2012 Tessuti Awards Competition

2012 Tessuti Awards

Drumroll please! 

My fellow lovers of Tessuti may be aware already – but for the benefit of those who aren’t – the 2012 Tessuti Awards have been announced! And this year it’s Big with a capital B. The theme? Spots and Stripes. Who doesn’t love them both? To see just how inspirational and incredible this competition can be – I would highly recommend checking out the Tessuti Awards website (where you can lurk creations by previous years entrants until your heart is content).

The basic premise is that you design/make a dress following the set theme (and a few rules), and submit your entry online. A panel of judges picks semi-finalists, and your creation is then flown to Sydney for the final judging – the winner takes home $5000 worth of international flights, second prize wins a Bernina 700D overlocker and lucky third gets a $500 Tessuti gift voucher. Kick ass prizes if you ask me.
What makes it Big this year is that they’ve opened it for international contenders as well – In previous years it’s only been up for grabs by people residing in the Land of Oz.
I’m humbled to think that I even shared the same sewing teacher as the WINNER of last year’s awards – the amazingly talented JuliaBobbin – you can check out her winning entry here. In fact I think she’s in New York right now (or heading off there very soon) thanks to her winning ticket :) I’m even more stoked to notice that Emma Leonard – who drew the graphic image you see above as the banner for the awards, is a girl who I went to high school with. Whilst she wasn’t someone I was friends with, I love seeing people with who I grew up with succeed at doing what they love! She clearly is a very talented artist. 

Julia Bobbin’s 2011 winning Tessuti Awards entry

Would you consider entering? My only excuse is that I’m a fair bit larger than the standard size 10 that the dress has to be made to, so I would really struggle to make something to fit this requirement… 

…96 days to go…

When life gets in the way of your sewing…

The stunning coastline of northern NSW

…. I get mad. But sometimes it just can’t be helped! For the last week and a bit I’ve been stuck interstate for work, which means I’m over 1000km’s away from my beloved sewing machine (and Mr. poppykettle, of course). 

The only good thing about this? I’m at least somewhere nice. With beautiful beaches!

So I’ll be back to regular programming next week…

But in the mean time – the gorgeous Natalie from Splatastic has awarded me the Leibster Blog Award! Aw, thankyou!

“The origins of the Liebster Blog Award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it means favourite or dearest to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.” 

And it comes with the following ‘rules’:

1 – Thank your liebster blog award presenter on your blog. 
2 – Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you. 
3 – Copy/paste the blog award on your blog. 
4 – Present the liebster blog award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less). 
5 – Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment.

So, who to pass this onto? The easiest five decisions I’ve made, fo’ sho.

Firstly – the ever-beautiful Mary of Idle Fancy. I’m addicted to your Pinterest feed and your blog is a constant source of visual loveliness. I just adore your creations and your aesthetic :)

Secondly – the lovely Zoe of ZoSews. She’s only been blogging for a short while, but as a fellow sewing classmate – she’s one of the small few people who share my love for sewing that I’ve actually met in real life!

Thirdly? A blog I’ve only just come across. But I know already I’m going to love checking back on it. Welcome to the fold, Sue from Sewin’ Steady!

Fouth(ly?) – Evelyn from Hand Sewn Home Grown. Apart from acknowledging everything made by you always looks so well made (and you have such a gorgeous garden!), I love popping into Tessuti on my lunchbreak to have a chat. 

And Fifth! – Clio from Clio & Phineas. Always a kickass creation – that colour block dress was totally awesome. Love your work (and your blog).

And a big thank you to everyone for making blogging such a wonderful thing to indulge in :)