Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Brisbane Craft Show

I started this month by working at the Brisbane Craft Show on a weekend in the middle of my contract position at the university, so I worked twelve days straight!

Unfortunately for my friend Naomi at Stitches & Spice the show was not as busy as she hoped it would be, which means that she will no longer drive from Sydney for the May craft show in Brisbane next year but I will see her again in October this year.

The same weekend I missed out on my son’s girlfriend, Shannen 15th birthday celebrations :(

Can you believe that I have still not given her the birthday present that I made ... yes, I know unbelievable but true. It’s something I intend to rectify in the next few weeks; I just have to remember to take the present with me to training or to her house the next time I have to pick up my son Nic. I do have a photo of Nic & Shannen together & a photo of the very beautiful necklace of silver & amethyst that Nic bought Shannen.

Nic & Shannen

Also, I came home from the show with a few extra pieces than I intended to purchase – which is nothing unusual for me!

In the photo below you will see the book - Stitch Graffiti, which contains designs from Monster Bubbles; I love their designs but you can only purchase them over the internet from America.

The next pattern is the new Butterfly Quaker by Martina from Stickideen von Wiehenburg, a very talented German designer. The next pattern was a last minute purchase; the Three Crazy Cats from Forever In My Heart Designs, the thing that I love about this design is that each cat stands out for being totally unique – a lot like me!

The next is a book & pattern for a replica antique Italian embroidery purse; Giulia Manfredini owns the original & this inspired her to make up a replica; Judy Odell from Just A Thought has added the finishing instructions.

The last book is collaboration piece from several Italian needlework designers; they have all contributed to this collection of Christmas ornaments & the book is the 2007 first edition. All the profits go to Hospital Bambino Gesu´ of Rome – a very worthwhile cause.

So, you can see there are many hours of happiness ahead of me while I stitch & make up all these wonderful projects :)

The only problem with my trip to the craft show was that I forgot to pick up the needlework kit that I was intending to stitch for Nic’s 17th birthday in June & now there is not enough time to complete the project; unless I complete ignore my uni studies – which I cannot do :(

There were also some very interesting displays at the show; some of the most amazing tea cosies I have ever seen [I didn’t get any photos]; some very imaginative crochet [no photos either] & some very clever knitting, including a knitted clock [photo below] & I believe that it works.

There was also a display of items made out of the selvedges from fabric! The selvedge is the edge of the material that shows you all the important information about the fabric, the designer, the colours, etc. I’ve seen a photo of a dress made the same on another blog but I never thought I would see one for myself & I couldn’t resist taking lots of photos.

There was also an exhibition by Esmod – which is a French Fashion College that has just opened a school in Australia in Sydney. I took photos of only one item, a turn of the century negligee – I couldn’t resist as it’s so beautiful :)

The detail around the neckline is simply stunning & maybe one day I will recreate one for myself!

So, all in all it was a very busy & tiring weekend. I am glad that the weekend is over & I did enjoy myself but having to work twelve days straight is something that I really don’t want to repeat again in a hurry!

Until next time, take care, stay safe & make sure you hug & kiss the ones you love.

Mish :)

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time :) Great stash :)