Somerset Blooms

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July was a busy month with getting ready for the Walthamstow Garden Party and then the end of term and the various events that are held. I had hoped once that was finished I would have more time for some Craftee Fox admin and marketing but I got caught up in making clothes and that hasn’t happened! Part of this admin was to write a blog about my latest design,  so better late than never.

Somerset Blooms is a collaboration between my Mum and me, although a collab is probably over stating it a bit as my Mum had already painted the four watercolour pictures and I asked if I could use them. There is chatter of her painting some more for future designs.

So I took the four paintings, played with them in the computer and then had them printed on fabric. I love the way they have come out and intend to play with them some more for other items.  I already have a pattern ready to make this into a dress for my daughter, which I’m very excited about – the thought of her wearing a dress made by me with her Grandmother’s painting on. And it’s called Somerset Blooms as Somerset is my Mum’s (and my maiden) surname.

 

 

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Flip flops for summer

Last month I launched my latest design and it’s all because of a pair of flip flops. These flip flops in fact

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These are my daughter’s flip flops and while we were on holiday last year I drew them and added other flip flops.

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This year I worked them into a design on the computer and now have flip flop fabric and am making it into lots of items. Its different to my other fabrics – and not a flower in sight – but it does have similar strong colours. I made a complementary fabric for linings and after a mistake in the size of my image now have flip flops in two different sizes. The larger size is good for bags.

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A trio of pouches which are perfect for pens, glasses or even sanitary items.

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Funky lavender bags

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A swim/ PE bag and a tote bag made from the larger flop flop print

The make-up bags have beads added to the zip pull and I’ve printed the image into the price tag

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A sunhat and hair bow

And finally (enough of flip flops?) A6 plain notebooks and for these I made a dark blue design. I am soon going to add two more colours to range.

So there we have it. The new range to get you into the mood for summer!

Lavender

Last week I had a market in Walthamstow with E17 Designers and was able to have my new lavender range for sale for the first time. This range started off as an idea last summer when our lavender plant was in full flower and I decided to harvest it for lavender bags. I waited a bit because the bees were loving, then cut it.

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I then thought how lovely it would be if the lavender bags were made from fabric that looked liked lavender and started to draw lavender. It gradually developed into a design which I have since turned into a screen for screenprinting, made a linocut and had printed onto fabric and notebooks. I now have a lavender range and will continue to work with it, including new colours. They make great gifts as individual items or a few together can be given as a gift set. Light, fresh and the bags smell divine.

 

 

Chives

Last year I did a short course at City Lit called ‘Textile and surface pattern’. It really challenged me as it involved some drawing, something I didn’t think I could really do. I still can’t draw well but it made me realise something I was beginning to grasp already, that I don’t need to be able to draw portraits or be a fine artist to be able to draw patterns. During this course I drew a chive flower. After the course I developed this pattern while using Adobe Illustrator – a computer programme I knew nothing about.

Fast forward 8 months and just before Christmas I had my second lot of fabric printed. The first lot didn’t come out as I thought it would and after a three day Illustrator course,  I finally printed something I was happy with. Unfortunately the fabric got lost in the post and I didn’t manage to make what I wanted in time for Christmas markets,  so I have finally managed it. A start of a range of products, which even includes notebooks!

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Valentines day and cards

 

Just 10 days away from Valentines Day and for the first year I have joined in the fun with designing a matching card and lavender bag. I first designed the ‘I ♡’ for a tote bag to be sold locally.  I then designed a ‘U’ and when screen printing left off the name of the place. When printing into the organic cotton I printed the heart on one side and on the other a screen printed design of lavender that I have made to make a range of products. Nowhere does it say that it’s for Valentines day only so they can be sent all year round, just to tell someone you love them. Oh, and the lavender is from Yorkshire. I had no idea that Yorkshire had such a lot of lavender!

 

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Printing fun

The handprinting continues with a bit of combining of the linocut print and the screenprint. I’ve done this in two different  colourways and will be adding more.

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To add to the handprinted items are some tote bags (screenprinted) with pretty linings (shop bought), complete with an inner zip pocket. I took one of these on holiday and found it so useful!

Finally, I’ve been having fun with pretty fabrics to make girl’s hair accessories (headband, bow and elastics) and a summer dress for my daughter.IMG_1500240954689Studio_20170628_182551

Now that the summer holidays are coming to an end it back to thinking about markets and get stock ready for Christmas! It always seems a long way off but comes around too quickly!