I was very sad to see the end of Echino Bird Song (there is still a little bit left of the pink and purple in store). But then Etsuko Furuya comes up with another wonderful design like Wish. Here is a close up of one aspect of this print in the pink.
Like Bird Song this fabric has a panel like design and here it is in the green.
And you can do some really amazing things with it like complementary lightshades, here in the black.
So while it is sad to say goodbye to old favourites it is nice to know there are new fabrics just waiting to become new favourites.
There are some fabric designers whose work I absolutely love and I could be in danger of becoming a stalker. One such designer is Lotta Jansdotter. I love the simplicity and cleanness of her designs, they always appear so effortless. When I found out she had produced a range of fabrics with Wyndham I was the first in Australasia to place an order. And the first shipment drop has been received, other fabrics in her line are expected over the coming weeks.
And the reality lives up to all my expectations...
The fabric has also popped up in various patterns and I love this Go Anywhere Bag from Noodlehead.
I am also hoping that I may be able to reveal some big news soon, it is part of the reason why I have not been blogging as much - in addition to my new interest - Pinterest.
And no I didn't suddenly get lovely legs like the model on the pattern but I was pleased with the result and can see this pattern being something I would make again.
Before I talk about the pattern - I would just like to say the marks in the photo are not from a dirty wall or mirror but an old mirror in the bathroom - I do sometimes do housework!
The pattern went together well. I would make the placket slightly shorter (maybe an inch) there is slightly more cleavage than I would want showing in this top.
Also I would recommend you take your time with the bias binding on the neckline and buy a bias tape maker. I rushed mine because I could see the finish in sight and I could have done a better job.
The Nani Iro is a double gauze and is beautiful to wear and washes like a dream. I have used it before for a top for Miss M and it looks as good as when it was made :). The trick is to iron it before you sew as it can move on you when cutting. Plus if you make a mistake it is a pig to unpick, not that I would know :0).
The tickets to Handmade 2012 are on sale. Handmade is a festival of all things Handmade held in Wellington over the weekend of the 2-3 June. It includes Masterclasses, Lectures and Workshops across a range of the Handmade genre.
I was approached last year to see if I would take a workshop and chickened out. This year I am feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
The workshop I am running is called Appliqued and Embellished Wall Art and more details can be found here on the Handmade website
I don't know what my biggest fear is - that no one will sign up to do the workshop, or that people will! Breathe deep - homework, homework, homework.
Welcome to my blog. I am a mother of two teenagers and married to my high school sweet heart. I love crafting, sewing and making things. I love baking but dislike cooking (Luckily Steven is the most amazing cook). I have been fortunate to set up and run Stitchbird, my shop and love being able to work with fabrics and lovely crafty and handmade things every day.
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