Hello! My name is Eileen and Touch Wood Design is the one-person handmade craft business that takes up my spare time in my little old worker’s cottage on the sunny side of Brisbane. Textiles are my passion, but I appreciate all sorts of good design and art, so not just the woven kind gets featured on this blog.

Touch Wood Design started with an exhibition of cushions hanging on a washing line in a friend’s restaurant a few years ago. I have continued to make cushions, but have also subsequently held exhibitions including my hand embroidered bags and textile art. I have also been known to make children’s toys and the odd frock.

Visit my blog on Saturdays to see the latest Saturday Special vintage sewing pattern from my collection.

If you like what you see, please leave a comment so I know I’m not talking to myself. If you’d like to contact me directly, email touchwoodbrisbane [AT] gmail.com.

Thanks for looking!


A range of my vintage barkcloth cushions are available at MidModOz at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast and in the MidModOz space at the Camp Hill Antique Centre.

Brisbane people can find my vintage barkcloth cushions at Absolutely Fabulous in the vintage precinct at Woolloongabba (39 Logan Road).

My Australiana travel pillows are currently stocked in the Future Beauty pop-up store at the Gallery of Modern Art at South Brisbane.

If you’re looking for my ‘World Tour’ felt postage stamp cushion series, more vintage fabric cushions or my pin-up cushions, head over to the Touch Wood Design Etsy store.

Happy shopping!


14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rachel Phillips  |  August 15, 2008 at 1:33 am

    My daughter Evie is not shy in being spotted with the odd bag, and her favourite is Eileen’s green apple bag, containing all of her treasures, and yes rocks are a treasure when you are two.

  • 2. nelsonandrose  |  March 10, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Love your stuff!

  • 3. Yolanda McKindlay  |  March 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Hi there!

    I love your cushions and would like to know how to purchase a few. I’ve been looking at a few sites for artistic cushion designs and came across yours.


    • 4. touchwooddesign  |  March 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks for looking! I’ll email you directly and we can talk cushions…

  • 5. cosycrafter  |  July 31, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Click here for rules: http://cosycrafter.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/one-lovely-blog-award/

    • 6. touchwooddesign  |  August 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      You’re too kind!

  • 7. BeingZhenya  |  January 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Love your stamps pillows, especially the USSR one 🙂

    • 8. touchwooddesign  |  January 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Zhenya!

  • 9. Forestwoodfolkart  |  June 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Hello Eileen, Nice to meet a fellow Brisbanian, into textile embroidery and handmade bags. Have added you to my blogs I am following so I don’t miss any more updates.

    • 10. touchwooddesign  |  June 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Amanda! Great to hear from you!

  • 11. maggie  |  November 5, 2013 at 3:12 am


    Do you sell your yes/no/maybe cushions please ?

    Maggie M

    • 12. touchwooddesign  |  November 5, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Hi Maggie,
      I’m always happy to do commissions so I could make some for you. I’ll be in touch via email…

  • 13. Jemima  |  December 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Hi, I bought one of your lovely cushions (black with patterned circles) at GOMA today and would like to buy more in the same or similar fabric if available. Is this possible?

    • 14. touchwooddesign  |  December 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Absolutely – I’ll contact you via email to sort it out. Cheers, Eileen.


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