Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Cat caught this gorgeous mint green butterfly a couple of days ago. I've never seen this species before. Such beautiful colours. The white ones are more commonly found in our garden. Luckily, I managed to take it away from Cat before he tore it to pieces. You can see the wings are already tattered. 

In the evening he brought in a small bird similar in colour to the large one he caught some time back but it was too dark to take a picture. Some day I'll post some pics of our orange hunter.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Every bag is made from scratch right down to the straps. I start with cutting two strips of batik and two strips of interior fabric for each bag. Then I iron them before I mark the width and length using a template made of backing board. After that it's time to sew.

I then turn each over using the handle of a long paint brush. And finally it's back to ironing each strap. It's a loong process. Sometimes I look proudly at my heap of straps only to realize they are enough for just four of five bags. Not so great when I have to make eighteen! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Last week my brother commissioned me to make a bag, a wrislet and a mini pouch which he needs by tomorrow. Luckily for me I managed to finish them today without any major mishap.

I used my foam stamps for the red on white pattern.

More stamped pattern on the other side.

Instead of making my usual tote, I added a pleat, a single long strap and gusset.

All boxed up and waiting for pick-up!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Batik Sarong Terengganu Project - Part 2: Bags and KLPac

It's been a crazy few days. Right now it's 10.08 am local time and I am supposed to be at the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts FestivalKL Pac with some bags I have made from the batik. I'm not there. Obviously. Yikes! The Batik Sarong Terengganu Project team have been there since 8.30 this morning setting up their booth - Teja Batik Workshop. They will be conducting a batik demonstration and other activities, so come on over if you are free. They will be there today and tomorrow.

It was so hard choosing which ones to cut up first. They look so good just hanging on the walls.

I started with the red polka dot piece that is now a half done bag on the right.

All cut up with interfacing ironed on. Waaaa!


The only bag I managed to get done! At 16.5" X 14.5" it's the largest bag I've made so far and the first with pockets.


See ya at the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival, KL Pac!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Batik Sarong Terengganu Project - Part 1

Last weekend TIMI was invited to join the Batik Sarong Terengganu Project to meet the last few surviving wax resist batik cap makers. I will share with you what we learnt on the trip in the coming posts. But in the meantime enjoy a peek at some gorgeous Batik Sarong Terengganu. 

The toddler happily wrapping herself up in a sample piece.

Our stash! Some of which will be exhibited at the National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur.

The pieces above and below are from Wan Mahadi Wan Ismail's workshop. Wan Mahadi Wan Ismail also happens to be a renowned copper wares maker.

Something more contemporary. Baby blue polka dots!

For more updates on the project please visit:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bulding blocks

Playtime with my brother's 40 year old building blocks and the tween's ten year old train set.  That thing around her wrist is what's left of a toy sphygmomanometer or blood pressure meter from the tween's toy doctor kit. Now that the pump bulb has gone missing she uses it as a watch instead!

The baby doll's a gift from my parents for her 3rd birthday last May. She loves it but it took her a while to get used to the eyes opening and shutting. They creeped her out. Haha!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vintage batik

Some vintage batik I received to work on for the Batik Sarong Terengganu Project. 

I think the one above is newer than the ones below which were acquired from workshops that have ceased operation due to slow business. So sad. 

I especially like the detail on this piece.

Update: After meeting the batik makers in Terengganu we have found out that none of the batik
              above is Batik Sarong Terengganu! Most are from defunct Kelantan workshops.