Thanks to the wonderful Irene, I wrote about Umbrella Prints today over at Real Simple and was able to round up some of my favorite prints resulting in a visually inspiring post. You may see it here if you’d like.
And by the way, Happy Monday to you! I hope that your weekend was as wonderful as mine… I spent Friday shopping for Autumn clothes, Saturday with my family nearby in their charming little village in the country just southwest of here eating and catching up since our last visit, and yesterday I enjoyed time with my friends and then sushi and a movie with a really nice couple — they are newlyweds, she is from China and he is a friend of the family whom I’ve known for as long as I’ve known my husband (my husband use to hold him as a baby and now he is 23!). I love how international my new city is and all of the new friendships I’m forming, it’s fun to start anew like this and to come upon such an interesting medley of personalities, lifestyles and cultural backgrounds. :)
(images: umbrella prints)
I recently heard from a talented textile designer in Boston, Seema Krish, and had a first look at her newly launched website and felt excited to share her work here today. Seema translates traditional Indian techniques of applique, hand block printing and embroidery along with memories of her childhood into fabrics that are modern and lively — of course words cannot fully describe this sort of thing, one needs to see for themselves… So here, have a look… :)
I want these pillows above for my bedroom! So badly! If you’re familiar with Calvin Klein Home, Jack Lenor Larsen, Robert Allen and Donghia fabrics (RA and Donghia being two of my personal favorites of to-the-trade fabrics) you will be impressed to know that Seema has had her hand in designing for them in addition to her new line of textiles that I’m sure will be a hit. I personally love her pillow collection, especially in her anjeeri, sona, rani pink and peacock blues colors. Gorgeous, and of course I find that she’s used Hindi words to name the colors in her collection most fascinating… especially to learn what each of them means (learn here).
Psst: Have a glance at her blog, Textile Swatches, or perhaps spend an hour there (like I just did!). What an informative blog!
(images: seema krish textiles)
I promised a little glimpse of the fabric market that I attended in my new city last Saturday, the same day that I also hit the flea market just around the corner and scored a new dresser and a doily glass platter. I had such a great time and found some beautiful fabrics and notions, but most importantly, I found a ton of new brands and interesting ideas and inspiration… and noticed that Germans are big on iron on decals! I found so many deer, mushrooms, you name it — all silhouette style in funky patterns and colors meant to iron on to skirts and bags, etc. And I spotted a vendor who sold all of the fabrics from the Tone Finnager, Tildas Hus line. Really sweet stuff! This market catered to both the fashion and craft crowd, so you found little old ladies shopping next to the girls that you know make most of what they have on.
The market visits here 4 times each year, it will return again November 7th. It tours all around the country, the organizer, Stoffmarkt Holland, is from Holland and so a bunch of the vendors are Dutch and then of course, you have several German online shops selling there as well. I still haven’t spotted any Amy Butler or Heather Bailey fabrics, nothing familiar to me really — but I found so many great ones that were completely new that I didn’t walk away disappointed or empty handed! It was also very hard to not walk away feeling inspired.
And well… I guess I have to say a little something negative about this market. Nothing is vintage! Boo! I wish so badly that some stylish new vendor would join the crew and sell vintage textiles, I would love nothing more! And they reallllly needed an Indian fabric dealer. And a Japanese vendor with fabrics from Japan. THEN this would have been the perfect event. But I still loved it, but you know, I’m picky and always thinking of ways to improve everything I see… I’m sure you’re the same way! Oh and I would have died and gone to heaven if they had a crafts book dealer, oh my! But they did sell a few books and such here and there, but still…
Please excuse my photographs, they were not taken with the greatest care or concentration. The market was nuts, at least at the booths where I wanted to take close ups of the fabric, so my arms were constantly being knocked and my bag was getting bumped – so hard to keep a still photo. I was also the ONLY one there with a camera so I had to be discreet, I didn’t want to have to explain to everyone what I was doing photographing their booths. :) But no one seemed to care and so in the end it all worked out. But man, it’s so uncomfortable playing journalist sometimes, especially when I’m not fluently able to explain myself! I hope the photographs do this lovely market justice. It was very large, I’d say 100+ vendors maybe? Definitely worth attending one if you’re ever visiting Germany — just look on the stoffmarkt website to see the schedule and try to fit one in to your vacation!
Here is a glimpse of some of my loot:
Do they even have these markets in the states? Or in your country? I don’t ever remember seeing one over there and I lived in the south and New England and never came across anything like it. Maybe this is just a European thing. Could be a good business idea, huh? I think someone over there should start a traveling fabric market! :)
(images: holly becker for decor8)
I recently had a chat with talented Tanya Whelan of Grand Revival Designs, a designer of fabric and sewing patterns living in Belgium, about her new collection of fabric due out this Fall from Free Spirit. After catching a peek I couldn’t help but fall in love. And so here I am, sharing a glimpse of what Tanya has in store for us. She was so nice to send in such wonderful photos (most just shot over the weekend) to share on decor8 today. This new colorful line is called Dolce and you can watch her blog or the Fat Quarter Shop for updates on the exact launch date in both the U.S. and abroad.
Thank you Tanya for sharing these views today!
Psst: You can also send an email to kimberly AT fatquartershop DOT com to receive notification when these fabrics become available to purchase.
(images: Tanya Whelan)