Monday, August 31, 2009


Here's another new Robert Kaufman collection called Mingle by Monaluna. It's a really fresh collection of soft but striking simple shapes in great colours. It's printed on light weight cotton and is ideal for kids' clothing.

New Erin McMorris Wildwood

These are a few of my favourites from a new collection of light weight fabrics from Erin McMorris called Wildwood. These are really nice spring-style prints and as well as being suitable for general craft projects, would be particularly nice in some simple summer skirts or outfits for little girls.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Recent Press

We've had lots of good magazine mentions in the last couple of months (see Press page for details). I particularly love this story 'Craft Stall Creations' created by Francesca Newby of Notebook magazine. The styling is beautiful and the projects (using Duckcloth fabric) are very cute (see Press page for full article).

Friday, August 21, 2009

Maria's Magnificent Jacket

One of our incredibly talented customers, Maria, sent me these photos of an amazing jacket she designed and made using Echino Bird to Hang fabric in gold. I love the shape of the jacket and I particularly love the way she has quilted the fabric following the grey lines in the print.
Maria has just finished studying fashion design at TAFE in Brisbane and this jacket was part of her last collection. The collection was so successful that she won a scholarship to study fashion design in Paris! Congratulations Maria, and thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Yak Hair?

What looks like linen and feels like linen but isn't linen? Yak hair. Serious! I'm fascinated by this fabric. It's part hemp, part yak hair (well OK, it's only 10% yak hair). It's actually a really nice fabric. It has a nice texture, drapes well and has great natural colour variation. But, it's the yak hair that really gets me. I'm looking forward to saying to a customer, "Perhaps I can recommend the yak hair...". Heh.

Yesterday's Fibre, Today's Fashion

We have these gorgeous new fabrics from the Ink & Spindle studio now available in the store. They are hand-printed in Melbourne on either a linen/cotton blend or a hemp/organic cotton blend. These natural fibres work so well with hand-printing and really add to its textural appeal.

I'm going to use the red Wrens print and red Bloem print to cover three canvases to hang in our hallway (wrens in the middle and a bloem on either side). I'll show the results when they're done.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kaleidoscope Pattern Book

I've just added the new Kaleidoscope pattern book by Melanie Hurlston (of Melly & Me) to the store. It really is inspiring! The projects are gorgeous and I particularly love the photography and styling in this book. Melanie's done a fabulous job of lifting contemporary craft into the realm of something really special.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Before and After

I do love a good 'before and after' photo and here are some great ones. Lisa from Canberra's Got Style sent me these photos of an old chair and stool she rescued and reupholstered with the Anna Griffin Darcy Fez fabric (sorry, sold out). She's done a fabulous job yet again and the striking graphic print works really well with the simple lines of the chair and stool.

Thank you

A huge thank you to everyone who left comments on the post about Maya below. To be honest, I didn't realise how many blog readers I had. You've shamed me into feeling I must update more often!
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