Abstract Art Cushions

Always experimenting and making things, I just can't stop.  

This time I turned some of my abstract art into a bunch of cushions.  Digitally printed by Frankie & Swiss in South Yarra onto a Belgian Cotton Linen in Oatmeal.

Mid tone brights on an oatmeal background.  The fabric is thick and textured and would look great as a feature surrounded by mountains of solid colours, textures or maybe even some complementary prints.

All available in my Etsy shop, one of a kind and never to be repeated Cushion Shop craziness.  I'm already onto the next big thing...quilting, cross stitch monsters and VR headset strap repairs?


Pocket Circles

Flowery pocket circles inspired by all my mother's beautiful gardens and just in time for Spring Carnival.  Not just for the boys and now available in my Etsy shop.


Yakedy Yak

Sometimes in life you reach a fork, a choice is made and you head off in a new direction without paying much attention.  My current fork, the 2018 fork isn't that.  Many sleepless nights and protracted internal discussions later I've reached a number of conclusions...

1. I love what I've created, The Makers' Journal is an expression of me and I love it so much.

2. If I want to create a financially secure life for myself I'm going to need reliable employment.  No more casual dead end jobs.

3. I cannot work for people who are morally bankrupt, they hurt my brain and soul and I don't want to be around them.  

4. I want to develop my own art practice and a studio retreat at my farm and this will never happen if life continues along it's current rudderless path.  

I need a plan.

So what this means in practical terms is that The Makers' Journal will continue but officially becomes my hobby..a very expensive hobby that pays for itself.  Just writing this down makes me want to schedule some time and start designing new things.  My Etsy shop is open and all of the patterns are available, I may even add a new one every now and again.  I'm constantly creating new things and Instagram is a perfect place for this, for now.   

Late last year I started a new job, I held my breath waiting for the disappointment/boredom to set in, but amazingly I'm still there, and in fact, I completely love it!  The people are just so wonderful and the job is an exciting adventure which I can't wait to share with the world.  

So here's a sneak peak of what I've been up to...

Many of these photos are the work of talented photographer Margherita Torri with styling assist from home wares designer Kerry Bower of Raine & Humble and me (I even made it into one) but I did sneak in two of mine.

The all new yakedyyak.com.au website will launch very soon.
It's open folks, happy shopping.


something BIG

Something's happening, and it's BIG!

I've taken on a gigantic project, self initiated so it's totally my own fault but wow I'm both exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.

No time for sewing or new patterns so instead when I have a moment I've been making some little drawings.  

You can see more on my projects page or follow along on Instagram.  Patterns are shipping as normal and it'll be back to normal programming sometime...well actually I don't know when.


HOW TO make a shopping bag

Goodbye plastic bags!

Victoria will soon ban single use plastic bags so for your weekly shopping you could make a WEEKEND TOTE BAG...or maybe do this.

1. Take a plastic bag in the size you want, cut across the bottom and the top of both handles.

2. Cut down both sides and flatten out your plastic and then fold in half.

I've transferred the shape directly onto my fabric because I'm lazy but feel free to make a paper pattern.  Add 1cm seam allowance around the handles.  The bag is cut all in one piece with 1cm seam allowance on the outside side seam.

Start with the first 1/2 of one side, mark the pattern to the center fold.  Cut to the fold line of the plastic, stop and then flip the piece over and cut to the other side of the handle less the seam allowance on the side.

Flip the whole thing over and cut the entire shape from the centre fold making sure to include the 1cm seam allowance at the other end.  Use this fabric piece as a pattern to cut the lining.

3. With right sides together stitch the outer fabric together down the side to form a sausage.  Repeat for the lining.

4. With the right side of the outer fabric facing the right side of the lining and with the side seams and handle shapes matching stitch around the handles only.  The top and bottom should be left open.  Clip seams around curves and then turn right side out.  Press.

5. Make the folds in the sides to replicate the handles on the original plastic bag.  Finish across the bottom and the tops of the handles through all layers with bias binding tucking in the ends and hand stitching in place.  Sorry people but I love hand sewing.  All done.

Plastic bags to go the way of the Dodo, now there's an extinction story we can all cheer on to fruition.

My plastic bag replacement combines a green gingham bias binding found at Luccello with a heavy weight printed canvas and a soft silk cotton voile which both came from Tessuti...all left overs from other projects so even better.  I chose printed fabrics that come from opposite sides of the colour wheel.  I love combining clashing colours and when done well they can add a wonderful pop to your piece.