Amy Civil of Stitched is a time-management genius, juggling the commitments of being a stay-at-home mum with developing her sewing hobby into a home-based business. From her Rotorua home she produces beautifully constructed and presented textile items, for little ones and their grown-ups.
When Snells Beach sewing aficionado Brenda Howson of Zealous Design was a child she had a precious big rag doll that she loved to pieces. Now she makes beautiful handcrafted dolls and soft toy animals so that a new generation of Kiwi kids can love a unique doll that’s made with care and love.
This lovely pin cushion from Stitched has a secret weapon – it’s filled with crushed walnut shells – yep, walnut shells – to keep your pins sharp! How cool is that?
Attention stitchers and seamsters! We’re loving these practical and good-looking cotton reel and bobbin holders from Woodwise…
Where do you find snowy mountains? Pine trees? Woolly hats? Stag and brown bears? In a set of handcrafted polymer clay lumberjack buttons by Purple Sheep Buttons – love that buffalo plaid!
Brrr! There’s a dusting of snow outside this morning in Christchurch and the chill is bracing. Growing up further north, I never saw snow in town so I still get a childlike delight when I open the curtains and find the world has been frosted white.
By the New Zealand Fashion
Museum · Reviewed by Jo Drysdall
I still remember the thrill of being allowed to look through my mother’s wardrobe of home-sewn clothes when I was a little girl. As a fashionable young woman, my mother had sewn most of her own outfits: party frocks with fitted bodices and flared, flirty skirts, neat little shift dresses, and tailored, timeless Chanel-style suits. Home Sewn begins with a brief historical overview that places these homemade treasures in their Kiwi context…
Fanciful Felties: Sew People to Meet, Places to Go & Things to Do
By Samantha Cotterill · Reviewed by
In a world awash with ‘cutesy’ felt animals, Samantha Cotterill’s felt people are a breath of fresh air. In fact they are quite possibly the coolest ‘felties’ on the planet. This woman has a style all her own and man, can she sew! Sam’s a Brit living in Upstate New York with her husband and two young boys. She took a five year break from her painting career to have kids and came back as…
Now there is a title to fuel the imagination of any crafter! What could you do with 17 gorgeous vintage sewing machines? Why do I ask? Because Jenafer from Local Vanguard is parting with this amazing collection of gorgeous vintage sewing machines. Bought upon the … Read more »
When: Saturday 19 September Time: 1 till 5pm Where: St. Albans Community Center, 1047 Colombo Street, Christchurch Cost: Donation (yes, really!) Tutor: Briar Cook This is the first reconstructed clothing workshop I have held, and fulfills part of a long term plan for my business, … Read more »