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I originally made this in 2005 and it is still looking exactly the same.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

We are taking our Retreat on the Road to FNQ.

4 11 2013

Unique Stitching

Retreat on the Road

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September 2014

In Townsville

Three days of surface design, mixed media, art quilt heaven.

This little retreat will be jam packed with fun, ideas and inspiration. Tutors have been handpicked for their sharing, inclusive and enjoyable approach, guaranteeing that you will not only learn heaps, you will have a ball doing it. Classes will be held in Townsville, QLD.

Each tutor will offer three one day classes, giving you a smorgasbord of six workshops to choose from. Class sizes will be small and intimate – numbers will be strictly limited – book early to secure your position. You can book for individual days or for the full three.

Ensure your place by paying the deposit, be first to see the tutors class list and get priority placement into the classes of your first choice. Deposit is fully refundable if your plans change, so there is no risk. This option is only available for the Far North Queensland Retreat as it is the first time we are running that event. Deposit registration will be available up until the time that the full class list is released at which time, those registered will be given first priority on class placements.

Tutors at the Retreat will be Jane Davila and Alysn Midgelow-Marsden Both tutors will provide fantastic classes and a great experience for participants

To secure your place go to and register your interest.  This tiny url will take you straight to the page:

Don’t miss out!

Incorporating Gelli Printing into Quilts

31 08 2013

I love creating my own fabric, whether that is by painting or dyeing and it is great to be able to use one off fabrics in projects.  That way you know no one will ever have anything like what you do.  Sometimes I meet in the middle of the unique one off and the commercial by incorporating elements of both.  Today I have taken some fabrics I monoprinted with the Gelli Plate and then stencilled the fore ground and incorporated them into some very basic patchwork using batiks and hand dyes.  The stencils are both commercially available.  The feather is from The Crafter’s Workshop and the ballerina is a Stencil Girl stencil.  Both will be very recogniseable in a range of different projects.  The batiks are Tulis Textile fabrics and the hand dyes, all my own.


This first one is monprinted and stenciled then stitched together with Tulis Textile Batiks.  Here is some detail of the priniting:


This second one is long and skinny.  I see it as a great growth chart or to decorate a narrow and long space.  Not that it will be either of those things, but it will be lovely as a simple demonstration for the Show stand or the Pop Up Classes.


And here is some detail:


I love this stencil.  One more sample to put together with Gelli printed backgrounds and then I can move onto something else.  What do you think?

See me in Australian Patchwork and Quilting.

5 08 2013

It has been a long time since I have had a quilt published in a magazine.  As a general rule, I don’t have time to make, write up and submit magazine articles.  However, I have set some new goals, one of which is about increasing my contributions here and overseas.  This is the first.  Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 22 No 11, page 106.


What do you think?


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