Sunday, August 5, 2012

Surface Design

I love items that I can use to create new designs on fabric.
Markal and Shiva paintstiks are a great way to add to your fabric. These are oil paint in a stick. You need to wipe off the outer skin which forms when not in use then you can draw with them, use on stencils, brush them on etc, then leave to air dry for 3-6 days for the oil to evaporate and then you can wash them and iron them no problem. I prefer the irridescent ranges as they leave a wonderful metallic sheen on your fabric. Both ranges are NZ$15 each stik
I love to play with Transfer Paints but realise this is slightly contrary to normal patchwork sewing as you require polyester content fabric for the paints to work on. I have a 65/35 polyester cotton which is nice to work with and the paints transfer beautifully. I have the I Dye Poly range, the Polysol range and now we can offer the Crayola Fabric Crayons. The Crayloa Fabric Crayons are easy to work with, you can either draw onto paper and then iron onto your fabric or you can draw directly onto your fabric. Once you iron it the colours really become quite vibrant and much more colourful than un-ironed.There are 8 colours in a pack
I love playing with zips - these ones from Indygo Junction are great because you can use them with patchwork, wearables and jewellery.
These zips are 92cm (36") long and are NZ$4.40 each. Variety of colours available.

BigFork Bay Patterns

I love the BigFork Bay patchwork patterns. These new ones are no exception -
Check out these
Only NZ$24.50 each pattern. I love the flowers - the Poppy and the Bird of Paradise are so rich and lovely. Oh to find the time to make them.
I now have in some carry bags with William Morris designs on them. They are only NZ$17.50 each
Call in and check these out or email me

Fabulous Fabrics

There are some gorgeous patchwork fabrics available and some have arrived in store recently.
Spice Trail from Fabric Freedom is a lovely fabric in soft warm colours.
Don't they look lovely. These are NZ$26.50 per metre. A good border with the elephants and then the allover patterns and the blenders mean you can use all of these patterns together.
The other new fabrics from Fabric Freedom are bright and vibrant designs called Happy Harlequin NZ$26.50 per metre

I love these frresh and bright colours and patterns. I recently received Jane Sassaman's latest book in and it would be wonderful to use these fabric for the patterns in that book. They are simple patterns using squares, rectangles and some half square triangles but it is the fabric that makes the block and therefore the quilt. I have sold out of this book already but have more on order.
Call in and see these wonderful fabrics or order them online