Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Brushed Flannel Swallows From Kokka

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    This new range of lovely brushed cotton fabric from Kokka is really appealing to us at the moment. Unsurprisingly, soft and warm is what everyone wants at the moment it seems. It can be used for the backs of cosy quilts, for pillows, baby togs and pyjamas. It's clearly very versatile and the colours are soft and subtle too, so it's easy to match up with other fabrics. Find it here along with our new extended range of Kokka fabrics, all available by the quarter metre....

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  • Uppercase Issue 16 Just Arrived!

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    "Dear Readers,

    The start of a new year is often cause for reflection. What can we learn from the year gone by? What would we like to do differently? Are we wiping the slate clean or holding on to the past?

    This issue of UPPERCASE marks four years of our quarterly magazine. With sixteen issues in my own archive of experience, there is much to learn—from appreciating both the successes and the missteps. Moving forward is a balance of staying true to one’s past while embracing the challenges of change.

    Astute readers may notice a significant difference in this issue. The interior paper has been upgraded to a 100% post-consumer stock. Though costly, having an environmentally responsible paper is in line with the founding principles of the magazine. Now, with a print run 10 times that of the launch issue, each issue requires considerable resources. By switching papers, we save the equivalent of 92 trees per issue!

    The content themes in this edition of  UPPERCASE are about looking back—and staying in. Techniques, traditions and styles of other centuries and other histories influence in fresh ways. The tintype is revitalized, embroidered samplers speak volumes, old factories, warehouses and hospitals foster new creative communities. Old-fashioned hard work is celebrated with stylish nods to workwear and peasant garb; the straw broom is an emblem of honouring tradition. With knitting, knotting and needlework, we stay busy and cozy in our home sweet homes."

    Janine

  • New Wool

    We thought you might be in the mood for something woolly and warm, what with this dramatic temperature drop and all.

    Here are two lovely ranges of wool fabric to inspire cosy projects....

    100% wool fabric by designers Polly Minick & Laurie Simpson in 9 beautiful colours. 137cm wide, ideal for dressmaking or home-dec; tweedy skirts and jackets, cushions, curtains, blankets. Don't you just want to wrap yourself up in it?

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    And this very tempting 80% wool, felted woven fabric. Thick and flat, we spotted it and thought it would be great for lap-top cases and crafting projects but it's already been used for curtains and a skirt! Its quite unusual to have something clearly woven and felted so if you want to have a feel of it order a little swatch pack so you can see what we mean...

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  • Happy New Year!

    Well hello all. We hope you've enjoyed a Christmas / New Year break and are now buzzing with creative energy!

    The Ray Stitch team have all enjoyed our hols, we're rebooted and revived and very glad to be back in the seat, business as usual. Plans and schemes were flying around at our 2013 planning session today, resulting in lots of exciting events mapped out over the next few months. And our new products continue to flow in - look out in the next week or so for a sizeable new range of Japanese prints, brand new ranges of needlecord and wool in gorgeous colours and stylish new sewing patterns. Just give us a chance to get them photographed and up on the site....

    In the meantime, what do you think of these sweet buttons that arrived with us just before Christmas? Cute huh?!

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