Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Bargain on Ebay

My Diana dressmaker's model was looking decidedly tired after 25 years of use. The dials no longer turned and the felt fabric was peeling away. Was paying $450 for a new Diana worth the use it would get?

I turned to Ebay ...

... and there I found a Venus Ardus for $50.

In almost brand new condition, it still had the instruction manual as well as the plastic cover that the original model came in.

I considered it a bargain and realised I was incredibly lucky to snare such a good deal. Shopping online isn't only for fabric!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Let's Get Blogging

Hello Ladies

I'm new to blogging and trying to navigate my way to post a blog. Having read the blogs so date I am impressed and see the need to update my blog skills to join in the fun. I visited Potter Textiles, bought two bags of "scraps" (magnificant for textile art etc) and fell in love with numerous rolls of silk and silk/cotton fabrics, and they are only 15 minutes away from home.

Loved the photos Karen and Linda have added to their posts. I can see I have another learning curve ahead of me.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quilt top & 2 new fabric shops

I wasn't intending to post again here today and normally I don't write a huge amount but I did this time and didn't realise that it was on the wrong blog until too late - not sure how to switch it so I've deleted what isn't relevant to this group but this part may be of interest.
Below: a quilt top I made this week using some of my dyed/printed fabrics. I think I'll add a border but I'll put it away for now - I need to get on my exhibtion work. This was a distraction that happened because I bought a reel of variegated cotton thread and was looking for fabrics that would go with it!
I discovered 2 new shops - Materialise: where I bought the thread and a few bits and pieces of quilt fabrics (they have some gorgeous stuff - lots of Japanese fabrics too) Sophie, who runs it, was doing textiles at Curtin Uni the same time as me.
The other shop was an outlet shop - Potters Textiles in West Leederville. They had some great fabrics - more for dressmaking but they also had bags of samples and remnants from $3. I got a lovely lot for $19.

Below: a small piece made from the left over scraps from the quilt top and stitched with the new thread.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Exhibition Invitation

ASG members may be interested in this exhibition by WA textile group, Designing Women (invitation above) I'll be busy for the next couple of weeks getting my pieces finished for it!

Below: a couple of pics of my newly tidy outside studio for those who missed the last meeting there. This is where I do my printing, dyeing etc. I also have a sewing room inside my house.

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Great idea

Hi Karen
What a great start to the Southern Hills Sewing Group Blog. I can see it will be useful, informative and amusing. Well done!
Kind regards
Jean Henrickson

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Online Fabric Shopping - a whole new world ...

When you love sewing, you love sewing with beautiful fabrics. So where do we find beautiful fabrics in Perth? Well, there are some outlets such as Fabulous Fabrics in Balcatta, Fabric Gallery in Greenwood and Beautiful Fabrics in Osborne Park, amongst others that have a range of lovely fabric.

What about just good quality fabric for garments such as shirts, trousers and skirts? There would be many of us that remember the 'good old days' when Aherns had a fabric department and Pearlmans was the place to go. Even in recent memory, Lincraft used to hold that mantle.

Times have changed - and so has technology. The Internet gives us access now to the whole world and we are not so totally reliant on what is available locally. In fact, when it comes to fabric and sewing, there is SO much available that we can have whatever we want. We just need to go looking. Of course, for some people, the cost of postage is a deterrent to online shopping. However, in life there is always a choice. We can choose not to purchase over the Internet and save our money - or we can choose to buy things we can't get in Perth and choose to pay the postage that goes with it.

I have bought fabric online in the past and will continue to do so. I have never been disappointed with what I've bought. In fact, I'm usually delighted with how much more lovely the fabrics are in reality compared to what I had imagined.

Here are some websites to look at:

For fashion fabric:

For sports-related fabric:

Here are some examples that I have bought online.

(a beautiful patchwork silk and polyester with sequins from Emma One Sock)

(a two way stretch cotton from Emma One Sock)

(a wool jersey from Tessuti)

(a four way stretch polyester from Emma One Sock)

(a four way stretch polyester from Emma One Sock)

(a designer label silk blend from Manhattan Fabrics)

I am also a member of Pattern Review ( which is the largest online sewing community in the world as well as being a mine of sewing information. Please have a look.
Happy online shopping!