Tinker Maker


My Dhungala wall hangings in The Design Files story on Pop&Scott’s beautiful Dream Weaver lights.

Photo by Bobby Clark of Bobby and Tide

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Soft and ethereal, this is Nimbus.

White glazed, dimpled stoneware beads on barely there eucalyptus dyed hand made silk cord.

In the shop now.

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It is finally Spring and I am patiently waiting for all the seed I sowed several weeks ago to pop their little heads out of the earth. Including hundreds of little pastel poppies which I am very excited about. Hence the name of this new piece.

Three of my stoneware beads in pastel shades on handmade silk cord dyed with pomegranate, turmeric, marigold, madder and gardenia.

Simple knot closure. This piece has a drop of approx 36cm.

In the shop now.

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My Dhungala series of silk dyed with river red gum and argyle apple on stoneware and linen is now available at the Pop & Scott showroom in Northcote. There are three sizes suitable for wearing as neck pieces or to hang on your wall. Some have already sold but there are more coming!

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Dhungala is the Yorta Yorta name for the Murray River, where the River Red Gums grow. When I was young (and fit) I used to take part in the Murray River Marathon paddling a kayak 400km (in a relay team) down that mighty river and past so many of these majestic trees lining its banks. The silk for this piece was dyed using red gum sawdust that has resulted in the softest shades of cream, silver and charcoal. Paired with seven of my carved stoneware beads.

In the shop now.


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We had to make the short drive to Emerald yesterday to pick up a guitar that was being repaired. It was a good excuse to have coffee and cake at The General Food Store and a mosey ’round the vintage and op shops, I found a beautiful tweed skirt.

I grew up not far away, there was nothing to do in Emerald in my youth, except get off Puffing Billy and go to the bakery, ha listen to me “back in MY day…”.
It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the beauty of the area that I was raised in as a child, if anything it inspired me more than anything ever has, but it was just home. Now as an adult my heart aches more than a little for those green rolling hills, our farm…

Anyway (now I’m getting all wistful, it’s the weather), what more appropriate name for this piece and its copper carbonate glazed beads than Emerald. The silk was dyed with bits and bobs from the garden, which bits and bobs exactly I can’t remember but they imparted pastel greys and the softest hints of blue, rather like the colours of the Winter sky today.

In the shop now.

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A tale of two indigos and five of my crackle glazed stoneware beads on hammered silver.

I’ve have Woad and Australian Indigo in my garden, they’re both so unassuming. Woad could easily be mistaken for a lawn weed and the spindly indigo is completely camouflaged growing in the bush, unless it is in flower you’d never know it was there. Secret harborers of the mysterious blue.

And I used both of them to dye the silk cord for this piece. The darker blue is the australian indigo and the lighter is woad.

Each bead is approx. 1.5cm diameter and they hang at a drop of approx. 4ocm.

In the shop now.

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[Congratulations to Nicky G, your present is in the post! Thank you everyone so much for entering, the shop will be opening very, very soon. Stay tuned.]

So. The last year I have been busy, mostly with children, work, life and other distractions. But I have been doing lots of dyeing and working on small manageable pieces until I have more time for larger works (will I ever have more time?) After a LONG hiatus, I’m planning a little shop update in a couple of weeks with special limited edition goodies. As a sneak peek I’m giving away this little beauty. Handmade silk cord dyed with marigolds from my garden, hammered copper and my crackle glazed stoneware beads. To be in the running:

If you are on instagram – follow me or like this photo and repost tagging me @xmyfx and use #tinkergiveaway (if you have a private account let me know by commenting below or on instagram, open to overseas folk too!)

If you are on facebook – share this post, like and tag my (oh so lonely) Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tinkermakerhandmade


Simply comment on this post below (make sure you include your email address so I can contact you).

(You can also do all three for multiple entries).

Entries close 7th June.

Your odds of winning are currently very good, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!




P.S. I haven’t forgotten about that sugar vat tutorial, next on the to-do list!



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