Category Archive: textiles

Tales of a table runner

Normally, I wouldn’t describe myself as a particularly argumentative person, but when I saw this stripy, woven, fringed textile in an opshop labelled as a table runner, I thought “what!? It’s a skirt!”… Continue reading

A Lao Lu look at last

How many hill tribe jackets is enough*? This is now my fourth, and was given to me by a friend a few years ago. Back then, it looked like this (and my hair… Continue reading

Beads, tassels and more at Singapore’s Peranakan Museum

As you may have realised if you follow me on Instagram, I was in Singapore for a few days’ holiday recently. Although I’d been there a few times, the last time was 2007… Continue reading

Indian inspo

Just a quick post today – although the garment featured wasn’t so fast to make, mainly because I kind of made it twice. Eight years ago I went to India and went a bit overboard… Continue reading

(I’m not) Making the Australian Quilt

Crochet, embroidery, bobbin lace, sewing by hand and machine, indigo dyeing, Hmong batik, Fimo modelling, weaving, arm knitting, regular knitting and applique. Yep, I think that’s about it for the list of crafts… Continue reading

The skin-ny on sewing leather

Although opshopping is a bit like pot luck, there is one category of clothing you are guaranteed to find: leather. I’m not sure whether there is any data about which pieces opshops find the most… Continue reading

Holiday dressing at home

The concept of “holiday dressing” these days conjures up beautiful Instagram flat lays of carefully chosen designer pieces that evoke the spirit of the travel destination: photogenic bikinis, straw hats and sarongs for… Continue reading

What a maharani wears on her day off

It’s a good question, don’t you think? What DO exotic royal ladies wear and what do they get up to when they’re not ruling kingdoms? In the nation over which I rule (that… Continue reading

Ethnic everything

As mentioned in my previous post, I thought you’d like to see some more from the Ethnic Jewellery book. There were so many inspiring images it was hard to choose, but these were… Continue reading

Sewing a piece of sunshine

It’s going to be a hot one in Melbourne this week, after what seems like a ridiculously slow start to summer. Maybe, in these last two days of my day job before my… Continue reading