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Darwin roundup

I’ve now written a few posts about our holiday in Darwin, but inevitably I feel as though I’ve missed some elements that I’d like to record for posterity, so this is a roundup of those odds and sods. There is some wonderful street art in Darwin, here is just a sample. We visited the Art […]

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Lost City and Litchfield National Park

We drove into Litchfield National Park intending to visit the waterfalls, but it was a Saturday and there was no room. All the pools were full of people floating around on pool noodles, and swimming was impossible. We did manage to squeeze into the Buley Rockhole which has pools on several levels. We walked to […]

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Possum Land dress

This dress is made from some fabric that Archie bought me when he had a holiday in Darwin a few weeks before we did. Imagine my surprise when he produced it, like a rabbit out of a hat, upon his return home! And imagine my extreme fear of cutting into this precious fabric. I was […]

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Dreamtime stories of the top end

As we have been moving around in the National Parks of the Northern Territory (known as the top end) I have noticed quite a few Dreamtime Stories on boards. I am a collector of Dreamtime Stories; I have a few stories of the Noongar people of Perth and am endlessly fascinated. The Dreamtime is the […]

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Stokx Rock and Xanthea tee

I really wanted to add the word “skirt” when I typed that heading but realised it would be a tautology as “rock” means “skirt” in German. This pattern was given to me by the lovely Lindy from Stokx Patterns, but the opinions and thoughts are all my own. I was so surprised to realise how […]

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The rock art of Ubirr

Whilst we were in Kakadu we knew we had to explore some of the rock art, and the rock art of Ubirr has to be the best I’ve ever seen, and is apparently why Kakadu has dual World Heritage Status. I have to share! I do love a good rock formation and those on the […]

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Zero waste waist bag

My next make from one of the Indie Pattern Designers Showcase prize patterns is the Liz Haywood Zero Waste Waist Bag. I made it from a couple of scraps of cork fabric that I had bought at the Fibres West garage sale. I didn’t know if the cork would work, but it’s pretty good. Zips […]

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Fieldwork Molly Skirt

I had the most amazing September where I won 19 (yes 19!) patterns in a couple of different challenges. The biggest prize came from the Independent Pattern Designers Showcase and these two makes are from those patterns. First up is the Fieldwork Molly skirt. Every summer I feel as though I need a white skirt […]

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A damn good dress!

I was lucky enough to win the Forest and Thread Damn Good Dress pattern in an Instagram competition (#MyMakesForTheMonth), and I felt that it would be a great dress for layering as the weather moved into spring. I really liked the shape of the bodice and the skirt. The pattern includes lots of really nice […]

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Eco-dyed Eva Tee

In July I was lucky enough to do an eco-dyeing workshop with Penny Jewel, organised by WAFTA. It was just for protein fibres which are easier to dye than cellulose, but I wanted to improve my dyeing outcomes and I learned an enormous amount. Much of the fabric was provided and this shirt came from […]

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