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Updated: 2018-03-06T02:58:14.473+11:00


Xmas Open Studio


Our Christmas Open studio is coming soon on Saturday the 13th December starting from 11 until 3pm. We will have lots of lovely handmade wares including fabric, cushions, pyraminis and other creations by our friends! There will be tea, coffee and cakes too!

We would love to see you there!

You will find us on level 2 in the beautiful Younghusband Woolstores, 10 Elizabeth Street, Kensington, Melbourne.

Pyramini love (and giveaway!)


We are thrilled to have just released a beautiful selection of gorgeous Pyramini beanbags. There are currently 6 designs to choose from, all handprinted and handmade here in Melbourne, so mix and match away! To celebrate the launch we are having an instagram giveaway! Just hop over to @caitlinklooger and @laracameron on instagram for more details. Of course, you can find the details on our Facebook page if you prefer. Good Luck!

Beautiful Baskets


Fabric Baskets in Bracken and Pebbles

We are very excited to be able to present you with a new craft project! We love these baskets and have now placed a great pattern and instructions in our online shop. They are easy to make and use just a single quantity of our fabric. The pattern includes a mini version for the little people in your life too. 

The Better Bag Maker - Book Review and Giveaway!


If you’ve ever been interested in making your own bags, you should take a look at this! In her latest how to book, our friend, the very talented Nikki Mallalieu, shares her tricks, techniques and shortcuts so you can achieve a perfect design and finish. It contains 10 bag projects so you'll definitely find a bag to suit your needs, skill level and next travel destination! You could choose a Melbourne Weekender, Marrakesh Overnighter or a Barcelona Satchel.  

...and you just might recognise some of the fabric featured inside this beautifully photographed and written book.

Stash Books has very generously offered a Giveaway of The Better Bag Maker. You can win a copy of the Better Bag Maker (hard copy in the US, digital version for the rest of the world). All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite bag style is. The Giveaway will be open until Friday July 25th.

The winner is Cheryl Bush! Cheryl, please email us with your details and we will arrange for you to receive your copy of Nikki's beautiful book!

Intern Applications now open!



Thank you to all who have applied, we will contact you shortly!

It's July already and as promised we are opening up applications for the final round of internships for this year, our apologies to all who have emailed with queries :) Applications will be open for two weeks, closing on Wednesday 30th July. First available slot will be the first week of September.

For those interested in undertaking an internship, please find more details on our FAQ page here.

For those who have read all the details already and are keen to apply, you can do so via this handy form!

Three recent interns Cara, Bethan and Simone with their patchy creations

Bracken bedroom makeover


Bracken Duvet cover with complementing pillow cases and cushionsHello! There's been so much going on here. Lara is settling into motherhood beautifully. First baby always comes with huge life changes and she's handling it all very well. I've been so busy in the studio. Printing, printing so much there's been little time for much more.. but this weekend I finally completed a project that's been in my thoughts for a while.  I just adore Lara's bracken design and thought it would look fantastic as a duvet cover.Lamp shades in Black DaisiesI threw some oatmeal linen on the end of a Linear run so was able to make up some pillow cases with a snippet of linear along the edge to match the strip in the duvet cover. Along with a lovely plump Bracken cushion and a smaller one in Buds it all looks very inviting!Pillow cases with a little Linear featureReclaimed mirror (I'm told it originally came from Lillian Frank's salon) and tv cabinet saved from hard rubbish[...]

New prints, new colours!


It's been a busy start to 2014 in the studio! Caitlin has been settling in well into her role as co-captain, Lara has been moving at a slightly slower pace than usual with the impending bub due any day now, and amongst it all we've managed to design a couple of new prints, come up with some new colourways for existing designs AND add some new colours to our palette! All listed in the shop as of today :)

Firstly, introducing Bracken - Lara's latest design - a large scale inverse botanical print in four colourways:

Bracken in Turmeric

Bracken in Stream

Bracken in Slate

Bracken in Coal - note this is a seconds/sample length only

Next, introducing Caitlin's latest addition to the range - a gorgeous flowing Hakea print perfect for window furnishings and upholstery (amongst other things!)

Hakea in Slate

Hakea in Red Orange

And finally, some existing favourites printed in new colourways!

Silver Gum in Turmeric & Almond

Kangaroo Paw in Slate

Ginkgo in Turmeric & Almond

Dashes in Olive

Birch in Turmeric

Hope you like!

xx Lara & Caitlin

Say hello to Caitlin's fabrics - and a little sale!


The Ink & Spindle shop is looking nicely stocked at the moment with the addition of some of Caitlin's fabrics from her previous label pippijoe! Some of these designs/colourways will become part of our ongoing collection, others will only be available until they run out. We'd love to hear which ones you like most!

To celebrate these new additions we'd love to offer you a 15% discount off all of our meterage - yay! Simply use the code "hello_pippijoe" at the checkout, valid till next Wednesday 12th March. Here's a snapshot of what's available:

Buds in Black

Laundry Birds in Black

Pebbles in Powder

Waterhen in Ocean

Shells in Honey

Ficus in Caramel

Daisies in Red

Orchard in Red

xx Lara & Caitlin

... and the beginning of a new one!


Caitlin getting her hands dirty at the printing table


I'm not sure if we've met before... I'm Caitlin.

I have been designing under my own label of pippijoe for the past 7 years which I created from home amongst the debris of family life. It's been a fantastic journey, but I've always yearned to work in a studio with other creative people and was lucky enough to meet Lara and Teegs along the way.

Prior to pippijoe my background is Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. I love creating things and I like to think that textile design links all my previous incarnations beautifully.

It's very exciting to be joining Ink and Spindle for the next part of it's creative journey. It's been perfect timing for me and I've had a lovely time here recently learning the ropes with Teegs and the ever growing Lara. I'm looking forward to adding to the Ink and Spindle range with new designs and will also be bringing onboard many of the designs from pippijoe.

I'm thrilled to be working with such lovely creative people in the beautiful Ink and Spindle studio and look forward to sharing the journey with you.

I'll be in touch, but until then you can follow me on instagram @pippijoe

The end of an era...


Lara & Teegs on Teegs' last day in the studioIt's a pretty momentous time in the Ink & Spindle studio - Teegs is hanging up her ink splattered apron and bidding farewell to the studio in favour of exciting travel adventures. It's been a pretty emotional time all round, but sometimes - despite how much you love something that you have built up from scratch and put a whole lot of heart and soul into - there are other callings in life. It takes a whole lot of guts to listen to that voice inside and take a big step into the unknown, but to ignore it is to ignore your own heart.We are very lucky to have a great new partner to take on Teegs' role in the studio, but before we introduce her to you here are a few farewell words from Teegs herself:Hello, lovely friends! It is with tears in my eyes that I write this, my last blog post as owner of my beautiful little I&S. Lara says "a few farewell words" but she knows me better than that. The talky is what I do best!Where to begin? To thank YOU! You lovely people out there whom without, we quite simply would not have been able to achieve the things we have achieved. Every single time you ordered our textiles, or told a friend about us, or shared our website on your social media.. all of that has allowed us to continue and grow. Thank you to every one of you who has emailed us to show us your new I&S curtain/reupholstery project/quilt, or just simply to thank us for doing what we do - we feel very lucky to be able to bring joy to your lives in some small way. Thank you for helping us to create an alternative to the toxic, mass produced textiles that dominate the world. I am so proud that I have been able to put my love and energy in to growing something that doesn't harm the people who produce it, or our finite planet!A special mention must be made of a particularly amazing woman, Carmen. Back in early 2012, unbeknownst to me at the time, she pointed me to the path I am now treading. The wonderful Carmen told me I could go overseas & do some professional development in the form of an artist residency. It seemed an impossible dream, but lo & behold 10 months later I was touching down in Mexico City, ready to learn all I could learn. So thank you Carmen, for your encouragement, your patronage & your belief in us. I must extend that thanks to everyone who supported me in my Pozible campaign to get to Mexico, words can't describe how much your kindness & support altered my life for the better. If only I could hug you all!Next up, thank you to my arty/design peeps. It's been a seriously amazing 6 years and I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of the wonderful Melbourne indy design community. Seriously, this community is a giant love-in & I'm going to miss rocking along to all the markets and tradeshows and getting to hang out/talk shop with that rad crew of ridiculously wonderful creative geniuses/businesspeople. I feel very lucky to have developed some pretty amazing friendships with some pretty amazing colleagues over the years - special mention to Mel K, Matt T, Sarah R, Emily W, Geniene, Ben & Nat, Sass, Shannon, Anna & Gareth, Wendy, Miranda, Michelle H, Victoria M, Katy, Ming-Zhu, Sayra. You guys! So, so much love for you.The Younghusband crew! We have seen so many faces come & go through our beloved redbrick warehouse over the years, too many to list.. but good times have been had with all. I feel super lucky to have been able to spend this time within its hallowed walls. Special mention to Yong, Master Sam, Jules & Bridget, Gary - you guys have all helped us in some way & I love you :)My beloved studio buddies over the years! These people I completely adore. They're amazing and absolute treasures & have all graciously tolerated my somewhat dubious DJ skillz. The beautiful B[...]

I&S printing with YOU at NGV International AGAIN - this Friday 14th Feb!


Great news! Our Open Studio/Workshop at the NGV International's Melbourne NOW exhibition yesterday was so well received that the lovely staff have asked us back to do it all again this Friday 14th.

We will be spending our Valentines Day with you guys in the Community Hall from 11am! Yay!

This event is happening in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Festival - have a look at all the amazing events that both organisations have on at the moment :)

It was super wonderful to see so many familiar faces, such as Heidi, pictured with me above! Back in 2008, Heidi bought some of our first ever prints, so it was a bit special that she came in for a hug & a print :)

The collaborative artwork! We cut this piece up & handed sections out at the end of the day :) come down & help create a brand new, one off piece of work... and maybe even get some for free!

xx Teegs

Visit us at Melbourne Now @ NGV!!



Some exciting news - Ink & Spindle will be presenting as part of the Melbourne NOW exhibition at NGV International next Monday 10th Feb!

We'll be bringing along a bunch of small screens to put together some interactive, collaborative textile pieces with YOU - and the best part is you'll even get to take home a piece! It will be be a whole heap of fun so come down & get inky :)

More details over here.

On a more somber note, this will be Teegs' last official Ink & Spindle engagement before she heads off on her adventures, so come down for a goodbye hug & do some printing with her xx

Intern Applications close today!


Wow! We've had a huge response to our first round of applications for 2014, thank you to everyone who has applied.

Due to this overwhelming response we are closing applications at 5pm today, Tuesday 28th January.

We will be notifying applicants next Friday 7th February.

Our next round of applications will be open mid-year, so watch this space or our Facebook page for details!

xx Teegs & Lara

Intern Applications now open!


Hello 2014!

It's been a busy start for us here at I&S HQ, lots of things to organise what with us going through the emotionally difficult process of selling my share of our beloved business & Lara's baby bump getting bigger before our very eyes!

So we are a little delayed in opening up applications for the first round of internships for this year, our apologies to all who have emailed with queries :)

For those interested in undertaking an internship, please find more details on our FAQ page here.

For those who have read all the details already and are keen to apply, you can do so via this handy form!

Currently we're only scheduling placements between 3rd March and 1st August, and we will open up placements for later in the year in a few months. However if you desperately need to lock in a later date ASAP for study/personal please let us know!

Here's Rosie, one of our most recent interns with her hand-cut design made into a cushion cover :)

Duvet covers - NEW in the shop!


We're just a little bit giddy with excitement to share this next little development with you. Over the past few weeks we've been putting together a small range of duvet covers which we'll be making to order! We've been thinking of doing this for quite some time and have finally made it happen, just in time to take pre-xmas orders :)

We had so much fun doing the shoot for the these, converting Teeg's living room with it's gorgeous floorboards and lining boards into the perfect faux-bedroom!

Silver Gum queen sized duvet cover - $450

Silver Gum queen sized duvet cover - $450

Grevillea queen sized duvet cover - $450

Grevillea queen sized duvet cover - $450

Watercolour queen sized duvet cover - $450

Watercolour queen sized duvet cover - $450

If you're the type of person who'd rather sew up your own, do let us know in the comments. We might just put together a DIY duvet cover making kit sometime soon too :)

xx Lara & Teegs.

Table linens - NEW in the shop!


It's been a long time since we've launched any new products, but with xmas swiftly approaching we thought it'd be great to release a small range of table linens! We had so much fun making and styling these for a little photo shoot. Huge thanks to Shelley Panton and Shiko for the loan of the gorgeous ceramic wares!

Wrens in Inky Blue 100% Linen table napkins

Flores in Inky Blue organic cotton/hemp table runner

Blockprint in Snow organic cotton/hemp table napkins

Grevillea in Mustard & Greylead organic cotton/hemp table runner

Watercolour in Toffee organic cotton/hemp table napkins

Blockprint in Snow organic cotton/hemp table runner

Kangaroo Paw in Red Orange table runner, Birch in Almond table napkins

We're making these products to order, so get your order in before December 5th if you'd like them before xmas :)

xx Lara & Teegs.

Introducing Flores - and some new colourways!


New prints and colourways in the shop!Despite all the big changes brewing in the studio it's mostly business as usual around here - we've got lots happening in the lead up to xmas! We have some great new products which we'll be launching over the next few days, and in the meantime we've popped some new prints and colourways in the shop!Most excitingly is the public launch of Teegs' Flores design! Whilst attended her artist’s residency in Mexico, Tegan was inspired by the amazing carpets of chempasuchil flowers that she saw adorning the Dia de Los Muertos alters in Oaxaca. We first printed this design as a reward for her very generous Pozible pledgers, and now we've printed it in a bunch of colourways for the shop!Flores in Coal & FawnFlores in Inky Blue & JuniperFlores in Saffron & Lime - a bit of an experimental colourway but we like it's summery freshness!Flores in Toffee & Saffron - also experimental and turned out a bit too retro for our range, so this one probably won't be around for too long :)Also new and exciting is our Silver Gum in Inky Blue & Greylead - the winning colourway from our colourway competition a couple of months ago! Congrats again to Rachel for her winning combo - she's making curtains with the meterage she won and we can't wait to see them :)Silver Gum in Inky Blue & GreyleadAlso new...Blockprint in Snow Wrens in Inky Blue on Oatmeal linen (loving this new basecloth option) Watercolour in Fawn & Snow Hope you like! xx[...]

Ink & Spindle needs YOU!


Our beloved studio

There are some big and exciting changes on the Ink & Spindle horizon! 

After much soul-searching and reflection, Teegs has made the bittersweet decision to leave Melbourne and move to her beloved homeland of the Northern Rivers.

In her words: I have always intended to one day move back to the area, build a straw bale house, live off the grid and grow my own food, but my recent travels and the subsequent time spent with my family there (especially my beautiful, brand-new baby niece whom I love and adore) helped me to realise that now is the time for me.

Teegs & baby niece Marley
I came to that decision one morning while watching the sunrise from Australia's magical easternmost point, and it felt instantly right. A whole bunch of anxiety I didn't even realise I was holding on to fell away and I felt an immense relief... but also an immense sadness, because leaving Melbourne also means leaving my best friend and sister-by-another-mister Lara C. and our beautiful baby, Ink & Spindle.

Epic. Very hard. Without a doubt. Very, very hard. 

But the big news doesn't end there though - the other rather more joyous thing is that Lara and her lovely soon-to-be husband Dave are expecting next April! Yay! Congratulations, guys :)

Lara & Dave's little person waves hello

SO! All of the above means we are looking for Expressions of Interest from like-minded individuals to take over Teegs' role within the business and partnership. 

The individual we are looking for doesn't need to have any previous experience (because we didn't when we started the business!) but needs to be capable of learning quickly, of being self motivated, energetic, happy to work hard in a pretty darn fun environment and be willing to help nurture the wonderful entity that is Ink & Spindle (especially whilst Lara is on maternity leave!). And of course MOSTLY IMPORTANTLY they must be compatible with that wonderful lady herself :)

If you are interested in having a conversation with us about this, then we'd like to meet you! Please send us an email with the following info:
  • a little about yourself
  • what you feel you could contribute to I&S
  • what you hope to gain from running a small, independent design & print studio
Looking forward to hearing from you :)

xx Teegs & Lara

5 year birthday SALE!


Some of our discontinued colourways

Hello lovely people!

Firstly, a massive thank you so much for all the messages, emails & comments of congratulations on us achieving FIVE WONDERFUL YEARS in business :) we are feeling very proud & loved, indeed. 

We'd like to give you back some of that love in the form of a 15% discount on all medium weight fabric by the metre in our Ready-Made Shop - because we figure 5 years running a small business is like 15 years in the regular world, right? Right.

Just enter the code I&S_turns_5 at the checkout to redeem the discount! The code is valid until Oct 31, inclusive.

The super good news is that we have placed some of our old colourways which we are discontinuing on sale, too! So if you want to snap those up, you'll be getting a DOUBLE DISCOUNT! Amazing! 

Please don't be sad to see those old favourites go, it just means we are making room for some exciting NEW colourways! Fun times ahead :)

xx Teegs

Ink & Spindle turns 5!!



Guess what?? Ink & Spindle is turning FIVE!

To celebrate we're holding an extra special Open Studio next Saturday 19th Oct from 12:00 - 3:00pm. There'll be the usual printing demo and wares, PLUS celebratory Mister Nice Guy cupcakes and a sparking drink or two. Please come down to help us celebrate and welcome Teegs back from her adventures too!

xx Lara & Teegs

Teegs talks in Byron Bay - Wednesday 9th Oct!



Lovely people in the Byron Bay area! Teegs is giving a talk with the awesome ladies from Creative Business Talks and she would love to meet you and chat all things creative and business!

Wednesday 9th October, 6.30-8.30pm.
Held at Byron Lifestyle store and coffee shop, 109 Johnson St, Byron Bay. $45.
Bookings essential - book online here.

More details about Teegs' talk over here!

Ink & Spindle's Colourway Competition!!



Hi everyone!

To celebrate the launch of our brand new website we're holding a little competition.
Simply customise one of our prints for your chance to take home 2.5 metres of it!

How it works:

1) Go to and select your favourite design

2) Play with our customising tool to create a unique colourway that you love

3) Save the image to your computer or device

4) Post the image to Instagram or the Ink & Spindle Facebook page with the hashtag #inkandspindle_colourway_comp

5) We'll pick the best 5 submissions and put them up for the vote. The one with the most votes will be printed and become a limited edition part of our range, PLUS you'll get 2.5m of your own fabric to take home and make into something wonderful!

6) Entries are open till Friday 6th September

7) Have fun!

xx Lara & Teegs

Ink & Spindle's NEW WEBSITE!



Guess what? We've just launched the brand new Ink & Spindle website and we are so excited about it!

Partly thanks to an AusIndustry TCF grant, and also massively thanks to the awesome team at Guvnor & Weekends, our gorgeous new website features a beautiful custom-ordering system that allows you to create your own colourways and visualise them on the screen:



We were also very lucky to secure a photo shoot with the very talented Sean Fennessy, who produced most of the photography on the site, thanks to some styling assistance from Tom at Guvnor & Beth-Emily.

Watercolour in Toffee, photography by Sean Fennessy
Leuca duvet cover, photography by Sean Fennessy

The I&S range, photography by Sean Fennessy

We hope you have fun browsing the new site and experimenting with the Customise tool! Stay tuned for a little competition in a couple of weeks - we'll be testing your textile colourway selection skills!

xx Lara & Teegs

Design Made Trade - July 18th - 21st



It's been a crazy couple of weeks in the I&S studio as we prepare for Design Made Trade 2013! We love this show, it's the perfect middle ground between a high end design market and a regular industry trade show, although this year things are a little bit different. Instead being held as a standalone event at the Royal Exhibition Building, this year Design Made Trade is to be held at Jeff's Shed alongside Decoration & Design and Furnitex. D:M:T will feature a curated selection of 30 local design studios and we're excited to be amongst them!

Unfortunately this will be a trade only event and there will be no retail sales at the event, but we look forward to being exposed to a much bigger audience. Hope you can make it down to say hello!

xx Lara.

Big & Botanical - two new interior scale prints


Waratah in Coal & Snow - photo by Sean FennessyOver at I&S we've been dying to release a couple of new designs but we've been holding off, waiting for our new website to be launched! However, things have taken a little longer than expected in that department and in the end our impatience has won out.Introducing two new & rather large prints - Waratah and Silver Gum!WARATAH"Inspired by the beautiful, unique Tasmania variety of Waratah, this print was originally carved and printed from a lino block, retaining all the beautiful and irregular textures of lino printing."I (Lara) designed Waratah late last year, inspired after a trip to the spectacular Capturing Flora exhibition in Ballarat. I knew that I wanted to firstly develop a lino print and capture the beautiful texture of that medium in a screen print. The carving was done over one rather warm weekend down at Fairhaven, perfect weather to soften the lino!Waratah - original line drawing & carving the linoWaratah - lino carving almost complete and made easier with Abby's fancy Japanese carving toolsThe final lino print. This was scanned and doubled in size before being turned into a repeatThe final result! Waratah in Coal & SnowWaratah in Turmeric & SnowSILVER GUM"Silver Gum came to life one morning during a bicycle ride to work through Royal Park. Enamoured by the leaf forms, Lara picked these almost-flowering stems and popped them in her pannier for photographing later in the back yard. Both colours in this design are printed from a single screen – the second colour is printed with the screen rotated 180 degrees."Silver Gum is another one of those designs that spent a lot of time brewing in the back of my mind before finally coming to life. The tricky bit was finding the perfect shaped leaf, but once that happened the rest of the process was fairly straightforward. I can't wait to see this print turned into some gorgeous curtains or upholstery.Silver Gum - laying out stems for photographingThe final result - Silver Gum in Eucalyptus & MossSilver Gum in Almond & Snowxx Lara.[...]