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Monday, February 22, 2010

All In A Days Work

Here are a couple of new clutches that I made today.

I tried my hand at applique, just for something different, what do you think?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Next Sydney Bag Workshop 28th February

The next Sydney workshop for 2010 is February 28th 10am to 4:30pm in Alexandria.

It will be suitable for beginner to intermediate level sewers and we will be making a sling bag, as pictured below.

The class will be $145 + materials, which will include step by step instruction with one on one help, bag pattern and a decadent afternoon tea. Oh and did I mention you’ll have a great day sewing and meet some new people! For bookings, please complete the

booking form (if you have trouble with the link please email me for a booking form) by the 26th February then email to for confirmation of enrolment. Upon enrolment you will receive the materials list so you can go shopping for your supplies.

Depending on which fabric you use, materials should cost approximately $30, assuming you already have scissors etc.

If you don't wish to choose your own fabric, I have a few kits with the fabric used in the photo available for $30.

Please note there are only four places available and you need to bring your own sewing machine. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me.

Here are a few comments from Elizabeth who attended the last workshop.

“I had a wonderful day, was made to feel welcome, spoilt rotten, fed beautiful food and had vast quantities of coffee, tea and cold drinks. By the end of the day I also had a new bag.”

“I will definitely do another workshop.”

I hope to see you there

Melinda, Shannon and Julia enjoying the day

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Are You Addicted? Hell YEAH!

A few tell tale signs that you may be addicted to fabric;

1) When you pick up a new parcel of fabric you must open it immediately, waiting until you get into the car is just NOT an option.

2) When you arrive home you lay out your pretty maids all in a row and just stare, with cup of tea in hand, at the beauty before you.

3) You MUST rub your (clean) hands over the smooth, soft, euphoria inducing texture.

Which is exactly what I did today to these gorgeous fibres.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Product Photography

Having great shots of your product is very important, especially when you're selling online.

I usually try to take photos of my bags in an apartment, which can be quite tricky as there are always shadows and reflections and the light is only good during a short period of the day.

If possible, I really prefer to have a model in the shot. It looks better, helps customers judge the bag size and visualise it on themselves. Unfortunately, having a model isn’t always possible, so when I can't get my hands on a friend to glam it up for me, I need a plan-B.

I found instructions for a DIY product light-box on the internet. It took me about an hour to put this baby together.

I used foam board from Riot Art, baking paper, two bedside lamps and an extra spotlight from Bunnings. Be careful with the spotlight as it gets really hot very fast! You can get the light-box instructions here.

You can see the results using the light box on the bag below. For more examples click the Flickr slide show on the right.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This Weekend At Eveleigh Artisan Markets

Hi Guys

Just a sneak peak at what I've been working on for the Eveleigh Markets this Sunday at The Carriage Works in Redfern.

Hope to see you there.

Bags for the market this Sunday

The front of some new clutches I hope to finish and a plastic covered fold purse
Sorry, not the best photo with the flash

My Sewing Machine

A lot of people have asked me if I sew with an industrial sewing machine. I wish!

Until recently I've made everything on my first sewing machine, a Janome Sewist 525s, that has never missed a beat.

My trusty Janome, she never lets me down

When I was holidaying at my mums house in Tenterfield I went to her local craft class. During the class I fell in love with the machine I was using, which was a Bernina 1130 made in 1986. It was old school with a full metal casing, weighed a tonne and sewed like a dream.

I searched everywhere on the net but couldn't find one for sale. Clearly this was a machine to hang on to and pass down through the generations as an heirloom.

At the stitches and craft show I visited the Bernina stand and told the Bernina man (George) of my dilemma. He told me he didn't have an 1130 but would have a similar machine, a Bernina 1530 (1992), in a few weeks time. He agreed to put it aside when it arrived and call me to check it out.

I phoned him on a regular basis for three weeks, each time holding my breath at the other end of the line in hope that he would say "Sasha, it's in!". It seemed an age but that day finally arrived and I went to see if she would be my new love.

George introduced us and showed me her capabilities, highlighting how hi-tech she was for her age, with an LCD screen and command ball mechanism (mouse) to choose between features.

To be honest I wasn't too attracted to her at first as she looked a little different to the 1130. However, after a brief period of witnessing her many different talents I quickly fell for her.
I signed the adoption papers without hesitation and took her home to her new creative space.

My Bernina 1530 (1992), so preeeeeeety isn't she?

Look at all these feet she has!

As in any relationship love is rarely instantaneous. It's something that grows as you spend time together. My Bernina and I have certainly grown to love each other and we shall never ever part, unless I have a daughter that is.
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