Every year in Perth there is a big craft and quilt fair. I've been to it in the past a few times and it's fun to go - there are free demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions and lots of stalls selling the latest craft gadget and supplies. It's not for everybody though. The demographic is on the older side (I would say the average age is about 50) so the types of supplies and workshops offered are geared for a certain clientele. Most of it is not for me but occasionally there is something on offer that I get really excited about. This year I was super excited to attend a workshop to learn how to make rag rugs. I LOVE rag rugs. They have always been in my home growing up and I've always wanted to know how to make one. I've looked online but couldn't find any tutorials (I did find some where you sew braided rag pieces together) and saw some books but I prefer to learn by demonstration. So when I saw that the craft fair would have a rag rug making workshop I made sure to book a spot. The workshop was run by Naomi Huntsman of The Sewloist. She hails from Brisbane so if there are any Brisbanites reading this, check her out - she often does workshops for the rugs. The workshop went for 2 hours and cost $50. All materials were supplied - safety pins and fabric scraps (plus lollies for sustenance!). The process was easy although a little tricky to understand in the beginning but once you get the hang of it, I imagine it would be the perfect craft to undertake while marathoning some TV series or movies! Here are my attempts:
They are quite small at the moment, about 15cm long. I need to hit the op shops to get some sheets I can rip up to continue the rugs. I want to make one for going under the coffee table and the other one can go in the kitchen. I hope I haven't forgotten how to do it! I wrote down some notes so hopefully they still make sense when I continue making the rugs!
While I was at the craft fair I had money burning a hole in my pocket and picked up some very lovely purchases. I couldn't resist these fabrics from Japan (despite knowing that I'm going there in December, I was worried these fabrics wouldn't be available then!).
Aren't they just so darn cute!!! I have no idea what I'm going to make with them lol. I just bought what caught my eye. I bought some other little bits and bobs too:
The pens are for making on fabric and are either washable or air erasable. I want to work on some embroidery so thought they would be good for transferring embroidery patterns. And then I saw these embroidery threads!! SWOON!! They had so many delicious colours it took me a while to figure out which ones I should buy. I got the bias tape maker because I had the two smaller sizes but found they were often a little too small for the project I was making. A "sewist" enamel pin which I had to get because of all the sewing I'm doing these days. The machine needles are for sewing with knit fabrics - I have some knit material to make a couple turtlenecks. And finally a bag pattern that I had been eyeing on the website for the craft fair. It's a bit like a doctor's bag and can hold all your craft supplies (or just be a cool bag for everyday stuff!). Actually, maybe I'll use the fabric I bought for the bag!
I also treated myself to this book by Lotta Jansdotter. I knew I could get it a bit cheaper online but I really wanted to book right now and not in a months time (why must delivery always take so long!).
The book is called "Everyday Style" and is a book of mostly clothing patterns (there are a couple bags and accessories throw in). All the patterns are quite simple so even a beginner sewist could tackle them easily. She shows how to inject personality into each of the different patterns by choosing different fabrics, lengthening or shortening hems or adding small accents.
The book is divided into seasons and Lotta shows you how the patterns can take you from season to season so you can have a year round wardrobe.
The instructions are pretty clear I think but since I haven't made anything from the book yet I can't say for certain. I really like her fresh style and choice of fabrics. I'm quite eager to make all the patterns and have added them to my never ending list of things to make!
Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style
by Lotta Jansdotter
ISBN10 : 1617691747
ISBN13 : 9781617691744