Archive for the ‘Canberra 2012’ Category

Prints Charming Panels – winners!

July 5, 2012

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2012-07-05 01:37:00 UTC


Which makes our winners Gillian, Donna and Danielle! Congratulations!!

Sending you emails now!

Happy stitching!!

Late sponsor!! Prints Charming! Giveaway!

June 30, 2012

The gorgeous ladies from Prints Charming very kindly sent three of their stunning embroidery panels for the prize table at the Saturday Crafting Session….but unfortunately they arrived just one day too late to make the trip down to Canberra. Now as much as I would love to hog these all for myself, they belong to YOU!

These panels are priced at $44 each, so these are not prizes to be sneezed at!

#1 is a large citron flower on linen, as shown in the picture above.

#2 is a large red medallion motif on an off-white linen, as shown in the picture above.

#3 is a folkloric motif on a slightly darker linen, as shown below……

(That is my favourite one!!)

All of the packs come with a really useful embroidery guide booklet….

which details loads of beautiful stitches you can use to embellish your panel.

These panels are big! And would make a gorgeous cushion or wall hanging when finished. See here for some beautiful examples of stitching.

A huge thank you to Cath and Kirsten from Prints Charming for providing these panels as prizes for Sew It Together!!

If you would like to win one, please leave a comment below, and let me know your favourite. I’ll draw three names randomly (first drawn gets first pick, etc, etc) and I will pop one in the post to three of you.

Entry only available to attendees of Sew it Together Canberra 2012 please. Entries close midnight AEST Tuesday 3rd July.

Canberra 2012 Blog Posts

June 14, 2012

Have you written a blog post about Sew It Together Canberra 2012?

Please leave a link in the comments below, with a link to your post (not just your blog) so we can all browse around and get to know some of your blogs a bit better! If you write more than one post, please leave a link to each one!


Thank you!

June 13, 2012

Sew It Together is over for another year!

I know that it always goes quickly, but this year the weekend seemed to just pass in an instant.

We had 41 fabulous ladies attending in Canberra this year, and from what I could see, a good time was had by most!

Special thanks must go to all our sponsors who kindly send free stuff for our attendees. If you won something fabulous, or particularly love something in your goody bag, please blog about it and link back to some sponsors. They have been very kind to you and it would be nice to repay the favour.

A huge thank you to the lovely Julie and Rachel at Shop Handmade who made us feel so welcome and were so hospitable and warm on a cold Canberra weekend.

I appear to take all the credit for putting it together, but I absolutely could not have run the weekend without the following people, and so I send to them my sincerest thanks:

  • Gillian – who ran the Name Tag Swap this year and did a sterling job!
  • Cass – who ran the Sample Swap this year, with the extra little touches that makes her such a legend. She helped pack the goody bags, and she also took control of the prize draw on the day masterfully, with the help of….
  • Renae – who did so many things for me over the weekend I lost count ūüôā
  • Kelli – who helped me with lots of local Canberra knowledge, delivered the mountain of Innergreen Toy Fill that arrived at the very last minute, returned the key for the hall on Tuesday, did a million other things for me, and greeted you all with a smile and a goody bag at the front door, with the help of…..
  • Michelle – who got roped in at her very first Sew It Together with helping me out, along with another….
  • Michelle – who happily took on anything I asked of her.
  • Cath – who I used as a packhorse to bring a carload of gear down to Canberra for me, and who helped, along with her lovely Mum, pack the goody bags and price the fabric for my stall.
  • Sara, Peta, Sarah and Fiona – who also helped pack the goody bags, the stencil printing bags and they helped me with the fabric for my stall (mostly by buying it). These girls, along with Cass and Cath, are an awesome sounding board for me all year long with regard to many of the decisions that I make for SIT. I value their input immensely.
  • Susie – who probably did a thousand more things for me than I would ever realise. She takes care of so many things, usually without even bothering me, and she does it with a smile on her face and a warm heart. Susie works so hard behind the scenes at Sew It Together and I treasure her involvement!!
  • Donna – what can I say. Donna works all year round on Sew It Together with me. She has to listen to endless discussions about the way forward and what to do next, and then as it starts getting figured out, for each year, she helps me with all the decisions that ultimately result in you all having such a great weekend. She works tirelessly all weekend backing me up; seeing problems, and then fixing them, before I even notice. She takes care of me…so that I can take care of you. She has been by my side from the very first day when I thought this whole thing might be a good idea. I have much to thank her for. ūüôā

And heaven help me if I have forgotten someone. As you can see, it’s a huge long list; a list of fabulous women that help with no expectation of reward and I just hope that I have remembered you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you to these amazing women.

To all of you who came to Sew It Together Canberra 2012. Thank you. Thank you for trusting me with your precious crafty dollars. Thank you for travelling a long way and braving a very cold Canberra weekend. Thank you for welcoming the new ladies to our midst. Thank you for coming along with a smile on your face and a positive attitude. Thank you for the renewed friendships…why, oh why, can’t I see you all more than once a year?

Thank you, everybody.

Canberra 2012 – Order of Events

May 29, 2012

Friday Crafty Shopping Trip РFriday 8th June, 2012

Departing the¬†Crowne Plaza Canberra¬†at 1:00pm sharp, we’re off to¬†Addicted to Fabric,¬†Bison¬†and the¬†Shop Handmade. At Shop Handmade, we get some time to slow down, look through the store, shop, have a glass of nice cold sparkling wine and enjoy some delicious macarons. After a long day of travelling for many of you, it’s the perfect chance to relax. {Bus trip is full}.

Friday evening at your leisure.

Run/Walk – Saturday 9th June, 2012

Meet at the Captain Cook Memorial Globe at 7am for a 5km walk or a run (little bit longer). Let me know if you would like further details!

Handmade Market РSaturday 9th June, 2012

Make your own way to the Handmade Canberra market at the National Convention Centre (a short walk from both the Crowne Plaza and the YHA). The market opens at 10am.

Saturday Crafting Session РSaturday 9th June, 2012

Starting at 1pm at the Crowne Plaza Canberra, in the lovely Glebe room overlooking Glebe Park, is the main event, the Saturday Crafting Session.

Please arrive promptly – lunch will be served right at 1pm! If you arrive late from the market, I am not responsible for you going hungry!

Other than that little matter, it’s a relaxed day :-), with lots of opportunities to meet other craft bloggers, take part in some workshops, shop at the pop-up market stalls, do the infamous ‘Sample Swap’ dance, win a prize from the fabulous pool of prizes donated by our sponsors and, if you have time, do some of your own crafting!

You’ll receive a goody bag, with samples from our sponsors, and a name tag and lanyard.

Workshops will take place as follows:

  • 2:30pm Beginner Crochet Class (all booked out)
  • 3:30pm Sock Owl Workshop (book here if you’d like to participate)
  • 5:00pm Granny Square Crochet Class (one spot left)

Mini Market Stalls will take place as follows:

  • 1:30pm ¬†– Suzy Hausfrau – yarn
  • 2:00pm – Craft Schmaft – craft kits and patterns
  • 2:30pm – Craft Junk – crochet and knitting needles
  • 3:00pm – Chaletgirl – fabric de-stash
  • 3:30pm – Possum Blossom – die cut papers and fabric for paper piecing
  • 4:00pm – Polly Pratt – fabric and clothes
  • 4:30pm – Silly Gilly – fabric
  • 5:00pm – Clare’s Craftroom – patterns
  • 5:30pm – The Red Thread – a huge range of crafty greatness
  • 9:30pm – Posie Patchwork – fabric

Lunch, afternoon tea and all day tea and coffee is supplied at the hotel, and this year, dinner is also included in your ticket price. We’ll be breaking for dinner at 6:30pm and walking a short distance (for some fresh/cool/cold/freezing air) to the¬†Tongue and Groove¬†for a delicious meal (for more details, see here). Drinks are at your own cost, and can be purchased at the bar as needed.

After dinner, we have a Sew It Together first; late night sewing! We have the room at the Crowne Plaza until 11:00pm, so come back to the hotel for some more relaxed, late night, warm & cosy sewing time.

Midnight activities at your leisure ūüôā

Fabric Stencilling Workshop РSunday 10th June, 2012

Starting at 10:00am at the Corroboree Park Function Room in Ainslie, North Canberra, I’m going to ¬†show you how to use stencils to print your own designs on fabric. You’ll receive a kit with all the tools you need to go home with a fabric panel printed with your own design, and you’ll be ready to keep going once you get home. Cost is $35 and you can book your ticket here. Please see this post here for details on transport for this event.

Sew It Together concludes on Sunday at 1:00pm at Corroboree Park in Ainslie.

Dietary Concerns?

May 29, 2012

If you are coming along to Sew It Together this year, and you have any dietary issues that I should know about for catering purposes, could you please let me know immediately?

Thank you!

Mini Market Stalls

May 23, 2012

I know you are excited about these!

I’m just finalising the actual timing for each stall, but here’s the list of stalls you can expect to find at the Saturday Crafting Session….

Suzy Hausfrau – yarn!

Craft Schmaft – patterns and kits!

Craft Junk – crochet hooks & knitting needles!

Chaletgirl – yes, I am destashing this year – please help find a nice new home for my fabric

Possum Blossom Patchwork – die cut paper pieces and fabric!

Polly Pratt – fabric and clothes!

Sew Vintage – fabric!

Clare’s Craftroom – patterns!

The Red Thread – lots of fabulous crafty stuff!

Posie Patchwork – fabric!

There will only be one stall open at a time, but unfortunately they will overlap with the workshops. No way to avoid that I am afraid. Please be considerate to your workshop host, that’s all I am asking!

And please understand that this has taken the longest of almost anything to organise…juggling the times…..trying to fit them before/during/after workshops….who is free at what time……so please be gentle with me if you are not happy with my decisions!!

Crochet Workshop Sign Ups!

May 16, 2012

Please leave a comment below with the name of the Crochet Workshop you’d like to attend.

“Beginner” or “Granny Square”.

For more details and all my rules, see this post.

Suzy Hausfrau Crochet Workshops!

May 14, 2012

I am delighted to tell you today about the crochet workshops that Renae from Suzy Hausfrau is going to be offering at Sew It Together.

To participate in these workshops, you’ll have to do the following:

  • leave a comment on the booking post (coming soon),
  • be in the first 8 people to register for a workshop (maximum 8 people per workshop),
  • receive a confirmation from me that you are registered, and then
  • purchase a pack from the Suzy Hausfrau market stall before your workshop at the Saturday Crafting Session.
Price $14.95 (value $19.95)
The pack for these classes includes a gorgeous 8-ply 100% certified organic wool from Denmark, BC Garn Semilla and the most beautiful crochet hooks imaginable from Brittany.  These crochet hooks are made from sustainably harvested Birch and made by a family of craftsman in the USA.  Colours available for the pack are white (01), blue (110) and pink (122).
Here are the details for the classes:
Absolute Beginner
Have you been able to crack the crochet code? ¬†Does the thought of winding a hook in and out of yarn leave you a bit cold? ¬†This mini-class is aimed at the absolute crochet beginner and will teach you the very basics – the correct way to hold your crochet hook, getting started, chain stitch, single crochet and slip stitch…all in a super quick 45 minute class. ¬†Then you get to take your beautiful Brittany crochet hook and BC Garn organic wool home with you to keep going. ¬†Sounds easy? ¬†Well it really is once you crack the crochet code!
Granny Squares
Crochet has undergone a bit of a renaissance with the growing popularity of granny square blankets. ¬†And it isn’t limited to just blankets, even Cate Blanchett wore a Granny Square Dress once! ¬†If you have wanted to start making your own granny squares then this mini-class will take you through a very easy design. ¬†But just a word of warning, these are addictive! ¬†You will find yourself making them before you even have an end-project in mind – because they are SO quick and fun. ¬†To do this class it is preferable if you can hook on your work, do chain stitch and a few basic crochet stitches, such as singe, double and treble crochet.
Here are my rules, and things that you need to know:
  • Do not sign up for more than one Crochet Workshop
  • These workshops will not overlap with the Craft Schmaft Sock Owl Workshop, you may do both the Owl Workshop, and a Crochet Workshop.
  • You must purchase a pack from the Suzy Hausfrau market stall at the Saturday Crafting Session to take along with you to the Crochet Workshop (but having a pack does not entitle you to a workshop place).
  • You only will be allowed to attend a workshop if you have a confirmation email from me.
  • There is a limit of 8 people per workshop
  • Don’t register yet!
Here’s how you register:
  • There will be a blog post posted here on Wednesday evening, May 16 at 8pm AEST.
  • You can sign up in the comments underneath that post. Not this one.
  • Please leave the name of the Crochet Workshop that you would like to attend in a comment.”Beginner” or “Granny Square”
  • Only the first 8 to register for each one will get a place.
  • If you cannot be near a computer at that time, you have more than 48 hours to find a friend who is going to Sew It Together that can sign up for you.
  • If you’ve been asked to sign up for someone, or you’d like to do a Crochet Workshop with a friend, you may signup ONE other person at the same time as yourself. No more than 2 names per comment please. The third name will be ignored. I am mean like that. We need to give everyone a chance.
  • I reserve the right to make up more rules as I think of them. ūüôā
Please join me in thanking Renae for organising these workshops – she is doing them for YOU!!
(PS: I apologise for the formatting on this post, it’s dodgy but I gave up trying to fix it….it’s readable, I hope!).

Sample Swap Update

May 14, 2012

Are you busy sewing up your items for the Sample Swap?

Don’t forget you need to email photos of your ‘blog ready’ items to Cass at¬† by Friday 1st June!! If you don’t, you won’t be eligible to participate on the day, because Cass will have lined up a replacement for you! I promise you, it’s a HUGE job to organise this swap….please make Cass’ life as easy as possible!

Here is the list of people who have signed up. If you thought you had signed up, and your name is not on this list, then you actually haven’t signed up. Email Cass at the email address above ASAP:

Amy P
Sara S
Thanks for your help, folks! The final countdown is on!