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Vintage Tea Towels perfect to Cushions!

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Vintage Teatowel Cushions

New cushions for the lounge made from vintage tea towels. These vintage tea towels ones come from Great Aunty Jeans shop Frewin’s Fabric in Hunters Hill. I just love the vintage colours and prints. Very easy to make, if you would like the instructions. Have a wonderful day, maybe curl up on the lounge with a good book against soft feather cushions.

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 27th, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Dead Sexy Shirt…..

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This gorgeous shirt was made by one of my clever students I really love the fabric selection with the white trim and interesting buttons. There are so many sewing techniques in a shirt, that it can be a little overwhelming. But through our step by step construction class, you learn so many new skills you will take it in your stride. The trick is to break it down into smaller elements and focus on them one at a time.

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This beautiful cuff and sleeve placket – we carefully slash the lower edge of the sleeve and lay pleats in the lower edge of sleeve in the direction of the placket. Attached placket underlap piece to right side of sleeve and stitch. Fold the facing over the seam allowance to wrong side, fold in 6mm. Stitch overlap edge in place. Attaching your cuff is next ……. So many lovely techniques to learn and master.

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This clever detail on the shirt collar with stand adds so much interest with the contacting floral, stripe and plain white front facing in striking black and white. This type of collar is commonly found on men’s shirts, the collar has two sections, collar and stand. As a rule, it is the under collar that is interfaced and it gives the collar that beautiful structured look. Dead Sexy Sue is a very clever student, hope you are still enjoying your sewing skills.

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 20th, 2016 at 12:52 am

Step aside proud Mother coming through……

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IMG_3049We are all proud of the clever things our offspring do………..so when I suggested to Andrew if he would like to learn to screenprint, I would love to show him how, he said ‘yes’. I was so excited to come home to an amazing drawing of a fox. After explaining the idea that each shape had to be fully enclosed so you can cut the design out of paper, a few day later he had scaled the drawing up to A3 and cut the design out of paper ready to print onto the linen fabric. One quiet Saturday afternoon we printed the fabulous Mr Fox in blue onto our fabric. The first few were a little fuzzy on the edges but after a few practice goes, getting the angle and presser right with the squeege he was off and racing. Andrew’s design was a two colour print so after the blue was dry, we set up a sheet of clear plastic to help us line up the black eyes in the right place before printing.

A visit to the fabulous patchwork store in Mornington called Treehouse Textile http://www.treehousetextiles.com.au/. They carry beautiful fabrics and accessaries. The lovely lady who owns the store found the perfect fabric to back Andrew’s cushions. The next step in Andrew’s screenprinting journey was for him to sew the cushions together.I was very impressed with his sewing machine skills and even more impressed with the 12 beautiful buttonholes he created, three on each of his four beautiful cushions. Step aside very proud Mother coming through…..

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 14th, 2016 at 11:45 pm

The Lovely Linen Recycling Plastic Bag Bag….

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I try to remember to take the green bags with me when I go shopping but I seem to forget more often then not. So when I have to use the plastic bags, I like to keep them and recycle them as bin liners. So when the plastic bags started to take over the pantry, I decided to make this lovely natural linen bag with elastic at the bottom to hold the plastic bags. I think it looks quite lovely hanging in the pantry. It did take a few weeks for Andrew to find the plastic bags to put his smelly sneekers in……

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 5th, 2016 at 11:01 pm

Ahola ………ʻO ka haliʻa aloha i hiki mai

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Sweet memories come back to me………

Of an island holiday in Hawaii in October for Oliver’s 21st.

Have inspired me to create a beach theme in Andrew’s bedroom. These retro cushions made from fabric bought online from a fabulous store called Retro Connects are pretty cool with their gorgeous ladies and old wagons, perfect for a teenage boy. https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/retroconnections.

This cool blue  van painting in acrylics on a 1m x 1m canvas is a focus for the room. The bright crochet rugs took a while but was a fun way to learn to crochet and made for Andrew last Christmas. I like the eclectic feel his room has now and hope it inspires him.

Written by Penelope Leonard

November 29th, 2015 at 2:25 am

The Lovely Little Magpie-Lark

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The Magpie-lark I love these little guys, I see them every morning as I drive down the highway to Rye on the side of the road. Their interesting the way they wonder around often on their own or occasionally in pairs. They always look like they are in their Sunday best and just out of the shower. We are in Mornington, it does rain a lot.

Paper-sculpting medium is used shaped around a wire for the base shape. It is light and you can sew into the paper once dried to attach the fabric. I covered the shape with white silk fabric and black wool suiting and embroidered wings and feathers. The little beaks are from fimo. i like this little man ……

Written by Penelope Leonard

August 15th, 2015 at 10:26 pm

Posted in Birds, Embroidery, Sculpture

Little Birds

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Little Birds

I am draw to the tiny little birds that hop around our garden eating the aphids off the rose bushes. My little sewn birds were so much fun to create, though many hours of work they bring the wonderment of these little creatures from the garden to my bookshelf as a reflection of their perfect little beaks, eyes watching and their quick movements from one plant to another.

The base shape was made from the paper-sculpting medium Karen Brown used with my son, Andrew at school. Shaped around a wire base, the paper-sculpting medium is light and you are able to sew into the paper once dried to attach the fabric. With small pieces of fabric covered the shape with embroidered wings and feathers. The little beaks are from fimo. The nest I wove from small branches and wire lined with wool. I think I need to create some little blue eggs……

Written by Penelope Leonard

July 23rd, 2015 at 6:49 am

Embroidery and appliqué is good for the soul

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The cool winter nights in Mornington spent toiling over a piece of fabric with embroidery and appliqué is good for the soul. This woolen scarf came about when I found a piece of cream woolen jersey fabric I had been hording for a while, long enough for a hungry moth to luncheon on a fold all the way through making random little holes. To cover the little holes I placed light blue birds of fluffy fabric from a beloved jigsaw skirt I could no longer wear and hand embroidered around the edge with only a few simple lines on the actually bird itself. Three different green woolen fabrics from boil sage wool to dark green felt created the foliage with the little running stitch to draw the elements together. My beautiful mother painstakingly wove the beautiful cream fringing on the short edge to complete the creation. It is so lovely and warm to wear. More photos on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=874585709257220&id=108208722561593

Written by Penelope Leonard

July 19th, 2015 at 12:14 am

‘Flowers in Milk Bottles’ linen cushion covers.

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Flowers in Milk Bottles

I really enjoyed creating this pretty, very girly cushion. The fabric is a 100% stone linen screen printed with a very simple design I created in illustrator (the computer program) and printed in white ink. The embroidery is a easy stem stitch with flowers made from circles of fabric. The circle is turned over around the edge with a tacking thread and drawn into create the gathered circle. I attached the flower circles with two buttons, the first a gorgeous shell flower I picked up from No Chintz in Willoughby Sydney and a lovely green buttons that I have had for agers. If you would like to create your own design I have a few milkbottle printed cushion pieces available. Happy Sewing my sewing friends it is a prefect day for it, wet and wonderful outside on the Mornington Peninsula today.

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 20th, 2015 at 1:03 am

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

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The Owl and the Pussy Cat

These beautiful creations from The Sewing Room were created for Sophie Sanders as a Baby Shower Present. Inspired by the Owl and the Pussy Cat. Sophie My Wise Owl of a friend and her gentle as a Pussy Cat husband. The bunting, cushions and baby blankets will all be available to complete as kits shortly or as a classes in the Sewing Room.

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 28th, 2015 at 11:43 am