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Cushions galore

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!

If you’d like to keep up with my adventures in sewing, pop over to the Touch Wood Design Instagram account.



December 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Roll up, roll up!

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!

Austn wombat royal_sml

November 26, 2015 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Save the date!

QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market postcard

November 2, 2015 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

On the home front

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!

Australian Home Journals

May 5, 2015 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

On the road again

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!

300zx car softie

April 28, 2015 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

A soft spot

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!

Hotrod softie

April 1, 2015 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Easy on the eye

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!

Chevrolet boot detail

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!

Chevrolet Impala

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!

Chevrolet Bel Air

January 20, 2015 at 7:16 am 2 comments

Best of 2014

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

Boomerang beat fabric in black

2. Orange kisu barkcloth

3. Abstract flowers barkcloth

4. Polar bears linen

5. Japanese ovals cotton

6. Boomerang beat barkcloth in pink

7. Kokka blue flowers linen

8. Pink birds barkcloth

9. Boomerang barkcloth in bronze

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)!

Vogue 7229 vintage sewing pattern

2. Simplicity 3927

3. Simplicity 4609

4. Simplicity 4083

5. Simplicity 8119


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!

Vintage boomerang barkcloth cushions

2. Japanese cherry blossoms stamp cushion

3. Guitars and boomerangs barkcloth cushion

4. Canadian moose stamp cushion

5. Pin-up cowboys cushion


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!

December 31, 2014 at 7:14 am Leave a comment

Top of the season to you

Wishing you all the very best for a happy and safe holiday break! Thanks for all your support this year… I’m looking forward to sharing more fun adventures in sewing with you in 2015.

Retro Christmas card

December 24, 2014 at 8:02 am 2 comments

Feeling a lot like Christmas

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.

Yardage Design Christmas teatowel

Image courtesy of Yardage Design.

November 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

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