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New Emma Hardicker Fabric - The Hydrangea Range

By Lauren Guthrie
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I’ve been a huge fan local Artist Emma Hardicker since before I opened the shop so I was really excited when a few years ago we started to stock her gorgeous fabrics. And now I’m even more excited to have her new range of the Hydrangea Print!

  

I love this print so much – in fact before the design made it to fabric it was originally two different art works that I also have up on my wall at home.

This one is Hydrangeas in Blue with a lovely navy coloured background and bright turquoise green leaves with subtle grey flowers heads.

And Hydrangea Print has a gorgeous yellowy leaf colour with soft biscuit beige flower heads.


Emma says,

“I have fond memories of Hydrangeas always being in the garden and always seeming to be in flower. To me they look very Japanese like little fans, which I wanted to capture in the design. The colours of Hydrangeas are beautiful and are offend tonal, white to light pinks, blues to purples and through the seasons the colour fades which I think adds to there beauty and interest."

"My colour pallet reflects these calm colours with a misty pink, dusky blue and finally a mole grey representing the end of the season, these colours will sit elegantly and work softly within your home - the perfect life for a room and bring a little outdoors in.”

All of Emma’s fabric are screen printed in the UK onto 100% cotton and are suitable for light upholstery – so cushion covers, bags, curtains, blinds, quilts, table runners and lampshades all work well.

The fabric width is 142cm/56” (printed area is 138cm/54.5”) and the pattern repeat is 69cm wide and 64cm height.

We have all three colour ways in stock now  - The Dusky Pink, Mole Grey, and Misty Blue. Just click on the highlighted text to see the fabric or you can browse them in the 'Just Arrived' Section of the shop. The fabric's are £48 per meter and are listed online to buy by the half meter. If you would prefer a specific amount you can give us a call to order over the phone (for example 70cm). 

I think the grey is my favourite! 

Special Liberty Sweatshirt Fabric and Cosy Jumpers

By Lauren Guthrie
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Today I’m really excited to be combining two of my favourite things – Liberty Fabric and cosy comfy jumpers!

There has been quite a few different sweatshirt/jumper patterns out over the past 6 months or so including the Grainline Linden, The Deer and Doe Ondee, The Sewaholic Fraser, The Seamwork Astoria and now back in print again, the Megan Neilsen Briar Sweater.

Regular readers might remember my Grainline Linden that I made last year – which I totally love and have worn to pieces!

Then, with some new Liberty Sweatshirt fabric on the horizon I wanted to check out the Briar – mostly because of its high rise curved hem version which I knew would cut above my bump meaning I wouldn’t need to make any adjustments – I just have to make sure I have a suitable long top for underneath! 

I made mine using the Murry Loopback Fleece fabric in the grey and orange colour way of the Jody Design. I really love this print, its got all that Liberty vibe about it without being too chintzy and the white background makes it really fresh as well.

 

If you haven’t come across ‘Murry Loopback Fleece’ before then it’s a bit like a terry loopback and put simply looks like regular sweatshirt fabric from the front and on the back has all these little loops. It’s made from 100% cotton and has a four way stretch.

Onto the pattern and as I mentioned I choose the high rise curved hem version of the Megan Neilsen Briar

......but there is also a longer version too – also with a curved dipped hem at the back. And you can also choose between short or long sleeves. (There is also a kids 'Mini Briar' Pattern! Cute!)

It is designed to be loose fitting and I choose the small size. I found that the sleeves came up pretty long so I did an extra deep hem (about 3cm) as I like the look of deep hems anyway. Also when you are using thicker fabric like this one its better to have a larger hem than normal to prevent it rolling back.

I also found that the sleeves were a bit baggy towards to bottom for me so I just put the sweatshirt on inside out and pinned it in a bit and re-stitched the seam. I would say it’s not worth adjusting what you cut out to account for this. Just follow the pattern and then try it on to see what its like. Things might vary depending on the fabric that you are using – and you might want them loose and baggy anyway.

If you fancy joining the Liberty Sweatshirt gang, then we have a special once off limited amount of some gorgeous Liberty sweatshirt prints.

Some are available to buy by the half meter (or your preferred amount over the phone or in store) and some are available to buy as a specific amount, for example 1.5m or 2m.

We've got the colourful Annas Garden Print in Linford Fleece (Now Sold Out)

The fresh and bright April Showers Print in Murry Loopback (Now Sold Out). 

The lovely pastal shades of the Garden Wonderland Print in Murry Loopback.

The bright and vibrant watercolour flowers of the Gleeson Print in Murry Loopback. 

The lovely deep colours of the classic Wiltshire Print in Linford Fleece (Now Sold Out). 

The pretty geometric Poppys Patchwork Print in Murry Loopback. 

And finally the lovely Jody print that I used for my jumper. 

Liberty Fleece normally sells for £39.95 but for this special collection of fabric we are selling it for just £24.50 a meter!

Just click on the highlighted text or the fabric image to see the listing for that fabric to add it to your basket. Or see the whole range together in the 'Just Arrived' Section.

New Fabrics - Cosy wools, fine needlecord, luxurious velveteens and printed jerseys!

By Lauren Guthrie
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After a few weeks break this month I've been catching up this week wanted to highlight some of the lovely new fabric arrivals that have come in recently. 

First up are these beautiful boiled wools. I'd been pondering over whether to get them in for a few weeks as their high wool content pushes them into the realm of a special buy, but now that there are here I absoloutly love them even more!

We've got a lovely range of different colours....Jade, Berry, Hemp, Lime, Mauve and Navy. They are 60% wool and 40% viscose (except the Navy - its 100% wool) and have a medium weight body to them with a slight stretch/give.

    

    

They are perfect for Capes (like the Liesl + Co Woodland Stroll Cape or the Papercut Milano Cape), skirts (a Named Nascha Skirt would be so cute) and I think a Papercut Waver jacket would be amazing! I really want to make one of them - I just need to find a little bit more tiime but I'm half thinking I might just lock myself away for a few days and do it! 

 

 

Ever since the new Colette Patterns Pheobe Dress came out at the end of last year and I saw their sample version in the rusty coloured needlecord I've really wanted one of these - to the point I'm trying to work out how to make a maternity version! 

We've had in some lovely lighterweight needle cords that would be perfect for the Pheobe...a Graphite, Peach, Rust and Mustard coloured one. 

 

 

The next set of fabrics I wanted to highlight - because the colours are so deep and luxurious are these Velveteens. Perfect for a pair of Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers, an Ultimate Pencil skirt or a Colette Ginger Skirt, we've got Plum, Pink and my fav...Petrol

  

These fabrics would also make beautiful cushions! (PS. I've got a tutorial planned for a few weeks on making a piped cushion cover)

Lastly we've had a few more popular Art Gallery Knits back in stock. If you are new to the Art Gallery jerseys then these are seriously just a dream to sew with! They are 95% cotton, 5% spandex and so so soft. I've made a PJ top out of one in the past and it is acutally the comfiest sleep wear I own, that said I've seen lots of people make it up into gorgeous day garments and it looks just as comfy! The Tilly and the Buttons Agnes would be perfect, like wise for the Colette Moneta or Wren. 

We've got a top up of the Gramercy Commute, Morning Walk Windswept Lota Sun, Priory Square Cloverfield and the really cute Buck Mist Forest

 

 

These would be perfect for a Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top (I especially like the Morning Walk one for that), or a Colette Moneta or Wren Dress

Lastly I wanted to give you a heads up about some Special Liberty Sweatshirt Fabric that will be arriving next week. They are mostly Murry Loopback Fleece (which is like a lighter weight sweatshirt fabric a bit like loopback terry) and there are a few Linford Fleeces too which have the cossy fluffy brushed back to them. 

These fabrics are a once off and we only have limited stock. They will all be available online (with some exclusive to online) and also in the shop. If you are a Liberty fan then get reay to grab them while they last. The release date is planned for Wednesday (3rd Feb) to coincide with a sweatshirt themed blog post!