Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Trading 2011

Merry Christmas Bunneh Lovers

Do you need some last minute supplies for all of those holiday projects you have planned then never fear we will be open from Tuesday - Friday this week 11am - 6pm. 

The showroom will be closed from 24th Dec 2011 - 3rd Jan 2012. Our online stores will remain open during this time but shipping will be subject to Australia Post opening times.

We will probably be popping into the showroom from time to time over the holiday break so if you are desperate for a fabric fix give us a call on 0422 215 053 and we will see what we can do :D

We have also re-added Gift Certificates to our online shop, the perfect last minute gift idea for the fabric fiend in your life.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

- Ky and Cloud

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Showroom Opening Hours 13-17 December

A few things have come up so we have had to make a few adjustments to the shop hours for this week.

Tuesday - Thursday
11am - 6pm

11am - 2.30pm

We will be in King George Square from 5pm - 9pm as part of the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Markets.

10am - 4pm

Please call us on 0422 215 053 if you need to check to see if we are open before you pop in.

- Ky

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Update - Showroom open this Saturday

Hello Bunneh lovers,

Just a quick post to let you know that we have decided to skip the Kustom Krafts Xmas Vintage Rockabilly Extravaganza Market that we were going to attend and we will be in the showroom instead.

We will be open from 10am - 4pm if you would like to pop by for a fabric fix. Full showroom details can be found here.

See you soon!
Ky and Cloud

Friday, December 2, 2011

The wait is finally over! Brisbane now has a fabric and craft shop that stocks only the best designs from around the world. We are proud to specialise in the hard to find and harder to get fabrics that other stores won't stock. Come down to see the full range of skull, goth, rockabilly, spiderwebby, geeky, retro, kawaii & downright awesome goodies on offer. There are a load of items that aren't available yet in our online store including - Sublime Stitching patterns, DMC embroidery threads, new Alexander Henry, Lecien and Michael Miller fabrics.

  • Upstairs, 900-904 Stanley Street, East Brisbane
  • Saturday, December 3, 2011
  • 10am to 4pm
  • Limited carparking is available onsite (via Potts Street). Free street parking available in Potts Street and Stanley Street. 
  • Short walk from the Woolloongabba Bus Station.

If you can't make it on Saturday our regular opening hours for the rest of the year will be:
Tuesday - Friday
11am - 6pm

Saturday 17th December
10am - 4pm

We hope to see you soon!

- Ky & Cloud

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bubbles and Baubles and a New Showroom

We are very excited to be attending the Piece Together Bubbles and Baubles launch party tomorrow night from 7pm. It is to be a night of craft, art, design, food, wine and live music. There will also be a suitcase style market where you will  find Voodoo Rabbit, Kimono Reincarnate, Wimcee, Ties & Whimsy, Mad Weevil, Little Bubble and more.

Where: Piece Together - 33A(Upstairs) Logan Road, Woolloongabba
When: Thursday 17th November, 7pm

Piece Together is a workshop and market place where you can create things, meet people and purchase local handmade and vintage items. The studio is located in the antiques precinct of Wooloongabba which is  only a 5 minute walk from Voodoo Rabbit's new showroom.

What's that I hear you say, Voodoo Rabbit is opening up a showroom? You heard right, finally Voodoo Rabbit will have a permanent home where you can come to get your fabric fix! It's been a long time coming but we are super excited to be opening up shop to the public as well as selling online. It would be great if you could make it along to our Showroom Opening day!

When: Saturday, December 3
Time: 10am - 4pm
Where: Office 1 (Upstairs via Side Entry), 904 Stanley Street, East Brisbane
Phone: 0422 215 053

We will have new Alexander Henry fabrics, a huge selection of our own Voodoo Rabbit original designs, DMC embroidery threads, Sublime Stitching Kits, Funky Friends Factory patterns and kits all in stock. The best part is that you can BUY FABRIC OFF THE BOLT! We will always have precut fat quarters but if you want to sew clothing, you will now be able to buy continuous lengths at the showroom.

More details to come soon.

- Ky

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Win FREE tickets to the Craft and Quilt Fair - Brisbane 2011

The Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show starts in LESS than 3 weeks and for the first time ever Voodoo Rabbit will be there! The bunnies are madly cutting and folding fabrics in preparation and we also have FREE TICKETS to give away, in conjunction with Pauline at Funky Friends Factory.

Pauline has designed lots of new patterns since last year’s show like SAMMY the SHARK. He is super quick and cute to make!

Cloud is such a child sometimes - she loves to play with the toys!
To celebrate our Craft and Quilt Fair debut, we are giving away FREE TICKETS to the show AND you can also win PATTERN AND FABRIC VOUCHER prizes.


Let me show you where we will be so you can come and say Hi!

We know we will be well looked after at the show - Pauline will be set up nearby with her Funky Friends Factory stall and will make sure we don't get ourselves into trouble. We will be selling Toy-making KITS made up with Pauline's Funky Friends Factory Patterns and our quirky cotton fabrics. We thought it would be a great idea to do a joint promo to give away our free tickets and vouchers to use at our Show stands.

What can you WIN?

1st  PRIZE:
2 FREE TICKETS, a Funky Friends Factory Pattern Voucher and a $15 Voodoo Rabbit Voucher (only redeemable at the Show)
2nd PRIZE:

HOW do you enter?

All you need to do is to leave a comment on this blog post BELOW, or on the FREE TICKETS blog post at Funky Friends Factory to let us know ‘WHICH Funky Friends Factory toy pattern you think would look AWESOME made up in WHAT Voodoo Rabbit fabric. (English teachers – please excuse any grammatical errors!!!!)
*** You can comment on BOTH blogs for TWO CHANCES TO WIN
- pretty cool! Huh? : )
The Vouchers are ONLY valid at our show stands.. so we look forward to catching up with the winners at  the Craft and Quilt Show

We will draw the winners on Wednesday night, the 12th October.

GOOD LUCK everyone!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Bulimba Festival on Sunday

Voodoo Rabbit will be at the Bulimba Festival this Sunday. You can find us between Cambridge and Jameson Streets just up from Riverbend book shop and the K Rudd tent (see map below). Entertainment will include Mental as Anything', and 'Ross Wilson' from Daddy Cool with other acts including local Brisbane band Prefontaine (Nee Wayward Gentleman), The Frets and Russ Walker duo.

28th August 2011

10am - 4pm

Oxford Street Bulimba

We will have fat qtrs of all of our commercial fabrics as well as a selection of Voodoo Rabbit original design fabrics, kits, buttons and handmade goods.

We except payment via EFTPOS and cash at all of our market stalls.

If you would like us to bring meterage of any of our fabrics for you to pick up at the markets please contact us at sales@voodoorabbit.com.au. We will be more than happy to bring your order along with us.

- Ky

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Making Bias Binding

Occasionally you just cannot find the right size or colour bias tape (or all of the shops are shut because it is midnight and you just have to finish your project right now) required to finish off a project.

Pipi's Kitchen Bib - Back Detail
Bias Binding around bib made from red homespun cotton

Never fear, making you own is not too hard and a few minutes on Google will supply you with numerous tutorials. Here is one of our favourites as, unlike a lot of tutorials, it uses the entire piece of fabric instead of leaving you with two fairly unusable triangles at each end.

How To Make Continuous Bias/Binding Tape by Make It Modern

The link to this tutorial has been added to our Tutorials page.

Another niffty little device is the Bias Binder Foot for your sewing machine, I purchased mine here. It can be a great help and enables you to attach the bias binding to an edge in one go.

Bias binding can be used for more than just binding quilts, we have used it for binding bibs, armholes, neckholes and corsets, joining bunting flags and embellishing clothing. It can be a great was of using up a 1/2m remnant of fabric.

Japanese Style Brown 12 Gored Skirt - Detail
Bias Binding made from chocolate and tan homespun and a Japanese fabric
remnant. Used as embellishment on the bottom of a skirt

- Ky

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Customer Project: Invader shirt

Daniel sent us these images of his awesome new Invader shirt, click on the images to go to Daniel's flickr page.

The black accents on the placket, shoulder loops and sleeves add a nice level of interest to the shirt design don't you think. I also love the little section of musical tape under the front placket. The very neat pattern matching of the pockets and shirt front is also to be applauded.

This shirt was made using our Gingham Invaded White on Black print. Available via our online store.

If you need a large amount or would prefer a different basecloth you can purchase it direct from Spoonflower.

Have you made something awesome from one of our fabrics, we'd love to see  it.

- Ky

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lazer Cut Fabric

Fashion designer Diana Eng creates these very interesting t-shirts, the intricate cut out pattern is created using a lazer cutter.
You can read more about her techniques and purchase her designs here.

Found via this site.

- Ky

Saturday, July 2, 2011

BrisStyle Indie Designer Markets

The Bristyle Indie Designer Markets will held next Saturday in Hamilton, Brisbane. Once again we will be sharing a stall with Pauline from Funky Friends Factory.

Pauline will have a bunch of her awesome Funky Friends patterns and kits and we will have Original Design Voodoo Rabbit fabric, Voodoo Rabbit sewing kits, dyed buttons and a selection of handmade items. Our stall is going to located outside in the church grounds (see map below), here's hoping the weather co-operates.

The market will also feature local emerging and established artists, crafters and designers from Queensland's South East who specialise in producing quality handmade goods including handbags, sweet art, jewellery, children's wear and vintage re-creations.

Where: St Augustine's Church Hall and grounds, Racecourse Road, Hamilton
When: Saturday July 9, 2011. 9am-2pm
Website: http://www.bris-style.com/page/indie-designers-market/

 - Ky and Cloud

Friday, June 24, 2011

I do not like green eggs and ham but I do love Dr Seuss!

We are super excited about this - we have the whole range of the brand new Celebrate Seuss! and The Cat in the Hat fabrics from Robert Kaufmann in stock!

Dr Seuss: Cat In the Hat

The fabrics feature all your favourite characters and  illustrations from the books Horton Hears a Who; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Fox in Socks, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and of course The Cat in the Hat.
Dr Seuss: Celebrate Seuss - Character Stripe
Dr Seuss: Celebrate Seuss - Words
Dr Seuss: Celebrate Seuss - Characters
Dr Seuss: Celebrate Seuss - Character Spots

The co-ordinating spots and stripes are to die for and are delightfully quirky and perfectly complement the main character fabrics.
Dr Seuss: Celebrate Seuss - Spots by Robert Kaufman
Dr Seuss: Celebrate Seuss - Stripes by Robert Kaufman
 Free quilt patterns are available from Robert Kaufman for you to download if you are in need of inspiration.

Bump Thump Panel Quilt Pattern
Let's Party Quilt Pattern
The Cat in the Hat Quilt Pattern
 - Ky and Cloud

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Creative Space

Just a quick update on my secret garden cross stitch.

Over 3/4 of the crosses have been stitched.

Here is a quick reminder of what it looked like 2 months ago.

I'm not sure if I will make my self imposed October deadline but I think it will be pretty close.

Have you been creative this week, head over to the new home of our creative space to share.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Customer Project: Geeky Business Shirt

Sorry that we seem to have disappear from the face of the Earth since our return from Japan. In hindsight booking 3 rather large markets in the week and a half after our return wasn't the best of ideas. We have been very tired little bunnies.

Things seem to be a bit more under control now so hopefully you will see us around here a bit more. Today we would like to share another awesome customer project with you all.

Rosemary was kind enough to send us a picture of the business shirt that she made.

She has used our very own Invaded Pinstripe fabric design, the great thing about this fabric is that it looks like a standard stripe until you get in close enough to see that there are actually little space invaders on the fabric. Sneaky Geeky :)

Do you have a project that you used Voodoo Rabbit products for? You can share them with us via email (sales@voodoorabbit.com.au) or our Flickr group.

 - Ky

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cool Pacman Street Art

This awesome street art was found in Milan, Italy. It looks like string cross-stitched over metal mesh (chicken wire?). Hopefully the zip ties mean it won't be stolen anytime soon.

Original Source found via Sprite Stitch.
- Ky

Friday, May 27, 2011

BrisStyle Twilight Markets

We arrived back in Brisbane yesterday after our mammoth Japanese shopping trip but there is to be no rest for the wicked!  You can find us at the Brisbane Indie Twilight Markets (BiTM) tonight in King George Square.

It looks like to weather is going to co-operate this time, so it should be a lovely night out under the stars.

Once again we will be sharing a stall with Pauline from Funky Friends Factory and in the stalls around us you will find Hungry Designs, Pannikin, Feybles Nel and Catamation. We are tucked away right up the back of King George Square on the Anne Street side (see the map below).

Pauline will have a bunch of her awesome Funky Friends patterns and kits and we will have Original Design Voodoo Rabbit fabric, dyed buttons and a selection of handmade items. 

Where: King George Square (in front of city hall)
When: 5 - 9pm Friday 27th April 2011

- Ky and Cloud

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Travelling Bunnies - Den-Den, Giant Bugs & Going home (Day 8)

We're home! First thing yesterday we went back to Excelsior Coffee (a bit like a Japanese version of Starbucks) for breakfast. It was the only place we found in Osaka that had a barista and a real espresso machine and didn't charge 400 yen per coffee (which would be almost $6 AUD with the current rate). Ky was super happy because not only was it a real cappucino, it came with choc sprinkles on top.

Yep another picture of food
Extra added bonus for Ky was grossing me out by eating prawns for breakfast (bottom feeders - totally ick). Ky managed to gross me out a lot on this trip by eating prawns, scallops & octopus tentacles whenever she got a chance to.

After a quick stop for last minute gifts and a play on the giant claw machines at a nearby arcade (Ky won me a Gloomy Bear plushie!!!!) we raced back to the hotel to check out & stash our luggage. We had five hours to kill before we had to catch a train back to Kansai airport & we weren't planning on wasting it.

We jumped on the subway to Nipponbashi station near Den-Den town. Den-Den in Osaka is the equivalent of Akihabara in Tokyo - full of electronics, comics, toys and capsule toy stores. At night, the area is lit up like a Christmas tree. During the day it is quite a lot more subdued.

Den Den town looking downright boring during the day
I was trying to hunt down shops that had accessories for my Usaggie doll - shoes in particular. I can make her clothes myself but no way can I make shoes. Ky researched the 'dolly' stores in Den-Den and found a recommendation for Volks. To be honest, it was a huge disappointment. Not much dolly stuff at all and none for Usaggie (or Blythe either). We stopped off for lunch and decided to wander around a bit afterwards.

In Japan, it pays to look up! We were looking down a side street at a huge 'Melonbooks' sign when we spotted this on the roof of a nearby building. No idea why it was there but we thought it was awesome.

Good thing we decided to investigate the giant bug too - it lead us to a back street and a stack of anime, toy & capsule toy stores. One of them, Kotobukiya had what I was searching for - Usaggie shoes! We also found that the same items found in stores on this street were way less expensive than those on Sakai-Suji (the main street).

We then wandered off back towards Namba via Doguya-Suji (Kitchen Town) and Dotombori.

Hovering Cow sign
Tako yaki cooking

We got back the hotel, collected our luggage and caught the train from Namba back to Kansai Airport. Along the way Ky managed to run over my foot with her luggage - all 35kg of it >_< All I can say is "Heavy fabric is heavy". We must have looked crazy because we were on the train platform laughing ourselves stupid while I hopped around on one foot trying not to cry and Ky kept saying 'Sorry! Sorry!' over and over again. I guess you just had to be there :P

The flight check-in was almost a disaster. Jetstar still had us down as being in Ecomomy even though we paid for upgrades to Business Class. To fix the problem meant that Ky & I may not have been able to sit together. I got stern. My feet were sore, I wanted a shower & I was not in the mood to deal with Jetstar borking our flight up. We needed to be in Business Class for the luggage limits! We were under by less than a kilo (not including our hand luggage). Like I said before, "Heavy fabric is heavy".

0.6kg under luggage allowance!!

Flights finally sorted, we caught the shuttle train (yup the airport is that big) from the main terminal out to our gate and the Jetstar lounge. No showers. They were back at the main terminal! We decided to have a coffee / snack then go back. I dropped by biscuit into my coffee. Made Ky laugh but it wasn't looking like our airport experience was going very well!

After a hot shower (500 yen & totally worth it) we boarded the plane. Our seats were fixed up and we were sitting together again. Business Class is rad. I've always flown Economy & hated it. This was.... incredible. Customer service, free Bailey's, plunger coffee, real food, hot towels, real napkins, real cutlery, free water... did I mention LEG ROOM! Another great thing about Business Class? When your flight is delayed by 2 hours due to engine problems and Japanese Customs won't let you disembark while the repairs are done you get snacks and LEG ROOM and drinks.

We landed at Coolangatta just after 8.30am. I got home around 11.30 and slept for the rest of the day. The Great Unpacking begins tomorrow.

~ Cloud & Ky

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Travelling Bunnies - The Search for Coffee, More Shopping & Osaka Wildlife (Day 7)

Hello Bunneh Lovers! Tonight is our last night in Osaka & we need to pack so this post will be short on words and big on pictures (^_^)

In our ongoing search for good coffee this is the best we have found.
 We slept in (bliss) and then hit the streets for more shopping. After breakfast we explored a craft shop on the second floor of the Daimaru South building in Shinsaibashi Suji, so Cloud could look for yarn. They had lots of yarn but Cloud didn't know how much to get (they sell it in 10g lots off big skeins) so didn't buy any.

Japanese school girls have much more interesting uniforms than we ever had.
Shin Saibashi Suji shopping arcade
We also went back to the Bodyline outlet where Cloud bought her strawberry Lolita shoes. We got busted trying on a jacket by one of the staff members. She said "No try. No try." That meant "No buy. No buy." for us. Japanese styles are so differently cut than Western clothes there was no way were buying clothes without making sure they would fit first. The store did give us inspiration for the types of fabric we could be stocking for the Goth / Lolita / Cosplay crowd though!

Next was back to Otsukaya to pick up the fabric that we couldn't carry yesterday. Last night we worked out how much of our luggage allowance was left so that we could fill to capacity. We bought more lace trim - pink with embroidered cherries, skulls and spiders. We raced back to the hotel, dropped off our loot and went straight back out again.

Cloud got herself a new hairdo and also some shoes for her Usaggie doll. Then back on the subway and off to Umeda for a quick trip to Kinokuniya Books, Yodobashi Camera and Vie de France for a maple scone.

On the way home we checked out the Osaka wildlife.

Isn't it pretty?
Now it's off to pack, weigh our luggage again, see how much we can cram into carry-on and get ready to fly home tomorrow night. If we can get free Wi-Fi in the airport tomorrow night we will post again.

~ Cloud & Ky