Welcome to winter in Wanaka! Rod and I have been here a few days now setting up our pop-up exhibition space at Architecture and Design Library. We have had beautiful sunny days, very cold frosty nights and then yesterday morning, the dreaded inversion layer, and this morning there was snow - luckily we have lots of beautiful warm woolly clothes and scarves to wear!
I will be here at AD Library most weekdays from 11-4pm, sewing, chatting, catching up on communication and paperwork and sharing the process of how our textiles are woven and stitched. Rod will be at home, warping up and weaving 150 metres of New Zealand Halfbred curtaining for an order and to have in stock. Feel free to call in if you are in Wanaka to see what Rod and I have been busy making lately. If you want to check that I'm here, just text or ring me 0272957265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been such a busy few weeks making the fifty new, one-off cushions that I am still getting them photographed and online. Keep an eye on oursocial media and website over the next week to see them. You can purchase the cover and inner,or just the cover itself. The cushion inners we choose to use are made using NZ duck feathers from Feathers & Co in the Waikato. It's important to us to support small businesses in New Zealand, just as we hope people will support ours.
While I'm at home this weekend I will be sorting out some scarves,wraps, purses, hot water bottle covers and hats to bring back to Revology Concept Store where you will be able to buy them from Monique and her fabulous team. I will be in Revology for a few days during these school holidays, so keep an eye out on social media for the dates.
Also while I'm in Wanaka I will be spending time with the ladies of FABRICATE, at their new community fabric and sewing workspace in the Wānaka Community Workshop at 15 Gordon Street. Those of you who have known me for some time will remember when I established the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust Victorian Wardrobe and taught people to make Victorian inspired costumes from op shop finds. Creating from bits and bobs of fabric has always been part of my life. I'm so excited to be able to spend some time at Fabricate, learning and sharing.
And to finish this newsletter here are two photos of fabric Rod has just finished weaving for curtains for two reception rooms in a grand old Oamaru stone home. One room is having the stripe with a forest green weft, and the other is having an aubergine weft. These curtains are going to be magnificent! We love every part of the process of weaving unique curtains, from design, to making and finishing, delivering them to the curtain maker, to seeing them hung in their homes. I think I get the easy part of the job - the designing with our clients and then encouraging the weaver as he pedals his way through up to 200 metres of fabric. I'm hoping to have photos showing you the finished and hung curtains in our next newsletter.
Wishing you all a fabulous Friday. Thanks again for supporting us on our weaving journey. Please let others know they can subscribe to our newsletters too, and go in the draw to receive a $200 gift voucher.
Hoping to see you in Wanaka this month!!!
Sue and Rod xx