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Around the World Blog Hop

Last week Debra from the label Very Debra who has a blog/website called Stitching Rules nominated me to take part in the Around the World Blog Hop.  I first met Debra a few months ago when she contributed a tutorial on lining a skirt to Issue 4 of One Thimble.  I love that through her blog she aims to help people with more advanced sewing techniques.  I’ve never taken part in a Blog Hop before so I’m excited to have a go.  I think its a great way to find out a little more about what drives people who blog.

So here’s my answers to the questions:

1. What am I working on?
I’m working on Issue 5 and Issue 6 of One Thimble and trying to get some RTW dresses together for my very neglected Ainslee Fox Handmade brand.  I love stretching myself with One Thimble and these issues are no exception.  I’ve just finished drafting my first jacket and my first knit pattern.

2. How does my blog differ from others of its genre?
It’s still a work in progress but I aim for the One Thimble blog to go behind the scenes of the One Thimble e-zine, include tips and hacks to help you get more from the included patterns and to focus on the various included designers and authors so you can find some new favourites.

3. Why do I write what I do?
One Thimble and the One Thimble blog are another expression of my “purpose”.  “Finding”sewing has been the most amazing experience of my life.  I want to help everyone who’s keen to give it a go get as much as possible out of their sewing.  I really think confidence is key and I’d like to help people whatever stage they’re at gain the confidence to challenge themselves from One Thimble.

4. How does my creating process work?

I have lots of sketch books, notepads and scraps of paper floating around the place.  Whenever I have an idea I jot it down.  When it comes time to design something or start working on a new e-zine I go through all the ideas and on a few pages summarize the ones that I think will work best for the project I’m planning.  I don’t throw the others away I file them in a crate and if things get really desperate I go check the old ideas crate.  Once I’m happy with the idea – I’ll get Mr Fox to draw it properly for me.  He’s much better at drawing than me and its far easier to draft from his sketches than mine.  Then its a matter or making, trying, re-making till I’m happy with what I have.

Next week I’d like you to visit two other bloggers who’ve contributed to One Thimble:

Samantha from The Handmade Business Mentor who’s contributed an article on Handmade Business to each Issue of One Thimble.  I love reading her blog for Samantha’s take on Handmade Business.

Kylie from Little Moo Designs who contributed the Busy Block pattern to Issue 4.

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ModeS4U and One Thimble “SHARE A FAT QUARTER PROJECT” COMPETITION

I am so so excited about this competition! We have some fabulous prizes up for grabs and hope to through it “discover” some wonderful Fat Quarter Projects.  I’d encourage anyone and everyone to challenge yourself, stretch your creativity and enter!  With prizes for judged categories (Overall as well as Christmas, teachers gift, general category) and peoples choice there’s plenty of chances to win!


Japanese Fabric Fat Quarter fabric packs from ModeS4U

Japanese Designer Fat Quarter Fabric Packs donated by ModeS4U

Prize banner - see your project in One Thimble Issue 5

One Thimble Two Issue Subscription

One Thimble 4 Issue Subscription

One Thimble Gift Vouchers


How to Enter

1. Design & sew an original project using ONE FAT QUARTER of fabric. 
(You may use small pieces of fabric that together make up one fat quarter of fabric.  You may use whatever buttons, zips, ribbon, lace and other trims and haberdashery you require but no more than one fat quarter of fabric.  If your project has a lining or uses an applique this must come out of your one fat quarter of fabric)
2. Send a photograph of your finished project and a brief description of your project (including the category you’d like to enter it in Christmas, Teacher’s Gift or General – ask me if you’re not sure what is the best category for your project)
to hello@onethimble.com.au before 10th October 2014

3. Entries will be added to an album on the One Thimble Facebook page.
4. Winners will be advised by email to the email address their entry came through from on the 17th October 2014.

Categories and Prizes

OVERALL WINNER:
The Overall Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.  The criteria will be originality and reproducibility of the project (ie could someone else make it following a tutorial).  It can be for any sort of sewn project.
The prizes for the Overall Winner are:
* 15 Fat Quarters of Japanese fabrics from modes4u.com (valued at approx. 65 EUROs, $92AUD) Fabric Manufacturers included are Kokka, Cosmo, echino.  Most of the fabrics are canvas fabrics, but there are also oxford, poplin, double gauze and laminate fabrics included.
* 4 Issue subscription to One Thimble (value $85 AUD)
* Your project published in Issue 5 of One Thimble Sewing E-zine

CHRISTMAS CATEGORY WINNER:
The Christmas Category Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.  The criteria will be originality and reproducibility of the project (ie could someone else make it following a tutorial).  It can be for any sort of Christmas themed sewn project.
The prizes for the Christmas Category Winner are:
* Scandi Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle from One Thimble (value $35 AUD)
* $50 One Thimble Gift Voucher
* Your project published in Issue 5 of One Thimble Sewing E-zine

TEACHERS GIFT CATEGORY WINNER:
The Teachers Gift Category Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.  The criteria will be originality and reproducibility of the project (ie could someone else make it following a tutorial).
It can be for any item that would be suitable for a gift for a school teacher.
The prizes for the Overall Winner are:
* Sun Print Text Fat Quarter Bundle from One Thimble (value $30 AUD)
* $50 One Thimble Gift Voucher
* Your project published in Issue 5 of One Thimble Sewing E-zine

GENERAL CATEGORY WINNER:
The General Category Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.  The criteria will be originality and reproducibility of the project (ie could someone else make it following a tutorial).  It can be for any sort of sewn project that doesn’t fit into the Christmas or Teacher’s gift category.
The prizes for the General Category Winner are:
* Kona Solid Fat Quarter Bundle from One Thimble (value $45 AUD)
* $50 One Thimble Gift Voucher
* Your project published in Issue 5 of One Thimble Sewing E-zine

PEOPLES CHOICE WINNER:
The Peoples Choice Winner will be chosen via a poll on the One Thimble website.  The poll will be open 11th-16th October 2014.  All items entered will be eligible for the People’s Choice award.
The prizes for the People’s Choice Winner are:
* 15 Fat Quarters of Japanese fabrics from modes4u.com (valued at approx. 65 EUROs, $92AUD) Fabric Manufacturers included are Kokka, Cosmo, echino.  Most of the fabrics are canvas fabrics, but there are also oxford, poplin, double gauze and laminate fabrics included.
* 2 Issue subscription to One Thimble (value $45 AUD)

Conditions of Entry

1. Your project must be your own work for a SEWN project.  You can’t use a tutorial/pattern/pin from someone else to make your entry.
2. By entering you agree that the picture of your project may be shared as part of the promotion for the competition (feel free to watermark your entry).
3. By entering you agree that if your entry is a winning entry, you will provide a tutorial for making your project, to be published in One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine, by 24th October 2015.  We can help you with putting together your tutorial/digitizing any pattern pieces.
4. If your entry is a winning entry that will be published in One Thimble you won’t be able to sell/give away the tutorial for making your project till after 12th February 2015.
5. If your entry is a winning entry and is published in One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine you will receive $50AUD plus a 1/2 A4 advertising spot as payment in addition to your prize.
6. You may enter as many times as you like but each entry must be for a new project.
7.  Your project must not use more than ONE FAT QUARTER of fabric.  You may use small pieces of fabric that together make up one fat quarter of fabric.  You may use whatever buttons, zips, ribbon, lace and other trims and haberdashery you require but no more than one fat quarter of fabric.  If your project has a lining or uses an applique this must come out of your one fat quarter of fabric
8.  Winning entrants will be notified via email to the email address their entry came through from on the 17th October 2014.  Winning entrants must reply within 72 hours in order to accept their prize or new winners will be chosen.
9.  Entry is open to Australian and International participants.
10.  The judges decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


About our Competition Sponsor

I first came across ModeS4U in Sarah’s article in Issue 4 about shopping online for sewing supplies.  They currently carry 3,200 different fabrics as well as stationary, arts and crafts supplies, accessories and much much more!

You can visit them HERE www.modes4u.com

They carry fabrics from Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Alexander Henry, Riley Blake, Kokka, Cosmo, echino, Timeless Treasures, birch, monaluna, Cloud 9, Quilting Treasures, David Textiles, Camelot, Clothworks, Exclusively Quilters, Fabri Quilt, Henry Glass, Marcus Fabrics, Nathan Fabrics, Northcott Fabrics, Trans-Pacific Textiles and Westminster.

They even carry organic fabrics from birch, monaluna, Cloud , Timeless Treasures, Clothworks and Robert Kaufman!

ModeS4U are based in Hong Kong.  They have very reasonable shipping rates & offer express postage via FedEx.  They’ll even ship your purchases for free if you order items worth 60€ / US$78 / £54 or more!

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Interview with Jess from Gracious Threads

I have so many aims with One Thimble and one of the biggest has got to be including people from all over the world.  I love meeting and learning from people from other nations and since sewing is a hobby/skill that transcends boundaries it makes sense to include people from everywhere.  I also think its pretty cool that even though we live 12,221km’s apart, Jess and I both have Edmonton in our address!


Picture Gracious Threads began as a place for
Jess to share all the sewing she did for
her friends and family.
It soon grew, as other sewists shared her love for simple, practical clothing for kids. Jess lives with her husband and 3 children on their Canadian dairy farm.
Jess contributed the
Traveller Tee to issue 4.

What, where or who inspires you? 
I am inspired by my mom. I am the oldest of eight children, and she sewed nearly all our clothes, for each one of us. Her clothing was always practical, but she tried hard to implements favourite colours, designs and trends. She passed away when I was a teen, but I know she would be thrilled that I’ve taken up sewing as well!

What is your favourite haby item? 
Definitely my rotary cutters and two giant mats. I use my small 18mm cutter to cut out patterns, and use my larger version to cut out the fabric. They have sped up my sewing time so much!

Do you have any tips for balancing family life and kids with business? 
I do my best to stay organized. I’m hopeless with digital calendars, so I splurge on pretty stationary. Every event and deadline gets recorded, and I often number them in order of priority. I work on my business between 7 and 9 pm and during nap times and try to focus on my kids during the day.

What is your favourite pattern you’ve made and why? 
My favourite pattern is my Lazy Days Lounge Pants. They were a pattern I drafted out of necessity for my girls, who wanted something comfortable yet still nice enough for school. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve become my best selling pattern!
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Do you do other crafts? If not what would you like to have a go at? 
While it isn’t exactly a craft, I’ve recently spend quite a bit of time improving my photography. Not only does it help my business, it allows me to record those precious moments of my children’s lives! If I had more time, I’d love to learn how to work with leather and dream about making custom shoes for myself and my kids.


Picture You can purchase Jess’s pattern for the Traveller Tee as a single pattern HERE 
or visit Jess’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 4 which contains this pattern
HERE

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Interview with Kylie from Little Moo Designs

One of my dreams with One Thimble is for it to become a place to showcase and mentor new designers.  I’ve been so excited to watch Kylie’s pattern brand grown over the past few months!

Picture Kylie’s love of sewing began when she was
young. Her Nan and Mum are both amazing
dressmakers. Little Moo Designs was
started in 2010 when she wanted to design
a unique hobby horse for her daughter. She
now designs and sews many designs with
a focus on high quality children’s fashion,
accessories and her beloved hobby horses.
Kylie has contributed the Busy Block pattern
to Issue 4.

What, where or who inspires you?
I am so lucky to live on a beautiful little farm in South East Queensland. I love the Aussie rural life, this for me is where a significant part of my inspiration comes from. I am inspired by country landscape, the beautiful small community we live in and my amazing family and friends.

What is your favourite haby item?

Clover button hole cutter – the best invention ever! Makes cutting button holes neat and easy. Do you have any tips for balancing family life and kids with business? I do use a Schedule, life here is hectic running a farm with my husband, working part time and running Little Moo Designs on top of being a wife and mum. I schedule work time and try and leave plenty of time to spend with my family also. Sometimes the two cross over but that is how it works when you work from home.

What is your favourite pattern you’ve made and why? 
My favourite pattern would be my childrens messenger bag as this is the first pattern I released and continues to be my top seller. I love that it comes with 4 applique designs and there are loads of way this little bag can be customised. They make the perfect gift and are such a quick sewing project.
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Do you do other crafts? If not what would you like to have a go at?
I am undertaking “Project Life” this year….I am running a few months behind but am finding it a great quick and easy way to keep track of the year. My kids love looking through the album and its a perfect way to capture the small details each week that are so easy to forget.


Picture You can purchase Kylie’s pattern for the Busy Block as a single pattern HERE
or visit Kylie’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 4 which contains this pattern
HERE
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Seeking Contributors for Issue 5 & 6

Are you a sewing enthusiast with a desire to share your knowledge and passion with the world?

Are you a sewing or handmade business blogger who’d like to connect with new readers?

Are you a pattern designer with an established business looking for new marketing opportunities?

Are you a new pattern designer looking to introduce your work to the pattern loving public?

Would you like to see your work in One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine?

If this is you then I’d love to have you be part of One Thimble!

I’m currently seeking pattern contributors for Issue 5 & 6 and article & tutorial contributors for Issue 5.

One Thimble aims to inspire enthusiastic home sewists whether they’re sewing purely for pleasure or to make money.  One Thimble aspires to be the “go to” resource for todays sewing enthusiast, a resource that will help them discover new and new to them pattern designers, bloggers, teachers and business owners.

I’d love to see One Thimble become an avenue whereby people starting out can have their businesses &/or work “discovered” and those already established can be inspired to try something different to reach new audiences.

If you’ve got a pattern, tutorial, article or idea you’d like to see included in One Thimble or you’d like to see the mood board for Issue 5 & 6 and hear more about what I’m looking for for these issues please get in touch hello@onethimble.com.au

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