Petal & Pins

Month: February, 2014

Cut & Paste

When I posted Make Mine an Old Fashioned I had no idea I would be returning to the Derwent Valley quite so soon…this time at night and it did involve a little whisky tasting!

Last week I discovered Megan Morton’s Sydney based The School was bringing to Tasmania a Paper Cut Garland workshop with Melbourne/Tokyo artist Miso and luckily there were two spots left so on Tuesday night a friend and I drove out to the Derwent Valley.

It was held at the Drill Hall Emporium at New Norfolk which is always inspiring to visit – so it  made for a wonderful setting for three hours of creativity sitting amongst their eclectic wares. Tasmanian whisky was served in 19th century custard glasses and then we got down to the art of paper cutting.

Miso had arranged wild flowers she gathered from a walk by the nearby stream in jars for us to draw for our garlands.
widflower posie

This was the one that inspired mine. It contained  some crocosmia – I have them growing in my garden and I recently created a dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe with them.

First we sketched our design onto butchers paper and Miso explained how to work out the bits that would stay and the bits to cut away. Then we taped the sketch down on a piece of archival paper and started cutting.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Miso also suggested you can use the cut butchers paper layer for a graffiti art stencil. I decided to embellished mine with my lace pattern rubber stamp before pasting it to a wall.


stencilall images © Sandra Alcorn 2014

The night was inspiring and fun and we both returned home keen to do some more paper cuts.
Thank You Miso & Megan!

The Last Days Of Summer

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

As summer draws to a close so too does the wedding season.

A bride picked up her dress yesterday for a wedding this weekend on Bruny Island and I’m finishing off another for a garden wedding next weekend.

With a slightly less hectic schedule, today I made time for some other creative pursuits.

It’s been a few weeks since my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe gained something new so that was the first thing I did.

Already there are little signs of Autumn appearing when I look around the garden – the apples are almost ready to pick, there are rose hips and a blush of colour on the leaves of the lilac bushes.

Some of the geraniums I struck last year are coming into their own and it’s the flowers from one of these that I’ve combined with fuchsias for this Garden Fairy dress.

With a birthday party to go to tonight I then turned to making a present. I had decided earlier in the week to make a bag and came up with the idea of printing some of my ‘kaleidoscope’ photos onto the smooth underside of a heavy cotton drill.

I chose a different image for each side of the bag and finished it off with a pink zip closure and hot pink silk lining. The bag could be used as a clutch purse, to hold jewellery or a pencil case.

I’ve been wanting to play with those images on fabric since I took them and I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.

I’ll post some photos soon – for now it’s wrapped up ready to give to the birthday girl – I just have to write on a card – a Petal & Pins ‘Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe’ card of course!

Pink Passion

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Passiflora Mollissima – such a gorgeously romantic sounding name that I thought it would be the perfect choice for Valentines Day!

This Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe design is from a collection I’ve created using passionfruit flowers.

I have picked them from vines draped over fences – just  like the morning glory in the lane way on my morning stroll with Mademoiselle Agnés.

Other designs using passionfruit flowers are in  my ‘Pretty In Pink’ and ‘Passion & Glamour’ posts.

Which is your favourite?

Spilt Wine

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

My silk macaron project isn’t complete but it has progressed.

The Ladurée box I brought back from Paris that sparked the idea for the project had a little mishap with a glass of red wine.

By way of explanation, evenings in the winter months are usually when I work on projects like this – free of my work deadlines that fill summer and spring – a bit of fireside stitching and a glass of red are very complementary – as long as you don’t bump your glass!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I think La Belle Miette in Melbourne is the closest thing  to a Parisian macaron experience I have found in Australia and their boxes are just gorgeous so I’ve swapped to using one of theirs.

It’s a smaller box but I do have a larger one for when my collection – or should that be selection grows.

So when the last of this season’s brides is complete I’ll dive back into my silk scraps and boxes of beads….and be careful where I place my glass.


© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Crocosmias form a swathe of orange at the bottom of my garden – perfect for a Garden Fairy’s sundress.

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