Monday 3 September 2012

Amy Butler Cameo Fabrics

The latest fabric range from Amy Butler, Cameo, is now available on our website. Cameo is a whimsical collection of story rich prints that capture the romance of an imagined discovery of best loved fabrics and memorabilia from a family's treasured history. Generations of charming prints mingle together creating a fanciful portrait with a warm hearted, quirky narrative.There are 3 fat quarter packs of Amy's Cameo fabrics plus 24 fabrics by the metre. Below you can see some lovely shots from Amy Butler's Studio of different projects made with the Cameo Fabrics

Cameo Fabrics and Quilt from Amy Butler

Thursday 2 August 2012

Kaffe Fassett Dreaming in Colour

We will also be launching at the Festival of Quilts Kaffe Fassett's much anticipated Autobiography. Kaffe will be on our stand A24 and will be signing copies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You can pre-order a copy of the book now on our website and we will send it out after the book is launched on the 16th August.We also have a combined book offer with Kaffe Quilts Again with a £4 saving on the RRP of the 2 books.

Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Colour. An intimate, photo-filled look at the fascinating life and creative output of a renowned artist and designer.

Kaffe Fassett has led an extraordinary life and is a captivating storyteller with a vivid memory. Born in 1937 in San Francisco, he spent much of his youth in Big Sur, where his parents bought a log cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place of artists of all sorts (Kaffe has many stories to tell about mingling with the likes of Olivia de Havilland, Elizabeth Taylor, and Henry Miller). After attending a boarding school run by the disciples of Krishunamurti, an Indian guru, he studied painting on scholarship at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but left after less than one year and traveled to England, where he ultimately made his home.

After struggling to make a living as a fine artist for several years, Fassett met the fashion designer Bill Gibb and began designing knitwear for his collection. He went on to design knitwear for Missoni and for private clients like Lauren Bacall, Shirley MacLaine, and Barbra Streisand, and to revolutionise the hand knitting world with his explosive use of color. Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rug-making, yarn and fabric design, set design and quilting. Now in his 70s, Fassett continues to produce new work in his studio in London and to travel worldwide to teach and lecture. This intimate autobiography is lavishly filled with Fassett's amazing stories about his bohemian childhood, his hard-earned rise to fame, and all of his creative pursuits. It includes photos of him throughout his life (including his stint as a model in Paris), his home (which is an artwork in itself), his work (everything from childhood drawings to pencil sketches, to oil paintings, to massive tapestries and set designs, to hand knits and quilts) as well as the people and places around the world that have inspired him.

Kaffe Fassett Dreaming in Colour

Kaffe Quilts Again

Kaffe Fassett's latest project book for Rowan, Kaffe Quilts Again, is being launched by Kaffe on the The Cotton Patch stand (A24) at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC on the 16th of August. You can pre-order copies of Kaffe Quilts Again (4953) on our website now and we will send a copy out to you after the book has been launched.

Photographed in the small rural village in Bulgaria, its natural, unspoiled beauty makes the perfect backdrop for this scintillating collection of favourite quilts by Kaffe and his designers, recreated in the new Rowan fabrics. Kaffe and his team of designers explain how they have gone about the task of recreating them, in some cases changing the colour palette completely.

The new fabrics inspired him to look again at some of his original favourite designs. For example, the new woven striped fabrics from India and Kaffe's own printed Marquee Stripes made it a must to create two new version Chevron quilt (from Quilt Road), each very different. One is in earthy woven stripes, the other in sizzling Marquee stripes, illustrating how colour can change the mood of a

Add to the mix of new fabrics Philip Jacob's sublime florals and Brandon Mably's quirky designs, plus new colourways of firm favourites and shot cottons, and quilt designers are spoilt for choice.

The quilt instructions in this book are simple and clear: a sumptuous flat shot photo of the finished project, an ingredients list of the materials needed full written instructions, with useful tips, and illustrated with coloured diagrams, and all the templates.rated colour in deep earthy tones. In the Designer Profile, Kaffe explains how he creates his quilts, a fascinating insight into a genius at work.

Kaffe Quilts Again
Kaffe Quilts Again

Carnival S Block Quilt

Dotty All Season Garden

Sunshine Stars Quilt

Summer Chelsea Quilt

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Curious Nature by Parson Gray

Curious Nature is a range of fabrics from Free Spirit designed by David Butler under his Parson Gray design house. It weaves together a balance of sophisticated hand-drawn patterns inspired by Japanese indigo and mid-century fine art. The palette is grounded in richly muted nature tones evoking clear night skies, deep forest & dark ocean balanced by bone ivory & oyster grays. We have a quilt kit, three fat quarter packs and 24 fabrics by the metre.

K5650, Curious Nature Quilt Kit

Monday 28 May 2012

By the seaside, by the sea fabrics

Q5442 By The Sea Fat Quarter Pack

Benartex’s By the Sea fabric group wisks you off to that well-earned seaside holiday! This classic group has a handsome patchwork with scenes of sailboats, lighthouses, seagulls and more. The coordinates have seashells, ropes, nets, stars and a classy stripe to match

New Batik Fabrics

The weather has been glorious over the UK for the past few days and we have some fantastic batik fabrics to match the mood. Over twenty new batiks as well as three fat quarter packs. 


Sunset Batiks Fat Quarter Pack

Tuesday 24 April 2012

October Skies Fabrics by Verna Mosquera

Verna Mosquera's October Skies fabrics feature a fresh color scheme derived from such things as Cinderella pumpkins, pepper berries, fallen leaves, acorns, butternut squash, dried wisteria, rose blooms and California sunsets. The vintage floral prints are brought to life when combined in this very unique color scheme.

October Skies fabrics by Verna Mosquera

Monday 23 April 2012

Moda Fabrics

We have a number of new Moda Fabric ranges in with a wide variety of styles. Rouenneries Deux is by French General and follows on from the popular Rouenneries range. There are ten fabrics by the metre as well as a fat quarter pack charm pack, layer cake and jelly roll.

Moda Fabrics

A Walk in the Woods is by Aneela Hoey and features Little Red Riding Hood and her sweet little crafty fox friend and discover enchanting little mushrooms and singing blue birds along the way. This charming collection with a sweet storybook feel in candy colors is perfect to put a little spring into sewing projects!

A Walk in the Woods Fabrics from Moda

Hello Luscious by Basic Grey is decadently delightful, completely divine line of brilliantly bright, temptingly cute fabric designs. Stylishly provocative. Charming and disarming. Nothing but yum.

We also have a constantly changing number of Moda pre-cut packs Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charm Packs. Or we have some basic Moda ranges of Moda Marbles, Modascapes and Moda Grunge

Tuesday 17 April 2012

Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper

Transfer Artist Paper or TAP from C&T Publications is a fantastic media for transfering your images onto virtually any surface. Transfer your imagination into art with TAP, a premium-quality transfer paper that allows you to transfer images to virtually any surface with the heat of an iron. Have more fun with fabric, paper, wood, glass, metal, and more!

Lesley Riley's Transfer Artist Paper

Inkjet print, paint, stamp, or draw images on to TAP

5 Iron-on Image Transfer Sheets • 8.5" x 11"

Iron on to your surface
Transferred images are crisp and colorfast
Washable and crack-resistant on fabric
Overlap transferred images for a layered or collaged look
Silicone Release Paper sample sheet included
Complete instructions inside the package.

For greater detail on the type of fantastic project that  you can create then look at
Create with Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley (ref 4896). Lesley is one of the inventors of TAP and is an unparalleled expert on how to use it for maximum creative effect. She'll teach you how to create unique fabric images from photographs that stay vibrant and colorfast, even after washing. You can use her photo transfer methods to quickly create your own masterpieces, using just your inkjet printer and basic art supplies.

Create with Transfer Artist Paper

Hoffman Bali Pops

Hoffman Bali Pops contain 40 lovely Hoffman Batik prints cut to 2 1/22 strips. So they are are similar in format to Moda's Jelly Rolls. We have six new Bali Pops to choose from Cherry, Blueberry, Water Melon, Key Lime, Plum Pudding and Coconut.

Hoffman Bali Pops: Batik Fabrics