Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • A Stitch In Time

    Yesterday we had the pleasure of seeing two very special quilts. These two beauties have been in the making for the last 30 years and are made using the paper piecing method. All the fabrics are from Liberty, some you can recognise as prints they are still selling, others you wish they still were! The darker quilt is made using Liberty wool, which is lovely and fine. Aren't the colours beautiful, just like an autumn walk.

    The workmanship is incredible and instantly made me want to turn all my tiny scraps at home into something similar! Maggie came in to get help from our tutor Michael on how to turn these patchwork tops into quilts. They decided to hand quilt the pieces, so she's gone off with all her layers sandwiched and a big task ahead of her!

    If you have a special project you need help with, whether it be pattern cutting, quilting, or an unfinished project that's gone wrong you can have a 1-2-1 session with any of our tutors. Email school@raystitch.co.uk for availability.

    Maggie picked this Liberty print designed by Jamie Oliver for the back of the hexagon quilt, definitely not one that was available 30 years ago! Here are some close ups...

  • London Fashion Week: Quilting Hits The Catwalk!

    Quilting is officially on trend but have you ever thought about making yourself a quilted dress?! This years London Fashion Week might just inspire us to do so. Designers Alice Temperley and Roksanda Ilincic have come up with some really beautiful collections with a big nod to the revival of skilled craftsmanship.

    Jessica Stockholder and Mel Bochner are 'Roksanda Ilincic' both designers are known for their emphatic use of color and this is made apparent by the newest Autumn/Winter collection. The range sees a variety of different sewing techniques put together to create a cocophany of texture and colour. Just like  Jane Brocket teaches on her 'Quilt Me' course at Ray Stitch, it's all about the diverse mix!

    Roksanda Ilincic A/W15 at London Fashion Week

    Roksanda

    Roksanda Ilincic A/W 15 at London Fashio Week

    Roksanda

    Next up we have Alice Temperly's wonderfully graphic collection which draws inspiration from Art Nouveau and Byzantine mozaic patterns. Temperly has used a fine, micro quilting technique on her evening wear, which contrasts beautifully with her embroidered organza dresses and blanket sized scarves.

    Temperly London A/W 14 at London Fashion Week

    Temperley

    Temperley London A/W 15 at London Fashion Week

    Temperley

  • Half Price Finnish Prints!

    We already bursting at the seams in our little shop but we need a bit more room to make way for our ever expanding stock and a new exciting range of upholstery fabrics (watch this space..) Hence a BIG reduction on these BIG Finnish Prints - 1.5m wide and reduced from £22/m to £11/m, find them in our Sale section here.

    Now's the time to start thinking about brightening up your interiors and these are perfect. Grab them while you can....!

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    Aprilli_dvd

    bambu dvd



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    Kaisaniemi dvd

    Kelohonk dvd

    Nukkekoti_dvd

    petaja dvd

    tanhudvd