My studio will be open this Friday for a couple of hours ~ pop in for a chat and maybe some christmas shopping. The full range of Yardage Design handprinted homewares and fabric will be available for sale, along with some samples (not available online) and sale items.
Visit the Abbotsford Convent website for details of how to get there ... You will find my studio in the Mercator Building which is on the river side of the grounds (check the map when you get there).
Have a great Tuesday (pouring rain in Melbourne this morning, but great for the garden!).
At this time of year, the agapanthus are about to bloom. I think they are the prettiest at this time ~ I love their shapes and delicate colours ...
Many of you will already know that Agapanthus was one of my first fabric designs, and it's always been one of my favourite. This design in white on natural linen/cotton was reprinted about 4 times, and is now sold out.
Just a few metres remain of this design in purple on off-white organic cotton/hemp ~ available in the Yardage Design online shop (free postage for this fabric this week).
I love wrapping gifts with fabric or a tea towel ~ it really is like giving two gifts. I wrapped this one up yesterday with my Fan handprinted fabric and a bit of measuring tape ribbon I had (which I love!).
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I'm about half way there, and hoping to finish next week before things start getting frantic! Stay tuned for an open studio announcement over the coming few days.
Seville is a beautiful city in southern Spain. In Spanish, it is known as Sevilla (Sev-ee-ya). I love this city, and was so inspired by the Moor influences in architecture, especially. This design is my tribute to the city.
This design is currently handprinted in cherry red onto beautiful medium weight organic cotton/hemp. It's in the shop now!
I've been updating the shop lately, and discounting a few things, so I thought I would set up a separate section ... kind of like the bargain corner. Anyway, you'll find some lovely discounted handprinted homewares and fabrics, and postage on these sale items is free.
Nice for Christmas pressies! Sale items listed here while they last.
I really love this design, but I need to make it bigger and use the Fan linen/cotton as it is not quite as heavy as the hemp/organic cotton that I used for this one. I'd also like to be able to overstitch it on the machine. Take two of this idea will be happening in my creative space this afternoon.
More spaces and creativity here every Thursday. Have a great day!
Yesterday was my first open studio, which also coincided with the Abbotsford Convent Open Day. We were lucky with glorious weather and brilliant media coverage in the Age over the weekend, so the grounds of the convent were packed with happy people. As one visitor to my studio so eloquently put it, people were simply "drifting" through the buildings and grounds of the Convent oasis. There was a decidedly "chilled" vibe all day, which was great!
The day officially started at 11am, but there were people buzzing around from much earlier, and there was barely a quite moment for me until late into the afternoon. So many lovely people dropped in to see what I do, including some great friends, lovely bloggers and people who know my work through facebook and instagram. It was so lovely to put faces to names, so a huge thanks to everyone who introduced themselves. In addition, there were those interested to know what goes on in the Convent, those interested in the architecture and those who just wanted to know a bit more about screenprinting. I wish I had been able to take some pics with people in them, but there just wasn't a chance, so I took these this morning (the day after)!
Have you noticed a new design? I only printed it on Friday, then hastily wrapped it around a canvas with a few other pieces. It's called "Sevilla", and it will be in the shop later this week.
I also managed a spot of sewing (it's amazing what a deadline can do for your productivity) and made some Yardage Design pennant flags to hang above my window. The original plan was to hang them outside the window so that people could see them as they approached the building, but I couldn't secure them well enough for the breeze not to snatch them away, so they stayed inside. It's the first thing I've started and finished in the same day for ages!
I also managed to finish (except for the pins holding it together at the bottom ... shhh!) the patchwork I started at craft camp a while ago to hang behind my glass door. Yesterday, for the open studio, I had this hanging on the wall next to my door, but it is now safely behind the glass and looking pretty!
This is my window (on the first floor of the Mercator building) ...
Thanks again to everyone who dropped in ~ it was an amazing day. I will be having another open studio in the lead up to Christmas, for those that missed out on a bit of early gift shopping and a squizz at my creative space. I will keep you posted with a date and time.
Red is one of my favourite colours. I took this photo the other day using a macro lens, and while it's not a great product shot (that's my "Fan" fabric in the background), I just really like it. The pot is one of those single serve, cast iron, dutch ovens ~ it was an impulse buy ages ago and I've never used it for anything to do with food, but again, I just really like it!
I'm busy printing and preparing for my open studio on Sunday ~ it's the perfect kind of busy! I hope you're having a good week so far ...
Just a quick reminder that the Yardage Design studio will be open for the first time next Sunday 11 November from 11am to 4pm.The whole range of Yardage Design handprinted fabrics and homewares will be on display and available to purchase (cash and credit cards accepted), and I'll be there all day for a chat. I hope you can make it along. It might be a great opportunity to pick up some Christmas pressies!
The whole of the Abbotsford Covent will also be open on the day, with activities and great food for the whole family. It's going to be fun!
Hello! I'm Nic ... I love to design, screen print, sew and cook. I have a passion for beautiful fabric and have decided to have a go at designing and printing my own under the label Yardage Design. My blog is my creative outlet and journal of my adventures making all sorts of things. Thanks for visiting!