Collaboration with Cactus Revival

Cactus and Erasmus

One of the best things about the madness of selling at markets is the wonderful people you meet. It’s what makes the early mornings and setting up all worthwhile. Sometimes you have the joy of meeting someone who is precisely on your wavelength and just gets why you are doing what you’re doing. Last season I met the owner of a Cactus Revival, Kate Fenby. She expertly embellishes secondhand children’s clothes to resell them. An idea born out of noticing how quickly children go through clothes, and the massive contribution that makes to landfill! It was clear to us both that we have mutual interests in sewing, fabric, crafts and the environment. As parents, we are also aware of what a valuable skill sewing is for young people to learn.

Sewing Workshops for Kids

So, we’ve pooled our skills in sewing and teaching and next week we’ll be running our first sewing workshop for kids in Mornington. We’ll be using my sewing kits to teach basic embroidery and hand stitching. It’s proven very popular with this workshop already sold out. I’m looking forward to meeting the children and parents. It’s been several weeks since I last went to a market, and it’s wet and gloomy here at the moment. So this should brighten up my Winter holiday time.

Get in touch!

If this appeals to you and your child would like to learn how to sew and go home with a fun little soft toy that they’ve made themselves, please contact me. Or perhaps as an adult you’d like to learn how to embroider in a relaxed environment with like-minded people. We would love to hear from you.

Published by Karen Erasmus

I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer. I have illustrated 18 picture books. I live in Melbourne, Australia with three kids, two dogs, four chickens and a mad husband. Life's busy. I also love to sew and cycle and visit galleries whenever I get the time.

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