The AMQF is on again this long weekend - 29th September - 1st October 2012. This is just a reminder to let you know that Hettie's Patch will be at the show as a vendor along with many others. The show is open from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, and 10am-4pm on Monday. We hope to see you there!
There is a lot happening at this show, so if you would like to know more, visit the AMQF website at www.amqfestival.com.au/
They are 54"wide. We sell them in pieces as small as a fat sixteenth (10" x 13.5" approx) for $2.50 as well as fat eighths and fat quarters. Priced at $35 per metre they are pure wool and therefore can be felted in a hot wash.
To complement these wools, we also stock Valdani perle threads in sizes 8 and 12.
Another little snippet at this stage is Wendy Williams is coming to Hettie's to teach (I don't know when just yet, but if you are interested, please let me know.) Wendy is the guest teacher on this month's Quilters Companion DVD. She shows her beautiful wool embellishment techniques. If you haven't seen it, I suggest you get a copy!! Wendy also teaches regular classes at Material Obsession
Just arrived................a beautiful selection of Need'l Love Wool fabric from Andover. Perfect for applique.
Priced at $35 per metre and 54" wide, we will sell it in smaller quantities as low as a fat eighth for $4.50.
We had a wonderful day at the shop yesterday making bags with Nikki from You SEW Girl. At the end of the day everybody had their bags nearly complete and had learnt so many tips and tricks for making really professional bags in the future.
As you can see everybody worked really hard.
Sorry Nikki not the best photo.
Everyone learnt about Nikki's favourite tool a tailors awl ............. not sure occ health and safely would pass this.
At the end of the day.
sorry Sue shocking photos of you but a very nice bag.
I didn't manage to get a single shot of the girls from Moonta perhaps because they were doing a little shopping.
It was a great day and we look forward to having NIkki back again.
Today was our last full day at the chateau. Kaari and her friend Cathy (who owns Summerland Mercantile) taught our last project. We stitched a piece of jersey fabric in reverse appliqué. A similar technique is used in the Alabama Stitch Book. It is a hand sewn piece which can be used as part of clothing or as a cushion, bag etc.
After another quick period of shopping, we had our a last dinner with tables set up outside in the garden. Just lovely............
Tomorrow we leave early for Avignon. Home on Thursday. An absolutely wonderful week........
Thank you Kaari, Mollie, Cathy, Kick, Debbie, Shea, Lizzie and the staff at the chateau for making this an unforgettable time.
Today was woad day. We gathered our bits of linen and lace that we had collected over the last few days and trundled out to a field at the side of the chateau to dye them in woad vats. Woad is a natural dye (a very old craft) made from a plant. Denise explained the process and guided us through our dyeing. When items are removed from the vat they are bright green, and turn blue before your eyes. A bit of magic!!!! Given that it was the summer solstice, we felt a bit like witches stirring up our potions.
The result was a pile of beautiful chalky blues in various shades. Can't wait to start making up bags and 'things' we I get home!!!
Today we could have visited more markets and gardens, however we decided to stay behind and work on our beaded flowers. Amy and Helen made a gorgeous little crown and I made a tiara (pictured) and also a spray of flowers and leaves. I think I have found a new interest. It was a lot of fun and very satisfying to make. Amy and I also went for a walk around the perimeter of the chateau and visited the local cemetery......very, very old!!!!
Tomorrow we are woad dyeing!
Today we visited a hat factory no longer in production and had the opportunity to rummage through the old stock and purchase satin ribbons, grosgrain and taffeta ribbons. The old building held an amazing amount of straw hats and paraphernalia associated with hat making. Needless to say, I purchased quite a lot of ribbons which I will post home. We also started making some French beaded flowers.