We are going to be celebrating Mothers this Saturday with a little tea and cookies, and a gift with purchase so if you are a mother, have a mother or know a mother, come on by and spoil them/her/you! We also have Template Free Applique on Saturday, or you can learn a new quilting technique with the Quilt As You Go Rail Fence workshop on Sunday May 28.
And, don't miss your opportunity to Sew With A Coach or join Open Sewing. Bring your project and your machine and get some tips and advice from Coach Shirley (the first and third Wed of every month), or spread out and enjoy the light, space and company on alternate Wednesdays. Details are here.
Saturdays - 10:00 - 4:00
Or by appointment
May 11, 2017
I'm so happy to bring you the second instalment in this series of conversations with our favourite designers. I remember my excitement the first time I saw Carolyn Friedlander's fabric. Everything about it appealed to me. It was finely detailed, looked like it had been drawn at a drafting table, it was uniquely cartographic, (and being a former geographer, maps are my favourite language) and it reflected her architecture roots, without looking like a blueprint.
Carolyn's style has grown and evolved but these elements remain. She's a master at blending deep intense colour with stark and pale prints. She also has a singular style for mixing hues.
There is something else that I really appreciate about Carolyn. Like many designers she demonstrates her amazing attention to detail, but in her case, this has extended to an appreciation for "slow sewing" and her influence has been spreading. Her book, Savour Each Stitch, and Slow Sewing Studio projects reflect this.
Here are Carolyn's engaging answers to my questions. And, a lovely surprise...
March 30, 2017
I love great design, especially surface design. I have an enduring curiosity and love for well executed colour and pattern. It's fabric is a muse for me or the creative "spark" in my sewing. The designers whose fabric you see at Fabric Spark are all super talented, inventive, and have the ability to get our imaginations firing because of their work.
Hello Designers! is a chance to get to know some of them a little better. I started by reaching out to one of my all time favourite fabric designers, Rashida Coleman-Hale. She very generously agreed to answer a few questions designed to give us a little more insight into how she works and who she is.
You can tell from her responses that she is charming, dedicated to her art, has a great sense of humour, and is generous (look how much time she spent on this!). Please read through to the end where I've posted some of my favourites of hers, and the reasons you will always find lots of her fabric at Fabric Spark.
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