Thursday, 22 September 2016

new pattern - "Grecian Tunic"

This is my newly published PDF pattern - Grecian.

Grecian tunic made in grey 

I often have a hard time finding a name that feels right for a design but this one came easily as the way the fabric of the garment drapes and swirls reminds me of the way greek women in ancient times wrapped the "toga" cloth around their body.

The Grecian Tunic is a long line loose fitting pullover tunic with elbow length sleeves. The hemline is irregular, slanting to a V point at the right side front hemline. At the left front the side seam falls in looping soft drapes from the underarm to below the hipline. 

There are 2 versions of the garment to make, VIEW ONE has a deep round neck and VIEW TWO has a wide and softly draping cowl collar. There are no zips or button openings, it just pulls on over your head. Much of the reason why the garment drapes so elegantly is because the front pattern piece is cut on the bias of the fabric. This also results in any print lying diagonally across the front, offering the possibility for creative use of stripe fabrics.

Grecian Tunic pattern cover

Grecian Tunic made in an open weave cotton gauze

Grecian Tunic in a polyester elastane knit, note how the print lies diagonally across the front
because the pattern piece is cut on the bias of the fabric
back view of the Grecian Tunic

Thursday, 14 July 2016

in defence of chooks

I had to post this entreaty on behalf of KFC on my community forum this morning.....

As regards the matter of the feathered outlaw known as KFC:

The notorious complainant “Anonymous” has been roused to call upon the local Council by-laws to protect tender ears and the sleep they are entitled to. This morning I received a visit from “Compliance Officer” - Anonymous having turned me in as the party harbouring the feral noisome Haydon Street cock-a-doodle-rama.

KFC, as the bandit feathered throat has become referred to in our household, is a bantam rooster that did in fact find asylum in our backyard about 2 months ago. KFC found it an environment conducive to rooster flourishment, being able to avail himself of the water and parrot seed provided in daily abundance for his feathered relatives. We didn’t bring him here as a pet and initially tried to catch him, intending to turn him over to the border control authorities who would duly torture and punish him for his presumption….KFC however proved a wily escape artist capable of flying literally into the treetops to prolong his outrageous desire for survival.

After a few weeks we got used him, despite his enthusiastic proclivity for celebrating the arrival of daylight around 4 am (though Compliance Officer astonished me with Anonymous’ assertion that the immodest Rooster starts whooping at 1am and goes on to 10am…..)

I would like to sincerely apologise to Anonymous and any other residents of Haydon Street, who have lately suffered the affliction of KFCs awful assault on their eardrums, particularly for the infelicitious hour of the morning when KFC is aroused to perform his Olympic scale yodelling.

In the manner of bleeding heart latte sippers my husband and I would like to plead for “live and let live”. Can we beg the Rooster Intolerance Posse to pause it’s pogrom long enough – perhaps up to a couple of weeks? – while we seek to instigate a solution that has been put to us by a fellow dissolute  poultry lover. We have heard that a wide Velcro collar may be applied to the offending feathered throat, thereby obstructing the windbaggery from filling the bladder from which the opera of offence is subsequently emitted.

To perform this procedure we take on the challenge of capturing the wily critter and this may take several days….? This morning we are obtaining a cage to be able to enact this. Regrettably we are away this weekend as a relative is inconveniently turning 80….but promise to be back on the case Monday morning at whatever hour the 2 legged descendent of the dinosaur starts his furore…
In the interim we beg you not to resort to throwing poison into our yard as we have little dogs we adore (rescued from another canine prison camp….) Fortunately for them they aren’t inclined to noisome barking!

Compliance Officer is satisfied we are actively seeking to remedy riotous rooster and will give us a couple of weeks grace to capture and de-bark the aforementioned.

Anonymous, may all your eggs be fresh and praying you don’t choke on your next chicken roast dinner

All the beast,
Pearl Moon (defiant defender of the under-chook)

PS. Compliance Officer arrived at the door when I was in the middle of writing a letter of outrageous indignation to politician and local MP Barnaby Joyce after hearing him on Radio National this morning coming out in defence of maintaining the Greyhound racing “industry”,  which I’ll now resume……..

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Pearls news

Hi everybody....long time, no posting....but I'm still here and plodding on with the work.

Tomorrow I'm off to Rockhampton in Queensland to teach for 5 days at "Wrapt in Rocky" and greatly looking forward to it.

For those who've been asking me the WAVE pattern is now available for sale in either my Etsy or Shopify shops and I've fixed the problem that was occurring with Etsy.
WAVE pattern cover
Front of WAVE dress
Recently I had the privilege to be asked to participate in a 3 minute documentary style film for television. Createability 2016 is a project open to professional filmmakers to profile artists with disability living and creating in regional NSW.  I look forward to talking about my life experience of being on the autistic spectrum (I have Aspergers) as an adult woman.When I come back from Rocky at the beginning of July the producer will come to Murrurundi to spend a couple of days filming at my home and studio. The resulting short film will be shown on TV from time to time, as a "filler" item between programs, over a few years. I'll let you know more about this as things progress....

Sunday, 3 April 2016


Just added to my Etsy shop. More tomorrow......

embroidery scrolls

Pink neon delight

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Wrapt in Rocky not far away

Last year I wrote about "Wrapt in Rocky" an art event that I'll be teaching at during 26th July - 2nd June. Theres only a few weeks left to book a place either in my class or in one of the other 11 fantastic choices on offer. The classes at Wrapt in Rocky are 5 days so this is a wonderful opportunity to really immerse yourself in learning new skills and techniques in the presence of the talented tutor of your choice and surrounded by other enthusiastic student artisans.

Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to show you some of the skills and projects you could learn in my class. My class is called "Bling your Cloth" and I'll be teaching the variety of techniques I combine to create a piece of art cloth.....

This is a skirt I finished yesterday. Its just called "Libby's Skirt" after the customer who commissioned me to make it.

Front of Libbys Skirt
This is essentially a straight skirt that has an assymetric wrap overlay attached at the waistline.

The main decorative techniques I'ved used are applique, stenclling, machine embroidery and hand stitching. It took about 12 hours to make it.

front view of Libbys skirt shows how the overlay is a flap that closes across the midriff at the top right of the waist

The overlay wraps right around the skirt, lapping across the front and closing with a button and loop at the right side waistband. There is no zipper, but a vent that is open on the left side under the flap.

closure of the flap at the right waistband. I've made those cute budgie buttons and they're for sale in my Etsy shop.

back of Libbys Skirt showing the front flap opened out, the slit along the hemline is actually the side seam

back view of Libbys Skirt
a close up of the decorative work across the front flap. The loop at the top can close on any of the 4 buttons on the right side

I'd love to meet you at Wrapt in Rocky and show you how to make a garment like this.

More tantalising creations will be featured in the next few days.

Footnote... in my last blog I showed the "Byzantium Treasure" necklace and said I'd be giving away 3 kits. I still intend to do that in the near future when I can get enough time away from the multiple other pressing priorities...!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Treasure to give away...

This is a new adornment called "the Byzantium Treasure"

Close up of the focal piece of the Byzantium Treasure

I'm surprised there isn't a lot more mixed media wearable art being made. I think the combination of materials makes strikingly beautiful decoration. Here we have metal, glass, cloth and stitching in a juxtaposition of mediums; putting together the <soft - hard> and <shiny reflective - matte, light absorbing> surfaces makes this an intriguing object, to me....

Three of the very well known mixed media adornment designers you might know are Ayala Bar from Israel, Odile Mandrette and Marie le bas Bleu, both from France (not sure whether the latter is a person or a brand...?)

On my Pinterest page "Adornments - fibre and cloth" I've collected hundreds of images of items I admire so if you'd like to see more here's a link to have a look -

If you like this necklace stay tuned for my next blog towards the end of this week as I'll be giving away 3 kits for the Byzantium Treasure!

I'd love to hear what you think so please post a comment....

Sunday, 21 February 2016

new gorgeous things to wear...

Honey pot bees earrings, cloth and mixed media
Pictures of some more gorgeousness finished in the last few ever I'm prevaricating about getting the next pattern completed and published by getting caught up the delight of designing and making these beauties.

necklace "Pensive Maiko", cloth and mixed media

detail of the focal piece of the Pensive Maiko necklace

more tributes to FK - Frida with parrot coloured tassels
Silk and shisha earrings

Plum Brocade earrings

Marrakesh Lanterns earrings
These are my favourites of the current bunch of earrings - Secret Garden

All these will go into the internet shops in the next couple of days. If theres anything you might be interested in buying this is your chance to get in first by emailing me for the price and anything else you want to know.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

a-way with the Fridas...

Do you like the new adornments I made? (now for sale in my Etsy shop....)

Most of you who've followed this blog for a while would have noticed I'm a huge fan of Frida Kahlo. When I was doing my Visual Art degree at University of Newcastle (Australia) I did my major thesis on her art and life way back in 1999, when she was a much smaller cult icon.

In case you're an Australian fan and haven't heard this yet, there will be an exhibition of the art of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Sydney in the middle of this year, here's the link -

Frida Kahlo exhibition at Art Gallery of NSW, 2016

One of my dear friends here in Murrurundi recently bought some earrings I'd made with FKs image and told me she would be wearing them when she attended the Frida and Diego Rivera exhibition. Hope I don't get in trouble! as the copyright issues around FK images are some of the most vague and wishywashy in the contemporary art world. I've been a fascinated observer of the huge and growing cult for making altered images of Kahlo and have collected hundreds of them on my Pinterest board -

Pearls Frida Kahlo Pinterest board

FYI, the images I used on my brooches above were all created by another Etsy artist, D Cakes, and sold with limited permission for use. I've bought and used a number of her images over the years, not just the Fridas...I really like her zany and inspired digital images. You can check out her work at "Bubblegum Blowfish"

Bubblegum Blowfish Etsy shop

Thursday, 21 January 2016

new design "Wave"

This is my new pattern "Wave"....the first pictures.

front of "Wave" dress

I love this dress, I'm so excited about it! After a couple of years of publishing pdf patterns I'm still learning a lot and working out what my "niche" is going to be. I feel that Wave is the best expression of where I'm heading so far. It's alternative, arty and eclectic. I've been able to use the design to showcase some surface embellishment techniques that emphasize that its truly a hand made garment and an art cloth.

detail of some of the surface embellishment on Wave

On the upper left panel are simple sashiko running stitch patterns. The panel below features appliqued spots and to the right is the reverse applique, where the spots on the left were cut out from. These central hand and machine stitched panels are counter balanced with other fabrics of coordinating colour and pattern.  The dress still works very well in different versions with or without the embellished panels, and I'll be showing these over the next few weeks.

I won't be publishing the pattern for sale until later in February as I've just started the process of writing up the making instructions.

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Applique and reverse applique panels

back of Wave

Sunday, 20 December 2015

less is more....

I'm failing badly to keep up with adding pictures of the adornments I've been making. So hard to discipline myself to do all the tedious photography, descriptions and uploading to websites thats required. 

It's a struggle to tear myself away from the obsessive joy of playing with all the glittering resources laid out on the work table....sigh...

I made this necklace - "The Glass Daisy" over the last few days and its now been listed in both my Etsy and Shopify shops if you want to buy it....