Simple materials complex construction

Crafting ideas On a recent visit to The Sydney Festival there were two visual art exhibitions that stood out for me. Grayson Perry at MOCA  (a real treat to see so many works in one place!) and El Anatsui at The Carriageworks, Newtown. Both exhibitions were beautifully crafted in their own way but the work by […]

Reasons to stitch: the joy of learning

  There are many reasons to stitch and at different times in our lives we have all probably stitched for a range of reasons including: wanting to make something original making a gift enjoyment and relaxation and in days gone by, to save money. but recently I have added a fifth reason to my list and that is stitching to learn. […]

Scissors, the cutting edge: needlepoint accessories Part 2

    It is rare that a sewing project does not require a pair of scissors. The earliest scissors are were made in ancient Egypt in about 1500 BCE. The metal used was bronze and shaped like a U with sharpened ends. In  about 100 AD the Romans designed cutting tools which looked more like […]

Baskets, boxes and bags: the accessories of needlepoint-Part 1

Sewing baskets have been an important part of women’s lives for hundreds of years. It is easy to forget that before the industrial revolution all clothes, underwear, bedding, tea towels and washing cloths were all made by hand. Many of these day to day objects were decorated with beautiful stitches, and a flourish of highly […]

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