Category Archives: handmade

White Hats for White Helmets

I have created a pattern as a fundraiser for the White Helmets in Aleppo. If you google ‘white helmets’ you will be confronted by screeds of images of ordinary people in deeply traumatising circumstances, doing incredible things. It was these photos, … Continue reading

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Hands On – Cheese Before Bedtime

Amy Jones is a needle-woman with great talent and a great sense of humour. These qualities have combined to produce some wonderful hoop-art that she has exhibited in Auckland Museum and sells online successfully. Her workspace is a simple, immaculate … Continue reading

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Hands On – Eloise White, Illustrator

Eloise has a bright, sunlit studio almost on the beach at Piha. From her front room she creates beautiful illustrations and designs that are influenced by what she sees out of her windows, and the surrounding bush. While I was … Continue reading

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Hands On

A few months ago I mentioned a project that I have spent a year working on. I called it Hands On, and it is a portrait project that focusses on women in New Zealand that make things by hand. Creative … Continue reading

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Knitterly Frustrations

I have been dutifully knitting away on a pattern design and recently I couldn’t ignore its faults any longer. It was time to unravel. I intended this to be a cape-style wrap that was knitted from the top down. I … Continue reading

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Summer Sewing

The temperature here over the last few weeks has been HOT and extremely humid. It’s not knitting weather. While that’s certainly a shame, I have plenty of other things to be getting on with! Sewing is something that I am … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar

Just before Christmas last year I decided that Molly would enjoy an advent calendar. When my sister and I were little we had one made of fabric with little pockets that were embroidered with numbers for the months. There was … Continue reading

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