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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

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

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

The Sustainable Fashion & Manufacturing Forum 10th June 2010 6pm

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 Bronwyn Darlington at the Sewing Room

Thank you to everyone who registered their interest for an evening with Bronwyn Darlington. The response was incredible, it was exciting to see that so many people are passionate about sustainable fashion. I can forsee that this will be one of many forums to be held at The Sewing Room.

Bronwyn provides advice to textile and clothing or other companies on creating ethical and sustainable clothing lines including supply chain design and advice and certifications such as Fair Trade, Carbon Neutral, Carbon offset, Organic Ethical Clothing Australia (formerly ‘No Sweatshop’) and Australian Made.
Bronwyn Darlington, (B.A., M.A) has worked extensively in fashion manufacturing. This has been in both internal and consulting capacities with sustainability as a core focus. Her presentation at this forum will be a consideration of how we can apply social, environmental and cultural benefits to the fashion and textile industry. In addition to setting up Darlington Consulting, she was founder of Rise Up Productions and until recently served as a member of the Australian Government’s Textile Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Innovation Council.
This evening would be of interest to Designers, Manufacturers and anyone interested in the ethical manufacturing of clothing.
The schedule
Best to arrive between 5.30 and 6.15pm with Bronwyns talks to begin at 6.30pm and to conclude at 8pm to allow for the opportunity to participate in general discussion. The Forum fee is $45 per person.

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 6th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Felted Vinnie’s Jumper into a Gorgeous New Bag

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Felted embroidered bag The Sewing Room

This is such a goovy way of  recycling an old woollen sweater, so pull out of your wardrobe one of the woollen jumpers you haven’t woren in years or visit your local op-shop and be prepared to rub and scrub.

Using felting techniques, one of the oldest forms of fabric known to man I created the fabric to make this bag. Once the sweater has dried and armed with a pair of scissors and loads of confidence I transformed this sweater into a chic new bag. I used very simple sewing skills and a touch of applique and embroidery to give my bag a personal touch. I love it and it was loads of fun.

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 5th, 2010 at 1:23 pm