A little bit Christmassy

One last cushion project to show off before the Christmas break… I made this new stamp cushion design for a wedding present – I think this highland stag came up really well, although the photo doesn’t quite capture the pretty turquoise of the background.

I’ll have to make more of this design next year, but I might change the background colour to the beautiful azure blue of the Scottish flag. He looks a little bit too Christmassy in his current colourway!

Scottish stag cushion_sml


December 21, 2015 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Weigel’s 2297

This circa 1960s sheath dress is very sophisticated – I love the tucks that create that exquisite detail over the bust and the neckline woud be very flattering too.


December 19, 2015 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Family heirlooms

Recently I had a chance meeting with an old friend who was looking for someone to recreate a family heirloom to cater for some new additions and keep a longstanding Christmas tradition running. The original stocking pictured in the middle here is about 30 years old – it’s amazing how long felt can last if you look after it!

My task was to make matching stockings for the wife (who is obsessed with Liberty print) and daughter (who has a long-winded name that was never going to fit on a 20cm high stocking). Making the bow and bell feature was a bit tricky too. In the end I was really happy with the result, which highlights the Liberty fabric and gives the ladies their own special version in keeping with the origial.

Xmas stockings_sml.jpg

December 15, 2015 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Weigel’s 2361

There’s something very matronly about this 1960s wiggle dress… I think it must be the models’ hair! Lovely detailing over the bust though.

Dress with draped skirt.


December 12, 2015 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Geisha girl

Last weekend I dropped in to the Heiser Gallery in the Valley to check out their current group exhibition featuring the likes of Reg Mombassa, Jeff Raglus and Robert Moore. Among my favourite pieces was this geisha girl by Stephen Mok, but of course she was already sold!


December 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Weigel’s 2365

How fabulous is this circa 1960s dress? I think it would be a showstopper in deep red or sapphire blue!

Dress with draped bodice in three styles.


December 5, 2015 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Big thank you

Thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hi at the GOMA Christmas Design Market last Saturday! After a sticky, humid morning we were very glad to feel the cool afternoon breeze – and see so many people carrying bags of handmade gifts!

As always, you can find my cushions over in the Touch Wood Design Etsy store and if there’s somthing you missed out on, you’re most welcome to send me a message and I can make another one for you.

GOMA Xmas Markets 2015

December 1, 2015 at 7:49 am 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

Even more flower power

Red daisies this time around… or are they zinnias? More flower power for my cushion stall at the GOMA Christmas Design Market this Saturday 28 November outside the gallery at South Brisbane. The market will run from 9am to 4pm – hope to see you there!

Daisies lumbar cushion

November 24, 2015 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Weigel’s 2388

This circa 1960s dress has a bit of a spy flavour – Miss Moneypenny could have worn it in one of the Roger Moore-era Bond flicks… or maybe it’s more Agent 99 in the Maxwell Smart series!

Weigel’s weren’t big on lengthy descriptions, so this one is simply tagged the “shirtmaker”.

Weigel's 2388 vintage sewing pattern

November 21, 2015 at 9:32 am 2 comments

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