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Hello! Apologies for the radio silence on the blog for such a long time… It’s been a big year and now it’s almost over!
But before that it’ll be Christmas and there are lots of goodies in the Touch Wood Design Etsy store if you need to stock up for the silly season!
I’ll try to do more blog updates next year. In the meantime, if you’d like to keep up with my adventures in sewing, pop over to the Touch Wood Design Instagram account.
One last cushion to go on the big stack ready for this Saturday’s QAGOMA Christmas Design Market – outside the Gallery of Modern Art at South Brisbane from 9am to 4pm. It’s our biggest market yet, with 40 stallholders. Hope to see you there!
Regular readers will know there’s nothing quite like a vintage pattern to get me excited… so you can imagine my reaction when I came across these Australian Home Journals at a market last weekend – and even more so when I bought them for a song! They sure did know a thing or two about style back in the 1950s!
Still working on those African postage stamp cushion designs, but I took some time out this week to make another car softie. This one’s based on a Japanese car – the Nissan 300zx. Hopefully it makes a little man very happy!
In between planning my next stamp cushion series, I’ve been distracted by a few other projects… including this hotrod softie! Hopefully there’ll be a little man who’s pleased with his first car!
Last weekend I went to another car show – this time in the baking sun out at my childhood stomping ground of Rosewood for their Charity Show’n’Shine. There were plenty of fine specimens, including this Chevy, which was literally the first car inside the gate!
This shows the detail inside the boot!
This shocking green Chevrolet Impala was the most eye-catching hot rod of the day for me. Will you look at the tail end on that!
There were some lovingly restored Fords as well.
This one was truly magnificent.
And of course I couldn’t go past the Bel Airs! Phwoar!
Oh my, didn’t this year go by quickly?! I’ve been taking some time out this week to reflect on what was an incredibly productive year and remembering a few of my favourite things…
Top 10 fabric finds
1. Boomerang beat barkcloth in black
10. Tiki barkcloth
Top 5 vintage sewing patterns
Here are my favourites from Saturday Special this year.
1. Vogue 7229 – I had been stalking this pattern for a while and finally came across a copy! It’s very Agent 99 (from Maxwell Smart)!
Top 5 most popular cushions
1. Vintage boomerangs barkcloth in yellow cushion – so glad I decided to back this one in yellow – it’s such a happy colour!
Top 5 albums
My favourite 2015 releases to sew to.
1. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold – these Swedish sisters carved a path to my heart pretty quickly!
2. Interpol – El Pintor – this one turned out to be a grower (and how could you go past a song about cruising in an Oldsmobile?).
3. Dum Dum Girls – Too True – sometimes you need a little bit of 80s-style pop.
4. Rob Snarski – Wounded Bird – the perfect Sunday afternoon record from the Blackeyed Susans’ songwriting maestro.
5. The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin – yep, I sew on Saturday nights too!
Thanks for all your support in 2014. I hope your 2015 is everything you’d like it to be!
With our run of hot weather it’s been feeling a lot like Christmas… So here’s something Christmassy to complete our week of featured stallholders from the QAGOMA Christmas Design Market!
Yardage Design is the handprinted textile business of Brisbane designer Nicole James and this is one of her eye-catching festive teatowels. You can find more of her distinctive work on the Yardage Design website.
Image courtesy of Yardage Design.