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Sunday, August 24, 2014

{explore} fox & ramona at maribyrnong makers market

Established in 2008, the Maribyrnong Makers Market is a not-for-profit, community based arts and craft market run by a local volunteer group. The enthusiastic group provides a much-needed forum for artists and crafts people to promote and sell their handmade wares, welcoming visitors from across Melbourne to discover one of the hidden jewels of the west.

With the cold, windy, winter days almost behind us, the Maribyrnong Makers Market is set to embark upon another busy season of crafting, with the first market to be held on Saturday 13 September.

With stalls limited to just 40 places, all exhibitors at the Maribyrnong Makers Market are modern artisans. And Kristy Tull, the inventive mastermind behind fox & ramona, is no exception. Based in Spotswood, fox & ramona is a blossoming home wares label that specialises in concrete planters, bowls, and vases. Featuring edgy, triangular patterns, all pots and planters from fox & ramona are 100% handmade from concrete. “The organic nature of concrete means no two pieces are alike. Variations in the texture and finish are what makes your pot unique,” said Kristy.
fox & ramona was born in 2011. But it’s come a long way since then. “I'm a maker. I love to design, to create. I've always just made...stuff. fox & ramona originally began with resin and polymer clay jewellery - a far cry from the concrete I work with today. Then, about eight months ago, I came across a small terracotta pot that was painted to look like concrete at a junk store. And, in the words of a true maker, I thought, I could make this…so I did,” said Kristy.

While fox & ramona is inspired by Kristy’s serious love of interior design, home wares, fashion, and art, it is perhaps Kristy’s experience working at an architectural firm that most influences her design palette. “There I was surrounded by raw concrete, plywood, all natural materials - I think being exposed to such a creative work environment has contributed to my love of the raw, organic nature of concrete. The finished product is always unpredictable. I love that,” said Kristy.
A huge advocate of ‘shop local’ and ‘shop handmade’, Kristy is looking forward to her outing at the
Maribyrnong Makers Market. “The market is well known in the west for its high quality handmade
products and for its community spirit. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that,” Kristy said.
Offering a diverse range of products, the Maribyrnong Makers Market is a one-stop-shop for eclectic
handmade goodies, ranging from bespoke home wares and designer clothing, to chic accessories and
vintage children’s trinkets and toys.

The next Maribyrnong Makers Market will be held on Saturday 13 September, from 9.30am to 3.30pm, on the corner of Gamon and Mackay Streets in Seddon. Entry to the market is free. For more information please visit www.maribyrnongmakersmarket.com.au or www.foxandramona.com.au

Do you have a handmade market coming up? Let us help you spread the word via the tickle blog! Submit details and images at http://tickletheimagination.weebly.com/contribute.html

Saturday, August 2, 2014

{create it} feather applique cushion

tutorial and photography by Tanya Collier
you will need...
+ fine wale cord in yellow for :
front panel - 33cm x 53cm
+ 33cm grey chevron fabric for:
2 x back panels - 33cm x 35cm/
applique - 10cm x 10cm
+ iron-on adhesive
+ dark grey embroidery thread
+ embroidery needle
+ embroidery hoop
+ scissors
+ pins
+ sewing machine
+ white or yellow thread
+ tape measure
+ 30cm x 50cm cushion insert

click here to download the pattern & feather template
adding the feather applique...
1. Trace the feather template onto the backing paper of the iron-on adhesive.
2. Place iron-on adhesive (paper side up) onto the wrong side of the applique fabric and iron into place using a dry iron. Position the feather template to work with the chevron pattern.
3. Allow to cool, then cut out your feather shape.
4. Remove backing paper from the feather, position onto the front panel and iron into place.(A)
5. Place the front panel into an embroidery hoop with the feather centred.(B)
6. Using a blanket stitch embroider around the feather with dark grey embroidery thread - our stitches are approx. 5mm apart and 5mm deep.(C)
7. Create the shaft of the feather with a back stitch.(D)
8. Secure and trim your embroidery thread and remove the front panel from the hoop.

assemble the cushion...
1. Take one of the back panels and, with the wrong side face up, fold and press the ‘cushion opening’ edge in 1cm. Then fold and press again so that the raw edge is hidden inside.(E)
2. Pin in place and machine stitch the hem. Repeat on the second back panel.
3. Lay the front of your cushion right side face up. Take the back panels and place onto the top panel so the right sides of the fabric are touching. Carefully line up all the outside edges and pin in place.(F)
4. Machine stitch all the way around your cushion.
5. Carefully trim the corners. Turn your cushion right side out, press, and fill with the cushion insert.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

{create} a cosy wool door snake

tutorial and photography Helen Louise Wilkinson of Blossom + Cat

The seasons have turned and the nights are really rather cold! It’s time to get cosy and make yourself one of these lovely wool door snakes, they are lots of fun and perfect for keeping out the cold winter drafts.


you will need...
 + an old wool blanket
 + sturdy fabric for the base
 + buttons
 + a scrap of felt
 + embroidery cotton
 + fabric scraps for stuffing
 + scissors and pins
 + iron
 + sewing machine
 + pattern sheet - click here to download

step 1 Print the paper pattern sheet - click here to download.
Measure your door and cut a strip of paper the right length to fit the gap in the pattern, add on an extra 8cm. (example: my door measured 86cm wide my finished paper pattern was 94cm).
Layer the fabric and pin the pattern sheet in place.

step 2 Cut out your fabric shapes.

step 3 Use the embroidery cotton to sew on the buttons, they don’t have to match, you could also try layering them for a different effect.

step 4 Position the tongue facing inwards towards the body and pin in place. This will stick out once the snake has been turned!

step 5 Pin the top and bottom of the snake together with right sides of the fabric touching. Using a sewing machine sew around the edges allowing for a 1cm seam allowance. Leave a gap half way down the body of around 12cm for turning and stuffing.

step 6 Turn your snake right side out, push out the seams and press. Stuff firmly with fabric scraps, make sure you cut them into small pieces to avoid lumps!

step 7 Pin the gap closed and stitch together firmly using small neat stitches.

finished! name your snake and pop him in front of your door!


this tutorial was originally published in issue 11 of tickle the imagination magazine.

tutorial by Helen Louise Wilkinson of blossom + cat

*please note - this tutorial is for personal use only

Monday, July 14, 2014

WIN! creative chaos challenge

Are you up for a challenge?

The Artful Business Conference is offering tickle readers the chance to WIN a ticket to this years conference!

To take part all you have to do is to give your creative chaos a tidy and share your before and after photos.

First...you might like to read the business toolkit in issue 16 for a little inspiration - "get more productive simply by tidying up".

Then... go take a photo of your creative chaos to share with us on facebook, instagram or pinterest before Friday this week - with the following hashtags - #creativechaos2014, #tickletheimagination and #artfulbizcon.

Then...go tidy up! You have just over two weeks to get stuck in and get organised. Have fun, be creative and let us know how you are going!!

Our favourite makeover will win!

and, so you don't feel so bad about how your 'before' picture looks...head over to the tickle instagram page and see what my office looked like just this morning :( I don't think many people could beat this...I am so embarrassed to share this... it looks like something off an episode of hoarders!

happy tidying!
Tanya x

terms and conditions:
 - 'before' images to be submitted by Friday 18th July 2014
 - 'after' images to be submitted by 31st July 2014
 - one entry per person
 - open to Australian residents aged 18 years and over

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

three easter projects

easter is only 10 days away!... better hop to it!

Here are three sweet projects from past issues of tickle to get you in the easter spirit!

felt bunny
This little cutie was designed by Lauren from Molly & Mama for a gorgeous Easter inspired photoshoot that featured in issue 10.

Easy enough to make with the kids, the pattern can be enlarged to suit... how cute would a teddy size bunny be to wake up to on Easter morning?

You can find the tutorial here in issue 10 of tickle the imagination magazine, just flick to page 142.

sweet sugar cookie stacks
by sweet treats editor Linda Vandermeer.

Wrapped in a little cellophane, these would make a gorgeous gift for teachers or work colleagues this easter.

You can find the step-by-step recipe here in issue 10 of tickle the imagination magazine, just flick to page 36.

And if you love all things sweet you must visit Linda's delicious blog bubble & sweet

machine stitched easter wishes
by Ali of Ali Benyon Designs

Machine stitch this adorable bunny artwork to give as a card or display in your home this easter.

You can find the tutorial here in issue 05 of tickle the imagination magazine, just flick to page 40

Saturday, April 5, 2014




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