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Helen Stubbings of Hugs 'n Kisses
Emma Brennan of Charlie's Aunt
I would describe myself as a journalist and author with a lifelong passion for fabric and sewing. During the past 20 years, I have run a small business designing vintage inspired fashions, accessories and costume jewellery alongside my career as a journalist in broadcast and print. I now devote much of my time to designing the Charlie’s Aunt range of sewing patterns.
My handbag patterns are influenced by historical designs, ranging from the clean lines of 1920s art deco to the inventive spirit of the 1940s make-do-and-mend era. I use an eclectic mix of tweeds, silks, vintage buttons and buckles to create contemporary pieces with a timeless appeal.
I love the idea of using a hard-edged traditional work-wear fabric like tweed and pairing it with more sumptuous textiles such as hand-painted lace, velvet and silk. I particularly love fabrics that echo the colours of the English countryside where I grew up.
I have authored three books on fashion accessory design including the best-selling Making Vintage Bags. I am regular contributor to Making Magazine and Making Jewellery. As a qualified further education tutor, I also teach classes in bag-making and other sewing techniques.
When I am not writing, I am usually dreaming up new designs for my patterns and books. I am particularly fond of handbags and the endless design possibilities they offer. My favourite fashion accessories are from the 1940s wartime era, but I also love any fashions from the 1920s to the 1950s. I have been sewing (virtually non-stop) since I was about nine years old and I have rarely been without a design sketch book in my hand since then.
Welcome to "One Day In May".
My name is Melissa Grant. I live in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria with my husband and two teenagers.
My name is Paula, wife of Tom and Mum to Molly, Chloe, Jack and Emma. A simple spilt drink was all it took for me to slip and totally destroy my knee and in the process, shut down my successful Nail business.
When footy players hurt their knees they usually tear the ACL (arterial cruciate ligament). I did that one and the PCL and LCL as well. I also fractured 3 bones and dislocated my knee. Needless to say, this was extremely painful and 12 months later I was put on a disability pension.
My mum introduced me to quilting and I never looked back! My mum tells me that even as a child I refused to use a pattern, I would just start cutting and see what happened, so now everyday is filled with seeing what happens.
Despite excelling in Art & Craft in her schooling years, Jhoanna only began sewing following the birth of her first daughter, Ava. She desired to gift Ava with a toy that was truly unique and one-of-a-kind, and after failing to find such a toy in her locality, Jhoanna taught herself how to use a sewing machine and made her first soft toy. Her daughter immediately loved the creation.
This encouraged Jhoanna to continue to experiment with her own soft toys designs and to improve her sewing knowledge and technique. Upon the urging of her husband, she started selling her creations and One Red Robin was born.
Jhoanna has been creating art and craft, including soft toys, dolls, kids accessories, and artwork, under the label of One Red Robin for the last 2 and ½ years. Her creations are sold online and have been bought by customers from all over the globe. In the last 2 years she has participated in a number of plush art exhibitions in Australia and in the USA. She has published 9 sewing projects in the span of 12 months in 3 of Australia’s premiere craft magazines. Her work has also been featured in newspapers in Melbourne, Australia, and on popular craft internet sites worldwide. Her One Red Robin website garners an average of almost 1000 hits per day.
In November 2008, she will officially launch her own range of commercial soft toy sewing patterns in partnership with Pattern Press. In 2009, her work will be featured in two craft books and more exhibitions including a solo exhibition in Melbourne.
Jhoanna injects character and individuality in to her creations by using a mix of vintage fabric, quirky Japanese fabrics, and limited edition fabric from Australian designers. Her sources of inspiration include many Japanese artists/designers such as Yuko Sera and Shinzi Katoh, Disney artist Mary Blair, vintage and retro designs, modern Japanese design, and countless independent artisans.
Jhoanna lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two daughters. By day, she works as an IT Analyst for a Telecommunications company. At night she works on her creations for One Red Robin in her small studio at home.
Hi my name is Sandi Butler, my family and I live in Maleny, a gorgeous little country town, tucked away in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.
When my son started school, I was invited to join a small group of friends to learn patchwork and stitching. From then on, I was hooked. I particularly loved embroidery projects. When I discovered there were very few Australian designs out there, I started creating my own designs, which soon attracted the interest of other stitchers.
My designs feature cute aussie characters and themes that are ‘just a bit different’. Some of the stitchery patterns are in redwork. I just love the charm and simplicity of this type of embroidery.
My work studio is and old Queensland Rail fettler’s carriage that my husband Geoff and I discovered locally. For me, the daily walk across the lawn to board my carriage offers a delightful working lifestyle. It’s my own little world out there, and I’m never late home.
Debra Gardiner of Wattlebee Designs
For beautiful, original cloth dolls, stitcheries, bags and quilts with the Wattlebee style.