Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pendants on their way to Ethiopia

and the HAMLIN Fistula Hospital. My sister-in law, a strong supporter of Dr Catherine Hamlin's work, asked me if we together could make Pendants to give at the graduation ceremony to the first midwifes from the Hamlin Fistula Midwifery College. These are girls from local villages that have been trained as midwives for there own people. Many of you will know of Dr Hamlin's work but if not head over to there website

Straight away we knew what would make up the pendants. The embroideries, that recovering patients do, on one side and a commemorative wording on the other.

The finished pendants.

A real treat to be able to make these. X

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Whats in Shop Handmade Canberra at the moment

Ric Rac brooches in these colors

Zipper brooches in these new colors
The Rose brooch


Check out the Handmade Shop website to see all the lovely products by some very talented designers.

A peek at what I've been up to.

Another gorgeous day at Handmade Markets last Sat 11th. Chatting with customers always gives me an energy that I need after many hours preparing and making for the market. Inspiration comes from a comment here and there from an enthusiastic customer that sets me off on another path of creativity. Next Handmade Market is on Sat 4th December where again all designers will rise to the occasion and have products that exceed customers expectations.

Here are some of the designs I have been working on.

'A Day in Town' dress brooches were very popular.

The quote on the card reads:

" For many busy housewives and mothers, a day in town is a rare occasion and something to be planned sometime ahead. There seems to be so many things one can only get at the big shops-school uniforms, dress material of a particular shade, a certain embroidery silk, a birthday present for a friend. However carefully we plan our shopping, there never seems to be enough time and it is a hectic rush from one large store to another to select our purchases.Perhaps the reason is that there are so many varieties to choose from that we dash madly hither and thither, unable to make up our minds. Pity the poor mother who is forced to take a small child on these expedition! then back home in the train or tram, weary, footsore and possibly , regretful that we did not have time to visit one particular store where they just might have had some of that curtain material we were after. Never mind that is something which to start off the shopping list for the next trip to town!' ( extract STITCH Jan 1957 New Zealand)