Craft solutions for everyone
the medieval days of the Bayeux Tapestry to the fast-paced 21st century, arts and crafts have sewn themselves through our past and into our present.
For the many people taking up knitting needles, crocheting hooks and patchwork frames once more, Weekend Shopper's Arts and Craft section can provide $200 quilting frames and $110 spinning wheels as well as patchwork fabrics, knitting wool, and sewing threads.
Like many of her peers, Lesley McConnell enjoys working with fabrics. Her Faeries In My Garden patchwork shop reflects her love for pretty simplicity.
While a multitude of designs and accessories is available in Faeries In My Garden, the store is also filled with pastel and floral colours and the general flavour is unashamedly romantic.
“I’ve always loved pretty floral colours and I love the look of pastels,” Mrs McConnell said.
“I’ve been patchworking and embroidering since I was a child and I couldn’t live without this craftwork - I’m totally smitten with it.”
Faeries In My Garden is unusual in that Mrs McConnell creates and sells most of her designs rather than someone else’s creations.
“Designing is a kind of therapy for me,” she said.
“It feels as if the designs live inside me and they have to come out.’’
Mrs McConnell also enjoys patchworking for its sentimental origins, with the craft beginning with women cutting up old dresses and children’s clothes to create quilts and other items.
“People still swap fabrics and design kits and so the round of recycling continues,’’ she said.
With a range of secondhand sewing machines, fabrics and frames on offer, Weekend Shopper is a great place for patchwork beginners to start their own craftwork creations.
“Most people can set themselves up for under $100,” Mrs McConnell said.
Faeries In My Garden is at 70 Park Parade, Shorncliffe.