Pattern Occurring 101- Indigo

Yesterday I spoke about the fantastic packaging for Starbucks Kati Kati blend and It started me thinking about indigo dyeing.  Here is a super little video about the indigo dyeing process.  Shame you can't experience the pong! 

Indigo is one of the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. Many Asian countries, such as India, China, Japan and South East Asia have used indigo dyeing for centuries. It was first farmed on a commercial level in India and It was a luxury item imported to the Mediterranean from India by Arab merchants. The Romans used indigo as a pigment for painting and for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Because of its high value as a trading commodity, indigo was often referred to as Blue Gold.

HeartsnKisses

Last Sunday I went for a yummy roast dinner with my old school friends at a country pub in Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire. As much as i love Yorkshire Puddings, the real reason i chose that location was because i wanted to visit a local 'Vintage Fete'. it proved to be a lot of fun, with one booth in particular catching my eye, 'Heartsnkisses'. I chatted with the owner and creator, a lovely woman called Suzanne.  She spent time collecting and sourcing great vintage fabrics, mainly embroidered table clothes that she would repurpose for her own products. As daunting and as challenging as it is to cut into a great vintage fabric, i loved how it spread the love of that print to more people, by using the same print across multiple products.

HeartsnKisses booth

HeartsnKisses booth

heartsnkisses collection

heartsnkisses collection

heartsnkisses collection

heartsnkisses collection

heartsnkisses collection

heartsnkisses collection

Liberty of London

I can't really put into words how i feel about liberty.  I have no real interest in sports, so a visit to Liberty of London for me is like having front row seats at the Olympics. Awe inspiring and emotional.  Liberty houses the best of British and international talent and print seems to touch nearly ever product, furniture or garment on display.  But maybe what makes Liberty so special to me is that there is only one, housed in a beautifulThe tudor style building itself is stunning.  Just a side note, if you are calling in you must pop into the tea room for a slice of Victoria sponge cake!

zoffany Trade Routes

zoffany Trade Routes

gift wrap

gift wrap

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liberty fox

liberty fox

Changing of the guard -Liberty

Changing of the guard -Liberty

no ordinary windows -Liberty

no ordinary windows -Liberty

CCTV-Liberty

CCTV-Liberty

I'd rather take the stairs-Liberty

I'd rather take the stairs-Liberty

Marthe Armitage Wallpaper-Liberty tea room

Marthe Armitage Wallpaper-Liberty tea room

Josephine Kimberling

I am so proud to share with you one of my dearest friends new web sights. Josephine Kimberling is a super talented surface designer and will be showing at Surtex May 19-21.

Josephine Kimberling is an artist who specializes in modern-meets-vintage florals, unique pattern mixing and gorgeous color palettes for the feminine customer. She began her career as a textile designer and color & print trend forecaster for Nordstrom. She then worked in-house for Hallmark Cards as a graphic designer for their stationery and gift-wrap lines.

In 2008 she became a modern quilting fabric designer with her first fabric collection ‘Hot Blossom’ with Robert Kaufman fabrics. For the next 3 years she slowly built her business on the side while working full-time in the fashion industry. In 2011 she left the corporate world to begin her art-licensing brand, to combine her love of creating pattern & delicious color stories with the many different types of products she has a passion for.

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