Monday, February 28, 2011

the first square

I may have failed to mention in my earlier post that I am but a humble student in the beginners' crochet class...not a tutor nor an assistant but a complete amateur student! Now that it's out in the open, I can share my first granny square with you :)

now to decide if it will be part of a bag or a scarf...

squirrelling away

tomorrow is the first day of Autumn and soon will be a great time to get into some nature-craft with the kids - leaf prints, collages, seedpod garlands - but while the leaves are still lush, green and stuck on the trees, I've been doing a little art imtating life by creating these wee acorns...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

the royal treatment

we may be on the other side of the globe, but being part of the Commonwealth I believe entitles us to get a little bit excited at the announcement of a royal wedding! It's a time when we can imagine all the fairytale glitz and glamour that goes along with becoming a princess - the dress, the jewels, the crown! - ok, so it's probably more complicated and less romantic than that but for the sake of keeping the fairytale alive, let's stick with it! Never short on royal-joy, the Brits have come up with a range of cross stitch designs to celebrate the occasion - cheesiness aside, they're gorgeous!

the colours and styling of this sampler look cute as!

ah,  Winston, a new parody every day

I love the medieval look of this design

Thursday, February 24, 2011

beginners' crochet

The lovely Kirsten of Minerva's Garden hosted our first beginners' crochet workshop last night and it was a hoot! Thanks to her great 'hands on' teaching style, everyone picked up the methods quickly. The ladies all got to choose their own yarn colour combinations out of which they will be making either a scarf or tote bag to proudly display this Autumn!

the workshop in full swing

the beginnings of a granny square

nimble fingers and maintaining tension on the yarn - harder than it looks!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

first pics

I was lucky enough to receive an iPhone the other day and although I am no expert (unlike my 5yr old who has already figured out how to check the weather forecast and read messages!), I have figured out how to use the camera...okay, so my 5yo taught me that too!  Are they born with tech-savviness these days or what?!  Anyhoo, now I can get some pics up of the lovely fabrics we currently have in stock!  We had a very busy morning teaching a kids' softie class but I managed to get a few snaps...

you gotta love a retro Michael Miller print!

retro, woodland and spots in 'spice' colours

I love this fabric so much that I can't decide what to make from it - an apron? a skirt? or maybe a set of cafe curtains!?

another Michael Miller beauty in mauves, blues and greens
  p.s all the fabrics shown are available instore or you can call/email an order through.

Monday, February 7, 2011

a BIG welcome...

Little Red's is pleased to announce that Tais from Ruby Dean has joined us!  Tais has been the local dressmaker for the last three years and although she has closed up her shop to move onto bigger and better things, she will still be offering her fabulous alteration service and will even take on the occasional dressmaking job (if you ask really nicely!).  As well as this, Tais will be offering workshops at Little Red's including her very popular 'basic sewing skills' class which gets underway next week.  We're currently working on a few fantastic workshop ideas including one fancy, flirty, retro apron and will let you know the details a.s.a.p! 
We feel super privileged that Tais is joining the Little Red's team and will be sure to take full advantage of the wealth of knowledge she brings!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

term 1 is here!

the school holidays are over for another Summer and that means the beginning of our term 1 workshops!  It's a little sad to say goodbye to the lovely kids I had the pleasure of 'crafting' with these last few weeks but I am looking forward to meeting a new batch of kids, not to mention meeting some new grown-ups :)
I am lucky enough to have met some talented crafters/sewers in the few weeks since Little Red's opened and they have kindly offered to run some workshops which not only broadens the range we can offer but means I get to learn new things too - win/win!
here's the workshop release for term 1: