Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • Leah Duncan - Meadow

    We are big fans of surface pattern designer and illustrator Leah Duncan. Although we're quite clearly a fabric shop, we couldn't resist adding her printed calendars and cards to our stock a couple of years ago - good news for us then when she transferred her designs to fabric and brought out two collections for Art Gallery Fabrics.

    Leah's skills as an illustrator are easily matched by her amazing use of colour. Meadow, her newest collection, is exactly what we're ready for here, what could be more inspiring and uplifting than her spring-like nature motifs brought to life with a clever mix of vivid and delicate colours. We love it!!

    Her work is inspired by her southern and Native American roots and her love of folk art, "leah creates a world where quirky meets beautiful, folk meets modern, and feminine meets delicate" Read more about her on her site here and take a look below at the lovely projects showcasing her prints (not made by us sadly - we wish!)

    The full collection of Meadow can be found here....leah duncan meadow

  • Invitation to an exciting collaborative event at Ray Stitch.....

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    We'd be delighted if you'd pencil Monday, 14th April 2014 into your diaries for a reception hosted jointly by ourselves and Les Soeurs Anglaises at our London shop.

    The event will highlight the upcoming spring/summer classes here at our Sewing School and will also be an opportunity to meet  Les Soeurs Anglaises! - "The ultimate in textile workshop escapes, based in a stunning location, with superb accommodation, exceptional food and wine as well as expert teaching that allows you to learn at your own pace." Read more about the delightful venue and workshops here...

    Several of Les Soeurs Anglaises' artist/crafter workshop leaders for this year's summer programme will be bringing along examples of their work and greeting guests throughout the day.  Please note that numbers are limited for this event and by invitation only; so if you're able to join us for breakfast, afternoon tea or an evening glass of wine, contact us as soon as possible at with your address details and we'll make sure you receive a personal invite in the post.

    The reception will also provide an opportunity for Ray Stitch and Les Soeurs Anglaises to announce the exciting collaboration they are planning for 2015 - Ray Stitch allez en France!

    We are offering a 10% discount to invitees on everything in the shop and Les Soeurs Anglaises will offer further discounts on their workshops if you confirm in interest in joining one. It promises to be a fun day - don't miss it....

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  • The New Girl at By Hand London

    Ever stylish and fresh - the By Hand London girls have come up with the goods again. The new Flora Dress pattern is fab in a glam but wearable way, it's a party dress you could wear to work!

    "Fundamentally feminine and universally flattering with her cinched in waist and voluminous pleated circle skirt (dipped or straight hem options), Flora is the definitive party dress.

    Choose from two entirely different bodice variations: a classic sleeveless faux-wrap style, or the more demure tank bodice with her high square neckline and simple shoulder straps."

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    We love it of course and we've actually been expecting it's release for a while. The girls asked us to provide the fabric for some of their pattern testing bloggers. Take a look at Emily's lovely version in our Liberty Tana Lawn on her blog - Me and My Polar Bear....


    ....and at Kathryn's version, also in our Liberty Tana Lawn on her 'yes i like that' blog here...

    Great fabric choices girls!


  • Organic Canvas Prints

    It's official, the sun has peaked through and we can declare that spring has sprung. You know what that means - time to dig out those projects that put some light back in our lives. We're awash with some beautiful new organic canvas prints in the shop, and the question we keep asking ourselves is, which one are we going to use first? It's almost impossible to pick a favourite - which one takes your fancy and what's first on your spring to-do list?