Posts filed under ‘Media’

One for the Mums

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums I know – especially mine! For many years, my Mum was an avid reader of the Australian Women’s Weekly, so she got very excited yesterday when I was telling her about a new book on the fashions featured in this magazine across its first half-century of publication.

The Australian Women’s Weekly Fashion: the First 50 Years has just been published by the National Library of Australia and draws on their archives of the magazine from its beginnings in the 1930s (with the long, slim lines of those frocks and suits) through to the bombastic patterns of the 1970s (somehow they make all those polyester pieces look elegant) and all the bits I like best from the years in between.

Regular readers will know I have a thing for big pockets… and I’d LOVE one of these red skirts from this 1954 issue!

Australian Women's Weekly cover 1954

And isn’t this cover from 1949 just gorgeous?!
Australian Women's Weekly cover 1949

Images courtesy of the National Library of Australia.


May 11, 2014 at 7:49 am 2 comments

Media blitz

I’ve been on a bit of a media blitz of late, with a front page photo in my local paper in the lead-up to the Christmas market and another snippet in a local lifestyle magazine. Last weekend Touch Wood Design went state-wide, with two cushions featured in the Sunday Mail Christmas gift guide spread!

Here’s the page with my Australian desert pea stamp cushion, now available from my Etsy store.

Stamp cushion in Sunday Mail

And here’s the section with my vintage Hawaiian barkcloth cushion, available from the QAGOMA California Design pop-up store. Yay!

Hawaiian cushion in Sunday Mail

December 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

An encore appearance

Remember these cushions? They were the last pair of my caramel spots reproduction barkcloth cushions – and they’ll be making an encore appearance in the Spring edition of Queensland Homes magazine thanks to the lovely Maree of local creative coaching, therapy and decorating practice Interior Balance.

I still have some of this fabric in the pink colourway… Must dig that out of the sewing cupboard soon!

Caramel spots barkcloth cushions

Image courtesy of Interior Balance.

July 9, 2013 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

A touch of tiki

My Hawaiian girls cushions have been featured in a “tiki chic” spread in the latest Style magazine – these cushions are available from Absolutely Fabulous at Woolloongabba. (P.S. I should note that they got the price wildly wrong, but it’s still awesome to see my cushions out and about!)

Style magazine article

February 18, 2013 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

An offer that’s too good to refuse

I’m thinking about ordering all the back issues of the rather wonderful British craft/sewing/handmade magazine Selvedge. It’s an amazing resource with articles on the history of just about anything textile-related that you could think of and all the interesting people who make beautiful things that we love – if you make anything at all with textiles, it reaffirms that what you’re doing is worthwhile. But if I just ordered the ones I don’t have it would actually cost me more than if I got every back issue… Which would leave me with doubles of most of the magazines I already have (and the current issue, which is currently winging its way to me in the mail). It’s quite a big investment, so before I take the plunge I’m wondering if anyone would be interested in some half-price copies of Selvedge. If you are, please leave a comment or contact me directly – thank you!

July 28, 2010 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Out and about

When I was out and about earlier this week, I found that some of my cushions had shown up in Map magazine – for the second time in three issues!

AbFab Vintage

August 9, 2009 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Last days of Gold…

Today’s your last chance to visit the Hearts of Gold #1 exhibition at Bleeding Heart Gallery in Brisbane before the show closes. While you’re there, you should stop for a coffee made by the lovely Carmela at the cafe out the front and check out the little gallery shop as well (they’ve got Biddy Bags, among other things). Opening night went really well and I sold a couple of my pieces, which I think was a relief to Mr A because it’s more likely he’ll still be able to sit on our couch! Here’s a pic of my cushions hanging on the wall.


March 24, 2009 at 2:39 am Leave a comment

Opening this Wednesday!


Phew! After many a late night, sore eyes and weary wrists from all the
hand embroidery, the show is finally ready. Here’s a little sample of what
you can expect to see when it opens at the Alibi Room at New Farm this
Wednesday 3 December at 6.30pm. Hope to see you there.

December 1, 2008 at 3:08 am 2 comments

The lovely ladies of AbFab

The lovely ladies of AbFab have scored some more promo in the Courier Mail this week. Good on them!


November 11, 2008 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

D is for…

It’s getting down to the wire…


November 10, 2008 at 2:36 am Leave a comment

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