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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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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Nar is the Turkish name for pomegranate. And fresh pomegranate is what I used to dye the silk for the hand woven strap on this piece. Pomegranate is still my favourite source of dye and fresh pomegranate is where it’s at. I wove the strap on my little table top rigid heddle loom, I love its naïve texture. Paired with my glazed stoneware beads strung on marigold dyed silk and hammered copper.

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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Corona Australis is a horse shoe shaped constellation in the southern hemisphere, also known as the Southern Crown. Taking my inspiration from these stars in the wintry night sky I designed this piece using sparkly pyrites, gold labradorite and freshwater pearls. Wrapped with silk thread on hammered silver wire and hung on handmade silk cord dyed with coreopsis flowers from my garden.

Dyeing the silk first and then plying it by hand results in a beautiful blending of the natural pigments on the fibre, each twist is a different colour. It has definitely been worth the extra effort to make it myself that way rather than dye pre-made cord, I love watching the light playing on the coloured silk when it spins as I work it with my hands.
The stones and pearls are repurposed and I only have a small amount so this will be a very limited edition design. I think I have enough for maybe two or three more.

This piece has a drop of approx 40cm and sits at about bust level but can be shortened by knotting the silk. Will be sent by registered post.

In the shop now.

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So of course, as soon as I announce that I’m going to open my little online shop again all hell breaks loose in this house. Anaïs decided it would be the perfect time to sprout a new tooth and stop sleeping, both children came down with one of those delightful viruses that produces hacking coughs and rivers of snot, and then the internet broke. Four days of a mexican standoff with our ISP insisting it was not a problem with the line (it was variously “the modem”, “the socket” or the fact that I’m “a blond female and not capable of understanding how it all works”) and therefore not their problem resulted in me getting out the wire strippers, a pair of pliers and fixing the corroded line (which was/is actually their problem) myself.

Anyway while all this was happening I decided it would be a good idea to make a few more things to go in the shop, but there has been some hiccups with getting necessary bits back from the kiln which has taken ages and some things needed to be refired. So rather than have everything together in one go, (which honestly might not ever happen given my poor track record of late), I’ve decided to just start releasing things one by one. Every piece is unique, so it’s a little bit more special that way don’t you think?

I am so excited to be once again making things with purpose and sharing them here. I hope you like what you see, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

First up is appropriately a design to celebrate Winter Solstice and the wintry, sparkly night sky. Two of my favourite things.



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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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A new vest design I’ve been working on.


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