Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gallery Market on today

Come find the Northside Makers collective stall at Gallery Market today!

Gallery Market @ Northcote Town Hall Civic Square
Sunday 5th December 10am-6pm
189 High St, Northcote
10 min walk from Merri and Northcote train stations
86 Tram - Stop 30

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Northside Makers at Gallery Market

Now that December has arrived it's time to put your handmade market shopping into high gear! Where better to start than with our very own Northside Makers collective stall at Gallery Market?

Gallery Market @ Northcote Town Hall Civic Square
Sunday 5th December 10am-6pm
189 High St, Northcote
10 min walk from Merri and Northcote train stations
86 Tram - Stop 30

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ladies Night at St. Matthew's Primary School this Friday

Northside Member Piccolamia has a stall at the following event this Friday. So if you have some time, head on over to St. Matthew's School and enjoy some crafty goodness.

A warm invitation to all the women of St. Matthew's School, family and friends...

Friday 12th November Ladies Night

via Sealed with a Kiss

St. Matthew’s Primary School
95 William Street, Fawkner

From 6.30 pm til late
Entry is $5.00 per person
with complimentary Champagne or Orange Juice on arrival

You will find over 30 stalls
Offering jewelery, cosmetics, bags, shoes,
sweets and much, much more ... with many prizes to be won !!

Be sure to bring along all the women you love to have fun with because this promises to be an unforgettable evening

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Alphington Primary School Christmas Market

A quick plug for a small Makers Market on this Friday night.

Alphington Primary School
Yarralea Street, Alphington

Monday, August 16, 2010

Open studios Nicholas Building 2010

It's that time of the year again. The time to take a look inside some very creative studios and get inspired and motivated all over again.

Open Studios Nicholas Building 2010

Thursday 19th & Friday 20th August, 2010
4pm-9pm (both nights)

picture via Visit Melbourne

Over at the Nicholas Building Blog, there's an eInvite where you can see the list of all the artists and it is like a who's who of Handmade in Melbourne!

You can wander in and out of studios, take a look at some wonderful handmade items and if you are lucky, partake in champagne and nibblies. Get there early because it can get a bit crowded and most of the transversing of levels occurs via stairs and not the ricketty manual elevator which is probably heritage listed.

Are you going? Have you been?
Share your experiences of the Nicholas Building Open Studio.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Exhibition - The Journey Home

We hope as many readers as possible can join Northside Maker Tinniegirl this Thursday at the opening night of her maiden exhibition, The Journey Home.

Here's a map, in case you haven't visited Chair 14 before. The food is wonderful.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Daylesford Roadtrip: tired but happy!

Lark morning tea
Morning tea at Lark

In absentia
In absentia - wish you could have been with us Curlypops!

$75 puppy dog
$75 puppy dog - Finki and Mrs Beckinsale both wanted this for their little boys!

Mill Markets bathroom
Mill Markets bathroom wallpaper

Roadtrippers, add your photos to the Northside Makers Flickr pool!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Daylesford Roadtrip tomorrow!

Little bird, little bird, what do you see?

We've still got a couple spare seats for our Saturday 3rd July roadtrip if you'd like to come along - only $13 per bum. Just email northsidemakers [at] to let us know!

P.S. The weather forecast is a min of 3 and max of 11, fog followed by (yay) sun. Rug up warm!

Images from Alice Jean's, Pivotal Xpressions, Lark and Unicorn House

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Daylesford Roadtrip

As our darling members already know, Northside Makers are going on a roadtrip in a couple weeks! We've booked a minibus and we're on our way to check out the Daylesford Makers Market on Saturday 3rd July. And to make the day even more special - you're invited too! You don't need to be a Northside Maker to come along on this day of fun, shopping and inspiration.

Our itinerary for the day is still evolving but here it is in essentials:

9am: Meet in Northcote & hop on the bus
First stop: Special Northside Makers shopping event at Lark, including the twice-yearly Lark Garage Sale and a very special discount just for our roadtrippers!
Then: On to Daylesford Makers Market to see some of your favourite crafters and meet heaps of new ones
Lunch: at The Food Gallery with plenty of vegetarian & vegan options (at roadtrippers' own expense)
Afternoon: Free time in Daylesford or pop back on the minibus to visit Mill Markets
When we're all tired out: Stumble on to the bus and wake up in Northcote

Seats are $13 a head and are first-come-first-served, payable on the day. To book a seat for yourself and maybe your bestie, sister or mum email us now at!

We'd love to have you with us!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Craft Hatch Saturday 12th June

If you are kicking around the city on the 12th June, pop in and say hello to a few Northside Makers at Craft Hatch at the City Library.

253 Flinders Lane, Level 1 Gallery, Melbourne, 11am-4pm

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Craft For A Cause: help North Korean refugees

Northside Maker Sandra of Pepperberry & Co is jetting off to spend some time working with the LiNK Nomad team in the US. Amazing!

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is a non-profit organisation that raises awareness about the human rights abuses and humanitarian crisis in North Kora. You can read more about this crucial project at and

Before Sandra heads off she is hosting two fundraising events to support LiNK Nomad.

If you're feeling creative sign up for Light Up For Link, a craft class with a difference. Come along to craft, giggle, chat, be inspired and create your very own paper lampshade, all whilst making a difference to the people of North Korea.

Light Up For Link
Thursday 27th May 6:30 - 8:30pm
Kaye Coghlan Theatre, Thornbury High School
238 Collins St Thornbury
$30 ($20 conc)
Bookings are essential as places are limited. Call 0401 766 348 or email thatLiNKproject [at] to reserve your spot.

If you've got a brown creative thumb you can make a difference by watching a film. Enjoy a night out watching one of the most powerful movies ever made, whilst raising much needed funds to help end the human rights abuses and humanitarian crisis in North Korea.

Based on a real-life story, Kim Tae-kyun' Crossing tells the tale of a North Korean defector and his desperate fight to save his family. An uncompromising, touching and inspiring movie, its depiction os the harsh reality of life in North Korea will touch your heart and move your soul.
Thursday 3rd June 7pm
Kaye Coghlan Theatre, Thornbury High School
238 Collins St Thornbury
$15 ($10 conc), $120 group of 10
Bookings are essential as places are limited. Call 0401 766 348 or email thatLiNKproject [at] to reserve your spot.

Even if you can't make it along to these events please visit the blog and download some flyers to put up on your work noticeboard and hand out to friends.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Stitches & Craft weekend!

Have you been to the Stitches & Craft Show yet? If you've been doing your nine-to-five all week this weekend is your chance to check it out!

If you can get there early Saturday come meet up in the Incubator section (I'm told it's upstairs) at 10:15 and introduce yourself. You can then pop into the free screening of The September Issue at 10:30, if you can drag yourself away from the indie craft goodness. Plus, every second blogger we know is helping out on an Incubator stall this weekend so you'll have plenty of friends to catch up with, or friends to make.

If you'd like to stand out as a craft blogger, the show organisers are handing out I LOVE STITCHES badges so bloggers can identify themselves to each other. It's totally free, coz Stitches & Craft lurve bloggers.

One warning - camera use is restricted at the Show. It's all about protecting intellectual property and respecting how craftspeople want images of their work reproduced. If you'd like to bring your camera along go ahead - it's not going to be confiscated - but be sure to ask permission before whipping it out. Plenty of stallholders (in the Incubator at least) will be happy to have you promote their businesses on your blog.

If you need any more convincing check out some photos from the Show so far at Jodie Ric Rac's blog. She's the one who made the famous selvedge frock and her softie patterns are to-die-for. Earlier this week she wrote a passionate testimony of why each and every one of you should come check out the Show:
In the craft world, the guys behind Stitches and Craft are the ones out there offering support to little indie businesses. They give us the chance to take part in a HUGE event and gain exposure that most of us couldn't normally afford to do (like not even close)...
I think it's fair to ask people to support Stitches and Craft because they are out there promoting and sharing and getting the word out about craft. Their show helps raise the profile of craft and handmade and that has to be a good thing right? Surely getting craft out there in the world has to have a trickle down effect, more people know about craft, think it's great, are more likely to look for handmade when the need arises. More people get excited by craft and go home and take up knitting or sewing or raffia hat making or whatever fuels our community grows and new exciting stuff happens...
And apart from all that? Maybe one day YOU will want to get a teeny stall in the Incubator and spend five days meeting people and showing off your stuff and having a great time, or maybe your mum will, or one of your blog friends. How sad would it be to say "oh there used to be this great place for little businesses at a craft show- I never went though, I wonder what happened to it?"
Jodie will be at her Incubator stall all week so be sure to say hi, and thank her for taking one giant leap for craftkind. (Photo from Jodie's blog, if you hadn't guessed.)

P.S. On your way to Caulfield Race Course drop in at Malvern Town Hall to check out the first ever Modish Makers Market. Northside Maker organiser Margaret Konstant Kaos has a stall!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Stitches and Craft Show Melbourne 2010

It's only a week until the fabulous Stitches & Craft Show opens at Caulfield Racecourse!

Wednesday 5th May til Sunday 9th May, 10am til 5pm daily
Tickets $10
Heaps of transport by train (Caulfield station), tram (route 3 stop 52), some buses and also carpooling.
You can download a program here for all the exciting details.

To add to the excitement for 2010, two Northside Makers are taking part in the Incubator indie craft market and presenting Craft Labs!

Two Cheese PleaseHolly of Two Cheese Please is teaching needle felting and showing participants how to make a bird's nest brooch. Join in on Wednesday and Thursday at 11am, Friday and Saturday at 3:30pm.

Sandra of Pepperberry & Co is teaching almost more Craft Labs than I can list!
Textile Card Creations - Wednesday 11:45, Thursday 11am and Sunday 12:15
Cozy Cushion Cover - Friday 12:30
Custom A5 Notebook Cover - Wednesday 3:15 and Saturday 4pm
Snug As A Bug Baby Blanket - Thursday 12:15 and Saturday 2pm
Living Your Crafty Dream - Friday 11am and Saturday 11am

So, are you excited?

Would you like to be part of a not-really-organised Northside Makers expedition to the Stitches & Craft Show?

If you're able to attend on the Saturday and are a public transport user meet on Flinders Street platform 6 in time to catch the 9:38am train to Caulfield, arriving platform 2 at 9:54am.

If you'd like to offer your services as a carpool driver please raise your hand, nominate your departure point and if you're able to do pickups along the way. If you want to accept a carpool ride please offer to pay for parking!

Public transport users and car travellers can meet up in the Incubator section at approximately 10:15am - and then probably hang around there for the next couple hours because it's so damn exciting to be there! From there it's a full day of Craft Labs, Craft Bars, Make Do & Mend, fashion shows, and then the dozens upon dozens of crafty retailers...

The only thing Stitches & Craft doesn't have is lessons on how to conceal your spending from the rest of your household once you get home!

Photo by Handmaiden

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Australasian Quilt Convention

As the weather gets colder, the people who love handicrafts start to come out of the woodwork again ... crochet in front of the fire, quilting while watching a movie!

So to coincide with the lovely autumn weather, the Australasian Quilt Convention returns to the lovely Royal Exhibition Buildings at the Carlton Gardens for another year, on the weekend of Thursday 29th April to Sunday 2nd of May, 2010.

The thing that I love about this convention (in addition to all the lovely stalls with fabric and gadgets) is the award winning quilts that are on display. The last time I went I spent ages just looking closely at the workman ship of the Quilt Show.

So who is going?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Northside Makers Market 13th March 2010 - the first photos!

What an utterly perfect day - thanks Weather Goddesses!

The Collective Table

Pink K Designs
Indoor goodies

Clifton Hill Pottery
Outdoor goodies

Nice Biscuits
Yummy stuff

Craft table
Family funtimes

See a whole bunch of photos from Saturday at our Flickr group page. Got some to add? Just request membership and we'll add you ASAP!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Northside Makers Market Saturday 13th March

NMM Poster 13th March - web ready

Come spend one last Saturday with the Northside Makers before we take a well-deserved break.
Look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Market day tomorrow!

Do you live in Clifton Hill, Northcote or Thornbury? Be sure to check out this week's Northcote Leader to see our gorgeous ad on page three!

The weather forecast is gorgeous, the musos are practicing, the bakers are baking and the stallholders are making lists and checking them twice. Come join us for an all-round spiffing day tomorrow at Northcote Uniting Church from 10:30am til 3:30pm. See you there!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Stitches & Craft Show - Volunteers Wanted!

A year ago I had the most wonderful day out at the Stitches & Craft Show at the Melbourne Showgrounds. I went to a felt doughnut workshop and met Holly Two Cheese Please*, then at a PVC wallet workshop I met Jodie Ric Rac of the selvedge frock, and little did I realise at the time but one of the crafters I sewed next to went on to become Miss Sandra Pepperberry! I was awed by the talent shown in the Incubator section, by far the most out-of-the-box stalls at the show. There was a refashioning zone, skill displays by lacemakers and feltmakers, and sooo much to buy. Looking at 2009 photos on participants' blogs today is getting me excited all over again.

Two Cheese Please's Incubator stall, 2009

I've spent the last twelve months counting down to 2010's Stitches & Craft (and vowing to take along more cash next time). The big event will hit Melbourne from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th of May. And I've just found out from Jodie Ric Rac's blog that they're looking for volunteers!

Ric Rac's lifesize selvedge projects via Whip UP

If you can hand sew, crochet or embroider and love to share your skills, the Craft Bars need you! Craft Bar volunteers will teach visitors new skills and have a laugh while doing so**. In return for you hard day's crafting and teaching you'll be rewarded with two free tickets to the show! That means that as well as spending one day at the Craft Bar, you can spend another two attending workshops and shopping! Or if you're feeling altruistic you could give one to your bestie and spend a crafty day together. I advise leaving your kids with a babysitter***.

2009 Craft Bar photographed by The Lark

If you'd like to find out more about this opportunity get in touch with the organisers via enquiries(AT)stitchesandcraft(DOT)com(DOT)au.

* There's an interview with Holly in the latest Mixtape, which you can buy this Saturday at the Northside Makers Collective Table!

** Laughing is mandated. Or I may have made that up.

*** Says the woman who didn't get to see the Handmade Nation doco due to the demands of her friend and herself shepherding a six month old and 19 month old all day long. I did however manage to schedule a breastfeed during a presentation on building a craft business. And the parents room was quite well appointed apart from the lack of a change table.

Monday, March 8, 2010

See you on Saturday...

Well it's been a fantastic summer season of markets for Northside Makers and it's not over yet...

This Saturdays market day is shaping up to be one of our best.

There will be the fabulous vocals of Kirsty Morphett of 'Koto' filling the air, the scrumptious aroma of two local bakers' scrummy treats, free craft table activities for the kids and our best yet offering of hot, hot, hot craft from the northern suburbs.

Be sure to pop down,
this Saturday 13th March
Northcote Uniting Church
251 High st, Northcote
10.30am - 3.30pm

Two Bits Patches

There will also be the renowned Northcote Primary School Fete going on only one street away and plenty of Mixtape zines stocked at our collective stall, for a great crafty read.

This will be our last market for summer and your last opportunity to come see what Northside Makers Market is all about, so don't miss it... We'd love to see you there!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Social Network with us!

Have you invited your nearest and dearest to Northside Makers Market yet? It's easy with our Facebook event listing! Just click the link, RSVP for yourself and send an invitation to all your friends. Be brave - don't just invite your real friends, send an invite to those people from high school who you haven't seen for fifteen years. It could lead to discovering a mutual love of handmade and a resparked friendship!

Cathie Crocker
Bring your friends!

When we first planned Northside Makers Market we decided to hold four markets over what could losely be described as 'summer'. We've had October, November and February... yep, that means March is the last one for now. So if you've always meant to come check out our lovely market but haven't quite made it, Saturday 13th March is your last chance (for now)!

Two Cheese Please
Don't panic! Northside Makers have plenty more social activities in the works.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We are in Mixtape!!

The new Mixtape has arrived and it is jam packed with lots of goodies! Articles on craft, pop culture, food, gardening, music, books and lots more.

There is an article in the zine by Tinniegirl on the Candence of Crafting and on page 10 you will find a Northside Makers ad!

Mixtape will be on sale at the Northside Makers Collective Marquee at the next market ... come on down and pick up your copy (we also have some of the last edition as well!).

Friday, February 26, 2010

2 week countdown

We are all very excited over here at Northside Makers, the March Market is going to be the biggest yet!

And we have a special treat for you all ... in addition to the children's craft table, face painters and fabulous crafters we also have a musician to entertain visitors and stallholders alike.

So help to make this one the best yet, please email this pamphlet to family and friends and make sure that we cover Melbourne in Northside Makers Market posters.

Email northsidemakers [at] gmail dot com if you would like a marketing pack sent out to you (A3, A4 and A6 pamphlets) to help spread the word.....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Screenprinting Workshop

Northside Makers are thrilled to offer members our first workshop opportunity doing screenprinting at Olive Grove!

Classes are run by the director of Olive Grove Studio, Roze Elizabeth. She teaches at RMIT's Fashion & Textiles school and recently conducted a workshop for Marysville residents as part of 'The Colour of Hope' project.

Roze offers monthly workshops at Olive Grove Studio teaching the basics of screenprinting. The workshops are ideal for both absolute beginners and those who've screenprinted before but want to polish up their skills.

Mark your calender and be sure to keep the day free on Sunday 14th March as Roze is running a screenprinting workshop exclusively for Northside Makers members. We are offering places to members at discounted prices. So come learn, work and play with other Northside Makers (and save a few dollars too)!

The details:

Screenprinting Workshop at Olive Grove Studios

159 Sydney Road Brunswick
Sunday 14th March
$85 for Northside Makers members* (usual cost $105)
$75 for Northside Makers members that hold a concession card (usual cost $95)

There are only six spots in the workshop and at this price they will go fast.

So if you would like to participate shoot us an email at and we'll send you the payment details. Payment can be made via Paypal or bank deposit and must be made before Wednesday 3rd March to secure your spot.
Allocation is first come best dressed.

Hope to see you there!

*Discounts apply to existing Northside Makers members only. Non members are welcome to come but full price applies.

Craft & Cider Tonight!

Don't forget tonight is Northside Makers' Craft & Cider evening!

Cider quilt by Retta Warehime

Hope to see you at:

Northcote Social Club
Wednesday 24th February
7:30pm 'til we start yawning

Bring a craft project, cider money and gossip!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Craft & Cider evening

It's an even-numbered month which means were due for a Craft & Cider evening!

Cider quilt by Retta Warehime

All and sundry are welcome to join the Northside Makers at:

Northcote Social Club
Wednesday 24th February
7:30pm 'til we start yawning

Bring a craft project, cider money and gossip!