The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair is a trend-setting, haute couture ‘craft’ market that showcases exceptional South African design and hand crafted goods. From truly exceptional gin, to exquisitely crafted cloths, decor and jewellery, this market is a wonderland.
It’s been just over a year since I got my sewing machine, and I’m finally feeling daring enough to try make myself clothing – my original aim. I’ve hardly got an ‘off-the-rack’ figure and I love the doors sewing opens up to me.
After buying a Tilly and the Buttons book, I fell in love with her really great, step-by-step tutorials and truly beautiful patterns. They were patterns I wanted to make, with the instructions that made them actually achievable.
So happy! My first sewn garment – a #clemence #skirt designed by AND with lovely & detailed instructions by @tillybuttons – is almost done!! Much thanks to @staceyvorster who helped me with the confusing zip! Tomorrow I 'stitch in the ditch' and sew the hem. So excited to try it on! And a little scared… was a little tight so either a) my circumference has increased (😭) or b) my Maths was wrong. Both are equally possible. Either way, it's an incentive to hit my kick boxing class on Monday! . . . . #sewing #SewingDiary #shweshwe #waxprint #tillyandthebuttons #gatheredskirt #bitchingstitches #clemenceskirt #clėmence
Sometimes, Kamers can feel like the same thing over and over. I’ve gone to pretty much every one in Joburg (and written about them before) and, even though I think I know what to expect, a combination of the vibe and the hand-crafted loveliness always draws me in.
So though you can expect a lot of the same from this brand sparkling new Kamers (this is the first time they’ve introduced a market in October) there are some lovely elements well worth the visit.
Crayfish, or kreef as they’re known locally, are a relative of lobster and a pretty great local delicacy. They’re beautifully dark fresh out the water, and turn a striking crimson after they’re cooked. I must admit that I’m not a big seafood eater myself, but my fiance and family love anything with gills and even I tried a few deliciously smokey bites.
These are quite honestly the best cookies in the world.
Chocolatey, dense and chewy, the go perfectly with a glass of milk and really don’t take too long to make. I adapted the recipe from my favourite food editor, Margie Els-Burger, and added milo and macadamia nuts.
There are few things that make me as anxious as Maths.
I dropped the subject in high school and aside from restaurant bills, I barely touch the stuff. And that, fellow makers, is the only con of making your own Roman blinds: the maths. The pros though! They look really stylish, they need to be custom made for each window, and it’s sooo much fun choosing the perfect fabric.
What I also love is that Roman blinds are fairly easy to do for beginner sewers. I had my sewing guru with me guiding me literally step-by-step, but since she’s not a sewing fairy and can’t magically appear everywhere, she let me photograph the process and put together this pretty exhaustive tutorial.
I absolutely love the new Mungo store and inner city Micro-Mill in the heart of Cape Town. The idea behind this store was to create an experiential retail space where customers can interact and learn about the wonderful art of weaving. Although the majority of their production still takes place at the mill in Plettenberg Bay, they have brought down one of their oldest looms; a Hattersley Domestic loom that was made in the 1890’s. Their aim is to bridge the gap between the maker and the market, and to introduce customers to a part of their process.
The store and Micro-Mill is situated in their new beautiful four-story 1900s heritage building on Hout Street. They have carefully refurbished it, keeping all the original architectural features including Oregon Pine floors, wooden staircase, and sash windows.
The shop spans across the ground floor and into a glass atrium. The Micro-Mill is below the shop, and can be seen from…
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