Rabbit creations are sew good

Tahlia, 11, with some of her creations. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 206037_01

By Alesha Capone

Young Tahlia has followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, hopping into the business of creativity.

The 11-year-old Point Cook resident handmakes small rabbits, which serve as cute decor pieces.

Tahlia said that she sews and irons the rabbits, while her mother Karen Lane helps with the creature’s faces and tummy patches.

Ms Lane runs Bluekess Designs, for which she makes dreamcatchers, scrabble art, bunny wands and heart wands, while Tahlia has dubbed her burgeoning business Bunnies by Tahlia.

“I really like rabbits,” she said.

Ms Lane said she has shared photos of Tahlia’s rabbit creations on Instagram and in a Facebook group called the For the Love of Australian Handmade, leading to two being sold.

Tahlia said she had also been planning to accompany her mother to the Chevron Market’s pre-Easter event in Werribee to sell the handmade rabbits, but the market has since been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus.

Tahlia said she learned to sew after her great-grandmother Beryl, who will turn 95 this year, gave her a sewing machine.

Tahlia and her maternal grandmother, Carol, also sewed a dress together during the school holidays.

Tahlia said she has named some of the rabbits she has made Watermelon, Windmill, Confetti, Love, Blossom and Tulip.

Her mother said creativity seemed to run in their family.

“My Mum is a quilter and has always been a sewer,” Ms Lane said.

“I think sewing skipped a generation with me – I’m more of a crafter – and has been passed onto Tahlia.”

See bluekessdesigns.esy.com, bluekess designs on Facebook or @bluekess_designs on Instagram for details.