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Flowie {fabric + such}

I saw this fabric over at Flowie and had to blog it since so many emails arrive asking me for leads on quality fabric that is modern, inexpensive, and not “for the trade only”. Flowie is a collection of products ranging from napkins to bags (love the patterns, don’t you?), but there’s also a section on the site where a small collection of hand screen printed fabrics is offered that you can purchased for $29 USD per yard. Yippie!

Thank you so much Sarah for sending me this link, reader Sarah found this on d*s today and sent me over to check it out. Flowie appears to be a brand new shop, so support small biz and view her wares here.

TIP: I’d love to use Gerrie (yellow) in a simple way, cut into a square or rectangle, hem 3 sides, sew a rod pocket on the top, and slip it onto a lovely slim tree branch collected from outside and mount on the wall over your bed. I think it would look great for under $30, adding both pattern and something from the natural world to your sleeping space. I’m a bit of a nature freak, but if you’re not into tree branches, you can use wire or simple pins for a more relaxed look.

Thanks Sarah for the tip, and best wishes on your new shop Yaling!

(images from flowie)

Posted in diy, textiles on December 13, 2007

decor8 Discount: Purl Save 10%

Still looking for more drop dead gorgeous fabrics for decorating your home? No problem. Our friends at Purl have stopped by to offer decor8 readers a 10% discount valid until 12.13.07. Fill your shopping cart and enter decor (no 8) when you check out to receive your insta-savings! Thank you so much Purl – we love ya!

Looking for inspiration? Examples of Purl textiles in use here at Oh Joy!

(images from purl soho)

Posted in discounts, textiles on December 05, 2007

decor8 Discount: Contemporary Cloth Save 25%

All you sewers out there will *heart* this offer from Contemporary Cloth. But first let me start by stating how typing out that word, sewer, sends chills right through my body because it looks on paper like the same word that has to do with a conduit carrying off waste products. I’d like to skip using the word altogether and go with seamstress, but since most of you aren’t making your living through sewing, it wouldn’t be the best choice either. Perhaps I should just address you all as Sew Queens. Yes, much better.

(But really, isn’t sewer such an ugly word on paper?) So for all of you SQ’s out there listen up, if you need fabric for projects this is the best time to scoop up and save big over at Contemporary Cloth. They are offering decor8 readers 25%* off until December 12 simply by entering the code decor8 upon checkout. I’m thrilled because I see lots of things that are so affordable, like Katie Jump Rope, Chocolate Lollipop, Kaffe Fassett, and Henry Road remnant packs to name a few.

By the way, have your ever done a keyword search on Flickr? I’m sure you have, it’s so amazing what you can find sometimes. Try Kaffe Fassett for instance. There are so many out there who use his fabric to create some of the most beautiful things, it’s inspiring to see his patterns used in such creative ways.

*Fiberartist’s works are 10% off, everything else is 25%.

Psst: With every order placed, Contemporary Cloth donates 1% of their net sales to St. Herman’s House of Hospitality.

(images from contemporary cloth)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, discounts, textiles on December 05, 2007

Never In My Wildest Dreams…

Thank you Maryam. Thank you beyond words really. You see readers, Ms. Marrakesh fulfilled a dream of mine today, one that I’ve had for eons, to own a genuine vintage Moroccan wedding quilt. It’s something I’ve wanted for so long now that I stopped searching because everywhere I looked, I couldn’t find one that spoke to me or my wallet. Over the past few years, I’ve been scouting for them, but those I found exceeded my budget and reached up into the thousand dollar range, and that my friends is a bit over the top, even for a dream item. It’s hardly a need, it’s not that practical – like say a car or a vespa. It’s a blanket. But not just any blanket.

A very happy guest bedroom.

And though the last thing I need is another textile in my home, the very one I’ve wanted was the very blanket I couldn’t have. Until today.

I owe Maryam a huge hug for bringing this with her on a recent trip to Boston, she was here and I was in Germany so sadly, I couldn’t meet her. But she left something very special behind with her family (they live outside of the city) and they kindly shipped it to me. Here’s a glimpse of it freshly unpacked and resting on the bed above. It looks exhausted, it must have traveled many miles to meet me. So while it relaxes there in our guest bedroom, I’m pondering next steps. Where will I display this beauty, the blanket that makes beautiful music when you shake it just a little as it sparkles in the sun? I must treat something like this with such care. If I ever have children or pets, all will know to respect the holy sparkle blanket from Marrakesh.

Thank you again Maryam. So, so much. If anyone is interested in a owning a blanket like this one, she may carry them in her future shop. Until then, if you know of a resource, kindly comment below. Maybe you’ll fulfill the dream of another reader.

UPDATE: If you would like one, Maryam said that she has 10 in stock. You can email her to place your order at maryam AT

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in bedroom, shopping, textiles, travel on December 04, 2007


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