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I am a real fan of typography, and have blogged about this in the past, but I just wanted to share with you a couple of great finds – thanks to my all-time fave design magazine, Livingetc. for the heads up on these…

I actually bought the teatowel at the top of this post the other day – it’s from Tate Online and costs £8.50. It’s going into a frame and will take a space up on my orange wall of interest.

What about this! Another superb example of typog in action – this little beaut costs £75 unframed from Keep Calm Gallery. Pricey but worth it! I really like this one too – sums it all up in one sentence – and a great sentiment to hang on the kitchen wall too! A bit cheaper at £16 unframed – again from Keep Calm Gallery.

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Harvest Wallpaper

My apologies, dear readers, for the length of my absence in the past months, exacerbated by the fact that I am going to be a mummy! Yes, tiredness has overtaken me and my blog has suffered. But, fear not! I am back and with some lovely inspiration to get your summer interior taste buds tingling.

My eagle-eyed sister, Shiv, found this fab website and I am most likely going to be choosing the super cute birdie wallpaper for the nursey…anyway, check it out!

Penguin Green Wallpaper

The website says: “A neutral and comforting Wasabi Green and White Penguin wallpaper. The paper used is sourced from sustainable forestry and made in the UK. The surface can be wiped clean when hung. Hang as standard wallpaper, instructions included. Price is per roll. Size: each roll is 52cm wide and 10m long.” A bargain at £30.00.

There is plenty more to love on there to browse so head over to Isak.co.uk


 

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Ok, so I have been a little preoccupied by fashion recently, mainly because of my addiction to some brilliant fashion blogs out there (Only Shallow, kingdom of Style ,Bluebird Vintage)

So to redress the balance, here are some lovely new fabrics, fresh in for spring courtesy of Sew Mamma Sew. I have selected a few of my favourites:

At the beginning of the post is one from a new collection by Urban chicks as is the sample below.

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I also adore this Perfect Pattern Tea print by my old fave,  Alexander Henry or what about getting graphic with some monotone prints like these below which come as a fat quart – great for craft projects.

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If you fancy getting your hands on some of these little beauties, get over to Sew Mamma Sew and type in the code: INLIKEALION at the check-out for a 10% discount – every little helps!


 

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For those of you who are sewing fanatics, and love buying the funkiest fabric on the web, then get over to Sew Mamma Sew as they are offering a FREE fat quarter (squares of fabric generally used for quilting) of beautiful Amy Butler’s Quilting Solids when you spend $25 or over (which is a mere £16).

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Simply use the code ABFQHH when you checkout and you can write your preferred colour(s) in the comments box, but supplies of each fabric are limited, so they will substitute an equally beautiful colour if your choice is not available. The offer runs until 4th December so get shopping!


 

 

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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why are there no fabric shops? Why?

 

I have been thinking of creating a resource for those in my local area of Bristol and Bath for some time now as I have been growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of fabric shops in the South West.  

In London, there are more places to grab a fabriky bargain than you can shake a stick at so bear with me. Here goes:

 

My local haunt is The Nylon Shop on Two Mile Hill in Kingswood (no website sorry!) It smells bad but it’s cheap and has a good range of fabrics, often with new ranges coming in. The have mountains of felt for smaller projects and I bagged some great little trimmings for next to nothing to embellish my bags with. It’s a good all rounder and is open quite late so you can always pop there after work. Next door has this strange little shop full to bursting with feathers and findings, fake fur and other fripperies that can add some pizzazz to your projects.

 

 Fabric Land, York House, Bond St, Bristol – 0117 942 6155

Enter with caution! Is it me, or do you want to be inspired while you are shopping for material? Now, I don’t mean to be mean but unless you are searching for some nasty wet-look fabric for that fetish outfit you’ve been considering making or are a mum in desperate need of a nativity costume for Emily and Jack’s debut performances, then this really doesn’t have much for you. Ok, that’s a bit harsh – it has good cotton, a range of handy things like netting and calico and felt but in terms of getting some stylish textiles, I really wouldn’t bother.

 

 
Avon Textiles – St. Nicholas’ Market, Market Gate, BRistol – 01454 632 279

Yet another mixed bag to be found at Avon Textiles, tucked right out the way at St Nick’s Market off Corn Street. I went there, eyes full of promise, a happy heart, and returned with my little face crumpled and frustrated. It was old and smelly (again? C’mon people, get a glade plug-in! Heard of Febreeze anyone???) It had lots of putrid flarey old fabrics and lots of punky neon netting which I saw lots of A Level students buying to incorporate into for bizarre art projects but that was about it – plus it was quite pricy. So be warned, not all it’s cracked up to be.

 

 

 
Shannon, 68 Walcot Street Bath 01225 424222

 

Hurrah! This is more like it! Shannon is an exclusively Scandinavian store and has…wait for it…Marimekko fabrics in store! Yay! It ain’t cheap but it certainly is pretty. Don’t need to say anymore, just visit if you get the chance (note to above fabric shops: atmosphere goes a long way!)

 

 

Eastville Market, fabric supplies,  Eastville, Bristol, Avon BS5 6XY, 0845 355 2264

Cheap cheap cheap, often naff but good for buttons, bits and bobs for crafty projects. Cups of tea sell nearby for about 40p and the best bit is, it’s right next to the following resource…Yes, you guessed it – IKEA!

   Ok, so I sometimes ramble on about Ikea but to be honest, I’m so strapped for places to go, that Ikea offers a very reasonable and tasteful alternative. I have made many a cushion from treasures found at the Swedish furniture superstore.

 

 

And that’s all folks. Isn’t it sad? For  such a creative and diverse area as the South West, this is all I have managed to find – yes there are John Lewis, Cath Kidson and Laura Ashleys in abundance but it’s the little folk that I care about. So please, please, please, let me know if there are any others I have missed – there are bound to be but the issue is that I haven’t been able to find them, anywhere. Marketing goes a long way, eh?

 Until next time….