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Ye Gads! Are you ready for a style and colour overload? I am aghast with the loveliness I have stumbled upon today whilst researching for a feature for Craftseller magazine. I write the best buys pages and was looking for summer essentials for crafters when I spotted Marie Perkin’s City Centre fabric – Oh how pretty! *see image above.

Further prodding about revealed Print and Pattern blog’s latest post on Brighton-based Sukie’s bloomin lovely postcard designs (below). As I am currently doing up the nursery for baby number two (due in August!) I think this would make a splendid addition!

Oh go on, one more….this foxy treat is by another home-grown talent called Scion – they are fabric desginers and I really like this little fellow!

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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!


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.


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Shhhhh! I have stumbled across the most delicious fabric websites and can happily declare my love for Japanese prints! I found a website called reprodepot.com which is a really good resource for quirky prints and for bag makers like myself, will be a really good place to snap up textiles that others will coo and ah over but not be able to find! Don’t tell anyone, ok?

Just scroll down for more beautiful images…

 Flower power – with their retro influence, these will make the most beautiful and eye catching cushions. I plan to buy a few yards and get some summery influenced bags stitched together too.

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These bunny prints make me feel like spring is sprung! Indulge in Easter madness…

Notari bunnies   Notari bunnies green 

Yet more flowers: these remind me of the wallpaper in my old Sindy house. Really kitsch.  

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And the baby blue cloud fabric would make the most fabulous pillow cases….dreamy.

Biscuit blue sky - light     Bupu and pupu   

This one even has a cute name: Bupu and Pupu.      

                                      


Cath Kidson

Ok, so it might not be the most pressing debate in the entire world, but I have been thinking about these two queens of the chintz and wondered what people’s thoughts were on the encroaching popularity of the Cath Kidson empire – which, to my eyes, is the funkier, younger sister of the more sophisticated Laura Ashley.

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Is Ms Ashley getting knocked off her throne (upholstered in the finest flowery fabric) by the eager young upstart that is Ms Kidson?

The subject raised its head after the new Cath Kidson shop on Park Street opened up recently – this veritable explosion of colour assaults my eyes daily. For a colour-lover like me, I am totally digging the new range of funky fabrics, even the latest range of clothes make you feel like you should be wearing clogs and cycling through the countryside with a small dog in your basket and paniers full of french bread and strawberries (are you with me?) However, there is the other camp that seem to think that Ms K is over priced and, ehem, a little over rated.

As a purveyor of all things vintage, I am surprised at myself for feeling a bit tired of the whole fakey retro stuff – but only because you can’t turn a corner now without being confronted by some type of 50s memorabilia of some sorts – surely Laura Ashley and Cath Kidson are breathing some life into the old?

We’ll see if Cath Kidson has the longevity gene like old Laura A, who let’s face it, has done a grand job of reinventing herself from the flowery church fete-type frocks of the 80s.

Bring on the revolution!