Buzz Buzz Buzz is one of my favorite childhood books, written by Byron Barton, and appropriately speaks of my tendency to stay as busy as a bee. Most recently, I've been busy at the indigo vat. I've just listed some beautiful indigo offerings in the shop. Whether you're sewing a special garment or quilt, sprucing up your home, or knitting up a gift for someone you love, my goal is to provide the best quality hand dyed materials for your enjoyment.
Indigo is my favorite of all natural dyes. In fact, as I'm typing this post, my fingers are tipped in blue. In addition to Indigo's intriguing history, I enjoy the slow preparation of the vat, the slow preparation of the fabrics and the slow process of dipping and waiting, dipping and waiting, dipping and - yes, you understand. Waiting. It's in the waiting that ideas become reality. A symphony of blues hang on the line. Each piece of cloth is unique, and has its own potential. If you haven't tried stitching or knitting indigo, treat yourself! You're worth it. Indigo is worth it.
Karen Lewis Textiles
Check out these cheerful screen printed FQ's directly from the hugely talented, witty and warm, Karen Lewis! You may already know Karen's Blueberry Park collection for Robert Kaufman, as well as her dreamy retreat center, The Thread House. Karen and I recently did a fabric swap. I sent her natural hand-dyed organic poplins and she sent me her fabulous screen prints on Kona cottons.
So. Much. Fun!
Karen's color genius currently sits on my work table, beckoning me to put it to good use. On Instagram, I've seen Karen's fabrics effectively paired with Liberty fabrics, and I've seen the magic Karen swiftly worked pairing her fabrics with mine, which can be seen on her Instagram feed. Too many ideas swimming in my head! Stay tuned. It can only be good!
If you're not yet familiar Karen and her textiles, here's a little intro directly from her website:
Welcome to my shop where you can purchase my hand screen printed fabrics, sign up to my bi-monthly fabric club, purchase my book, Screen printing at Home or come take a class with me!
I am based on the edge of Leeds, Yorkshire, where I spend my days printing, quilting and designing new fabric collections for Robert Kaufman.
I love travelling and go all over the world teaching printing and quilting so please do ask if you would like me to come over your way!
When I am not working I am usually rambling around our local countryside with our scrumptious puppy Scout and any of my 3 (almost) grown up children and hubby.
Enjoy perusing my shop and thanks for visiting! If you don't see what you want just drop me a line and ask as I take commissions in both fabric printing and quilting.
Remember to download my FREE Striped Octagon EPP template located in the right side bar, and dive in to some excellent summertime hand work. Also, download my FREE Gingham For Giants quilt pattern (crib, throw, queen) and stitch up a quick baby gift or new bed quilt. It's charm friendly and fast! Stitch something you love!
I'm working on some new offerings for the shop, including finished quilts for sale, and some exciting new pre-cut bundles. Busy as a bee. Until next time, happy stitching!