Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Break


I'll be catching some sunshine at Noosa for 3 weeks over Christmas (can't wait!). You can browse and order from the shop, but orders placed after 12 noon this Friday (19th) will be posted on Tuesday 13th January.

Thanks for your interest and support this year. Have a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sale, sale, sale!


We currently have a childrens' fabric sale running until 2nd November. We're offering 20% - 30% off selected kids’ clothing and furnishing fabrics. Fabrics on sale include cute Japanese novelty prints, gorgeous Australian designs by Prints Charming, selected Moda fabrics and beautiful nursery prints by US designer Anna Griffin.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Amy Butler Daisy Chain

Amy Butler's latest collection, Daisy Chain is now in stock. It's a nice one for summer with some lovely subtle florals and some stronger mosaic prints. There are some beautiful inspiring images showcasing the fabrics on her web site here.


Here are a few of my favourites...




Ingrid Anderson Textiles



4 million. Yep. That's the population of New Zealand. On the world stage we Aussies know that our Kiwi friends box far beyond their weight when it comes to the good stuff in life, like food, art, fashion and design.

So, I'm thilled that we have recently started to stock these hand-printed textiles from Kiwi designer, Ingrid Anderson. These gorgeous bold designs are printed on extra wide medium weight duck cloth / canvas and are perfect for all sorts of home decorating projects.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Ten Sticky Fingers

Casey from Ten Sticky Fingers sent me this photo to show what she's been making with some of the Swell fabric. I just love this combination of fabric and red detail! Casey runs the fabulous online store, Ten Sticky Fingers which sells all sorts of gorgeous hand crafted kids' stuff. Don't be surprised if you don't see these on the web site though, as she said so far she's sold more than she's made!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Amy Butler Gum Drops Pillow


We had a few of the Amy Butler Gum Drops pillows made up for Australian House & Garden magazine. Here is one of them featured in the August issue. Looks great with that fabulous pink chair!
We have three of these in various fabric combinations to give away. I'm going to make a special offer to our newsletter subscribers in the October Newsletter so if you're interested...stay tuned!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New! Anna Maria Horner Drawing Room Fabric



We've had heaps of new fabrics delivered recently and I'm in the process of loading them into the store. Already up and available are some gorgeous colourful home decorating prints from Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room collection. Some of my favourites from this collection are:



Also new is a cute and quirkly little range called Park Slope by Erin McMorris. This range is perfect for clothing, and would be especially nice in some crisp little summer outfits for a little (or big) girl.


I particularly love the pebbles print and the tiny birds print.




Stay tuned for more new fabric soon!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Magnolia Square



Brooke from Magnolia Square has just written a lovely post on the Magnolia Square Snippets blog about Duckcloth. Thanks Brooke!

I'm a big fan of the beautiful Magnolia Square pop-up market (if you live in Melbourne you're probably already aware of it) and I try to attend most of the events. The next one is in late November.
The Magnolia Square team also writes a gorgeous blog, Magnolia Square Snippets which focuses on many of the retailers who attend the market, but also showcases other retailers and talented designers (mainly from Australia).
Here are some of my favourite Magnolia Square retailers:
Fat Bird Farm - beautiful screen printed birds on natural linen mixed with vintage fabrics.

Memi Designs - more geogeous textiles.
GforGeorge - colourful magnetic boards with fresh fabric-covered magnets.


Est - These guys were doing beautiful soaps and all things natural long before it became the trend of the moment. Their products are amazing!


Chook Leaf - amazing leather shoes for kids (and only slightly more expensive than the garden variety Clarks). These are so good that I've seen adults with tiny feet try them on!


So if you've never been to Magnolia Square, I highly recommend getting along to the next one which is on at the end of November.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Shameless Self Promotion


Nothing like a bit of shameless self-promotion! The current issue of Australian Notebook magazine has a beautiful story on Fabric Craft using Duckcloth fabrics. Notebook also has a shiny new web site here.

Floor Cushions

Very nice floor cushions in the current edition of Australian InsideOut magazine. Second from the top is The Cut Cloth in Pod Stone fabric. Very bottom right is Shibori in Hokey Rust.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Weblog Awards

The gorgeous Ninaribena from Canberra's Got Style nominated me for this blog award:

Thanks Ninaribena!


A little white ago Clara of the Mimi Kittini blog nominated me for the Arte y pico award.


If you read Spanish, you can read about it here. Thanks Clara and my apologies for taking this long to respond!

So, I'm going to combine both (possibly against the rules, but intended in the very best spirit). The deal is you:

  • put the award logo on your blog

  • link to the person you received your award from

  • nominate at least 7 other blogs

  • put links to those blogs on yours

  • leave a message on the blogs of the people you have nominated.

Here goes...I'd like to nominate:

  • Nikkishell of Mixtape fame

  • Tiel from TskTsk - artist/illustrator extraordinaire

  • Belinda from Tuttifruiti - designer, sewer and maker of the world's most beautiful cushions

  • Pip from Meet Me at Mikes - the woman with her finger on the pulse

  • Jhoanna from One Red Robin - designer of the most gorgeous softies

  • Di from The Cut Cloth - fabric designer with the most immaculately sewn projects

  • Toni from Make It Perfect - pattern designer, seamstress and chef

Friday, August 8, 2008

New Echino Fabric




The current Echino colleciton is still dribbling in. We've added a few more of these fabrics here. I wore this skirt to a trade show recently, and I had about 10 different people ask me where I got it from. It was amazing!

This range is a good all-round fabric which can be used for so many different things, big or small...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

House & Garden Mention


House & Garden magazine has a list of online shopping sites this month (including Duckcloth). Thanks House & Garden!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Leopard Skirt


Finally! Another project. A simple A-line skirt made from this Burda pattern using Echino Leopard on Natural fabric with a panel of Panther Mustard at the bottom.
This fabric works well in clothing as the linen content makes it drape nicely. It's a particularly good weight for a skirt and irons up nicely. There's a lot going on in the pattern so I tend to tone it down a bit with a black cardi and black boots.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Cut Cloth


We've just started to stock fabrics from the new Western Australian label The Cut Cloth.
I just love the beautiful, muted colour palette. I keep thinking about how it would be just perfect in a beach house, or any modern Australian style home.


If you're not a sewer, but like the fabric, you can buy cushions, hats, bags, belts etc from their online store here http://www.thecutcloth.com/home.php. If you're interested in the fabrics, stay tuned as we'll have some more of the collection in the coming months.
Diana from The Cut Cloth also writes a beautiful blog with lots of lovely projects (like those pictured here) at http://thecutcloth.blogspot.com/.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Taking a Break!


I'm heading north to Queensland for a week. Why? Well let's face it, it's 26 degrees up there today and 13 degrees here!

All orders placed between Saturday 7th and Friday 13th June will be posted on Monday 16th. So, if you're not in hurry, why not take advantage of the 10% discount during next week and order away!

Friday, May 30, 2008

New Australian Designs

Lots of new stuff in the shop including some gorgeous new stuff from the Aussie girls. Here are some of my favourites...






The last two are printed on hemp/cotton and 100% hemp. I'm madly in love with hemp at the moment. It has such a gorgeous textural quality, a little more earthy than natural linen, but every bit as sophisticated.
Interested in using hemp fabric? Here are some bits of trivia about this much-misunderstood fibre:
  • hemp is one of the strongest and most durable of the natural fibres
  • it's use dates back 10,000 years to the beginning of pottery
  • in Elizabethan times, farmers were fined for not growing hemp
  • it grows well without fungicides or pesticides and produces a significantly larger crop than either cotton or flax (linen) when grown on the same land.
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