Friday, March 18, 2011

Easter Crafts & High Tea with Kelly Doust

Join us for a decadent afternoon creating felt egg cosies, finger puppets and other felt fripperies from our beautiful range of Heather Bailey designer felt.

Kelly Doust, bestselling author of The Crafty Minx and The Crafty Kid will be joining us for Calico & Ivy's first Sydney workshop event on Sunday 10 April, and showing us how to create some of her cute, simple designs for an elegantly homespun Easter. Crafters of all skill levels welcome.

Date: Sunday, 10 April, 2011

Address: 10 Birchgrove Road, Balmain

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: $65.00

Phone: 02 9555 9909

Details: a lavish high tea party including sandwiches, cakes and loose-leaf teas and of course a glass of bubbles will be provided on the day.

Please book early to avoid disappointment, as spaces are limited.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


If you shared in either our Kaffe Fassett workshop on Tuesday or lecture on Wednesday evening, I think that you will be like me - totally inspired!

Where do I start?  Do I pick up the knitting needles, crack some tiles and have a go at a mosaic, pick up a needlepoint and stitch frantically, or start a quilt or two.  Well for me I decided it was back to a quilt I began some time ago, finish it I must, and a new crochet project from some amazing 2 ply crewel wool we are sourcing for the shops.

Kaffe and Brandon have given us all permission to have at least 15 projects on the go at any one time, and who am I to argue this point!  I am all for a little over indulgence!  There is nothing like spending  over an hour being gently swayed back into the colour groove.  Kaffe has been an inspiration for me since an early encounter with his knitting books, and during his lecture he took us back down that road, and then led us back up to his current works, at all times showing how he manipulates shape and colour to achieve beauty.

We have a long weekend here in Perth, and for the first time in the longest while the heat has moderated, so I must strike while the climate is cool and the iron is hot!

Share the pics we took at the workshop on the slideshow to the right and I am sure you will agree that our 30 participants excelled.  Their good humour and enthusiasm was contagious as the day turned on the heat, and our portable air conditioners were tested to the max.  Memorable is the word here.

How joyful it was as some of the emerging quilts reflected their creators personalities so entirely - right down to their selection of clothing for the day!

And of course Brandon always is in for a giggle, from dancing with our air conditioning 'robots', to skylarking in the ocean off Carnac Island.