Monday, June 28, 2010

Textile Art Festival

Not much sewing this week-end as DH & I took a week-end off to stay in the big smoke Brisbane. We stayed at our favorite hotel at Southbank.

View of Southbank & the city from our hotel room...

Saturday afternoon was spent shopping in the city and I bought a fabulous leather bag from the sale at Myer and a pile of gym clothes from Lululemon Athletica. This was my reward for finishing a challenge at the gym (I lost 3.6% body fat and went down a size!)

On Sunday morning I went off to check out the Textile Art Festival held in the Convention Centre (conveniently next door to the hotel).

They had a great range of displays. I saw and loved the 12x12 art quilt display. It was fabulous to see these quilts in the flesh!

Some of my friends had items in the displays - this is a bag my friend Linda had in the Embellish a Bag challenge...

She's a very clever lady!

And my haul for the day...

The fabric does not show up in the photo well, but it is a beautiful cotton stretch dyed in a gorgeous blueberry shade. This was from a group called the Natural Fibre Knitting Mill - the fabric is milled (knitted?) in Brisbane from all Australian cotton and then they dye it as well. Really lovely quality and I am going to have to find a special pattern for this fabric.

In the front of the photo are some hot-fix studs, which I have been wanting to try to jazz up some simple tee's and my most exciting find was a shop that specialised in crochet!

It was called Jenny King designs. Lots of fabulous yarn stalls in the exhibit but they all concentrated on knitting (which is not my forte) so I was really excited to see this stall full of great patterns for crochet. See these great designs I loved the lime vest and nearly bought a kit, but piked out and bought the bobble scarf kit first to test out my rusty crochet skills.

So good time had by all....

Next post Vogue 8593.


  1. Well done on the b/f reduction! Definately deserve some new gym clothes :)

  2. I even know which hotel you are in. I love Brisbane and go there regularly for the same reasons. Thanks for the Lululemon link. I am in desperate need of gym clothes. Your friend's bag is stunning. I wish I were that clever and creative!

  3. Congrats on the bodyfat loss - that represents some hard work. Your trip sounds like a real treat, especially the fiberarts show.

  4. Looks like a fun time! The locally produced cotton is really cool.

  5. Your bag is very wonderful. I want that bag. The color is oh so good. And the design? It's fantastic.

  6. Great idea with rewarding yourself with some gym clothes! I think I'm going to take a page out of your book - it'll be great incentive since my gym gear is looking pretty shoddy at the moment!


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