Sep 6, 2016

Darcy Hunting Season Open : Jane Austen Ball Dunedin 2016



If you're a Jane Austen reader you'll have imagined what attending a country dance must have been like. Imagine no longer!

A Jane Austen themed Ball is being held in Dunedin on September 17 2016.


Dress up and step back in time, try your hand (and feet) at tradional country dancing. There will be LIVE music, this is going to be a really fun night, an experience not to be missed.



Jane Austen Ball Poster designed by Kura Carpenter

Jane Austen Ball in Dunedin on September 17 2016



Sep 2, 2016

Op-Shop Score! Seventies Sheets


My cousin-in-law is a crafty minded person like myself, with a passion for 70s retro fabrics. Unfortunately there's lack of op-shops where she lives in Singapore. Therefore I've been gathering a rather lurid selection of seventies sheets to pass to her when I next visit. [Like I need a reason for op-shopping ;p ]




Mar 2, 2016

Lilliput Libraries

What are Lilliput Libraries?

They are part of global movement spurred by Little Free Libraries. Basically these are mini libraries (about the size of a large dollhouse) in neighbourhoods, usually located on their 'Guardian’s' fence, and passers-by are welcome to 'take a book now, leave a book later.'

In Dunedin Lilliput Libraries are the brain-child of Ruth Arnison, who's also coordinator for the popular Poems in the Waiting Room.  

Part of the success of these libraries is a constant supply of good-quality book donations. If you're in Dunedin, Otago, and would like to help please bring books to the Dunedin Resene store at 172 Crawford Street.

You can also Donate money at their Lilliput Libraries Givealittle page (I have! Be like me, I'm cool). Donations go towards the cost of constructing more Lilliput Libraries.

You can follow the progress of Lilliput Libraries popping up in Dunedin neighbourhoods via the Lilliput Libraries Blog and also on Facebook

I'm certainly going to try and be involved myself, other than wanting one in my neighbourhood, I really really want to paint one!

Lilliput Libraries need Book Donations

Feb 25, 2016

Fabric Review: Spoonflower's Cotton Spandex Jersey.

Recently Spoonflower had a Free Swatch offer for people to test out their new fabric, a 100% Cotton Spandex Jersey.

I used the offer to try out my new design Antique Roses in Minty and Pink and here's what my swatch looks like.
"Antique Roses - Minty on Pink" fabric design by Kura Carpenter, available via Spoonflower

The print-quality is fab, no surprises there, I've always been delighted with the Spoonflower print quality. The fabric is a stretchy and thick cotton, it feels durable, I'm very happy with it.

I plan to make this swatch into a pin-cushion. I'll post a tutorial soon.


Jan 25, 2016

Book Review: "Hecklinger's Ladies' Garments" by Chas Hecklinger (published 1886)

Victorian sewing book Hecklinger's Ladies' Garments -  by Chas Hecklinger


The 1886 Victorian sewing book Hecklinger's Ladies' Garments - A Text Book How to Cut Up and Make Ladies' Garments by Chas Hecklinger is a gem of a book.

This is the first Victorian sewing book that I have printed out the entire text because it has so much useful historical detail.

The section on draping skirts is worthy alone, and while the actual selection of bodice patterns are few, there are finished drawings to show styles, as well as pages and pages on possible trims. 

From pattern to construction to finishing, this text covers a lot more than many of its contemporary publications. I rate this book 5 out 5 stars.

 Hecklinger's Ladies' Garments is free to download through the Internet Archive HERE

 Image from Victorian sewing book "Hecklinger's Ladies' Garments" showing bodice pattern

Example of skirt draping from Victorian sewing book "Hecklinger's Ladies' Garments"

Suggestions for finished dress styles, from Victorian sewing book "Hecklinger's Ladies' Garments"

Detailed drawings show interior of dress bodices, from Victorian sewing book "Hecklinger's Ladies' Garments"
 

Jan 15, 2016

Tutorial: How To Thread an Empisal Sewing Machine



 If the pictures don't explain it, please let me know.
all the best with your sewing!








Aug 15, 2015

First Fabric Designs have arrived!

Recently Spoonflower had a free shipping deal, so I took the opportunity to turn my first few fabric designs into reality.

Fabric samples, designed by Kura Carenter, printed via Spoonflower

I also wanted to test how some rose illustrations from a 200 year old gardening book would reproduce as fabric. I'm thrilled with the result in both quality of the printing and the fabric.

Antique Roses Fabric samples, printed via SpoonflowerAntique Roses Fabric samples, printed via Spoonflower
I had the roses printed out at 10cm by 15cm rectangles - perfect for making up these cute tissues packs.
Antique Roses Fabric, Tissue Purse packs made by Kura Carpenter
If you're interested in my designs you can buy this Antique Rose design as fabric or giftwrap from Spoonflower here.
 
Antique Roses Fabric, Tissue Purse packs made by Kura Carpenter
 I'll be sharing a tutorial for how you can also sew a tissue purse pack very soon.
under side of Tissue Purse packs made by Kura Carpenter