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Zippered pouches

What have I been up to lately? Studying, and sewing! More study than sewing, as I’m at the complicated end of my design course now, and it’s eating up all my time. Never one to shy away from distraction and procrastination though, I’ve whipped up some new zippered pouches. I decided to make some for sale after making one for myself and realising how handy it is to contain all those small bits and pieces that usually go astray.

They’re made from 100% cotton & canvas, with a nice shiny metal zipper and a leather zip-pull. The fabric choice is inspired by the colours I soaked up on a couple of little holidays to alpine regions recently (before snow arrived to cover it all up) – greens, blues, browns and greys, I’m loving these muted tones at the moment. I plan to dig into my fabric stash and bring back some more lively prints soon…more to come!

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Stitched Safari – Shiba hybrid

A dear dog-sitting friend of mine recently fell in love with one of her canine guests – a very pretty unconfirmed breed, perhaps a greyhound crossed with a blue cattle-dog. So for my first Stitched Safari project, I decided to adapt the Shiba dog pattern to resemble her furry friend.

I didn’t give much thought to body shape, instead focussing on the colouring. As a result, this little pup looks nothing like her canine companion, but pretty cute regardless. I really enjoyed bringing the character to life, piece by piece…though I’ll be sticking to the instructions next time!

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Stitched Safari

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, isn’t that what they say? So where have I been? Well, truth be told I haven’t been doing much craft of late. I am studying Graphic Design, and have been spending a lot of time playing catch-up on my assignments after breaking for Christmas. My studies are progressing well, I’m a straight-A student so far!

There have been some notable craft related stories in the Australian media lately, and I have drawn much inspiration from people using their skills to help animals in crisis. When fires recently ravaged our bushland, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) sent out a request for people to sew koala mittens to cover dressings on their burnt paws. The call-out was a huge success and thousands of mittens were sent from far-flung corners of the globe. Australia’s oldest man at 109 years(!), was also publicised for knitting jumpers to help penguins affected by oils spills. So sweet, and what a talent! Two great causes to help out our lovable little critters.

While I’m on the topic of critters, I want to show off my latest acquisitions. A friend gave me these two books for helping with a design job, and I can’t wait to stitch up some of these adorable animals.

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