Sunday, June 27, 2010

Textile Art Festival Brisbane

This weekend the Textile Art Festival was on in Brisbane.  We drove down yesterday to have a look.  I was very surprised at how small it was, roughly half the size of previous quilt and crafting shows that I have seen. Although it was small, there was still lots to see, and as always, I came away with a few goodies.

The most amazing thing that I discovered, is that there is a fabulous yarn shop not far from me on the coast. Now when I say not far, it's not exactly around the corner, more like a 30 min drive, but that is not far compared to most things around here. Jenny King Designs has beautiful wool and is run by a woman who loves crochet, woo hoo. I can't believe I had not heard of this place before. I had to buy some balls of deliciousness as penance for my ignorance.

Yummy luscious colours of Noro yarn, to make some scarves to ward off the cold down south.

I also forked out big bucks for a Jelly Monster.

It's purpose is to help with cutting out hexagons, triangles  and circles on jelly rolls.  I thought it was a fabulous idea when I bought it but after reading the instructions, hmmm. I forgot that if you have circles and hexagons, you have to sew them onto something or together, and I don't like the sound of that, especially as I can't even sew snowball blocks. At least I can still cut out triangles and squares with it, and I will use them.  I will let you know how it goes......eventually.

Look what I bought too, I have been searching for one of these little beauties for a while now , as I really don't want to shorten my fingers accidentally.  (For the non quilters, it is a handle that attaches by vacuum seal to rulers, so that you don't accidentally cut your fingers off when you are using a rotary blade to cut fabric.)

It goes very nicely with my ball of wool!!!

Below are a few photos I took of one of the displays. They are from Dairing, an amazing company with brilliant ideas for textiles and some fabulous products that I had never seen before.

There were also some of Loani Prior's teapots  on display and a beautiful wall hanging by Prudence Mapstone, which were fabulous to look at and it would have been nice if I had remembered to take photos. 


  1. I wonder if that textile art festival is heading to Melbourne?
    I've never seen one of those suction cup thingies, that's ingenious!

  2. And again, I wish I was a crocheter (crochet-ier ? ) person who crochets, or even knits well actually...

  3. Thanks for the comment on my blog re the embroidery. I really like the look of that suctioned gadget.... definitely a good idea!

  4. what a great day out and some lovely yarn.....especially the noro colours....dont get that monster thing, perhaps you could show us it in action

  5. I'm loving the purple grabulator! My little ruler handle broke a long time it SO handy for picking up the ruler....stops all that fiddling about trying to get hold of it. You could knit it a matching bag.....!

  6. That ruler holder thingamagig looks really handy! Lovely yarn colors too. :-)

  7. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Did your precious teenager go with you? I love the yarn colors. I have seen Loani Prior's site before and I love her teapot cozies! They are so fun. Have you ever made one? I don't get the ruler, but hope you figure it out!

  8. Love the jelly monster!! Looks scary! Noro wool....mmmmmmm :-)

    The Textile Art Festival looks amazing, I can hear my husband saying thank god they are not in Cairns!!

    Prudence Mapstone and Loani Prior....I would have been in heaven!

  9. Ohhh I'm just so jealous you got to go to Textile Arts here... I was all geared up to go but I just didn't feel well enough to walk around the show... now don't ya just hate that - pathetic isn't it?... shoulda hired me a wheelie walker...
    I went last year & I just so loved it... fingers crossed for next year & better health... Love your purchases...

  10. NORO!! I LOVE this yarn! I have a secret stash of Kureyon hidden in my garage ;)


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