My kids’ school, Wooloowin State School in Brisbane’s inner north, has its annual fete on Sunday 15 September (which coincidentally is also my youngest son’s 7th birthday). They asked if I would like to have a stall at the fete and of course I said yes! I have been busy making small items for the fete and am especially enjoying making pencil rolls.
I went through my fairly extensive fabric stash looking for fabrics that would make a nice pencil roll and found quite a few!
I have been making some more stuff for the fete – will show it in the next few days.
Today I received a large envelope from the UK… with the January issue of Making, one of my favourite craft magazines. And in this issue is my article on how to make a burlap pencil roll from a coffee sack! Yay! (I’ve had quite a few articles published in magazines, but it’s still a big thrill!)
I sent a pencil roll to the UK to be photographed. Doesn’t it look gorgeous!
There are some other great projects in this issue, so do check it out if you see it! I really like this magazine – it’s fresh and original, full of attractive projects. I’m proud to be part of it. 🙂
This week a customer asked if I could make a Burlap Pencil Roll for her that could hold 20 pencils instead of 12. The largest one I had made so far was for 16 pencils, but four more wasn’t a problem!
The roll measures 25 x 50 cm (10″x 20″). Rolled up it is pretty big…
If you would like to order a roll that can hold a different number of pencils (or thicker pencils, or pockets for a sharpener and a rubber, or would like to see it threaded in different colours), please convo me on Etsy or send an email to email@example.com. I love doing custom orders and will be happy to work with you!
Almost a year ago I made my first burlap item – a Beach Pillow for our caravan at the beach. I loved the material so much that I have been making a lot of burlap items ever since; they have become an important part of my shop. The most popular burlap item (and the best-selling item in the shop) is this pencil roll. It was on Etsy’s front page twice and it was also featured on the Illustration Friday blog. Very exciting!
On my birthday in September my darling hubby gave me a smartphone, and I decided to make a burlap phone case for it. This is how it turned out:
Not too bad, but I think the design needs some tweaking…
With the leftover bits I made an ATC/ACEO:
(what is an ATC/ACEO, I hear you ask? ATC stands for Artist Trading Card – a small (2.5 x 3.5 inch) art card that is traded between artists. As an art quilter I have made and traded many – see here. If you sell these cards they are called ACEO – Art Card Editions and Originals. I sell Dutch Houses ACEO in my shop and am always happy to trade!)