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Spring with rain… What Bliss!

  The lawns and gardens are in the midst of a spring flush and after a very cold dry winter it is really welcome. We are up grading our driveway and entrance and do apologise for any inconvenience…hopefully will be worth it! The gabion walls and new red gum gate built by ‘The Dovetail Joint’ […]

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Designer napkins to make and to give.

Using Spotlight’s new linen cotton mix digitally printed with beautiful floral designs is the perfect choice for napkins. Imagine a crisp white table cloth, a floral centre piece and napkins using this fabric. Special for a luncheon? Serviette size is approximately 45cm x 45cm, so you can get 6 napkins from 1metre ( 148cm wide) […]

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Tessuti’s New Melbourne Trench Coat.

Judi’s Studio is loving the new Melbourne Trench coat using a rainproof fabric from The Fabric Store or Tessuti. For the more advanced students it has a detachable hood and a load of buttonholes, but we still love it! How about this DJ’s window spring flower display..sensational!

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January 2018

Holidays Christmas and New Year celebrations over for another year and its time to get sewing again! Firstly a mention of my very talented HSC student Georgie Clarke who has had her garment chosen from so many to be exhibited at the Rosehill Exhibition centre, what a clever and very motivated girl. She came to […]

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Another clever student and nanna

I wish Judi’s Studio could take credit, but its just the location I sometime provide for clever sew-ers like Jenny. With imagination and beautiful sewing skills this gorgeous outfit was created lovingly by Jen-ma for her granddaughter’s Naming Day Ceremony…who wouldn’t want a Nanna like that? The added touches of machine scalloping around collar and small […]

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Zucchini and carrot cake, plus Gingerbread Pear Cake recipes

    Below are two cakes we have enjoyed this term and both come from the Iris Country fair cookbook from Frencham and GibGate mums…great country cooks!   You can always tell the much used and loved recipes by the splattering of ingredients across the page !   Autumn is upon us and that means […]

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Christmas Skorts and T- Shirts for my Grand-daughters!

Couldn’t resist making outfits for my 6 granddaughters again this year…skorts( a pair of shorts with a front wrap and tie) in stretch sateen form Spotlight and matching T-Shirts, some with applique. The T-shirts I bought, rather than fiddle with sizes, at Big W and appliqued to match. I think they all were pretty pleased […]

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Great Projects from the studio

Kay, one of our long time Studio students has been very busy helping her daughter Paula to sew the Isla Top by Tessuti over the break with this stunning result ! Paula has done very little sewing before so this is a testament to the well illustrated directions Tessuti provides and of course a great […]

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Christmas salads

End of year arrived pretty quickly for me after our long break in August September with our Coast To Coast Walk in UK….we of course had no regrets as it was one of the best things we have done! Home to a Orange which had had very wet winter and Christmas was upon us. Our […]

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Wedding Dress delivered in Philadelphia and worn!

  After 6 months of toing and froing the lace and tulle wedding gown i made for my niece and god daughter was sent to USA and first try-ons were successful. When I arrived several months later the final fitting and extra beading was done ready for the big day. Nervous…   She just loved […]

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Bliss Balls and Ginger Crunch Slice Recipes

With grateful thanks to the Ladies of The Tora Walk, Wellington NZ for sharing these with us. The Bliss Balls are sugar and gluten free.   Ginger Crunch   Base: 175g butter (softened) 3/4 cup white sugar 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1 1/2 t ground ginger 1 1/2 t baking powder Pinch salt Method: […]

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A New Year begins…and we are sweltering !

Continuous hot days in summer of 28 – 30 deg in Orange, are very manageable, especially when we dont really have much humidity but this summer has been extreme… a whopping 33-38 deg..oven hot. So with that said it seems Murphy’s Law that the studio airconditioning goes on the blink and can only switch to […]

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Winter Sewing

  Winter Sewing at Judi’s studio means wool knits, wool boucle coats, boiled wool jacket and vests. I mean todays temperatures range is from 0 – 3 degrees  C,  we need seriously warm gear! Meredith, one of very able sewers, made Simplicity 1254 brilliantly in wool boucle and faux fur.   Not the bestdirections from […]

Long Weekend and bonfire in Orange!

Another Queen’s birthday weekend with lots of family home which was meant a mess of gumboots, puffer jackets and beanies, but loads of fun. The bonfire wasnt quite the roaring success we had hoped, after several very wet weeks the use of fuel didnt help, but a few sparklers saved the day!  

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Spiced Pear and Hazelnut Cake

Thanks to Mandy for a great fruity cake to celebrate another birthday! Picture shows me with another clever student who is a sensational cook, Jenny who made me a quince cake…more exercise needed to fit into winter clothes. Thanks to all who helped celebrate ! Judy

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Weight watchers Chocolate Pecan Fingers

  Weight watchers, serves 15, for 3 points a serve…   Chocolate Pecan Fingers 90 g dark chocolate 120g reduced fat butter 2tsp instant coffee powder 2 eggs 3/4 cup Caster sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla essence 1/2 cup plain flour 100g pecan pieces In a double boiler melt chocolate and butter in top over boiling […]

Jane’s Chicken and Spiced Fig Salad

Jane’s Chicken and Spiced Fig Salad   “I just cook the chicken breasts in a baking dish in the oven on 180c for 30 minutes covered with baking paper.  So easy.”  Don’t bother frying etc as below. serves 4. 4 x 200g chicken breast fillets 1 tbs olive oil 2 buffalo mozzarella balls or 6 bocconcini, torn into […]

THE CUP OF TEA CAKE ( sometimes referred to as Brac)

THE CUP OF TEA CAKE ( sometimes referred to as Brac) To 1 cup of cold tea add 1 cup of dried fruit(chopped apricots,dates, mixed fruit, sultanas or my favourite,raisons) Allow to soak for 30 minutes, then add; 1 cup SR flour ( wholemeal is nice) 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 tsp mixed […]

Pear and Ginger Spice cake

Pear and Ginger Spice cake 1 cup raisins 1/4 cup Brandy 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp mixed spice pinch salt 140 gm butter 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 lge eggs 2 lage pears, cored and chopped 75 gm glace ginger chopped 1 cup walnuts castor sugar Soak raisins in brandy. Sift […]

Date and Walnut Loaf

Date and Walnut Loaf Ingredients 1 cup chopped dates 1 Tab butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 1/2 cups SR flour 1 teaspoon bicarb soda 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Method Place dates, butter, brown sugar and bicarb in boiling water.Let stand until cool. Then add egg, walnuts […]

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buttery almond cake

Buttery Almond and Coconut Cake– thankyou to Jane W and the Bay of Fires Lodge Cookbook 180g almond meal 2/3 cup desiccated coconut 1/4 tsp salt 250g castor sugar 4 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence 1/4 tsp almond essence 200g unsalted butter, melted, cooled. 2 tsp flaked almonds icing sugar(opt) Method Preheat oven to […]

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German Apple Cake

  Cake 125 g butter 90g sugar 1 cup plain flour or self raising, sifted 1egg   Filling 3 cooking apples 2 tabs sultanas 1 tab raw sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg Juice of 1 lemon   Cake Melt butter in a large saucepan, add sugar stir till it begins to dissolve. Add […]

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Zucchini..the wonder veggie!

It has to be said….this summer has been the season of the zucchini ! Because of all the hot weather they have been growing like crazy ! From the ideal size to pick ( courgette as the french say) to a ginormous size more like a marrow overnight!  Wow… hard to keep up with using […]

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Wedding gown commences with a fitting and skype across the continents!

My gorgeous god daughter Lindsay has asked me to create a gown for her wedding in October in Philadelphia, USA. Whew! what a feat. Firstly were sketches, then I started patterns with a calico toille made and sent to US for first fitting. Tulle and french lace were bought in New York and sent to […]

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Happy Birthday Alex!

Alex Rezco celebrating with a summery luncheon in Judi’s Studio gardens, for her significant birthday in March. Picture taken with her longstanding and some new mates from Tuesday morning class.

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Project for Term 1 /2016 ?

Penny brought along this easy wear jacket last term and I thought it might give you some ideas for a project this term made in heavy cotton furnishing fabric( so the collar sits up) you probably need about 2 metres..preshrunk of course. Nice pleat treatment at back. Other suggestions would be Tessuti patterns, Collette & […]

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Christmas snaps and 2016 enrolment

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! By now everyone should have had their enrolment advice with classes starting Tuesday 9 Feb, Wednesday 10 Feb and Thursday 11 Feb.     Below are grand-daughters and the christmas outfits I made them..lots of fun!  

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Coconut Slice and Rhubarb Cake

Old fashioned Coconut Raspberry Slice brings back memories of childhood in a country town NSW. Pastry 85 g butter 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1 1/4 cup plain flour 1/4 cup SR flour Topping 2 egg whites 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla 3 cups coconut raspberry jam Pastry : Beat butter till creamy, add sugar beat […]

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Congratulations Pia ! Buttery Almond Cake recipe .

A new baby daughter for Pia who visited class this morning and it was very special…now just to find time to continue to sew! Learning to re-upholster cushions for her nursing chair while very close to delivering was a triumph ! Buttery Almond and Coconut Cake– thankyou to Jane W and the Bay of Fires […]

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Advanced Style and Iris Apfel

Thanks To Kerry at A2F, who suggested I take a look at this….its all about looking great later in life. A clever blog…gives you ideas and confidence to put fun into dressing for the over 50’s, 60’s 70’s and 80’s ! WoW. Check it out, regular updates and great shots of women who set their own […]

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A Blanket of snow…. and the Blanket Coat.

First classes for this term were just held this week, before this lovely dump occurred, 10 cm soft powder snow everywhere. So this is our current view from the Studio…a little different from the usual !   Now to the Blanket Coat…perfect for winter, but so simple to make.The beauty of this style which was […]

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Winter is here…time to sew Merino

Some inspiration from Country Roads winter collection…remember we can choose to do it in COLOUR!! Plus…great comfort food, morning tea cake thanks to Jane W… Date and Walnut Loaf…click here for recipe

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Happy Easter !

A short term but some clever things achieved, including several lovely ‘Mother Of the Bride’ outfits..congrats Ros, Bev and Julie( plus a bridal outfit for her daughter which is nearing completion)…picks next term. Some very successful Linen tops and dresses from the Tessuti range of patterns completed, has made them winning patterns to use with […]

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Instructions for applying an Invisible Zipper

Step 1. Prepare your seam by overlocking each edge and pressing back the 1.5cm seam allowance. Beauty of an invisible zip is it just looks like a seam when it is properly inserted and you can have as little as 10cm seam to apply it. Step 2. Using a marker or chalk, on both sides of […]

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Term 1/2015, classes resume February 10

A trip to Sydney meant a stop at Surry Hills to Tessuti for some new patterns and The fabric Shop for new linens and ex- designer pieces see below…. all available for sale when classes start.

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Christmas 2015…nearly here!

This week is the end of term for Judi’s Studio, Thursday 11/12 being last class. Seems to come around quicker each year, a sure sign I am getting older. This Christmas I will celebrate the day in Sydney with 3 sons and their beautiful wives, 6 granddaughters and my newest three grandsons…a very special one […]

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Apricot Yoghurt Slice, Banana walnut & Flourless Choc Orange Cake

The following are old favourites I have served for morning teas and supper in the studio over the years and revisited them recently. Apricot Yoghurt Slice ( from the Iris Country Fair cookbook) 1 cup dried apricots 1 cup coconut 1 cup sugar ( I use a little less) 1 cup plain flour 1 cup […]

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New Website..wow, and Cup of Tea Cake recipe

After months having our website crash it has finally been redesigned by Anthony Robinson of Central Web Services. I think you will agree he has done a fine job making it easy to navigate ? I have included some classroom shots of some of your achievements, which I am very proud of. To help celebrate […]

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Bits and Pieces

Just some photos I found and thought I’d share. Welt and Flap Pocket close-up. Christmas in the studio… recipes for walnut log and white rocky road are available. Covering large snaps… a perfect colour match solution. Wednesday morning class and extras… the twins.

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Claudia’s Grad Dress

Claudia’s Grad Dress|Claudia in her year 12 grad dress made with great patience in Judi’s Studio Tuesday night class. Well Done!

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Crinkle Linen Effects

Crinkle effects for simple linen garments! Choose a light to medium weight 100% linen and create a simple shift finished with binds at neck and armhole and machine hems. Once completed simply wet garment thoroughly and twist tightly (just as you would if you were wringing it to remove moisture), then allow to dry while […]

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Putting in a Zipper with Wondertape

This Article describes the step by step procedure by Judi Haling on how you can use Wonder Tape whilst putting in a zipper. Wonder Tape completely disappears during first wash. It consists of double sided transparent adhesive tape that can be stitched through which doesn’t create any needle residue when stitching. If you would like […]

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Helping New Settlers From Sudan

An information morning was enjoyed at Judi’s Studio for new settlers in Orange from Sudan. Hopefully this will help create a regular meeting for the ladies encouraging sewing and language help in the future!

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Custom Made Products

The two new bespoke products, fatty & skinny! The fun loving duo that suit your bespoke tailoring needs. Judis Studio presents the new Professional Tailor Boards. Portable and easy to use. These have been created due to special requests by tailors specifically for trouser, suit & jacket pressing. These are now featured in our store. […]

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Winter…time for jackets, coats and merino knits…and some warmingfood!

Firstly some promised recipes from class morning teas. Cup of Tea Cake…enduring popular. Click here for recipe Weight watchers, serves 15,for 3 points a serve… Chocolate Pecan Fingers click here for recipe   Photos show finished coat (at last…its turned pretty cold in Orange) from previous blog steps and gorgeous merino knit from The Fabric […]

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Easiest Cushions Ever

If you are planning to make cushions next week or term 2 you will need the following:.5m furnishing fabric( preshrunk)1 x 45cm zip ( can use an invisible zipper)1 size 18 cushion infill (45cm) You can choose from several styles;Button down … No need for a zipOutside flangeDecorative overlays using silk organza and stitchingStripe effectsButton […]

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Easter for another year…

Classes have been busy finishing the reversible jacket for this term with some really good results….well done to all ! I have suggested a lesson on ‘ my easiest cushion ever’ should follow as a warm down after such a monumental effort, ideas, requirements and photos to follow. Below are recipes for this term, one […]

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Welcome back for 2013 ! Plum cake Recipe.

The weather has cooled down making sewing possible. Great to see so many students starting reversible linen jacket.. Some of the combinations are lovely. A couple of pointers which ensure it’s professional finish are: Preshrinking fabric ( and sometimes interfacing)before cutting. Using pinking shears for outer edges of the interfacings to prevent a ‘ welded’ […]

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Kimono Shoes

Thanks to Julie Darley for passing this gorgeous little pattern for baby shoes on to me. During the heat I have loved pottering in the cool studio working on these for pleasure. I have pattern sizes through 0 to 18 months and while they are quite tiny to work on the result is well worth […]

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Classes resume for 2013

Happy new year to all! You all should have received an enrollment email or letter today or tomorrow and if not please contact me. After reeling from the heat it’s hard to think about sewing, but the studio is cooled and very pleasant even on the hottest days. I am just getting patterns and test […]

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New puppy

Miss D’arcy at 13, has a new mate.. the daughter she never had! Remy, so named after our last week in Provence staying at St Remy, is just gorgeous, soft and cuddly and reasonably well behaved for a 16 week old Retriever ! Puppy preschool on Wednesday nights still has me a little challenged but […]

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Melbourne Cup!

Thanks to Tuesday morning class for getting in the spirit..

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Yuletide Blessings to all & recipes

End of term for another year! It has felt a little like Christmas in classes this week with French champagne and quiche, together with little ‘ gifts’ from my kitchen. My thanks to all who support Judi’ s Studio with attendance and wonderful conversation.. Always lots to talk about …. While we sew of course! […]

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Bike Ride almost 300kms!

Starting at Blois after catching an ultra smooth train from Paris, did not disappoint… Our first hotel was probably16C and most of town and of course castle date back even further, being first mentioned in 6C!…OLD!We managed to get away after bike fitting the next morning with a clutch of maps… Not necessarily matching any […]

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Tricky communications

My blog hasn’t been as successful as thought so apologies for not posting as planned. Internet signal and strength have been very erratic in places like Nth Devon, Paris, Loire & Carcassonne, making it impossible to send much at all. Here in Provence at a charming hotel much better signal and a little time before […]

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Harrod’s windows and a day in London

Loved London, can’t believe I rode around parts of the city! It made it so easy to get to the changing of the guard without any traffic hassles, cyclists rule here, fantastic.

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Beautiful Quilts thanks to Jan!

Congratulations to Jan Manchester who shared her fabulous collection of handmade quilts she has done over the last 10 years in a recent exhibition for charity. Everyone was bowled over by her ability with colour choice, design, hand work and sheer size of her efforts.. Just brilliant! Her are. Some of the close ups I […]

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Studio morning teas

I am a home bake girl! All those years of cooking lunchbox goodies for three boys and my country students offerings from their experiences of ‘ bringing a plate’ have provided me with endless nice things to cook for our class breaks in the Studio. Here are three popular ones from this term. Sharon’s Muffins […]

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Buttonhole pockets steps 3 & 4

Turn pockets strips through to wrong side and aline folded edges. Press. Slip stitch edges together. Placing wrong side down, lift jacket front up so the ‘V’ shows at each end of pocket. Pin across base of ‘v’ through pocket strips and check on right side that these are positioned well. Machine across pocket ends, […]

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Buttonhole pocket revision steps 1&2

Having raw edges of folded strips butting over centre pocket line, stitch along centre of each strip stopping at end point level at each end( at least 1.5cm from raw edge of strip)On wrong side clip along centre between lines of stitching and to centre of last stitch at each end.

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Jacket interfacing….where should it go?

Use armoweft fusible for entire front of jacket, under collar, pocket welts and as this is a lighter weight coating, on facings and upper collar. Use a non fuse shapewell or cotton muslin cut on the bias for back ‘saddle’ which is stay stitched around armhole neckline and shoulders. The lower edge which isn’t attached […]

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Great garments completed!

Last summer…. Meredith chose a silk satin and silk organza to make a classic evening top with a cluster of beads holding a tie to neck…exquisite! Julie’s ‘mother of the bride’ outfit was a gorgeous beaded silk chiffon, softly flowing over wide legged pants. Hand made tassle with added rhinestones and beads on front cowl […]

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Warmer climes anyone?

Term 3 sees Kaye traveling north to warmer climes…. Can’t say I blame her ! She certainly won’t need her beautiful new coat, made last term from Burda pattern and cashmere & wool fabric… Fabulous!

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New blog!

Thanks to son Hugo I now have a blog to record Studio info, photos and tips, woo-hoo!Watch this space…..XJ