Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy All Hallows Eve

Cute Felt Bag Tutorial From Home Made By Jill, find some Christmas templates, like these at FellowCreatives and make some great festive gift bags.

Thanks for dropping by, see you in November!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Cheeky Peek of Mod Squad by Dan Stiles for Birch Fabrics

Birch Fabrics have given us a fabulous Sneak Peek at the Mod Squad 100% Organic Cotton collection by Dan Stiles, due for delivery Spring 2012.

The two color-ways are Grass/Cream/Pool and Coral/Cream/Pool, I love both!

I love the London icons and scooters, Absolutely Fabulous.  Cannot wait for Spring 2012!
It's great to see something for the boys, although it probably could (and will) be used for girls too.
With this super fabric in your thoughts, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Meet The Gang Fabric by Creative Thursday AKA Marisa Haedike

Spotlight on Creative Thursday also known as Marisa Haedike.

Her true loves are Colour - The Arts - Creating - especially Daily Painting and newest love Sewing - Music - Podcasts and Podcasting!  Teaching - Food - Wine - Laughing with friends who are like family and family who are like friends - Travel - Flowers - the Ocean - Freedom - LOVE!

Meet The Gang - Her First line of Fabric, available from Creative Thursday.
Meet the gang blog
  • Marisa has shown a creative flair all her life, having a background in advertising, acting, graphic design and interior design.  
  • Since returning to California ten years ago she decided to trust her inner artist and with an entrepreneurial spirit found a home in the limitless design of all things creative, including the newest ventures such as teaching in person and online and video blogging. 
  • She works in many mediums including writing, acting, furniture, fabric design, sewing, photography and painting.
  • So what is Creative Thursday?  Marisa is only truly happy when she's being creative and when working 9 to 5 in Colorado with hardly any true creative time, decided that at least one day a week, Thursdays, was set aside for Fun and Creativity.  And this is how CREATIVE THURSDAY was born.
Meet the Gang FABRIC BUNDLE citrus/melon
Her website is just full of creative inspiring words with an enthusiasm that's contagious!  Here is some of her delightful artwork also available in her shop, Creative Thursday.

the gang celebrates
The Gang Celebrates
Meet the Gang Embroidery stitching PATTERN
Meet The Gang Embroidery Stitching Pattern
Creative Thursday Alphabet - orange
Creative Thursday Alphabet
sunday bunny ORIGINAL
Sunday Bunny
tiny dancers LIMITED EDITION
Tiny Dancers
Memory Game
Creative Thursday Memory Game

I hope you've enjoyed checking out some of Marisa's work and in particular her new fabric line, Meet The Gang (I've already put my order in for some of her fabric).  To find out more click HERE to her website.

Thank you for dropping by.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Woohoo! The Fabric Marketplace In Sew Magazine.

Do you recall about a month ago I posted that I was going to be mentioned in Sew Magazine?  Well here it is.  Not the biggest piece in the world, but I am so excited that I have a mention at all, although it is half a page, on page 16 (of 90) so I've not done too badly!
In this Month's issue there's a free sewing pattern of this gorgeous dress, perfect for the coming Christmas Festivities.
A cute cloche hat tutorial with pattern.
A feature on cheery winter fabrics.
A Laptop Case Tutorial
This great Patchwork Table Runner, I might make one of these with some lovely reds and green fabric for Christmas!
And my daughter would love me to make her some funky 'customised plimsolls'. 
Is it a cliche to say there is so much more that I cannot cover it all here?  Anyway I'll leave it for you to discover what else they have.

I'm pleased to say there's been lots of activity on The Fabric Marketplace.  Here's some fabric that has been added.
The talented Monalunas Swedish Forest from Anika Collection
The beautiful Foxy Fabric from Monaluna's Anika Collection.
Sebastian Cat Fabric from The Ghastlies Collection, probably my all time favourite cat fabric.
A generous 17 Meters of Gorgeous White Satin, perfect Wedding Dress Fabric.

And we've sold:
The ever popular Matryoshka Japanese Import Scrap Bundle.

Cath Kidston Cowboy Fabric Bundle, featured previously on here.

The classic Cath Kidston Floral/Paisley Fabric Bundle, another previously featured.

And Sherbet Pips Girl on a Swing.

Don't worry if you think you've missed out on these fabrics as there's more in stock.

So lots going on and lots to shout about.  Please don't forget The Fabric Marketplace if you want to try a new online market to sell all your handmade lovelies or fabric.

Thank you for dropping by!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Pinterest -v- FB and Introducing Ingrid Wagner

Pinned Image
With this Repin from Susan Sobon on Pinterest, I have had the most Repins and Likes - but I think the comment says it all.

I'm afraid I am a big Follower of Pinterest on the basis of it being so inspirational.  I almost find my Pinterest account to be a second Blog, because you're pinning what interests you and what you want to pass on to fellow Pinners.  And it's so easy to add what you want to 'show and tell'.

My favourite has to be Tutorials, which brings me to be next 'gem' from The Knitting and Stitching show.  On Pinterest I found this Tutorial.

Puff Daddy Knitted Stool (or Pouf as some of us know it) from Pickles on Pinterest.

Or for inspiration check out these Urchin Poufs from Christien Meinderstsma.

In the Tutorial they recommend 19 US Needles with 3 threads of super chunky yarn.  Or you could check out Ingrid Wagner with her rather large knitting needles.
You can buy them here.
Big Knit Needles
Big Knit Needles 1.2m, 400mm, 600mm (measurements are correct).
Big Knit Yarn
Now I don't usually post about Knitting as strictly speaking it's not 'fabric' but Ingrid's Big Knit Yarn is recycled 1" diameter selvedge of newly woven wool fabric, which would otherwise be discarded as waste after industrial weaving has finished. It is sourced from UK mills and from Italy and France, and comes with colour and pattern already woven in.
Big Knit Cushion III
You can also buy ready made items, such as this cushion,
Poppet’s Pouffe Kit
Or kits like this Pouffe.

Ingrid was recently featured on This Morning as Guinness World Record Holder Big Knitting (using her recycled fiber yarn).

There is so much more to say about Ingrid, so check out her website HERE for more information about her Textile Art as well as Knitting and Crochet work.

What would you make with these Big Needles and Big Yarn?

Monday, 17 October 2011

Louise Mabbs Technicolour Dream Quilts

Another wonderful hidden gem I found at the Knitting & Stitching Show, was Louise Mabbs with her gorgeous quilt work. It was the colour that just 'popped right out at me'.

The picture above is Fibonacci A-Z sampler 1 - Bright’n Breezy 2011 (pun on living in Brighton & Hove!) She explains "I started this quilt in 2006 in London with my home class, shortly before moving to Hove and finished the samples when taught the class again in Hove in 2010. It was quilted in 2010-11.  This has at least 12 colours in the blocks, 6 shades of green/blue in the sashing and yellow cornerstones.  

She continues "I started another version in blues with my Hove class.  After I’d put together Fibonacci A-Z 1 and realised how lovely a wave type layout of the Fibonacci spiral would be. I remembered the colours & shape in Hokosai’s wave painting & wanted that sort of effect." 

I tried to keep up with my students this series, but had a very busy commissions schedule and set myself too many complex limits such as:
  • Use only blue & white splashy fabrics inspired by Hokosai’s famous painting.
  • A challenging colour layout - eventually the top & bottom rows will be made from dark blue fabrics, the second & forth mid blue blocks and the central row turquoise waves
  • I wanted the blocks to be offset ‘chasing’ waves.
So it ended up being so complicated to choose the right fabric for each block and I got behind.  Hopefully it will be ready for our next exhibition in 2012."

In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence:0,\;1,\;1,\;2,\;3,\;5,\;8,\;13,\;21,\;34,\;55,\;89,\;144,\; \ldots\; (sequence OEISA000045).

A tiling with squares whose sides are successive Fibonacci numbers in length.

A Fibonacci spiral created by drawing circular arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in the Fibonacci tiling; this one uses squares of sizes 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34. See golden spiral.

Louise is currently working on a book on Fibonacci and would be interested to hear from anyone with a piece they've made in any media who wants to contact her HERE for possible inclusion in the book. 
Louise at The Knitting & Stitching Show (left).  The Oakshot fabric pinwheels behind were made in 2011:
  • Twist & Shout 5 (Pinwheel 6) small square RH side
  • Twist & Shout 6 (Pinwheel 7) small diamond RH side
  • Twist & Shout 8 (Pinwheel 9) large square LH side
Here's some of her work on her website.
Rainbow Armadillo
Oasis Quilted Banners (working title)
Work In Progress 2008- Oasis Quilted Banners (working title)

She has written an amazing book Origami Quilts (USA Martingale)
Origami Quilts: 20 Folded Fabric Projects
Quilter's Guide to Twists and Tucks
There are very few copies of this book available now, but hopefully publishers will reprint it, maybe a paperback UK edition?

Where do you get your colour inspiration?

Louise doesn't use people's websites or books specifically but always taking it in wherever she is.  She collects pictures from magazine and postcards of artists work she likes or fabric samples. Depending on what she can get in a particular fabric range can dictate her theme. Her default is an extended rainbow of 10 colours, often reverting to black and white to clear her pallette. Blue and yellow are her most used colours.

Colour is the number one thing about her work, optical effect the second and texture/3 dimensionality the third.

I love Louise's work, I could just sit and stare at it for hours, I would love Rainbow Armadillo in my home.

Here are some really useful links I found with guides on quilting with colour.
A colour wheel
Quilt showing movement through the colour wheel, by Gail Lawther
Fabricchoice 002
No picture but really simple and clear explanation.
Colour Theory for Quilters by Julie Bedingham from BellaOnline.

Are there any colour links you could recommend?