24 November 2008

It's a Redwork Christmas

Christmas is drawing closer ...

I've started getting Christmas stock into the shop & we have Christmas-themed classes for adults & children during December.

One that I think will be a lot of fun, is "It's a Redwork Christmas". It will use Threadworx overdyed threads to really brighten things up. Take a look & hopefully you will agree.

This class with Fiona Curruthers will be on Saturday, 6 December so, hopefully, you can come and create it with us!

20 November 2008

Australian Quilt Market

What a great weekend ...

On Saturday evening, I went to a presentation by Amy Butler. She is an inspired & passionate person who has definitely found her niche & really enjoys what she does. She says "Do what you love, love what you do". That's a good mantra for all of us!

On Sunday, I went to the Australian Quilt Market in Melbourne. I went shopping for new fabrics to stock in the the shop. I've selected fabrics from Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett & Prints Charming that should arrive early in the new year.

I chatted with Melanie Hurlston of "Melly and Me". I also obtained sample packs of new patterns by Toni Coward of "Make it Perfect" in Tasmania, who designs beautiful clothes for kids as well as quilts.

Bead Expo

I visited the Melbourne Bead Expo & Australian Quilt Market, both held in Melbourne last weekend.

At the Bead Expo, there were retailers & wholesalers from all around the country. In addition, the Bead Society of Victoria held their annual Bead Challenge exhibition. The exquisite beaded jewellery displayed was simply stunning.

There was a great selection of semi-precious stones available. Pandora style beads were a favourite as well as the fabulous hand-made glass beads that Pauline Delaney & Bergamin have to offer.

B'Julde, a Queensland-based company, was also there. I believe they have some of the best stones around.