Hand woven textiles in Oamaru!

Earlier this year, the SCA group co-ordinator, Diane was browsing through a North and South magazine and this advert ‘jumped out’. Hand woven textiles in Oamaru!



Here’s what Diane wrote:

I visited Rod and Sue McLean’s website and blogsite and found out the weaving was done on historical c.1918 Hattersley looms using locally sourced wool and alpaca fibre. Sue tells about the history of the looms, their own weaving journey and how helpful it was to Rod’s recovery, on The Radio NZ interview and in the magazine article (on their blogsite).  The photos on the website are excellent.

Thanks Diane for sharing this wonderful [and unknown to this blogger] New Zealand resource!


Extend your sewing at our meeting on Saturday 14 May

Me-Made-May 2016

What are you making this May?

Perhaps something you’ve been wanting to start (or finish) for a while or as part of an online sewing community challenge? Whatever it might be, there’s no better time to sew for yourself or others when the long summer days are ending.

The changeability of weather through Autumn (or Fall) means considering layering our clothing for greater comfort because of variable temperatures.  It also makes us think of using appropriate textiles in our sewing such as merino knits – which we are so lucky to have such great variety of in New Zealand.

The famous NZ merino, Shrek's fleece reproduced from the Otago Daily Times 05/2014

The famous NZ merino, Shrek’s fleece reproduced from the Otago Daily Times 05/2014

Fine merino is so versatile because it is a natural fabric, has great recovery, can be found in a range of differing weights for base layer, mid layer and outer layer uses, and is a joy to sew. We can play with our overlockers or use adapted construction techniques and there are so many choices with modern patterns which utilise these fabrics.

Some of us will have got through their item for the First Challenge which is to sew some dungarees, overalls, onesies or a jumpsuit, either for themselves or someone else.  I’m picking that the competition will be fierce, as the standard of these challenges is always very high.

If you’re halfway through a project or want some inspiration to start one then come along to our sewing meeting on this Saturday, 14 May.  For regular attendees, note this month is the extended session specifically for sewing time and which will run from from 12pm to 5pm.

Another activity we will have going is the making of a paper mannequin for those that wish to participate.

image c/- BurdaStyle

image c/- BurdaStyle

The venue is in the big hall at the Bayview Community Centre, 72 Bayview Rd, Bayview,  North Shore of Auckland. A map is found here

Please bring:

  • Your sewing/sewing machine, extension cords etc.
  • Any items that you’ve made to “Show and Tell” to others.
  • Supplies for the paper mannequin.
  • Your own lunch/snacks. Teas and coffees will be supplied.

If you’re not already a member and would like to visit, please do.  If you like what you see then please talk to Diane about signing up on the day.

We look forward to seeing you, and bring along a sewing friend if you think they’d like to connect up with like-minded people in Auckland.


Welcome to 2016

Hello to all our sewing friends in Auckland and wherever you may happen to be.  Happy New Year!

Over the annual summer NZ-is-closed-down period, I’ve been hibernating away under a “mountain” of clutter (at home) and UFOs, WIPs and fabric (at the studio).  Feeling slightly like Leo from the Revenant (although without the bears and ‘actual’ dying, obviously) as the journey in my sewing continues on and on and on and…..


“Now where did I leave my scissors?”

So it’s a big ol’ sewing year ahead for me – how about you all?  I’m about to kick-start the action for the group pretty soon – possibly after breakfast.  Anyone wish to join me?

Feel free to send me any content you want posted – after all, loading up the posts is the easy part, it’s the ideas that need the work…. that said, we’ve got a bunch of ideas lined up to share and would love to hear what everyone’s been doing sewing and crafty-wise over the hols.

Diane Parton, Sheila and I have been finalising the new 2016 programme with topics, trips, challenges and workshops in store for you lucky people, so Watch This Space (oh and the Facebook space too!).  There’s plenty to inspire and share.

Coming soon will be the full details about the New Venue at the Bayview Community Centre, 72 Bayview Road, Bayview on the North Shore as well as important dates etc.  The first meeting of the year will be Saturday 13th February at midday.

If you want to become a member of SCA or just renew your membership for 2016, then head over to the Contacts page and get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Cheers Beth