Oh Mister Nutkin times two. Andrea Zuill at Badbirds Designs brings you the Nutkin twins…..which is the evil twin and which is the angelic twin? I have the feeling we will never know unless they stop looking at one another out of the corners of their eyes, turn around and duke it out with their furry little mitts! Or maybe they just want to get together and bake a springtime yellow cake. At any rate, these squirrels would be adorable embroidered on just about anything…..pajamas, a child’s top, an apron, or tea towels. All you need is the ability to form a simple chain stitch, and a smidgen of patience.
Mashia made this stunning fitted dress from an Italian wool and polyamide from Britex Fabric’s first floor. The dress is lined in red, picking up the tiny bright specks in the evergreen wool fabric. She self-drafted it from a dress that fit her particularly well (but usually works from Burda or Vogue patterns.) We love this sheath dresses ¾ length sleeves, glamorous fit, and the insolent way Mashia has accessorized it with a violet braided belt and rayon scarf.
I long to make a pair of pajamas in this paisley Liberty of London print! I’d make a long sleeve pajama shirt with a button front and mother-of-pearl buttons, banded flap pocket, and banded sleeve cuffs, and drawstring pants. Then I’d lounge about reading “Cleopatra: A Biography”, by Duane Roller, nibbling on flat bread wrapped around feta cheese and mint leaves, and drinking sweet hot tea that I’ve brewed in my brass samovar, with the sun streaming in like honey over my bare feet.
Audrey sent us pictures of three elegant platinum silk dragonfly pillows her mother made for her, from a two yard piece that she bought on Britex’s remnant floor. She said, “They are very simple, easy-to-make items. They go perfectly with my linen covered couch.” We love how the pillow’s smooth texture complements the rougher texture of the linen couch!
Britex loves smocking! Along with other fascinating home-maker’s arts, heirloom sewing techniques are making a resurgence. This sewing technique involves making simple tucks to pleat fabric. More complicated smocking patterns include the introduction of scattered embroidered motifs using feather, honeycomb, wave, or diamond stitches. Vogue has several children’s smocking patterns for dresses, shirts and short overalls. Liberty of London cotton is ideal for this easy to learn heirloom sewing technique. Its soft drapability lends itself to the fine gathers that are characteristic of smocking. I can imagine a certain vivacious red-headed sprite swinging from tree branches, while wearing a smocked dress made out of this navy blue Liberty of London print!
“Oh little playmate,
Come out and play with me,
And bring your dollies three,
Climb up my apple tree,
Slide down my rainbow,
Into my cellar door,
And we’ll be jolly friends,
Forever more, more, more!”
The new Liberty of London is finally here! We have 32 bolts on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor. I’ve been told they will be ready by this weekend. There are several patterns that I am swooning to make into spring pajamas with contrasting collar and cuff piping.
A tiny tawny mouse whispered into my dozing ear that Britex Fabrics will be getting a new shipment of Liberty of London cotton lawn in the next week! Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. In 1975 Liberty celebrated its centenary, which was heralded by a major exhibition at the esteemed Victoria and Albert Museum. Direct from England, Liberty is taking the U.S. by storm! I yearn for a standing collar fitted shirt, with wide French cuffs made of this spectacularly soft cotton fabric in a peacock feathered print.
CRAFT BAR with ETSY LABS @ MOCFA SF, Thursday April 1, 6-8pm. Students FREE!
Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at MOCFA continues! Join crafter extraordinaire Katy Kristin as she teaches you how to take old sweaters and turn them into cute and cuddly plushies or upcycled cup cozies with sweaters donated by Crossroads Trading Co.! April’s CRAFT BAR is free for students, and will feature live music from local favorite Allie Simpson. Not feeling the plushitude? Join Amelia Strader and Marita Klements in the stitch-n-bitch area for free-form knitting or crocheting with yarn donated by Simplicity. Take inspiration from the gallery and the store while you explore the creative process, socialize, and enjoy refreshments from Trumer Pils. Fee is $5 (for non-students) which includes one free beer, admission to the gallery, and all materials.