Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Liberty Garland

A simple garland using Liberty fabrics, perfect for adorning the mantle this Christmas.

To make, you will need:
2.5m bias binding
6 x Liberty fat 16th's
1/2 meter vlisofix

Step 1: Press all fabrics

Step 2: Draw and cut out festive shapes ie: star, tree, stocking etc

Step 3: Cut 3 pieces of vlisofix the same size as your fat 16th's. Iron each vlisofix piece to the wrong side of the Liberty prints. (You should have 3 Liberty pieces with vlisofix and 3 without)

Step 4: Peel off backing paper. Iron other 3 fabrics onto the backs of the first fabrics (the ones with the vlisofix attached)

Step 5: Cut out as many shapes as possible (I used 24)

Step 6: Take your bias binding and with a sewing machine, sew shapes between the bias fold using either a zigzag or straight stitch.

Step 7: Hang your garland!

Liberty Fat 16th's can be purchased in store .

Monday, November 29, 2010

Scarlet Jones Open Late on Wednesday night

We are open late this Wednesday night and the following Wednesday night at Scarlet Jones for your convenience.
We have just put out our exclusive Christmas stock of Vintage inspired decorations from the USA.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Linen Just Arrived

Quite a few customers have been waiting for a shipment of the lighter weight linen. It has just arrived along with the lighter coloured scarf linen. Just in time for you to make some linen scarves for Christmas.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Market Finds

Isn't funny how everything matches without trying sometimes. These pics are of my market purchases yesterday (gifts and for the shop only) I am loving the orange and black combo.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Yuwa Fabrics Special Purchase

Just got back from ordering next year's fabrics and have just bought a large amount of Yuwa fabrics in a Special Purchase lot selling for $22 a metre. Get in early for the best choice (they are all pretty gorgeous though)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas is Coming!

I have been a bit of a bah humbug kinda girl for the last few years when it comes to Christmas.
I think it started when my adult children were still at home and I had to drag them out of bed to eat Christmas dinner. (who cared that they had got home from the night before at 10am and were feeling extremely seedy)
Little ones certainly made Christmas much more fun. Even though being woken up at 4 am didn't seem like fun at the time, it really was!
Enjoy it while it lasts if you have small children it goes very quickly, and it is so much fun sharing the excitement of Christmas with them.

Anyway I thought this year I will get into the Spirit of Christmas! This is my first offering. If you would like a copy of the "how to" sheet call into the shop next week or put yourself on the email list and I will email you a copy. (I am not in the shop again until Sunday)
P.S. For anyone that does not know we are open from 12 - 4 on a Sunday.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Around the Shop

Just a quck post to say that Scarlet Jones is no longer stocking Children's toys etc, there are three shops in Auburn Village that are children's shops. So all the French brand Moulin Roty toys are now at Patchwork on Central and are discounted by 30%. Great opportunity to buy these collectable toys for someone you love at a great price.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Harvest Textiles Advanced Screen Print Class

Today I spent an enjoyable day with Lara Davies from Harvest Textiles. I would highly recommend her classes to anyone wishing to learn how to screen print your own designs. Earlier in the year I learned the basics, so this was one step on. The design I was inspired by is an old French wallpaper designed by Marie Laurencin in the Art Deco period.
Spot the difference! I learned a very good lesson on how not to reverse the screens. Luckily I still liked the result.
Lara is a wonderful teacher that has a very quiet informative teaching method. It was a lovely way to spend a wet Melbourne day.
They are moving to Brunswick next week and are leaving their old home at the Ink and Spindle studio.
See the link on my sidebar to see some more of their work.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Haven't done any making this week, it has been filled up with sorting and redecorating the shop and home.
It always makes me feel good to change things around and have the shop looking gorgeous again, I will take some pictures today. So nice of those who have come in, to notice and comment as well. We have had an amazingly busy week.
On the home front I am deciding whether to keep these small suitcases or not. I will leave them there for a while and decide. Great for storage though.
I also looked at my purse this morning and decided next time someone hands me a useless receipt
(like for fruit) I will say no thanks. This is just a couple of months of crap that was filling it up.
Now to sort!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Roses & Liberty Club

This year the Roses are looking beautiful in Melbourne. The rain has been just what they needed after years of drought.
I thought I would show two of my favourite ones in the garden. The red one is called Prospero and has the strongest perfume, the other is Albertine. It only puts on one show a year but it is worth it.
Unfortunately the Possums love it too.
This week we have started our Liberty Club, you get 6 mail outs a year of 20 x 6" squares. You also get a pattern or project sheet with each mail out.
Joining the Liberty Club also entitles you to 10% off any Liberty fabric you purchase either online or in store.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Heath, Love and Wealth

And Time To Enjoy Them. Welcome to a new week.
What wise words are on this very old pewter plate, I think we all need to heed this advice, especially me, work has a way of becoming too big a part in my life, I am making a big effort to get out more and it works.
These are my market finds from yesterday that somehow found my way into the house. The vase is beautiful old heavy stoneware.
I know I am getting rid of things but these were just too nice not to keep. The Roses are Iceberg's from my garden. They are looking so pretty at the moment.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tram Roll Fabric

Some weeks are better than others, but just when I was feeling like this Graffiti girl in Fitzroy,
someone does something incredibly nice.
The talented Nicole Rosenberg (www.littleliberty1.blogspot.com) kindly mentioned my Tram Roll Squares from Patchwork on Central Park in her article in the Sun newspaper. Thank you Nicole!

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Liberty Fabrics

Gordon came through the door with new fabrics Liberty fabrics yesterday.
Among this latest delivery were some new additions to the classic range. I particularly love the pink one.
I haven't been to Chapel Street for some time so last night walked along and had a drink in one of the many eatery's down there.
It is always nice to look at the different facade's of the building's. I particularly loved these shops. Hopefully the developers won't just wipe them out one day, as that is what make Melbourne so charming.