Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and New Year, 2008

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been reading my blog and leaving comments throughout the year, its been a real pleasure learning how to make the most of a blog and posting films and images>

I especially love sharing my tea cosies with you and am hoping to have a bit of holiday-ish quiet time to make some more to start the new year's blog with...
The Teacosy* Revolution is making progress, slowly slowly, and surely....

To close the year I want to share a most sublime song with you from the band Beirut, called Postacards from Italy...so summery and full of play, which I wish for you all, and a safe and healthy and fun festive season full of pots of nourishing tea, favourite tea cosies and friends and loving family.

Don't forget to check out the tea cosy giveaway winner in the below post, and thank you so so much everyone, for your fantastic quotes and film scenes relating to tea...
I wanted to give everyone a tea cosy for their shared treasures!!
There will be another giveaway before mid-2009, so stay tuned for this offer too!

Bonne fete and Happy New Year!

Monday, 22 December 2008


Sorry that I didn't get to post the winning name yesterday, I was overwhelmed with work and making sure I got everything done in time, before Christmas day...

I also didn't get the chance to ask Peter to draw the winning name, so I've put all the names into a tea cosy and asked my partner, Rainier, to draw out a name...

Which is......

Drum roll please and no peeking.......

I'll email you to organise getting the cosy to you soon.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Teacosy* Number 8; Sugarpink Colonial Cosy, 2008

I am holding a random lucky draw for this tea cosy as a special event!

Je fais un prix de cet couvre-theiere, comme une 'donation chanceuse' de Noel!

If you are interested in putting your name into the draw, please leave me a comment here in answer to this question:
Si ca vous interesse, laissez-moi ici votre reponse du question suivant:

What is your favourite tea cosy/tea drinking/tea party scene or paragraph in a film or novel?
C'est quoi votre souvenir de preference au sujet des cache-pots dans un film ou un roman?

I will then put everyone's names in a tea cosy on Monday the 22nd December and ask the Curator of Decorative Arts at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Mr Peter Hughes, to draw out the winning name.
If you re-check this blog again on that Monday night, there will be the winner's name posted.
Ce lundi le 22 Decembre, je vais mettre tout vos noms dans un cache-pot en attente de la main de M. Peter Hughes (Directeur des collection des Arts Decoratifs au Musee des Beaux Arts de Tasmanie), qui va tiens un nom gagnant. Epuis je vais ecrire le nom ici le lundi soir, donc si vous reviennez voir ce blog, vous le sauriez!

Tea cosy dimensions: (interior measurements) 31cm x 24cm. So will fit a two or three-cup tea pot.
Dimensions du cache-pot: (d'interieur) 31cm x 24cm. Ce cache-pot marche avec un theiere du 2 ou 3 tasses.

Hand embroidery on silk, cotton velvet, transfer print on silk, antique needle lace, wool, hand printed linen lining by Aunty Cookie, vintage brass bits, printed hemp by Pippijoe of Melbourne.

Brodee a la main sur la soie, velours du coton, homme inprime sur la soie, dentelle vielle, laine, lin imprime par Aunty Cookie, cuivre jaune vieux, chanvre imprime par Pippijoe de Melbourne.

London Transport tea cosy

My sister gave me this tea cosy on the weekend.
She found it at the Queensland Art Gallery when she was there in the winter.
Thank you Renee!

Monday, 15 December 2008


Please read the following two posts, especially the third one.

Cystoseira granulata.

Another page from the album, I've written more on the below post.

Cystoseira fibrosa.

I found this on flickr today while I was getting ready to upload new tea cosy photos.

This album is a beautiful collection of British sea weeds (Algae), and has so much embroidering potential, not to mention how important it is as the first photographic published work by a woman.

Follow the links to view more information and see the rest of the album, its a beautiful thing!

What relation does this have to The Teacosy* Revolution?
I know....though what do you think??

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Profoundly Inspiring...

One of the most inspiring artists and his work I've ever encountered (in Paris).

Arthur Bispo do Rossario
had a fascinating life and his textile artwork is totally mind-blowing. I've attached an image of one of my favourite pieces of his. It keeps me inspired when Im embroidering...in the way that embroidery can be so much more than just decoration and prettiness, it can have such a deep social and socio-political resonance and affect others for years, centuries, millennia!