What do you give to that avid sewer who has everything? This same thought went through our minds when we were thinking of gifts for our beautiful collaborators and there is nothing we loath more than receiving gifts that are not practical. Whilst on a buying trip we stumbled upon a quant little store that wrapped all their products in fabric. We LOVE this traditional Furoshiki Japanese method which uses folded and wrapped cloth and the best thing you only need a Fat 1/4 of Liberty Tana Lawn, which not only looks stunning, but is eco-friendly as the fabric can be reused.
As we are visual people we found this user friendly you tube video which we think you will also agree is extremely easy to do.
The Liberty London blog also features a tutorial however they suggest hemming the edges which if you don’t know what your present receiver is going to use this piece of fabric for I would most certainly not recommend this.
And here’s our finished product
We think you will agree finding these little parcels of delights under your tree this year will bring so much more joy than tearing open paper!
For a limited time only we are offering 10% off all Fat Quarter purchases through our website using the code name “wrap” at the checkout.
Whether we like it or not Christmas gift planning is on the agenda. We both have extensive families and lets face it not only can that be expensive but it can be all kinds of complicated!
We personally love to give the gift of handmade of all kinds not just the sewing kind! This year we will be giving out the Donna Hay inspired cranberry choc-chip cookie mix. Not only is it delicious but the jar and liberty ribbon is recyclable.
Here’s how we did it ….
layer 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup (90g) rolled oats, ½ cup (90g) brown sugar, ⅓ cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar, 2 teaspoons mixed spice, ½ cup (95g) dark chocolate chips and ¾ cup (105g) dried cranberries in a 1.25-litre-capacity glass jar.
preheat oven to 180˚C (350˚F). Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add 115g melted unsalted butter, 1 lightly beaten egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix to combine. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on large lightly greased baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Flatten slightly and bake for 8–10 minutes or until golden but still slightly soft in the centre. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 20
If the jars you have are slightly too big (like ours) never despair add some packaged chocolates for the cook to indulge while they bake your delicious gift… the gift that keeps on giving! These are perfect for the office secret santa
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Where in the heck has this year gone! We are busy preparing for a move, a baby and new product lines. Needless to say there is lots of chaos in our households. We are prepping some fabulous gift ideas however it dawned on me walking into our home studio that one cannot work when it feels so disorganized even though I tried my hardest! So first things first .. we started making some fun items to help with our organization. So far we are totally in love with what we have come up with so much sew I would be content to stay in there forever .. well maybe not forever!
I am a visual person so I knew that I needed things on the wall so I popped into my local Bunning warehouse and got myself one of these babies
its perfect for all kinds of things which you will see shortly!
Then I fell in love with the Embroidery storage hoop tutorial by Sew Delicious however put out own spin on it. They are so easy and quick to make and what I found is that you can use them for everything .. here’s a few that we have done so far!
We decided not to add the magnet strip that the tutorial suggests and instead turned this simple reindeer tea candle holder into a pin cushion. Here’s how we did it!
Fat 1/8 Liberty Fabric
Tea candle holder
Super soft polyester filling
Lay the fabric face down onto your sewing table and place the bowel face down on top
Draw a circle using your pen of choice, as this area is going to within the tea holder I used a sharpie so that I could use this as a guide for my gathering thread later
Cut out along the line drawn. Whilst liberty art fabric doesn’t thread I used pinking sheers to maximize this
Take your needle and thread and do a loose gathering stitch all around. When you are close to the beginning of your stitch start to draw the fabric together so that a small opening is created
Commence gently popping in the polyester filling to the circular shape you desire
I found that I needed to use less filling however I decided to do another gathering stitch closer to the filling line so that I could ensure the overall effect would look full.
Pop into your desired tea light holder and presto you have a pin cushion
These are the perfect cost effective gift for any sewing enthusiast the overall cost I estimate to be approx. $20 however when handmade with love .. PRICELESS
Watch this space on more cost effective Christmas gift ideas and sewing room inspirations
We have been SUPER busy… we just showcased at our first Quilt and Craft Fair in Brisbane, planning the release of our collective brand oh and somewhere in between that preparing for Christmas. Christmas is only 8 Fridays away… 8!!! Can you believe that! It’s the ultimate hype in the lead up to that one day in December. Christmas means different things for all of us. We live away from our families so for both of us the holidays mean spending time with the people we hold closest to our hearts. Traditions we would ordinarily do with our families we now do with the family units we have created. Family isn’t always blood! This Christmas amongst all the chaos we have going on with Ava & Neve (new liberty products and craft inspirations) we have the ultimate gift arriving… the arrival of a bundle of joy.
Christmas can be stressful and expensive but it doesn’t have to be! Gifts most treasured are those made with love. Over the next few weeks you will find things to inspire and things to desire.
So what do you do when you have a list a mile long?? You add to it of course because that’s what sane people do don’t they? So grab a cuppa or a glass of wine (hey its happy hour somewhere in the world right!) and let us do the heavy work!
Welcome to the sunday fun day – fun facts about the iconic brand Liberty of London. Firstly I live, breathe and sew Liberty so it was only natural that I started blogging about the fun and rich history of Liberty of London. I love it so much I opened my own studio dedicated to bringing Liberty to the city of Brisbane, Queensland – Ava & Neve.
Recently upon opening the studio I thought in order to give myself some inspiration I should purchase as many books as possible about Liberty of London… as you can see I have a fair few to keep me entertained for many Sundays to come!
Firstly the history for those who are not familiar with the iconic brand – Liberty of London. Arthur Liberty opened the doors of his emporium in 1875 with what started as textiles imported from Japan, China and India it quickly became more, however textiles were a fundamental portion of his store and as such the birth of Liberty Art Fabrics. As his fabrics became successful top designers were commissioned to produce patterns exclusive to Liberty.
So here we go! Todays Sunday fun day fact for 15 March 2015 ….
Originally Liberty Art Fabrics were oringally block printed by hand in a factory in Merton Abbey South West London.
(picture courtesy of British Colour Pattern – Liberty)
At the height of this time there would be 52 block printers employed with some patterns requiring up to 27 different wooden blocks, what we would see today as a simple silk scarf would take hours to produce. Now that’s what I call a labour of love!
To help inspire all you lovers of liberty we will be attempting the projects in our two fav liberty books and putting our own spin on things … All whilst showing you the range of our amazing products in stock as well as inspiring and showing you how simple you can make your house a home!
So follow our blog, pop over to our website to check out what’s in stock and enjoy the ride as much as we do!
It has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears but the studio is open. A big thank you to all those who braved todays miserable weather and popped in to see our divine selection of Liberty Tana Lawn. For those of you who were unable to visit the studio, never fear our website is now live and bursting with our delightful tana lawn.
We have so much planned this year for Ava & Neve from partnering up with the Australian Sewing Guild for their member market days to the launch of our exclusive Sew Stitch Liberty club. So watch this space, keep in touch and we hope that you are as excited as we are to bring the delightful Liberty Art Fabrics to the city of Brisbane.