Another day, another fabric find, ah it’s a tough life!
I have been tipped off about a great little online fabric shop called Funky Fabrix which is located in Australia – yes, sad but true, all the fabric shops worth their salt are in the US or Australia! They stock my fave, Alexander Henry (see his new ‘Aviary Flock of Gulls’ fabric below) as well as other designers such as Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Free Spirit and Amy Butler.
As usual, there are only a couple here to illustrate the types of designs available, but really, they have HUGE range and I think the prices are pretty good – around $13.50 AUD which is mere £6.36! Peanuts! They also offer ‘FAT QUARTER BUNDLES’ which are pre-cut and ready to ship – they measure 56cm x 46cm (22″ x 18″) and each pack contains 2 or 4 fat quarters. Bargain! This will set you back around £12 plus shipping.
Closer to home, as an update to my Stitching and Bitching in the South West post, I have located a fantastic little online store in Cheltenham called Rosa-Blue. They do ready to go fabrics at around £25 a metre which is pricy but they are all original designs – below are a few of my personal favourites. I have totally fallen for the heart fabric – positively blissful. And the ‘Bistro’ fabric below would be perfect for making a handy little shopping bag – tres chic!
Also, in my endeavours to track down the lushest of lush textile treats for you, my humble readers, I have been bewitched, yes, bewitched by the new range of children’s fabrics at the Designers’ Guild
Reminiscent of the Mr Men books, this happy flower print isn’t just for kids – braid my hair and call me Miss Sunshine, but I’ve got a hankering to do a spot of DIY and cover the walls of my boring old office in this very wallpaper. It will bring a smile to my chops even on the greyest of winter days. This is just one of the Primrose Hill range – go see for yourself how utterly edible they are!
That’s your lot for today…oh and for those local to Bristol and the South West, remember the second Bristol Design Festival kicks off on June 13 -17. Hundreds of creative designers, including those from fashion, interiors, furniture, lighting and textiles will descend on Bristol – so come down to The old Fire Station on Silver Street to see what the best of the West has to offer!!!
Did you know…
That there are so many web pages on the internet that even if you had hundreds of people scanning the internet 24 hours a day for the rest of their lives, you would never read them all, you wouldn’t even read a squillionth of them? That is why today has been good. The search engines were creaking and rattling in my favour, lady luck was smiling and I managed to find some super little sites that I may not have otherwise ever have seen.
As usual, this is a resource, so please go ahead and see for yourself how fab these little online stores are – and of course, if you do buy something, let me know how it goes!
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: all the best fabric sites are in the US! Ok so it’s massively bigger than the UK but c’mon people! Honestly, I see a site, bookmark it, then quickly check the contact details, and hey ho, it’s never in the UK. This is my call to arms! We need more fabric sites in Blighty!
Back to the good stuff:
I have located two new textile resources – and yes, they are in the US – but they are wonderful! Shipping costs aren’t too bad either (thank God for the weak dollar!)
This little site specialises in both modern and vintage textiles from the 50s, 60s and 70s. With Jetson-inspired fabrics, there is no mistaking their quality and authenticity. I am itching to get my hands on some the gorgeous salmon gingham below and I just adore this cute kids fabric
or the uber cool ‘cross town’ design (below) – I can just see myself swinging a cute shoulder bag around town in this fabric. They also offer vintage lace trims too…
Melina’s vintage reproduction fabrics, bags, wallpaper and accessories are great. She also does a modern range but it’s her vintage designs that catch my eye.
The best thing is she sells swatches with all 17 fabrics in for only $18 so if like me you use them for small projects it’s a steal!
Other sewing bits
I have also come across Glitter and Grunge which hosts profiles for a number of unique little artists, most of which have their own websites or etsy page. I particularly like Vallen Queen’s vintage-inspired tea cosies (above)
Likewise, Silly Boodilly’s designs are a unique combination of folk art and victoriana – a new favourite of mine!!
And finally….some vintage eye candy…
Janet Lauer is a mosaic artist and creates under the name of Grindstone Mountain – her work is amazing. Do have a look at her website if you want to see more these wonderful items.
Sleepy Hollow Crafts just makes me happy. I love this little vintage doll.
And lastly, we have feasted our eyes, so now, let’s see what our tummies say to the rather splendid offerings of a little Somerset farm shop called Godminster who sell a range of ‘vintage’ goodies for foodies. They are so fab, they have won an award…
Now, wouldn’t you like these to clutter up your pantry?
If I had my way…
I would have a wall full of clocks, all ticking away. I absolutely love them; perhaps it harks back to my grandparent’s house in Ireland where every room seemed to have the soft tick-tocking of a carriage clock counting away the days of my summer holidays.
I find it comforting and what’s more, old clocks have none of the ear -jarring rawking rasp of the tacky modern alarm clock. Style has certainly been passed over in favour of substance – for example, that awful clock that runs away from you in the morning is my idea of hell…
Give me a gentle ticking and a solid bell ring any day!
So the reason for a post on clocks is that I have seen a lovely one I fancy for my kitchen (above) and it’s a snip at £20 from good old John Lewis but while I was browsing, I came across a few other little fancies that I thought I could share.
Having done a bit of research, I discovered an important name in clock making and design – George Nelson who is one of the most revered designers of the 20th Century. He created some of the most well known clock styles around such as the Sunburst clock created for Vitra (above) which has been redesigned and revamped dozens of times.
Another well known clock-makers is Newgate Clocks, which is actually run by people I know from my home town. They have helped bring back the humble wall clock into the collective consciousness of the style savvy. I particularly like their classic vintage clock and the stylish Bond Street clock but if these aren’t for you, they have plenty to suit every taste.
Living Lounge does a number of funky, modern clocks, as does Nest and Retro to Go while over on Flickr, there are a number of great clocks, such as Thrift Store Addict’s collection of retro time pieces. These wonderful finds remind us that you can still pick up a bargain if you look hard enough. In fact, I have been quite taken by his obvious eye for a stylish bargain, just look at these little beauties…
This amazing retro clock below would look super in my living room, in fact, having browsed on Thrift Store Addict’s photo stream, if you in any doubts about how to style a retro or vintage clock into your room, have a little look see there for a boost of inspiration.
Well, who would have thought it? Crocheting is back in again.
I have long been a secret crochet fancier and when I was a poor student, my home was swathed in macramé and crochet style plant pot holders purchased for a few pence from the myriad of charity shops I frequented.
However as time moved on so did my tastes. I will even go as far as to say that I felt the whole crochet lark was, ahem, a little passé. How wrong I was! This wonderful arty craft is back with a vengeance. I have noticed it cropping up in the wonderfully styled photographs in a plethora of interiors mags and I am truly delighted.
Much of the mainstream popularity of crocheting has been thanks to Erika Knight who kicked off the revival with her books – which are beautifully produced and full of inspiration.
However, there is also a huge – and I mean HUGE – crochet community on the web. Here are just some of my favourite crochet -inspired bits and bobs, including a few tutorials to get you started if you are new to all this.
This funky monkey is from Niche Stores – they do a good rang of cute and quirky products that not everyone will have found – a real treat!
These cushions are a work in practice from a very creative young lady who goes under the name of Moline – check out her amazing designs at Etsy
And if you are after inspiration to create your own crochet clothing, it isn’t all shapeless cardies and beenie hats, Knitboy’s creations stick two fingers up to crochet’s fusty reputation – likewise, Alessandra Hayden’s beautiful bag below is testament to how tasteful a little touch of crochet here and there can be – visit her profile for the full measure of her talent…
In fact the more I started researching, the more I found. Goodness me!
So here are the pick of the bunch for tutorials and inspiration – all that’s left is to get those fingers crocheting!