that cup looks familiar doesn't it? Anyway, my husband recently painted all the windowsills and the door frame that leads to the garden in the awesome grey shade you see in the photo. Now I need to think about how to 'dress' the windows. I don't like the idea of long curtains and I'm not a big fan of blinds. So last week I stumbled upon this picture in Alicia Paulson's Embroidery Companion.
Embroidery Companion is a great book. The subtitle is 'Classic Designs for Modern Living' and that's exactly what it is. The book is thoughtfully made with information about the basics of embroidery (for those just starting out) and many, many lovely projects and lots of pretty inspiring photos. I would say most of the projects featured are best suited to those with some experience in embroidery. And some require, relatively easy, sewing skills too (skirt, curtains etc) Besides 'regular' embroidery and cross stitch, there are also some crewel designs in the book. What I especially like about the book is that Alicia's love for embroidery speaks so clear from the text but also from the photos and the projects themselves. If you are attracted to Alicia Paulson's fresh and timeless style you will certainly be not disappointed in this book.
Wishing you all a wonderful crafty week(end)!
Friday, February 25
Tuesday, February 22
Oh and if all is right *keeps fingers crossed* British peeps can look forward to some new Follow the White Bunny Patterns coming to a news stand near you in the near future. I will tell more about the 'what' and 'where' once I have seen it myself! :)
Sunday, February 20
Friday, February 18
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and many thanks to those stitchy friends who responded so kindly to my last post.
Thursday, February 17
Oh and another 'happy' thing: the sun came out today, it almost felt like spring. Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons but even I am happy to see a bit of sunshine now. :)
If you haven't already, please check out my Stitch me Deadly giveaway which ends tomorrow! And if you are quick you can enter a giveaway on the Crafty Bird blog of some Sublime Stitching Patterns. Next Thursday I will close my shop for a bit (at least a week) so if you think you soon will need a chatty Squirrel and Bear, a Sleepy Fox or perhaps some stylish Stitchy Postcards go visit the shop in the next few days.
Sunday, February 13
the shabby chic one I made her two years ago. I think it's amazing how well all these different fabrics and colours 'work' together. I am mainly using (hot) pink, yellow, orange and many shades of purple as well. To 'tame' the vibrant colours and mix of prints a tiny bit I have added grey dotted and white borders to the blocks. I also have revised my opinion on the colour orange. Orange is actually a great and easy colour to combine with many other colours.
Don't forget to enter the Embroidery Mystery Book Giveaway! Comments close this Friday.
Don't forget to enter the Embroidery Mystery Book Giveaway! Comments close this Friday.
Saturday, February 12
|Mr. Fox loves crafty mysteries!|
Ed. I have now closed the comments winner will be announced later today!
If you want to know a little bit more about Gayle/Amanda read the interview I did with her a couple of months ago. Good luck everyone and thank you Gayle for sending me a copy of Stitch me Deadly to give away on my blog! :)
Thursday, February 10
I think the Beetle Bugs giveaway was a success! Lots of entries, some new followers to the blog *waves* and the comments were so much fun to read!
The Random.org generator did all the hard work for me and it chose Wendy as winner! Wendy said: " have to say I'm not an insect fan, though I do like butterflies (are they actually an insect??) and ladybirds. Having said that, I think snails can look cute when they're drawn - though in real life they're monsters who ate my entire garden!" Congratulations Wendy! I will get in touch with you for your address so I can send the bundle over via... ahem...Snail mail! :)
Monday, February 7
And what's in the envelope varies... but I like using my own postcards and the pretty baker's twine I purchased recently. :)
Saturday, February 5
Saffron Craig Fabrics! If you have been following this blog since 'the early days' you will probably know that I became friends with Australian fabric designer Saffron Craig back in 2009. After a few mails we even got to meet at my house when Saffron and her family visited Europe! I want you all to get to know Saffron a little bit better too and I hope you will enjoy the mini-interview I did with her. Be sure to read the details about the Beetle Bug fabric giveaway at the end of this post! (ed. giveaway has ended, comments are now closed)
To me, Beetle Bugs is one of the most stylish and original lines of fabric for kids that I have seen in recent years. Could you tell a little bit about what inspired you while you were designing this line?
SC Wow, thanks Nicole, stylish is what I was hoping for! The Beetle Bugs came about when my customers kept asking me to design a boys range."Saffron there is really not many boys fabrics out there!" kind of thing.
So I kept an eye out for inspiration, which came while playing with my daughters and her friend Matisse. Together they would look for snails and lady beetles for hours in the garden and we had every milk and yogurt container, tin can, match box, you name it filled with them (recycle recycle I say when you have kids).
We would then often sit down and draw them together until I got a sense for the style I was going to go with. Once I'd drawn the main elements such as the snails and the bugs I had fun playing around with them putting them into patterns and repeats. The colours took quite some time to decide, I wanted them to be easy to live with and harmonious so I went with a more muted, neutral colour palette with highlights of colours to add some funk.
A lot of the contemporary Australian fabrics I see (on Etsy for example), seem to have in common that the design is quirky, clean and almost graphic in design. Would you say your style is influenced by the place/country you live?
SC I think this particular style is influenced by the colour limitations of screen printing in small quantities, something a few of my fellow Australian designers seem to do. That's how I started myself before I was able to expand to commercial printing with 5 and 6 colours.
Living in Australia definitely influences my designing, I've always had a strong love and connection to the Australian landscape, heritage and culture, I studied Australian Aboriginal fibre arts at Uni. The colours here are so bright and intense and the landscape can be dramatic and there's abundant wild life, even in my backyard, so I draw inspiration from that.
Which (line of) fabric by another designer did you wish you had designed?
SC As a designer I am hoping to one day create a design which is as instantly recognisable as Orla Keily's work, her stem print is inspirational. I also think that Unikko for Marimekko is a design I would love to have created. It is timeless and works on any surface in any colour and in any scale. Also Florence Broadhurst, an Australian Designer from the 70's, had a team of designers who created really amazing wall papers and fabrics, she is a cultural icon here and her work so wonderful, you can still buy her papers from here.
What do you have in store for us this year?
SC I have a few more fabrics ranges coming out early this year. The first one is Magical Lands, a range which depicts my mental snap shots from around Australia and is due to arrive soon. Following that I have a range of fabrics called Imaginary Flower in plums and vanilla, which is sure to be a favourite of mine. Then we'll have some new softies and recolour the Beetle Bugs with orange (having a Dutch husband we love orange). Later on we will also be printing second colourways of Magical Lands and Imaginary flowers and maybe some new designs later in the year. So by June we should have about 40 new fabrics in total, better make some room in my studio!
I have also set myself the task of introducing a new product each month. Some ideas I am playing with is a collaboration for an embroidery pattern with yourself (ed. yes, working on that!), dress patterns, cushions, more downloadable paper designs, birthday card invites, the list goes on!
A busy year for little me.
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Thank you so much Saffron for answering my questions and donating some of those gorgeous Beetle Bug fabrics for this giveaway. If you want a chance to win a Beetle Bug FQ bundle leave a comment on this post and be sure to tell me what your favourite (or perhaps most feared) bug is (of the garden variety I mean)! On the 10th of February 14.00 Central European Time I will close comments and draw a winner shortly after. Be a snail and leave a trail (website/email), so I can find you back just in case you should win! You can check out all Saffron's available fabric ranges, quilt kits and patterns here.