Sunday, 28 April 2013

Summer Fabrics - Vegetables And Butterflies For Handmade Monday


Thank you to everyone who kindly left a comment about my garden themed fabrics last week, as always your feedback has been invaluable!

As you may have gathered from the image at the top of this post, as a continuation of the gardening theme, i have some vegetable fabrics to show you this week (there's also some 'real life' pictures from my butterfly meadow collection coming up too!)


Vegetable Fabric Designs

The first of my vege designs is the tomatoes at the top of this post - here's what a 22x18 inch peice of fabric would look like.



I have to say, i'm really pleased with how it turned out - i just love the cheery colours! :)

Next came the peas. I think that curly whirly pea shoots are one of the loveliest things on a vege patch - full of sculptural elegance...


... so i was excited to make them a feature of my pea fabric design.

This is an 8x8 inch swatch.


And here's what an 18x22 inch piece of fabric would look like.


You can find these along with the rest of my 'Gardener's World' Collection in my Spoonflower store. They will be available to buy from there on a range of fabrics in the next couple of weeks (if you'd like to be notified when they're available just let me know).

Exciting News! Spoonflower Does Gift Wrap!!

Before i tell you what i've been up to with my butterfly fabrics, i must let you know about the latest development at Spoonflower. As well as printing designs onto fabric, they have started to branch out into other areas... first it was wallpaper and decals and now gift wrap! I have made my designs for sale in all of these mediums - you can just select which you would like from the menu (let me know if you get stuck or have questions!)

I'm especially excited about the gift wrap option as i could see lots of my fabric designs working equally well as gift wrap. Its not cheap at $15 (£10 ish) a roll but its a great way to get something a bit different for special pressies, or even to use as paper for other craft projects.

Here's a mock up from Spoonflower using my white on pink watering can silhouette design... :)



Butterfly Meadow Fabric Update

When you upload a new design to Spoonflower you need to order a sample of the fabric before you can offer it for sale. When you have a lot of designs (as i now do!) the easiest way to do this is to order a swatch sampler of a whole collection which provides one large piece of fabric with an 8x8 inch swatch of each design.

I recently received the swatches of my butterfly meadow collection and i'm really pleased with how they turned out!

Here are the small prints...


And one close up.


And some of the large prints...


And one close up...


So far i've made this cute mini-bunting... 




...which i think would be perfect to decorate a bookcase or bed in a child's room.





I've still got quite a few swatches to use, including some from my birds of a feather collection too... i've a few ideas of what to do with them but any thoughts from you clever people on great makes using 8x8 inch swatches would be super useful! :)

Maybe i'll find some inspiration on this week's trip around all the wonderful crafty blogs over at Handmade Harbour's Handmade Monday - if you've never visited before, i highly recommend it! (be sure to visit the fabulous Planet Penny too if you're intrigued to know why i'm rushing out to buy some knitting needles this week!!)

Have a wonderful week all :) x

40 comments:

  1. The mini bunting is really cute - and such a good way of using small pieces of fabric.
    As someone who can't bear to throw anything out I am always looking for ideas too, I use some of my small pieces to make soft key fobs.

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    1. thank you!

      he he :) i know, you have to think creatively don't you... (your key fobs are sooo gorgeous i must say!) x

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  2. I love the tomatoe fabric and the large butterfly one. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for next week :-)

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  3. I love your designs and I'm also excited about the gift wrap idea on Spoonflower. Looking forward to seeing your knitting, lavender bags perhaps!?
    P x

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    1. thank you Penny!

      I have to say i'm very excited to have a go a knitting... it will be v interesting to see how i get on!! :)

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  4. The butterfly bunting looks really cute. I'm sure your designs will be really popular as gift wrap.

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  5. Loving the colours on the butterflies and love the gardening theme. How exciting that Spoonflower are doing giftwrap too!

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    1. thank you Wendy :)

      I know! I'm very excited about it! :)

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  6. Oh I so love the butterfly bunting, it's gorgeous. I like how the pea shoots are so twirly they look like the real thing. Can't wait for next weeks design. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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    1. aww thank you very much Ali! I'm so glad you like this week's creations :) x

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  7. I really love the butterfly fabric, the design and the colours. Congratulations on winning the book from Penny's blog! Looks like a new hobby beginning!

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    1. thank you very much Ali!

      I think it will be a new hobby... once i get the hang of it!! :)

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  8. Love love love the mini bunting - it's so cute! It must be so exciting seeing your designs on fabric :-) Simmi xx

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    1. thank you very much Simmi! Yes, it is really exciting :) x

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  9. I really love your designs. They are all so cheerful and colourful. The white background sets them all off perfectly. Congratulations on your win. I really hope that you do have time to fit it in!! ;)

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    1. thank you very much! I'm a big fan of colour on white :)

      He he :) so do i!! Where there's a will there's a way.. as they say :) x

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  10. I love the butterfly fabric and it looks really pretty as bunting. I'm sure all your fabrics would look lovely for appliquéd designs on all kinds of soft furnishings.

    Jan x

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  11. Hi. I feel the spirit of your new fabric designs. Strawberry is my favourite motif. Can't wait of your new idea.
    Best wishes.

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  12. Your work is so lovely and every week is such a great to see what you have created. The Spoonflower work sounds exciting. Hope you have a good week.

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    1. Aww thank you! I'm really glad you enjoy my posts :) x

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  13. The butterfly bunting is cute. Good luck with your gift wrapping designs xx

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  14. i look forward to seeing what designs you have come up with each week. The butterfly fabric looks adorable! x

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  15. I have to say, like everyone else, loving the mini bunting! I really like the strawberry fabric too :)

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    1. Thank you! He he :) do you mean the tomato fabric? :) x

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  16. The bunting looks great! I often use small pieces of fabric for pin cushions, even if the scrap is so small I need to make a mini patch work one. Soft key fobs sounds like a good idea too.

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    1. thank you!

      ooh yeah, i love the pin cushion idea :) x

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  17. Love the fabric! It's so cheerful!

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  18. Loving your fabric (and the mini bunting), I'm so glad that Handmade Monday has introduced me to your great blog, you've got so many lovely things on here so I'm off to explore a bit more.

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    1. aww thank you! I'm really glad you've enjoyed you visit! x

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  19. I adore all your designs. Maybe I should put away my knitting needles and start creating with fabric! You are so talented!

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    1. Aww thank you very much!!

      He he :) you should give it a go, its great fun :) x

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  20. The delicate fabrics really suit the bunting .. And I love the pea design with the curly tendrils.... Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.. Sue

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