Batik is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to the whole cloth. This technique originated from the island of Java, Indonesia.
The artist uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving “blank” areas in the dyed fabric. The process, wax resist then dye, can be repeated over and over to create complex multicolored designs. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap.
We have fallen in love with the New Arrival – Noel – from Lewis and Irene
With traditional festive colours of Reds, Greens, and Light Taupe this collection also has a little sparkle with accents of metallic gold running through the prints. We love this collection for the adorable winter characters and illustrations in the feature fabric.
Our Mary is an incredibly skilled crafter and she has designed a beautiful Painted Flowers Cushion using the Somerset Patchwork technique to create a really interesting texture. We think this cushion would look absolutely gorgeous in the Noel collection . . . especially with the sparkles!
We love the simplicity of Redwork Embroidery, with its impactful clean lines, and the designer Natalie Bird from The Birdhouse Designs produces some of our favourite line work stitcheries, with adorable and whimsical characters and phrases. We’re also a little rebellious at Coast and Country . . .
. . . We really enjoy adapting patterns to make them more personal to our own styles. Michelle has been working on the design Deck the Halls and has created a stunning wall hanging! By playing with various stitch techniques and introducing colour to the Redwork Embroidery pattern (we know it’s shocking!), she has been able to create something that is simply beautiful and unique for the festive season!
Liberties Fabrics are internationally recognised as a leader in print design and textiles. They have created original and inspiring designs since 1875, and each season the Liberty’s studio designs new original prints, adding to their vast collection of iconic florals, paisleys, graphic geometrics and colourful conersationals. This season is no different with their stunning NEW RELEASE, Mid-Summer Flower Show Collection.
With classic Liberty florals the Mid-Summer Collection is filled with beautiful roses and posies, poppies and daisies. It is a real celebration of sunshine and garden flowers, and we just love the Pinks, Blues, Greens and Creams that pour through this range. We have available Bundles, Fat 1/4s, Fabric on the bolt as well as the accompanying Wiltshire Shadow basics.
We’re really excited by this collection and have a couple of pattern projects that would be perfect for this fabric range:
For the love of tea – A sweet little wall hanging by Hatched & Patched, with 12 stitcheries to create with tea in mind, such as Early Grey, Tea with honey, and Billy Tea, along with a tea bag and spoon.
Bunny Garden – Mrs Bunny has made friends with the prettiest of butterflies while the other naughty bunny has found a big juicy carrot to nibble on! Finished size approx. 12” x 13”
With six weeks of summer holidays ahead of us, and the British weather not always playing ball, we know how important it is to have a couple of rainy day activities up your sleeve. We love spending time crafting with our little ones and so we’ve put together a list of some great projects for different ages, which we hope will bring you hours of entertainment!
We also love the felt kits, Corinne Lapierre which are simple enough for younger children to enjoy making and can start learning how to do basic stitching. Everything is included with these kits all you need is a pair of scissors to get going!
Projects for 8 Years +
‘In a Hoop’ projects are fantastic for older children as you are able to help set them up and allow them to explore and have fun crafting. Corinne has two beautiful hoop kits for the animal lover’s out there.
We also highly recommend Nan’s Garden, which is perfect for beginners to learn a series of embroidery techniques. These can be great to make as a beautiful wall hanging, or can be reproduce in different colour-ways as gifts for their friends.
Projects for Teenagers
We thought a bit of dress making would be just the thing for your teenagers. We have some really beautiful patterns from Merchant and Mills & Sew House, simple, modern and perfect for the beginner to learn out to make their own clothes!
Some of the best things in life is seeing your little ones face when you give them a new toy … the other is spending the majority of the day sewing an awesome pair of dragon wings!
As an adult I do enjoy a bit of dress up with a fine set of fairy wings, but I am completely in love with the Dragon and Bat Wings pattern from Wife Made. It is a gorgeous pattern with clear illustrations on how to make the wings, very adaptable to the size of child and great fun in imaginative play for both boy or girl. My only advice with this pattern would be to read it all before starting, as I made a few mistakes . . . thinking I knew best . . . I’ll explain this further down the page
I haven’t adapted this pattern too much but I couldn’t resist adding a little extra to the tail. With this I cut two sets of tail spikes in the Blossom and Watermelon Linen Texture fabrics, and using bondaweb to applique the lighter fabric to the darker to give a two tone effect. This worked really well as it pulled all the colours out of the main floral fabric and gave the wings a little extra fire!
My mistake and confession . . . in the pattern it asks you to use several layers of interfacing as well as wadding to bulk out the wings. I would highly recommend following the instructions exactly, I decided it would make the wings too bulky to sew through and opted to just use wadding. I regret this as the wings ended up being quite floppy and folds over the shoulder, it is however adorable when she runs and the wings flap in the wind. I am hoping a bit of starch spray will stiffen the fabric to make them stand more proud . . . fingers crossed!
I really enjoyed making these wings, and if you want any advice please don’t hesitate to ask us questions!
‘Mizmaze’ is a wonderful design which through careful placement of colour and block orientation creates a striking nesting diamond and square geometric effect.
Using traditional patchwork piecing, the techniques are simple to learn, making it suitable for all experience levels.
We love this pattern in its striking colours from Janet Clare’s Geometry range. We also thought if you wanted a little more subtlety in your life, using the Dover range would look gorgeous! Here is a little suggestion on the fabric we would use to substitute the darker version:
We love this quilt from Gail Pan. It’s a great project to get stuck in to, with several blocks to work on, so you can stop and start this quilt without feeling overwhelmed by having to complete it all in one go!
Inspired by the colours of the classic Delftware pottery, which is usually decorated with metal oxides, in particular cobalt oxide that gives the traditional blue. We do have kits available for this quilt which embraces the beautiful blues but that doesn’t mean you can’t be brave and create your own Colourway.
‘Flowerdale’ in Greek means ‘Flower of the Gods.’ Gail Pan has truly embraced this with a garden full of stunning flowers on this quilt. Each flower is pieced and appliqued onto the blocks, and this beautiful appliqued quilt is a great way to really perfect your technique whilst creating something yummy! The important thing to remember with this quilt, is to be accurate in tracing and cutting out the applique shapes; and we would recommend using applique paper (due in stock any minute), a glue stickand appliquick rods to make your life easier, which can then be sewn down with a fine thread like our 80wt Aurfil Thread.
Cider is modern, eclectic, and vintage all at once. The colours evoke chilly fall days, warm sweaters, and joyful laughter. Prints like Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Cortland remind us of the variety of apples that grow around the world, each with its own story. We hope Cider will spark fond autumnal memories with friends and family as you tell your story. BasicGrey’s newest collection brings back the best memories, waiting for the first frost. The first frost meant the most delicious apples ever, there is something about the cold that makes the sugars and flavours just pop!
Cider is the sister collection to Persimmon, with bright, rich vibrant blues, popping peachy oranges and yummy pink corals. This collection comes with pre-cuts – which are coming soon – so don’t forget to pop your name on the waitlist if you’ve fallen head over heals like we have with this collection.
Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Mini Charms and Honey Buns . . .
We’ve found using Pre-cuts is a great way to get started with with a new quilting project. You have the whole collection in one bundle, cut to size, which saves you loads of time faffing before you get to the fun sewing bit!
There are so many patterns, books, tutorials available from the beginner to the advanced quilter so here are a couple of our favourites:
A beautiful Layer Cake friendly pattern, perfect for the beginner who wants to learn how to piece blocks, bind and learn to quilt the quilt. Ps. We also make a kit includes everything you need to make the quilt top!
This is a great value for money book with 18 projects using 5” Charm Squares.
You’ll learn tips to take the guesswork out of piecing. Start with fresh, simple blocks and build your skills to sew versatile snowballs, stars, flying geese, and more. Quilters of all types will fall in love with these quick, clever, and clean designs!
Another great bargain book, with a collection of 12 quilt patterns for classic quilts made using jelly rolls. Pam and Nicky bring their expertise to classic quilt designs, you’ll learn how to make all your favourite quilts and blocks quickly and easily with this brand new collection of jelly roll quilt patterns