Thursday, November 27, 2014
Earlier this week I had a customer who came in specifically looking for chickens..... I apologise to this person because I completely forgot about these cute guys that arrived later this week. This is the ever popular double gauze which is so perfect for babies and pj's for little people. The popularity of double gauze is growing which is great because it is useful for so many things and so beautiful to wear and sew. Available in many great designs and colours we are steadily building the range in the store, however the good ones sell fast so if you see one you like pop in and grab it. We have more in store....
The petite floral design under the chooks is also a double gauze but it feels like its a flannel because it's the softest double gauze I've ever felt.
This micro pin dot has proven time and time again to be useful in so many quilts in both the grey and white so we have added to the range and now stock this selection of clean and clear colours that will no doubt be as popular.
A new selection of Liberty bias bindings are filtering into the store. Featured above the ever popular Felix and Isabelle is definitely a winner.
This beautiful design from the Autumn Winter collection works beautifully with the Japanese indigo's and was made to order for Robyn who is making a selection of place mats for her dining table using the indigo's.
This traditional Japanese base cloth has a real slubbiness and texture to the surface of it making it very useful in all kinds of projects. Now available in this lovely selection of colours to co-ordinate with others in our range of beautiful Japanese fabrics.
This natural linen is my favourite pick in this delivery. The spots are quite large but still workable and I have a sneaky suspicion this will be popular for clothing, pants, shorts, skirts and dresses.
We are growing a gorgeous selection of yarn dyed fabrics that will lend themselves beautifully to quilts and clothing for the men and boys in your life. Here is a small selection of some new pieces we recently received.
These yarn dyed shot cottons have the warp and weft fibres dyed different colours before being woven together. This is a great basic and is slightly heavier making it perfect for clothing, especially shorts or pants....
Friday, November 14, 2014
Whenever a delivery from this Japanese supplier rolls up I could not be happier. Unpacking the boxes is just so exciting, seeing how all their colours work together and their beautiful textures.....
I am thrilled with this selection of Japasnese plains.
This fabric looks like it's linen but is actually cotton. It has that beautiful slubby texture of linen. This new range of colours are just melt in your mouth. Perfect for shorts, little girls tops, quilts, you name it, this is so versatile.
These reversible oriental inspired prints have amazing colours and textures on both sides! The new colour palette works beautifully with so many others we have available too.
This good old trusty linen spot is back again in purple and pink due to popular demand. We have added a french navy this time and the soft khaki green hasn't been in for a while. Popular for everything people use this a lot to make tea towels, (well nice linen tea towels can be hard to find!) quilts, bags and recovering worn out cushions on a cane sofa
Every time we get this fabric into the store it literally gets inhaled by everyone. I used it to make some cool indigo cushions with boro detail.....
New Double Gauze in a stunning pillar box red and this beautiful washed out faded looking denim blue.
New Double gauze in soft pastels, I thought the green and the soft blue would be good gender neutral options for baby wraps.... Perfect for sleepwear, I'm keen to make some pj's for my little girl
Thursday, November 13, 2014
This week Gretel has worked tirelessly on scanning, uploading and organising a lot of the Liberty for our online store. A good portion of our latest Liberty's are now able to be viewed by you in the comfort of yr home, with still more to come..... . Gretel has really gone nuts beautifully describing each classic floral print to make it easier for you also often referencing the history of many designs.....
I've been a good girl and stayed focused (as much as my brain can) on my spring clean, continuing on with the sorting and ordering in my studio. I am determined to get new organisational systems up and running to make life easier and more productive.....
This gorgeous selection of Yuwa roses all floppy and nice have sadly been given their marching orders.
I know a lot of people lately have been on the hunt for the larger more romantic style roses that Yuwa use to do a lot.... Lately they have been as rare as hen's teeth!!! So 'Voila'.... These packs will make them a little easier to find and they co-ordinate beautifully with new Yuwa's we have recently received.
It's not hard to see why I have been hoarding these for years.
It's not hard to see why I have been hoarding these for years.
I know I'm being a tad over zealous and will probably regret saying goodbye to so many pretty's but I'm tired of looking at them in the box, longingly, wanting to use them.... Even if I live to be 100 I dare say I won't get a chance to get to these puppies....
Thursday, November 6, 2014
It may sound strange but my friend and fellow quilt enthusiast Jo and myself would often stand in Materialise of an afternoon and pray for Liberty. What can I say, We Love It! As two self confessed addicts we were into using the stuff big time. We had a daily dalliance with the colours (man!) and we wanted more.... Heck we needed more!!! Especially if we were going to finish Jo's Liberty strippy quilt in hues of pink and green with hints of blue and lilac so it had an amazingly harmonious, perfectly graduated colour selection..... Today I pray to give Thanks for such positivity coming into my life.
It's no wonder so many of us share a fascination and passion for blue and white with Arthur Liberty making a study of it at one of his first retail store's.....
Lately I have been drawn to the apricot pink shades which was a favourite when I think I was about 10 yrs old.
This week new Japanese Linen panels arrived. The prints are beautiful
The tones work perfectly with either a natural linen or this new Japanese Linen in soft silver grey. "Hello friend......"
A diverse and rather inspiring selection of fresh books also arrived. I am keen to get stuck into making some clothes from Sew, Chic, Kids.....
My fave book for quilts "Unconventional & Unexpected" is hands down a must in my collection.... Featuring this quilt amongst many, many, many, more lovely creations.
Elizabeth is an amazing client who is always full of positivity and it definitely shows in her work featured here. The colour washing in these quilts is just so easy on the eye.
Elizabeth affectionately calls these quilts her trunk divers... as they have been predominately made from
the diverse selection of novelty prints that are available in our chest of Japanese pieces....
Elizabeth has added bits from previous quilts, like this piece from her son's golfing quilt. Piecing the fabrics together in a thoughtful and purposeful way to create a theme and build the loose story that gives each quilt its own personality.
Elizabeth is a woman after my own heart.... She has lovingly quilted the main body of the quilt in diagonal stripes, changing the thread colour to match the colour gradient of the quilt top.... I LOVE doing that too. It makes your eye just skip happily down the quilt.
For the borders Elizabeth has used this really cool wave design that just works. I am always looking for new and interesting ways to change up and improve my quilting techniques so I think I will be borrowing this one. I might need a bit of practice first though to get it right....
(I hope you don't mind Elizabeth?)
This quilt has just hours of fun for a wee one...
A true eye spy done in a very cool, modern way...
Elizabeth's quilts are truly magical and have a flowing narrative that gives the receiver the greatest viewing pleasure possible.
Thank you for sharing Elizabeth