Friday, November 26, 2010

Fabric Friday: Tailor Made

We have just received our shipment of Cosmo Cricket's Tailor Made range. This is another beautiful collection created by Cosmo Cricket who are better known for their scrapbooking paper designs.

We have the following designs available in our shop.

I have just cut out another Funky Friends Factory pattern using two of these fabrics. Stay tuned for photos.

- Ky

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Creative Space

Last week I made up a couple of cushion covers for a custom order.

Echino Cushion Glasses Green

The fabrics chosen were Green Echino Glasses by Kokka (pictured above) and Domestic Diva Utensil Damask Red (which I forgot to photograph).

The Echino cotton/linen fabric was such a joy to sew with that I decided that we needed to make more cushions to sell at the Marky Markets last Sunday.

Echino Cushion Glasses Pink
Pink Glasses

Echino Cushion Glasses Black
Black Glasses

Echino Cushion Camera Purple
Purple Camera

Echino Cushion Camera Blue
Blue Camera

Unfortunately none of them sold at the market but they will all be available from our Coorparoo store from tomorrow.


We also made up a heap of 25mm fabric covered badges. We have used a variety of commercial and Voodoo Rabbit original fabrics and have covered the fabric with Matte Heat n Bond Iron-on Vinyl to help stop the fabric warping when it goes through the badge press.

For more creative spaces head over to Kristy's.

- Ky

Monday, November 22, 2010

Spotlight - Urban Sewing Lounge

Linda from Urban Sewing Lounge has been sewing up some lovely items from our fabrics.

This skirt is made from a pattern in the book Sew Serendipity - Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear by Kay Whitt. She has used fabrics from Sandi Henderson's Meadow Sweet 2 range and Domestic Diva by Riley Blake.

These pencil cases are a great gift idea, they have been made up from Glasses and Crowns, Key & Music fabrics by Kokka.
- Ky

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fabric Friday

It has been a while since we have done an update on the new fabrics available in the shop so we thought that it was high time that we did.

Retro Mushroom by Michael Miller (100% cotton fabric)

Black Thread Motifs by Kokka, Cotton 45% Linen 55%

Holiday Happy Little Santa by Happy Zombie for Lecien (100% cotton fabric)

Early Bird Geometric Floral by Cosmo Cricket for Andover Fabrics (100% cotton fabric)

There are heaps more in the shop and we have some new Japanese and Cosmo Cricket fabrics due next week so stay tuned :)

- Ky

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Creative Space

Lots of sewing has actually been happening here at Voodoo Rabbit : )  This week we have been making up samples of some new Funky Friends Factory patterns that we are stocking in our Coorparoo Store. All of these patterns are designed by the very talented Pauline, a Brisbane local.

Funky Friends Factory Sea Turtle Sample 02
Stu the Sea Turtle
- Shellburne Circus Wheels Black by Windham (shell and beak)
- Shellburne Circus Flags Black by Windham (head and flippers)
- Ta Dot Black by Michael Miller (tummy and sides)
We found that this pattern went together quite easily, the trickiest bit is sewing the curves but as long as you go along slowly it isn't too hard. We used 3 fabrics but he could easily be made up in just two if you make his tummy out of the same fabric as the shell and his sides out of the same fabric as the head.

Funky Friends Factory Hippo Sample 03
Heather Hippo
- Apple Dot Autum by Sandi Henderson for Micheal Miller (main body)
- Early Bird Yellow Crosshatch by Cosmo Cricket for Andover Fabrics (tummy, ears and feet)
This pattern was a bit trickier, as soon as you introduce gussets, foot pads and snouts the difficulty level increases. The result in well worth the effort though.

Funky Friends Factory Frog Sample 02
Prince Charming
- Send in the Crowns Plum by Micheal Miller (main body)
- Small Leaves Black by STOF (tummy)
This is probably the easiest of the 4 patterns so far. There are only 2 main pattern pieces plus the eyes and crown. Once again as long as you sew slowly around the curves you shouldn't run into too many problems. The pattern suggests using plastic pallets in the feet but we found that this didn't look very good since we used cotton fabric (would be fine in fleece) so we have just used poly fill.

Funky Friends Factory Aardvark Sample 02
Artie Aardvark
- Early Bird Geometric Floral by Cosmo Cricket for Andover Fabrics (main body)
- Early Bird Yellow Crosshatch by Cosmo Cricket for Andover Fabrics (tummy, ears and feet)
The aardvark would be on par with the hippo in regards to difficulty level, the snout is a bit trickier and we recommend sewing it in by hand as there just isn't enough space to get you machine in.

We still have a platypus and lion pattern to make samples up so stay tuned. I have also just found a tutorial on Pauline's blog on how to sew in the perfect foot pads, which I will be following dilegently next time I need to sew a footpad in.

For more Creative Spaces head over to Kirsty's.

- Ky

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Coorparoo Markets: New Opening Times...Again

New and (hopefully) final opening hours for the Coorparoo market.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
7am - 6pm

7am - 2.30pm

Voodoo Rabbit will be open from 9am to close each day.

- Ky and Cloud

Friday, November 12, 2010

Spotlight - Hippie House Dolls

Here are some adorable dolls made by the very talented Kylie of Hippie House Dolls featuring fabric she purchased from us. Kylie creates Premium Handmade Waldorf Dolls made with natural materials. Both of these cuties are custom orders and come with two outfits.

Skully (aren't her shoes cute)

and in her funky pants

Custom Order - Super Mason

Every super hero needs a cape.

Watch out he also know karate.

- Ky

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Coorparoo Markets: New Opening Times

For anyone thinking of stopping by to visit us at the Coorparoo markets please note the following changes to the opening hours.

Thursday 12pm - 9pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 7am - 6pm
Sunday 7am - 2.30pm

- Ky and Cloud

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Halloween Chocolate Making Adventures

Here are the chocolates I made for a Halloween party last weekend.

White chocolate vampire fangs

Milk chocolate skull and crossbones

Milk chocolate space invaders

For anyone interested in making their own chocolate shapes here are some quick instructions.

You will need:
- A double boiler or two bowls (one has to fit inside the other)
- Chocolate (used a white nestles cooking chocolate and Ikea milk chocolate)
- Chocolate colouring for funky colours
- Moulds (either speciality chocolate moulds or silicon ice cube trays)

1. Melt the chocolate using the double boiler. (Hot water in the bottom level and the chocolate in the top. Do not get water in the chocolate or it will go gluggy and gross).

2. If you are using white chocolate, once it is melted you can mix in the colouring.

3. Pour the melted chocolate into the mould.

4. Remove any air bubbles by gently tapping the mould (This is easier with a speciality chocolate mould as they are clear and you can see when there are no more bubbles).

5. Place in the fridge to set.

6. Once set carefully remove the chocolate from the moulds.

7. Eat

If you are doing multiple colours (like the vampire fangs) it is a good idea to let each colour set before you add in the next one or they can mix together.

You can find numerous interesting silicon moulds these days. I found the space invaders at a home wares store, the fangs at Borders and the skulls at Mombasa.


Friday, November 5, 2010

My Creative Space

Our creative space has centered around setting up our new market stall at the new Coorparoo Markets which opened for business yesterday.

We painted the walls and ceiling white and installed the flooring.

Assembled new shelves to hold all of our fabric.

You can find us at the Coorparoo Markets every Thursday - Sunday from 9am - 6pm.
Shop 103, Upper Level. Cnr Old Cleveland Rd and Cavendish Rd. Coorparoo Queensland.

A bit thanks to our partners and friends who helped out, we wouldn't have been able to do it without you.

More creative spaces here.

- Ky and Cloud