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Inspired

Posted on September 18, 2015 by Saffron Craig | 0 comments

To be honest I am inspired. Maybe more than I have been in over two years. Yes I make things all the time but what I am doing at the moment feels like it is coming from somewhere new. Experimenting. I feel like I'm allowing myself time to be. I am allowing myself to work as an artist not just a designer.

Right now I am playing with colours. Colour is right up there as my favourite thing. I could mix and experiment with colour for the rest of my life. I just love colour and play with it as much as I can.

I am mixing soft pinks which are are important in my work—my heart is happy when I am working with pinks. Pistachio green another favourite colour contrasts and reacts subtly on my fabric. I really do enjoy watching the soft lines of the colours merge and change, bleed and transform. 

Saffron Craig Hand painted Fabric

Saffron Craig Hand Painted Fabrics  

Saffron Craig Hand Painted Fabric

 

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I'm Back

Posted on September 10, 2015 by Saffron Craig | 0 comments

I'm Back! It’s been a while since I blogged...12 months. I’ve missed blogging! Especially being able to communicate with like minded people. Thanks to those of you who encouraged me with emails and texts and other words of inspiration to get me back into blogging. I've got loads to share so better get over my shyness. 

Last weekend we drove down to The Canberra Contemporary Craft Retreat. I was there last year and it was awesome to go again. I had a workshop full of talented and enthusiastic students who created sensational fabrics. All so very different! 

It was great to escape Sydney as Canberra is just so beautiful this time of the year, the bush was yellow with wattle. Beautiful. 

It was great to see an Owl pop up in my class, I'm still very fond of Owls. This one is in turquoise and I think it has a lot of attitude with the buttons and bowtie.

 Saffron Craig Canberra Contemporary Retreat

 Ocean elements and colours in this fabulous print. Destined as placemats and a table runner. In the real this like most this fabric is even more sensational. 

Saffron Craig Canberra Contemporary Craft retreat 

Chocolate and hot pink in this perfectly printed fabric.

Saffron Craig Workshop

Saffron Craig Workshop Canberra Craft Retreat

 Like minded Lisa created a fabric full of whimsy and child like motives which as you know is close to my heart. (Never to many love hearts!)

Saffron Craig Canberra Contemporary Craft Retreat

 Yes we had a fantastic day in Canberra. Time flew for us all. 

I will be back at the Canberra Contemporary Craft Retreat for 2016. 

 

 

 

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Children's Workshop - How To Sew A Softie

Posted on August 01, 2014 by Saffron Craig | 0 comments

Recently I taught 25 children, a few adults and a grandparent to hand sew. Concentration was high for all the children and there was much excitement as each step was taken and concluded. Cutting the softie panels out. Sewing them together by hand with a sharp needle and white tread which was rethreaded at least three times per softie, each child managed this easily. Then the joy of turning them inside out and stuffing them. Sewing the softies closed was tricky for most and I had a queue of children asking for help.

Their was the odd hole where the hand sewn stitches were a bit large and the stuffing oozed out (which cracked me up). But nothing a few quick stitches wouldn't fix.

Every child left with a softie and a massive smile. Most gave them a cute name and a cuddle. As I was super busy I asked my daughter to take some pictures on my phone.

You may be surprised, but children are excellent at sewing. I would encourage you to teach a child to sew. 

 Saffron Craig Children's Sewing a Softie workshop

Saffron Craig Children's Sewing a Softie workshop

Saffron Craig Children's Sewing a Softie workshop

Saffron Craig Children's Sewing a Softie workshop

Saffron Craig Children's Sewing a Softie workshop

 

 

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Western Australia—Working and Adventuring

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Saffron Craig | 2 comments

Yesterday I returned from two weeks in WA, visiting Perth and the Margret River Region. Which is close to three weeks of traveling for me. During this time I met so many amazing women through the workshop I taught, it has been brilliant and humbling for me to be able to connect. It's just what I hoped I would be doing this year—getting out of my studio to meet like minded people, though it has been so much more than that. I have been shown so much kindness, seen how other artist live and work, walked in beautiful places that I needed to be invited into to be able to see and I really have learnt so much about life and living. Thanks Skidamarink ( I love you ) and Hot Possum, and Yvette Fraser for hosting me on my travels. I've learnt so much from you all. A huge thanks to all of you for coming along it would not have been possible without you. 

 

In Margaret River I was lucky enough to eat from permaculture gardens, watch surfers on 5 meter waves, enjoy the sunset its so unusual for me to watch the sun dip over the ocean horizon leaving liquid fluorescent pink light in it's trail. I was invited to a surprise 40th birthday party in the middle of the bush with a lamb on the spit and a sky full of stars, red wine and a huge bonfire with a live band entertaining us all which made for a special memory. I also went to the local car races and was thrilled at the speed the cars flew around the red clay track and afterwards chatted to the fearless drivers. Perhaps to be a fabric design in the future. 

 

I also enjoyed quality time with my younger Sister and her three children. We were certainly busy walking over sand dunes, catching waves, visiting local attractions and eating, so much eating.  

 

While I was there Margaret River Regions Opens studio was on—so lucky me I was able to visit local artists, chat to them about their practice. To be in their creative spaces was incredibly inspiring for me. It's on for a bit longer so if you are in the area do pop in to see them. My Favourite Studio space was from Diana Burns who has the most amazing studio set in pristine bush, her watercolours are truly beautiful. Another favourite Studio space and textile artist was Rivers of Silk.  Just beautiful.

 

Margaret River

 

Margaret River Fabric Design and Screen Printing Workshop

Teaching is so rewarding look what was created in a day. I was busy offering up advice, mixing colours and answering questions. 

Wonderful fabric created by local artist Diana Burns.

 

 

Workshop Fabric Design—Repeats 

 

 

 

Perth Fabric Design and Screen Printing Workshop With Hot Possum

Denise from Hot Possum picked us up from Perth airport, drove us to her home and looked after as so kindly for our stay in Perth. She created amazing fabrics and her enthusiasm positively effected us all. She is such a talent. Pop over to her website her patterns and her fabric choices are fantastic. 

 

 

I'm sure I'll return to my kind of normality soon? But it's bound to be a different one after all my experiences and all the inspirations I found there. I thought I might start by sitting at my IMac and writing about my journey. But I kinda just want to book my return visit. 

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My Bendigo Adventure Teaching Screen Printing and Fabric Design

Posted on April 09, 2014 by Saffron Craig | 3 comments

I have just come back from a spectacular four days in Bendigo Victoria. Three of those days I was teaching my Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops hosted By Rosalyn Effenberg—who is lucky enough to have an entire cottage to craft in on Honeysuckle Street Bendigo. Yes and create we did. 

A dawn start for me on the breathtaking Sydney Harbour. 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

It truly was a magical sunrise as seen from the Manly Ferry.

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Melbourne

Lane ways Melbourne Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Melbourne lanes. 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Cakes and more cakes.

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

On the train to Bendigo.

 

Day One Workshop—Screen Printing and Fabric Design On Honeysuckle Street

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

 Wonderful Meg, pregnant with her second child prints a wonderful star table cloth. 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Buddhist monk Tenzen designs a fabric all about life long love—the journey begins with boy meets girl.  

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

The Friday group for Screen Printing and Fabric Design from left includes Roz, Saffron, Alvera, Tenzen, Julie, Irene and Meg.  

 

Day Two Workshop—Screen Printing and Fabric Design On Honeysuckle Street

 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Busy day today, the room is filled with so much inspiration and design ideas.

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

The lovely ladies brought a plate each for lunch which included goats cheese balls, caramelised onions and potato pizza, bocconchini salad with spinach leaves and quiche, with a gigantic fruit plate plus chocolate. Thanks so much! 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Botanical artist Jodi creates a delicate and very beautiful fabric.

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Roz is bursting with love. She creates a delightful hearts fabric. 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Wonderful soulful Lea with her neutral colour palette had a ball printing her parrots.

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

The Saturday group included Lea, Ainsley, Heather, Jodi, Rozlyn, Jacqui, Caro.

 

Day Three Workshop—Screen Printing and Fabric Design On Honeysuckle Street

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Roz prints outside the cottage on a splendid April day creating a printed painting for her studio. 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Beautiful yellow Butterflies by Anne

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Lauri's turtles swimming in the water.

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Maree's swallows in flight. 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Last day in Bendigo. And some 20 plus original fabrics are printed. This group includes Amelia, Liz, Roz, Saffron, Lauri, Anne and Maree.

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Saffron Craig Screen Printing and Fabric Design Workshops Bendigo

Roz is a master with a hook and her crochet is amazing. She teaches classes weekly in her cottage.

At the end of my wonderful time in Bendigo right before Roz drove me to the train station I helped her to yarn bomb her Rav. 

I think it looks amazing. Keep an eye out for it if you are in Bendigo.

Thanks to all who came along and made the Workshops in Bendigo such a memorable time for us all. A huge thanks to Roz who has a heart of gold and put together all three workshops for me. 

Skidamarink.

 

Please contact Roz here for her craft groups, you will meet amazing people and have a ball.  

 

Next stop for me is Margaret River. 

 

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North Avoca Screen Printing Workshop

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Saffron Craig | 4 comments

A month ago Joanna Way contacted me via Facebook asking me if I would like to visit Avoca, a two hour drive North of Sydney, to teach my Screen Printing Workshop. "Yes" I quickly typed in reply. 

So, last Friday I drove up to Jo's fantastic house, which was built by her husband. Jo's enormous garage was the perfect venue for getting the group's creative juices flowing. I was only too happy to enjoy a day out of Sydney in the company of like-minded people. Jo invited 11 of her  friends along to the workshop including her sister Sally who never stopped smiling :)

Everyone brought along a yummy plate of food so there was an extraordinary buffet of food to feast on for lunch. The Quinoa Salad made by Sally was particularly memorable.

Of course there was cakes and slices as well! 

We all had a fabulous day. Most of the ladies had not screen printed fabric before and were really enthusiastic to learn a new skilll and what they created was very impressive. 

  

Saffron Craig Screen printing workshop Avoka

How fabulous is this fluoro Pink Cockatoo by camera shy Tania. He is destined for a cushion! 

Saffron Craig Screen printing workshop Avoka

This is the lovely Jo who hosted the workshop. She printed beautiful aqua geometric shapes. 

Saffron Craig Screen printing workshop Avoka

Saffron Craig Screen printing workshop Avoka

Saffron Craig Screen Printing workshop in Avoka

Saffron Craig Screen Printing workshop in Avoka

Sally printed Christmas Trees and then later another layer of red snowflakes for her Christmas table. 

Saffron Craig Screen Printing workshop in Avoka

This little one sat all day playing with her doll! What a sweetie. 

As I drove home I realised I could not have had a better day.

A huge thanks to Jo for hosting the workshop and being so warm and open to us all.  

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Screen printing for me

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Saffron Craig | 0 comments

Here is some fabrics that I have been printing for myself. I hired a studio and just played. The hours are gone in seconds, which is a sure sign I am following my bliss. 

 

Saffron Craig Screen Printed Fabrics in lovely shades of red

Saffron Craig Screen Printed Fabrics

 

I hope you are getting time to play? 

 

 

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Mr and Mrs Claus Softie Panels

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Saffron Craig | 0 comments

Christmas is nearly here. I am hosting Christmas this year with 7 children coming under 8.

Make your very own funky Mr and Mrs Clause from this craft panel in time for Christmas. There is no need for a kit as all the instructions are printed onto the fabric, making it very easy for you. Simply cut, sew and stuff.

With Christmas coming this is a great project to teach someone to sew or an easy sewing project just for you. Or maybe it will be a good present for someone in your quilt group to give them a smile. 

 

Saffron Craig Mr and Mrs Clause Softie Craft panels.

Saffron Craig Christmas Craft Panel Mr and Mrs ClauseSaffron Craig Christmas Craft Panel Mr and Mrs Clause

 

Available for a short while in my online fabric shop.

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Screen printing November Workshop Dates

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Saffron Craig | 0 comments

I am taking bookings for my next screen printing workshops on the 15th or the 29th of November in Balgowlah on Sydney's Northern Beaches. If you would like to come along click here to book your spot.

Amazing work from the Thirroul workshop

Michelle Powell from the Natural Loom hosted the two day Fabric Design and Screen Printing Workshop over the weekend in Thirroul. I had a ball. It was lovely to meet such talented people. My Aunt and Uncle Sharon and Mal live locally and they kindly invited me to stay with them, we were up talking to well past midnight. 

Gary Butler used a compass and a 5 cent coin to draw up his funky paisley motive, which he printed onto lovely linen fabric in two colours. He also printed a fun stripe. Gary mentioned he was up at 5.30am planing on what quilt design to sew with his fabric. We discussed all the options deciding to let the fabric be the hero. Yes he worked hard—not even stopping for a chat at lunch. The quilt is large being 180cm square. I sooo wanted to take this quilt home with me. I bet you would have as well? Gary can be found here.

 

Fabric design and screen printing workshop with Saffron Craig

 

Michele Powell who hosted the workshop created this beautiful fabrics isn't the white flower lovely? On Sunday this funky fabric was sewn into a dress, the back of the dress has a patchwork feel as we combined some of Michelle's favourite fabrics from her online shop the Natural Loom. Michelle mentioned that she never makes things for herself—how lovely that she decided to make something so special. 

 

Fabric design and screen printing workshop with Saffron Craig


Architect Ariane Radford is 15 weeks pregnant and came along with decorating the nursery in mind, she printed curtains with the gender neutral colours of grey and green. So Sunday she laughingly said she woke up in the middle of the night bursting with ideas—in the morning we discussed a few of her  ideas and made this patchworks sleeping bag for the baby to sleep it. Sigh! So cute. Pretty amazing for a first time printer and quilter don't you think?

 

Fabric design and screen printing workshop with Saffron Craig

 

Thanks so much to all who came along over the weekend. 

If this looks like fun to you and you would like to learn an new skill then please book one of my workshops here. Or if you would like to host a workshop for you and your colleagues then I am more that happy to come to you. 



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Let's Crochet a Poncho!

Posted on July 30, 2013 by Saffron Craig | 1 comment

A poncho—I am indeed a mother inspired by the 70's.

My daughter accused me of forgetting the sleeves. I laughed. Yup. Guilty. 

 

Saffron Craig poncho made with variegated wool www.saffroncraig.com

The poncho is made from two pieces, a front and a back.  The treble in the centre forms the V-shape. I did add some scolloping around the hem after she wore it a few times. 

Saffron Craig poncho made with variegated wool www.saffroncraig.com

I taught my friend Megan to make one too. She had never picked up a hook before. She was quite a quick learner as she was well on her way to creating the front after an hour. I think it looks so lovely in the thick soft white wool Megan chose.

Megan Sadler poncho made with whilte alpaca wool www.saffroncraig.com

It was nice to sit and crochet with a friend. Baby on her knee. Bossy 8 year old wanting sleeves on mine.  

 

 

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