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Category Archives: Ribbons

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Oh lord, just have a look at this for a pretty purchase…

It’s a ribbon watch and this one can be found online at Elsie Riley , or in the cute Aladin’s cave of beautiful finds in the  Elsie Riley store on Broad Street in Bristol. It’s a great find (thanks Jenny!)

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You can change the ribbons to suit your outfit – sweet! And the best bit? It costs £16.99 a pop!

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Every so often you come across a company whose products take your breath away – well, welcome to my recent breath thief, the Remakeables (thanks to my sister Shiv for sharing this one with me!)

I could barely contain my excitement when I clicked on the link and saw the swathe of beautiful kitsch fabrics and super-cute buttons that they stock, and the prices aren’t half bad – of course, it is a US company (sheesh!) but hey, I’m getting used to that!

Here is a selection of the fabrics that I have already ordered:

 

Origin: Japan
Length: 113cm
Prices start with 1 unit=25cm – £3.17

Oh so lovely Bambi-inspired orange (my fave colour) fabric – planning to make some cushions in this one…

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Origin: Japan
Length: 115cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.11

I can’t get enough of text fabric, so these green and orange based images and newsprint on beige cotton fabric tick all the boxes…

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Origin: Japan
Length: 114cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.80

I love this beautiful flower print and think it would look great around the bottom of an A-line skirt

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Origin: Japan Length: 114cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.80

 

Super summery, these lovely, bright and colourful flowers on medium-weight cotton blend fabric make me want to take off my shoes and run barefoot through a meadow – mind the thistles!

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And how about these rather super robot buttons – and the good-enough-to-eat apple buttons at the top of this post – there is a remarkable range of buttons and other trimmings to choose from too! Now shoo! You’ve had a taster, go and see for yourself.


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?

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Purple bow 

Spring is sprung (well practically) and I have been looking about for some inspiration that is on trend for the season but also fantastically feminine and floral. Fortunately, as the title of this post suggests, bows, blooms and butterflies are all HUGE in the world of fashion and interiors this season. If you fancy jazzing up your spring wardrobe with something that is a key piece for Spring, then you can’t go far wrong pinning on a huge corsage – while there are lots dotted about in the high street shops, I have found some good sources – check out VVRouleaux for luxe ribbons and flowers – ok so you may pay a bit more but it will totally be worth it. They also have these pretty boxes of butterflies – another hot fave this season.VV Rouleaux box of butterflies

Another prettiness you can’t fail to notice are our feathered friends who are appearing on everything from dresses to wallpaper. Dutch by Design have captured the essence with these beautiful bird Salt and Pepper holders designed by Chris Koens and if that wasn’t enough beautiful bird cup set by Bud Design are just too cute.Bird cups

While Ohs and Bows (see top image) are a great source of ribbons and corsages but as a US company, you will have to pay shipping.

 My advice is to take advantage of this feminine frivoity before sludgy greys and neon brights take over again. Why not nip out with your camera and snap your own inspiring images, after all nature is the originator of most things in fashion and interiors.