Wednesday, March 31, 2010

And the Winner is ....

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition!
It was so hard to decide that I had to pick a random comment......
Congratulations to Melissa who wrote...
"I would love to make a softie for my littlest man. As the second boy he has lots of hand me down toys but no special softie to call his own.
Once I learn how I'd love to make one for my best friends little bubba due in June. xx"

Melissa had the lucky number (the draw included one comment that was left on a different page).
Melissa can you please e-mail us your contact information to block out your diary for Saturday the 8th of May, as you will be spending the day screenprinting and making softies with us!
Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to enter. We loved reading all the comments and visiting your blogs and web pages.
We have one more giveaway scheduled very soon so keep your eyes on this space.
Also big thanks to Wolf and Willow and Ink & Spindle for their support. 
 x Harvest Textiles

Monday, March 29, 2010

Autumn Giveaway...

If you feel like getting creative and need a little inspiration go to the Harvest Textiles site and enter our competition for a spot in the new "Softies and Screenprinting" workshop in May.
Thanks to Nancy of Wolf and Willow for the beautiful montage of pics above, many of her readers have entered the competition already, so get in quick people!

Autumn Class Giveaway!

Here at Harvest Textiles we are giving away one free spot to the following workshop:
MAKE SOFTIES WITH YOUR OWN PRINTED FABRIC  on Saturday the 8th of May 2010.

This is going to be such a fun new workshop.  You get to learn how to screen print your own fabric as well as how to design and sew hand made toys.

To enter all you need to do to enter is is leave us a comment before mid-day on Wednesday the 31st of March.
We want to know who will be the lucky recipient of your handmade softie, and why they will enjoy it so much.............
 You can buy these cute softies on out Little Harvest Shop
Above is the Sleepytime Wheat Bag she is perfect for warm snuggles on cool winter mornings. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Little Harvest Shop!

We have just launched an online Little Harvest Shop at present it features a limited range of our products.So cast your eye on the shop from time to time, as we are currently working on two new ranges. A range of baby blankets, bibs and bed linen on some amazingly soft organic jersey.
And an entirely new range of fairytale costumes on organic cotton, screen printed by us of course.
You can below we have finally sorted out our labeling by hand printing our logo onto herringbone tape.  We are also working on our paper labeling which you can see on the Sleepytime Wheatbag Softie below.  I'm thinking of getting Jess to do a label making tutorial for the blog let me know what you think?
We have been waiting patiently for the fabric to arrive all the way from India for our new range. Here are some pics of our storemen and packers receiving the goods. What would we do without them?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Harvest students.... a closer look

I have been thinking a lot about how I would really love this blog to become more of a journal about the great stuff that happens in workshops and all the interesting people who attend them, instead of just advertising the dates etc. 
So I decided a weekly window into the creative ventures of a past student's is a nice way to start that.....
They will be appearing in no particular order or preference.
I'm going to start by taking a look into the world of print maker Kylie Budge who very quietly and gently and forgot to mention her beautiful Mizu Designs website and blog during her time at the March Design and Screen Print workshop.
There is something lovely and intriguing about a person who slowly reveals themselves to you, and this kind of sums up how I feel about Kylie's prints themselves. I have selected some of my favourite prints from Kylie's website Mizu Designs. I really love the subtle colours and organic lines in her artworks. I love the shadows in the woodblock below, its called Wallflower.

Kylie studied woodblock printing in Kyoto where she lived for many years, and you can see the Japanese aesthetic has made a lasting impression on her as an artist. She uses a mixture of different printing techniques including woodblock, giclee prints. I noticed  you can see some new screen prints by Kylie on her Mizu Designs Shop.
I hope she was inspired to use this medium after her beautiful screen prints from the March workshop?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mathildas Market

Here are some pics from the Mathildas Market, we had a great morning launching some of the new range, check out how cute the new handmade bat softies are....
The bats are made by Jess Wright using old army blankets from the 1940's. And the little sleepy critters are actually wheat bags that you can heat up whenever you feel in need of a warm snuggle. Also in the new range are Emma Byrnes beautiful handmade felt crowns, for  little kings and queens. Keep your eye on the horizon for new costumes and toys cos they are just so much fun for us to make!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Autum & Winter Classes at Harvest Textile Studios

Harvest Textile Studios has been making a few changes of late and we are proud to announce a new line up of classes to keep the winter blues away. We have also added some fun new classes to the timetable.
For all  past students dying to get back to the print table.
It is a one day workshop where you will learn how to design a three colour print and have time to work on your own self led projects with teacher assistance.

Design and make handmade toys from your own printed fabrics. Its an action packed crash course in printing and simple sewing.

For all those people who have busy lives but would like to have a creative outlet and learn new skills.
Come and learn to print in a fun and inspiring environment.

And of course we have release more dates for our fantastic 
This two day workshop has been very popular. We have changed the format a little, splitting it over two weekends so students have more time to refine their designs. It  is a very small and intimate workshop  with 4-6 people in each group.

We also now have a spiffy online booking system to make it a whole lot easier to grab a spot in a class. Once you have booked online we will post you a receipt and class information.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Workshop Photos

Check out the beautiful prints done by students in the March workshop.
It was such an enjoyable weekend for me as a teacher.
There was so much care an thought put into every single design and the group really worked together to make sure everyone's prints were perfect.
We had people helping each other cut, mend stencils and print, it was lovely to see.
Above is a selection of some work that came out of the class and I'm going to work on a class album as there are just too many good pics coming from all the classes.
For more tales of what the classes are like you can check out Nancy Wood's blog Wolf & Willow and Kylie Budge's Mizu Designs.
Keep your eye on the blog for new classes and class dates being announced later today x Lara

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mathildas Market this weekend!

Little Harvest is having a stall at the Mathildas Market this Sunday the 14th of March at the Hawthorn Town Hall,360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn ,9am to 1pm. There is plenty of free parking at the back of the Town Hall.
Above is a taste of some Little Harvest goodies you can find at the market.
There will be lots of new products at the stall including linen dresses, toys, crowns and my favourite... softies that are actually wheat bags to keep the winter chills away. As well as the t-shirts and hemp dresses you have seen in previous posts. We hope to see you there ....
x Lara 

Something blowing in the wind.....

Late last year I started printing t-shirts using some drawings that I had loved for a long time under the label Harvest Moon.
Since that time the label has grown and changed....
The first change being the name which is now Little Harvest with a new font to match, there has also a new section of the label called Harvest Play which is just  as fun as the name suggests!
The second big change is I am now working as a team with Jess Wright and Emma Byrnes  to create products and run textile classes.
As a trio we make a dynamic team and bring many different ideas and skills to the table.
Its been refreshing and inspiring working with these two very skilled ladies with so many good times ahead of us.
All three of us are all mothers and lovers of  handmade textiles.
We all appreciate the limitations we have as stay at home parents to put our ideas into action but between the three of us we can lend each other a hand to help make those ideas into a reality!
Its sometimes hectic and there are some very late nights, but there are always a lot of laughs to make it worthwhile.
Yesterday we did a photo shoot at our weekly Little Harvest meeting it was one of those hectic moments when you realize the whole family is running the label together!
x Lara