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Markit @ Fed Square

Federation Square

The Markit on now at Fed Square. #handmade #market @markitfedsquare #markit #jewllery #textiles #kids #craft #plants #clothes #food #candles #fedsquare

Taken at: Federation Square

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The Make-it Collective Market

Melbourne Museum

The Make It Collective market on now at the Melbourne Museum. #handmade #market @themakeitcollective #makeitcollective #jewllery #textiles #kids #craft #plants #candles

Taken at: Melbourne Museum

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Handmade at Kew

#HandmadeatKew – an amazing number of amazing artisans☀️. #kewgardens #london #autumn #handmade #craft #jewellery #outandabout #kew #textiles #ceramics #leather #woodwork #uk

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Warm Art Project calling for participants


Calling all knitters!  You are invited to knit for this exciting large-scale, community textile art project.  All you have to do to get involved is to knit one or more of the WARM pattern pieces, and send them to us.

As the project progresses, we will do a call out through facebook and knitting groups if we need more of any particular pieces.  You can keep an eye on our facebook page by clicking here.

How to get involved:

  1. Choose one or more WARM patterns that you would like to knit.  Individual patterns or the whole beautiful WARM pattern e-book can be downloaded – click on the ‘WARM Patterns Available’ button at the bottom of this page.  Hardcopy pattern books can be purchased at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, or via Paypal, by clicking on the ‘Buy Now’ button on the bottom of the page.
  2. Find some wool that matches the colour sample in the pattern. See Yarn selection guidelines.
  3. Start knitting. You can do this on your own, or you can join a workshop in your area to learn more about the stitches and techniques in these patterns. See the WARM workshops page for details.
  4. Download, print and fill out the ‘WARM contributor info’ as a Word document or PDF.
  5. Send your completed work with the form to SEAM Inc, Verity Higgins, PO Box 56BK, Black Hill, Victoria 3350 or drop it into The Wool Museum Geelong or Art Gallery of Ballarat.
    We need completed work by Friday, 12th August. 
  6. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the project. The more knitters we have, the better!

We would also love you to Join us for the exhibition launch at the Ballarat Art Gallery on September 3rd, 2016.

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Sew You Want to Sew

I have had a love affair with sewing for more years than I like to admit to!  My mother was a great sewer who sewed and knitted our clothes as children and taught me on her old Anchor machine, which I still have and still sews brilliantly.  I purchased my first very basic Husqvarna 3610 when I was 16 on which I sewed my clothes either from a pattern or to my designs for years.imgres-2

I upgraded to a second hand Husqvarna Viking 400 in my 30’s and started sewing my children’s clothes.  I spent hours when the girls were at school enjoying creating home wares in the form of curtains, cushions, bedding, and decorative objects for our home and also began to play with freehand embroidery on this machine.  imgres-3

In my 40’s I purchased a trusty old Bernina 1230 from a stitcher who was moving into age care and couldn’t take it with her.  This has become my first choice now for my freehand embroidery with my wonderful Viking still being used for clothes and home wares.  It is fantastic to now have a studio where I can have both machines and my overlocker, a Babylock Enlighten set up and ready to sew all the time.  imgres-4

If you are thinking about starting to sew I recently found these two articles by   titled Sew you want to learn to sewAll about sewing machines and Fabric-patterns-and-resources. They contain great information for anyone starting out.  Give sewing a go it is so rewarding to be able to make clothes, accessories and homewares from scratch or to up-cycle charity finds into your own style and even create your own art! And you can often pick up good machines to start you on your way from charity shops or on gumtree very cheaply.