April 5, 2011

Venturing into Fabric Sales

Thank you for your kind emails and comments about my kid’s apron fabrics yesterday – I’m very humbled.

I’ve never done this before – selling my fabrics directly I mean, or having an online shop. Normally I sell my designs as designs, directly to manufacturers and off they go, hardly ever to be seen again – well they are probably seen somewhere in the world in some format or other.

Anyway, time to dive into something new, so here goes with the some other DesignCrafty Kitchen fabrics…

I love the way these have turned out.  Simple line drawings of my kitchen utensils in restrained tones of indigo, denim, azure and duck-egg blue teamed with chalky whites and charcoal. All beautifully printed on crisp cotton-linen canvas.

My kitchen is cheering for some special home-made tea-towels, place mats, oven gloves, pot-holders, aprons, kitchen blinds (!!)….or maybe a simple cookbook cover (thanks Rach, great idea!)

In the meantime, these four fat-quarters are available from my Felt shop and also directly from Spoonflower.

Any feedback, comments, and helpful hints would be much appreciated – ‘cos really I have no idea what’s gonna happen.

Stay tuned though – later on in the week there’s gonna be a little ‘Apples’ reveal day!

April 4, 2011

Kids’ Apron fabrics

….have arrived –  hooray!

Freshly printed with my original design which features a cast of helpful cooking friends in two colour stories..

…’rainbow brights’….



…or ‘Pretty in Pink’…..


Each apron just needs cutting out, hemming and the ties stitched on (you’ll need to get 1.5m of 2/3cm wide woven tape for the ties – sorry I couldn’t quite fit them on)

There is a sew-on pocket too which has space for you to embroider your child’s name on it.

The finished apron measures approximately 55cm long by 36cm at its widest point so it will fit a child aged 3/4 years old and up to about 6/7 yrs depending on child’s height of course. The fabric is a lovely Organic cotton sateen – drapey and glossy. Cool machine wash with phosphate-free detergent. 

These two will very soon be available as sewing kits from my new felt.co.nz shop.

You can also order the fabric directly from my spoonflower marketplace shop  (you’ll need 1.5m woven tape for the waist and neck ties, a sewing machine, an iron, a sewing kit and thread to complete this project.) Full instructions are printed on the fabric. If you are going to order from Spoonflower, please make sure you choose 1/4 yard of Organic cotton Sateen fabric – it will not fit one any other fabric quality.


Tomorrow I will show you my other kitchen crafty fabrics. Happy Monday!

March 23, 2011

Kitchen Crafty – progress report

Morning.  Just wanted to let you know that some of the kitchen crafty fabrics are on their way so you won’t have to wait too much longer to see them.

Because I’m  in the trial stages, the project is evolving along three different directions. One surprising off-shoot emerging is…..

Kids Kitchen Crafty!

I’m always really inspired by how all three of our kids like to cook – more specifically, how they love to bake. A few years ago, their lovely grandma gave them one of these each for Christmas. Aren’t they great? They have little tummy buttons, bottoms, hands and feet.

So I did a bit of doodling and came up with a whole cast of cooking friends – here are some of them.

And some fun combinations colours too…. 

These are now being printed into what I hope will work out to be kids’ apron sewing kits – it’s very exciting. Have a great day!

March 18, 2011

Nelson Neighbours

I’d like to share a little bit of my beautiful neighbourhood with you. Here in Nelson we are very lucky to be in the company of some very creative and artistic people – this place seems to attract and pour out ‘creativeness’.

So I plan to regularly introduce you to some of my arty and crafty neighbours….

First up is one of my favourite local painters Lory Davis, who works on her beautiful, colourful and vibrant works from her studio on Nile St.

As well as capturing the amazing colours and sights of New Zealand, there’s a lot of pattern in her work too. My heart smiles every time I see one of her pieces.

Click for a larger picture   


You can find out a bit more about Lori on her website: http://www.loridavis.co.nz/

Images used with kind permission. All copyright of these three images belongs to Lori Davis.

March 17, 2011

More Pink Patchwork Fabrics

I’ve added another cheater cloth -its a bit like a nine-patch quilting project -only you don’t have to measure, cut and sew all those squares together.

And there’s some new separate co-ordinating fabrics to go with it too….

All available at Spoonflower….check it out.

The blue colourway of the 9 patch cheater cloth is on its way soon too – I’m just waiting to aprove my sample before putting it on the marketplace.

March 4, 2011

Personalised Textile Design Service

…will be available very soon from Design Crafty!

Turn your drawings, doodles, paintings, collages or photos into a repeating pattern for textile printing and other crafty projects.  You could use your kids’ beautiful art too.

More details soon.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Amended – 17th March 2011. Apologies for the delay of further details. Quite a big commercial project landed in my email recently so I need to pop the custom prints launch on the back burner for a little longer. I promise to be back soon though.

March 1, 2011

Purple Cake Day

All things cake and purple today; which can’t be bad. If you would like to know more about this very worthwhile day, go here….. Donated funds will go to help rebuild children’s lives following the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and also very recently in Christchurch.

Last night I baked quite a few cupcakes – my daughter iced and decorated them and took them off for a sale at school.

This morning I was inspired to dig out some purple stash and make these fat-free, no sugar, zero calorie purple cake badges to help with the fundraising at kindy.

Our thoughts, love and good wishes are with all those who are grieving and hurting.

February 21, 2011

Kitchen Crafty

New designs slowly evolving this week – from ‘brainwave moments’ in the garden and at the kitchen sink, to brainstorming in my sketchbook.

At the moment I’m calling this project Kitchen Crafty; not because I’m cooking up a storm in the kitchen (I very rarely do that!), but because I have some kitchen fabric things going on in my head.

Here is the beginning of the story…

I was sitting under an apple tree when an apple fell on my head…hee, hee… only kidding! Actually I was mowing the lawn and admiring all this fruit  – we’ve only just finished two months of plums and now there are apples, pears and a bit later on some kiwifruit on the way!

Later, when some of the heavy garden chores were done and the kids had gone to bed, I treated myself to an hour of sketchbook therapy….

The next day, I even got a tiny bit inspired by the washing up!

Ok, that’s enough domestic bliss for a while. I promise to share the ending of this story when I get there. Have a great week!

February 17, 2011

This Week I’m working on…

…colouring up my new design collection called ‘Gentle Geometry’. The fabrics will be ready in a few weeks but here is a sneak-peep of my desk today.

I’m still undecided whether to make these fabrics be available on Spoonflower for people to order directly or to offer fat quarters and yard pieces myself on Etsy….. What do you think? I’d love your feedback on this. Thank you!

February 10, 2011

Sock Knitting

I have to say that knitting has never been my big thing. I’ve tried over the years but didn’t get really get hooked…. until recently that is. To be more precise; until I had a go at sock knitting.

I love knitting socks (even if my family smile at me like I’m a bit dotty.) There is something about knitting socks that just challenges my brain at the right level somehow. Some thing about the anatomy of a sock and probably the way I can progress a little at a time here and there, before I know it, I have a sock – and it’s a whole sock – no sewing up of pieces, not much finishing off, just another sock to knit if I want a pair – which I usually do. And yep, a sock is small enough to carry around in my handbag! Perfect!

I love handling little double-sided bamboo needles and sock yarn is pretty interesting too but don’t get me started on that! Ok, I will mention I recently made a tiny pair or newborn socks for a good friend’s recent arrival using some pretty amazing merino/silk/bamboo sock yarn. (I was lucky to meet the gorgeous baby this morning which was very special.)


So thank you to the lovely Sally from Quiteahandful who taught me how to cast on my first sock stitches just three years ago!