Aaaah, January. A fresh new year, with fresh new plans. There’s always something quite joyous about January, isn’t there? And I’m so happy to face a new year together with old friends and new.

Old friends I’d like to welcome back are Janine of Middlemost Clothing, Sophie from Shine Little Light, and Jemima from My Liefie. These gals are my real-life friends, they make me laugh, they make me think, and I love them all for the wonderful and very different things they each have to offer.


My Liefie

Jemima’s work currently revolves around bush dyeing on natural fibres, especially milky merino – wool mixed with milk protein to give a gorgeously un-itchy silkiness, which is then knitted into beautiful, drapey jerseys. Jemima uses shibori techniques with leaves to produce wonderful patterning on simple and elegant Japanese-inspired clothing. You can contact her through Facebook here.


Sophie – Shine Little Light

Sophie’s blog is always a trick to describe – it’s about great vego recipes, life as a wife, her (sometimes cheeky) dog Lola, about moving house from the city to the country, about living through a devastating flood with chest-height water that washed through their house a bare two months after they’d moved in, and their trials of rebuilding. The blog, Shine Little Light, is here.


middlemost – shop girl

I so love Janine’s funny and slightly subversive accessories, with their wonderful packaging. She also makes a mean line of clothing in some absolutely fabulous vintage fabrics, You can find her shop here.


PlanetTreasures – many treasures necklace

And onto some newer friends – I’ve known Tess online for quite a while, and she’s friends with another real-life friend of mine, so I guess in the scheme of things, that makes it more betterer ;). Not one to shy away from colour, Tess uses beautifully large semi-precious stones and Czech glass in her jewellery. You can find Tess’s Etsy shop, PlanetTreasures here.

Country & Co’s Damien Ford – coolibah burl

Holly, a country gal like me, is based in Cowra, NSW, and is the face behind Country & Co, a collective and online marketplace for artisans in rural Australia and beyond. One of the amazing people she is showcasing is the work of woodturner Damien Ford, who is only 15 years old. Astonishing for his skills, and for his focus and drive in getting his work out there at such a young age.  You can find Damien’s work as well as other treasures through Country & Co’s website here.


chulabird – paisley

Irina from Chulabird makes totally vivid and luscious designs, folk-art inspired and a little bit 70s. I first met Irina via Spoonflower, when I found her work and decided to interview her. You can find out more about Irina in the interview here, or you can find all her great designs in her Spoonflower shop here.


plushkacraft – the enchanted forest collection

A hearty welcome back to Katia and her lovely crafty blog PlushkaCraft, chock full of DIYs, craft and sewing tips, and business tips. Katia has a Russian heritage which has given her a love for traditional embroidery and hand embellishments, which she uses in making soft toys and homewares. You can find PlushkaCraft here.


mardi nowak – gaga

And a heart-felt welcome to brand new sponsor, Mardi Nowak. Mardi is a textile artist based in Melbourne, Australia.  She works predominately in woven tapestry, investigating aspects of celebrity, fashion, shopping theory and the phenomena of fan-dom. Her latest group of works include pieces on Gaga and Kylie, and she will be having an exhibition of them at the Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne. The exhibition, titled Sampler, will be opening on 24th January, running through to the 16th February. You can find more about Mardi and the exhibition on her website here.


I am always grateful for the support of these lovely people. Go show them a little love!

Julie x

{And if you’d like to join them, and get your good shop/blog/website featured on tractorgirl, you can find out more about Sponsorship here. I’d love to meet you!}