Full fibre immersion! at the KSW Fibre Craft retreat

It was a weekend immersion in all things fibre at Knit-Spin-Weave‘s annual fibre craft retreat. Last year I took my oldest daughter to the inaugural one, which you can read about here. Hummocks Station, near Snowtown in South Australia’s mid north, was the venue again; it’s a sheep station that also has accommodation. This time…

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The serial fashion exhibition goer

In an area where fashion exhibitions are few and far between, I’ve been to TWO in the past week (not counting Allan Aughey last week). How lucky am I! I went to both of them with Mum, who also sews, so it was extra nice. Here are some of the highlights of both. If you…

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The Mayor with Flair: Exhibition

The Mayor with Flair, an exhibition of fabulous outfits worn by former mayor Allan Aughey OAM, is on display at the Clare Art House. I went to the opening on Friday night and went back the next day to take photos. Allan was mayor here in the Clare & Gilbert Valleys, South Australia, for 12…

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Talking about the business of fashion

Yesterday I had the opportunity to do my first live in-person talk in almost exactly 2 years. Usually I feel nervous before talks but this time I was so excited! It was a networking event hosted by Her Business Collective, with a fashion theme. Her Business Collective is a South Australian group which supports women…

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Wedding gowns of yesterday

On the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Something Old, Something New, a wedding dress exhibition at Balaklava, a country town 1.5 hours north of Adelaide, South Australia. It’s a collection of gowns and wedding memorabilia on loan from local families. It was delightful. Here are some highlights…. Cheers!

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Fibres fantastic! at the inaugural KSW Fibre Craft retreat

Gee, I’m so fortunate to go on not one but two road trips this month (and even more fortunate to get back from Mary Quant before Victoria’s lockdown). On the weekend, my daughter and I went to Knit-Spin-Weave‘s inaugural Fibre Craft Retreat. Neither of us had been on a craft retreat before. The venue was…

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Destination: Quant

Mary Quant exhibition

Mum and I got back from a road trip last week to see the V&A’s Mary Quant exhibition in Bendigo, Victoria. We drove from Adelaide, 8 hours away. Mum did the driving and I navigated with an old-school paper map on my lap. When we got really lost we used the car’s sat nav! We…

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Kay Inverarity’s costume exhibition

Kay Invararitys costume exhibition

Royalty and Others is an historic costume exhibition on at Auburn, in South Australia’s Clare Valley. We just got home from visiting it. It’s a charming exhibition. There are about 17 costumes, all with a medieval or Victoriana theme, and all except one were made by Kay for various events. As well as the costumes…

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Visible mending workshop: review

visible mending workshop review 1

On the weekend I did a visible mending workshop hosted by Marion library in Adelaide. First was a short book talk on The Dressmaker’s Companion, then we got stuck into visible mending.  You may remember I was making samples for this workshop.  You can also view these on Instagram (you’ll have to scroll down a…

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A day at the country show

A day at the country show

On the weekend was our town’s one-day country show. I had decide two years ago to enter something in the dressmaking section, but last year I was too busy with The Dressmaker’s Companion and didn’t get around to it.  There were hardly any entries that year, and I vowed to make sure I was organised…

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