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Interview with Sarah from Ric-Rac and Retro

I first came across Sarah’s work when a friend sent me a link to a fox applique she had in a showcase and wow! I simply adored her quirky appliques and each time she brought out another one I was more and more impressed.  When Sarah agreed to contribute one of her unique appliques to One Thimble I was blown away.  I loved the opportunity to find out a little more about her and her creative process with this interview.

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Sarah is the designer and creator behind Ric-Rac & Retro. She opened Ric-Rac & Retro in 2013 and quickly became known for her raw-edge appliqué designs. With a background in Education, Drama and English, Sarah loves making things with a bit of a literary touch about them. She loves how appliqué is all about the attention to detail and giving new life to fabric scraps. The Snow Queen appliqué template and tutorial in Issue 4 was her pattern-making debut.

What, where or who inspires you?
The little people in my life are the best source of inspiration. My two year old daughter and her love of animals and ballerinas and colour inspires me. She adores stories and has a rather extensive library of beautifully written and illustrated books which inspire me, particularly because I have to read them over and over and over again! Anything illustrated by Freya Blackwood is a winner for me. Since having my son I am inspired to create designs I think he will totally rock. Something a little different than what I could find in stores. Of course other children’s designers inspire me like Sarah Jane Studios, Belle and Boo, and Schmooks. Fashion and current trends inspire me, but I also love looking at vintage patterns and fashion illustrations, as well as checking out what Fifi Lapin is wearing today. And I can’t forget fabric and fabric scraps! I love finding a way to make a little piece of fabric into something beautiful.   

What is your favourite haby item?
Spools and spools of black cotton.

Do you have any tips for balancing family life and a new baby with business?
Since I have been on maternity leave I haven’t really had to balance everything just yet but I have had time to consider the path ahead. I have realised that it is really about working smarter, not harder. So make it fun, and make it part of your life. I sit down to draw designs side by side with my toddler. I give her scizzors and a piece of paper to cut while I cut out my appliqué pieces. I’m always trying to think creatively in order to achieve that balance.

Do you do other crafts? If not what would you like to have a go at?
I’ve had a few bashes at giving furniture a make-over, I loved the impact of the results but not the hours of sanding! I would love to learn macramé and create a hanging garden on my veranda. I will have to have a battle with my husband about that one though, he’s still dubious about it.


Picture You can purchase Sarah’s pattern for the Snow Queen Applique as a single pattern HERE 
or visit Sarah’s Facebook page to find out more about her work HERE
or Purchase Issue 4 which contains this pattern
HERE

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Fat Quarter Project Winners Announced

I loved seeing all the Fat Quarter goodness landing in my inbox over the last few weeks.  There were so so many “winning” projects! If your favourite project wasn’t chosen to be published never fear lots of the entrants have let me know they’ll either be publishing their projects as patterns you can purchase or as free tutes on their or our blog over the coming weeks!  I’ll be sure to let you know when they come out!

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These are the winning projects which will be published in Issue 5 of One Thimble – due out 14th November!

Winner of the Christmas Category – The Sneak-Peek Santa Sweets Stocking – by FLOSStyle, Winner of the People’s Choice Category – Reindeer Garland – by Mother Grimm,
Winner of the Teacher’s Gift Category – Pencil Case – by Horris and Deedle,
Winner of the General Category – Sweet Grace Ruffled Headband and
Overall Winner – Ralphie Reindeer by Stitched by Crystal.

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People’s Choice Awards – Fat Quarter Competition

Late last month we launched our Fat Quarter Competition with a heap of awesome prizes donated by our friends from ModeS4u and from One Thimble.  I have been completely blown away by the quality of the entries and the talent of the entrants!!!

Winners in the Christmas, Teachers Gift, General Categories and the Overall Winner will be chosen by a team of judges and will be notified via email 17th October, BUT you can help choose the People’s Choice Winner by voting for your favourite project below.  For more details about the projects check out our Facebook page.  Here’s a link to the album!

You’ve got until 6pm QLD time 16th October to place your vote!

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“Pimped”Firefly -Horris & Deedle

This is the final of our “Pimped”Firefly series, we’re wrapping things up with Marnie from Horris & Deedle’s version of the firefly.  You can visit the previous posts in this series here, here & here 

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Now it’s over to Marnie to find out how she did it!

I kept the pimping really simple.

1. Replaced ruffles with piping. The piping needs to be sewn all the way down to the bottom of the bodice, not like the ruffles which end a little above the bodice.

2. I added a square shaped shoulder ruffle which I sewed on the main piece before I joined the bodice and the lining together. It is basically just a long rectangle, folded in half with the short ends and one long side sewn together, leaving an opening for turning. The non sewn side was then gathered to the desired size before I sewed it onto the bodice.

3. I wanted the bodice to be a little more firm fitting than the previous dress I made, so I took it in at the side seams on both the outside and lining pieces to make it a firmer fit.

4. I added a ruffled border to the bottom of the dress, and whilst I wish I had some sort of formula for calculating the exact length you need, I don’t because I just made it up as I went along. I used a ruffler foot to make neat pleats for the border.

And that is it.

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To see more about the other Firefly dresses Marnie has made please visit her blog and check out her review of the Firefly dress here.


Picture If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Firefly dress
* as a Single PDF HERE 
* or as part of Issue 4 HERE
and check out more BOO! Designs patterns  HERE 
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