of you mentioned blogging as your favourite craft!

Our two winners are:

Please contact us with your details, so we can get your prizes flying their way to your house.

Friday, December 4, 2009

BrisStyle Indie Designer's Market Favourite

Latest news from the BrisStyle head quarters.

** STOP PRESS! Vote for you favourite BrisStyle Indie Marketeer and WIN!**

For those attending the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market on Saturday keep your eyes peeled for the BrisStyle Promo Stall where you can vote for your favourite BrisStyle Indie Marketeer and win!

While enjoying a spot of retail therapy have a little think about who you think has provided the best BiDM experience:

- Has someone knocked your handmade socks off with superb service?
- Is there someone with handmade Indie designs that you just can't live without?
- Is there a stall that really stands out as being unique and inviting?

If so then submit your vote for your favourite BrisStyle Indie Marketeer at the BrisStyle Promo Stall for a chance to win a Limited Edition BrisStyle Tote and your Favourite Marketeer will win an award and prize!

BiDM: Saturday 5 December, 9am-4pm @ St Augustine's Church, Racecourse Road, Hamilton.

 Also, don't forget that the first person to mention our blog to us tomorrow, will receive one of our little pear bags, which was the winner at ABCD event night.