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Amy Butler’s *New* Lotus Collection

I’m such an Amy Butler fan, she is the one designer that I’m longing to meet one day. I’d love to sit down with her, tour her studio, and just chat about her career and where on earth she finds the ideas behind her textiles, because with each season, her new fabrics are even stronger than the last. This is from the latest collection called Lotus. Aren’t these beautiful?

I can’t help but think that the fabric used for the apron below would make the most lovely curtains (center image)…

The shot of the quilt below reminds me, I have to show you the quilt I’m working on these days, don’t I? Winter put me in the mood to get back into quilting again, so I’ll post my latest creation tomorrow.

In the meantime, here’s some more eye candy from Ms. Amy…


A few of my favorite designs…


A stunning quilt…

(images from amy butler)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on January 17, 2007

Lily Yung of Tendril in Canada

Sit back and enjoy the works of Canadian artist Lily Yung of Tendril designs. If you plan to attend the Toronto Interior Design Show on 2/22-2/25, Tendril designs will be there on display for all to see. I’m so impressed by this lovely, innovative use of felt, and the tactile, organic beauty, wool loops and links intertwined with others, it’s gorgeous. I just want to touch it. If you don’t plan on attending the Toronto show, you can still view her work online. Homewares and jewelry in striking 3-D are shown, but her die cut wallhangings in felt are a favorite of mine. I spotted her work last night in the January issue of Canadian House + Home magazine. If you have that issue, you won’t want to put it down, it’s delish! They predict trends for 2007, from Moorish to Pastels, so I suggest you pick up your copy (I purchased mine at Barnes + Noble). Enjoy!

(images from lily yung)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on January 16, 2007

Creative Sunday: Paper Source How To Videos

Looking for something creative to do today? Check out the Paper Source How To Videos. You can watch them online and the instructor is darling, she’s like the art teacher that everyone loved from school or something. I love her laid back charm – she makes everything look so easy.


I really enjoyed the flower kit video because I have most of the supplies already, so this would be an easy and inexpensive project for me. I’m thinking these flowers would be adorable for a Spring ladies tea party, you could make mini flowers, tie them on ribbons, and wrap them around linen napkins, placing one on each plate. You could also create some pretty flower garlands to string around the backs of chairs or over the windows.

Paper Source has dozens of free instructional videos online – so enjoy!

Boston locals: Paper Source is located in Brookline, Boston, Cambridge, and Wellesley. They have fun workshops in their store locations. The Polaroid Transfer class on February 18th interests me…

(images from paper source)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, tips on January 14, 2007

Susan Stockwell + Studio Caparrelli {london}

See this photo (first image)? I had to share it because I really like the idea of creating a paper quilt. I started making fabric quilts in 1999, but never did I consider creating one out of paper. This image sent my idea gears spinning… (click on any of these images for a larger view.)


The talented artist behind these creations is Susan Stockwell of London (read her bio here). Susan works primarily with paper, from coffee filters to tea bags, and my favorite, maps. Her work is something to marvel, especially when you see how she’s created life size gowns from paper – like this Victoria dress formed by maps of the British Isles.



You can arrange to see her works at Studio Caparrelli in London. Have you ever visited this studio before? Thoughts? It looks like a great way to spend a day in London, to me…

Studio Caparrelli
69 Harrington Gardens
Suite 3, London SW7 4JZ
Tel +44 (0)20 73703850
Studio website

(images from susan stockwell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on January 12, 2007

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