Perth Craft and Quilt Fair May 21st to 25th 2014

13 05 2014

perth 2014 cqf button

See us at this show on Stand F30 (not E30 as previously published).  We will have four great classes available daily at the Pop Up Classroom; some fabulous new products and great Show Specials.  For details on some of the Show Specials, see the attached flyer below.  I am only bringing one pallet, whatever excess luggage I can get away with plus a load of deliveries going straight there, so some stock will limited.  Don’t miss out on some great prices and one off promotions.

Here is my Perth Specials flyer:  Perth 2014 specials

See you there.


I am crowd funding

9 05 2014

or at least going to give it a go.

One of the most interesting parts about the connectedness of life these days is that producers can link into consumers in so many different ways.  Social media provides instant feedback, news can go viral in a heart beat, and through Crowd sourcing or Crowd funding, marketers can determine whether there is a need or appetite for a product before producing it.  I have been watching this phenomena for a while but have only just attempted it for the first time.

Crowd Source image cropped

This crowd funding is not a commercial venture and is only linked to Unique Stitching in as far as that I am an integral part of both.  I have an idea for a community resource for Textile Teachers or anyone who wants to expand into the Textile art world.  I am prepared to give the information away if there is demand for the service.  Based in a stand alone, community website, the material will be available 24 hours a day, all year and all around the world.

For years now, I have had hundreds or even thousands of High School Textile teachers come to my workshops to learn about contemporary media, techniques and tools so that they are better placed to share that knowledge with their students.  They want me to come to their schools or their PD days, but I am physically unable to do so as my calendar is already too full.  So this is part of a proposed solution.

For full details or to make a pledge, you can go to this link:  Pozible Link   or

There has been a lot of excitement around the proposal, but it needs to translate into action.  I would like to proceed with this, but have other projects that can be done instead if it does not go ahead.  This package will only be built if there is demand and demand will only be measured by the success of this crowd funding exercise over the next four weeks.  Please share with your friends if you think they might be interested.

Houston Bound

25 02 2014

Wow, I am teaching at the Houston Quilt Festival in October this year. I am excited, amazed and a little overwhelmed but it is going to be fabulous and I hope that the classes fill, so tell your friends! For ease of reference I will share the schedule, as it currently stands in this blog post.

So here we go:
Monday 27 October 2-5pm Monoprint, Mask and Stamp.


Monday 27 October 6-9pm Scattered Circles Table Runner

Scattered circles table runner sml

Tuesday 28th October All Day  Daffodil Art Quilt


Wednesday 29th October All Day  My Textured Garden

Textured Garden sml

Thursday 30th October 2-4  Mixed Media Miscellany  Stunning Surfaces with Man Made Meltables.  This is a session where a number of us are in a room and participants get to rotate around to see the ones that interest them.

Now that I have written this, it seems so real.

Angelina Fibre Butterflies

14 01 2014

??????????I have added a little video to Youtube showing you how to make these super cool Butterflies.


I hope you like it, please share.


Mixed Media Canvas

11 01 2014

I am building a range of mixed media canvases, pages and more for the Scrapbooking and Papercraft Shows.  I am not a papercrafter and I don’t really get the ‘scrapbooking’ thing, but I do like working on canvases.  Here is one I have just completed.


I have used a very eclectic mix of objects in here, but it is still a structured and formal layout.

There are two Tim Holtz products:  A pre printed Hessian canvas from the District Market range (Clockmaker) and my all time favourite Clock faces – Timepieces from the Ideology ranges.  The photo is one I have licenced from


the quote is transfered using Transfer Artist Paper on to Kraft Tex.  I really liked the effect of this and to finish it of a bit, I have stitched around the edge with my maching.


The knives and the upholstery fabric behind them came from one of the local charity op shops.  I liked the texture on the knife handles.  I applied two coats of gesso and then painted two coats of Jacquard Textile Colour in Raw Sienna.  Once it was dry, I heated some embossing powder over the surface to ‘tarnish’ it a bit.  I don’t know the brand or colour of the embossing powder as it is very, very old and I can’t read the jar.  The knives are no longer relevant as cutlery, they are there for their horizontal lineal look.

What do you think?

20 Minute Christmas Wreath

23 12 2013

Rustic Christmas Wreath

I originally made this in 2005 and it is still looking exactly the same.  It is so quick and easy to make.

What you need:

  • One vine wreath (I  used an 8 inch one)
  • Four sprigs of Christmas Berries
  • One large rusty bell (I used a 7 cm one)
  • Scraps of fabric or Ribbon.

How to Make it:

  1. Rip your fabric into five strips, approximately 4 cms by 50 cms
  2. Feed the end of the Berry Sprigs into the centre of the wreath, spreading them evenly around the wreath. You can use a hot glue gun to secure these if you want to.
  3. Tie the strips in a tight bow at the point where the berry sprig has entered the wreath.
  4. Thread the fifth strip of fabric through the loop of the bell.
  5. Tie the bell securely around the top of the wreath.  Allow it to sit slightly into the centre of the wreath.
  6. Use the remainder of the ribbon to make a hanging loop.

20 Ways to find Unique Stitching in 2014

25 11 2013

Here is my event schedule, as it currently stands, for 2014.  Come and visit at an event near you.

Unique Stitching 2014 Show Schedule

See us at the following Craft Shows

  • Christchurch NZ Craft and Quilt Fair – February 13 to 15 – Pioneer Stadium, Christchurch NZ
  • Palmerston Nth NZ Craft and Quilt Fair – February 20 to 22 – Arena Manawatu Palmerston Nth NZ
  • Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Show – February 21 to 23 – Royal Exhibition Building Carlton Gardens
  • Rosehill NSW Stitches and Craft Show – March 6 to 9 – Rosehill Racecourse, Rosehill NSW
  • Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show – March 20 to 23 – Brisbane Exhibition Centre Southbank QLD
  • Australasian Quilt Convention – April 10 to 13 – Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens VIC
  • Creative Textile Show – May 2 to 4 – National Convention Centre, Canberra ACT
  • Perth Quilt and Craft Fair – May 21 to 25 – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Perth WA
  • Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo – June 7 to 9 – Brisbane Exhibition Centre Southbank QLD
  • Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair – June 26 to 29 – Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank VIC
  • Sydney Quilt and Craft Fair – July 9 to 13 – Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island NSW
  • Adelaide Sewing, Stitching and Handcraft Show – July 18 to 20 – Wayville Pavillion Adelaide Showground SA
  • Hamilton NZ Quilt and Craft Fair – August 7 to 10 – Claudlands Events Centre, Hamilton NZ
  • Art Is You Art Retreat NSW – August 14 to 17 – Mercure Port Macquarie Cams Wharf NSW
  • Art Is You Art Retreat Victoria – August 20 to 24 – Novotel St Kilda, St Kilda VIC
  • Art Is You Art Retreat QLD – August 28 to 31 – Novotel Twin Waters Sunshine Coast QLD
  • Newcastle Stitches and Craft Show – September 11 to 14 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow, NSW
  • Unique Retreat – September 19 to 21 – Canberra, ACT
  • Unique Retreat on the Road – September 26 to 28 – Townsville, QLD
  • Brisbane Quilt and Craft Fair – October 8 to 12 – Brisbane Exhibition Centre, Southbank QLD


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