I am inspired by colour, and I love fabric! Placing even small scraps together and mixing up ranges and colours is a joy. My designs are also often designed inspired by gaps in the market place, such as projects for boys, wanting to use up every little scrap, the need for a quick or personal birthday present or just the chance to be creative. Fresh, and constantly changing fabric ranges are very inspirational!
Seeing great designs is also inspirational. I love seeing how fabric is used to make modern style children’s clothes, or combinations or colours or fabric on flickr or blogs that makes my think “I want that” or “let me try that”. I am also lucky enough to have a group of enthusiastic and talented crafty friends.
I have done/do pattern test for Melly & me, Make it Perfect, Silly Gilly Kids, Nicole Mallalieu Designs. I also at times, sample sew for Ballarat Patchwork.
I also design for Homespun and Handmade magazines.
I describe my design style as fresh and fun loving. I prefer a simple style and enjoy using a large range of fabrics. To relax I stitch stitcheries but I also enjoy making bags, quilts, cushions, softies and recently women’s and children’s clothes.
When making designs for children I also like to add some appliqué to work with the fabric theme or the child’s interest and use both buttonhole stitch and raw edge appliqué.
I am thrilled to have Rachel on board with the Creative Team. Rachel's first tutorial is Cutting Cookies. Cutting Cookies is a quick to make childs apron inspired by cookie cutter shapes. Make a cute apron for boys by using a star or gingerbread cookie cutter for inspiration or trace around their toy sized tools for a fun appliquéd apron. Using only 3 fat quarters and some scraps and create this apron in an afternoon. It’s an economical and satisfyingly quick project to complete and with waist and neck ties it is versatile enough to fit children from ages 3 – 6.
You will find the tutorial here.