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Back To Nature

Oh my goodness, I am sat typing this with the window open, sun streaming into the studio and the sound of a bird chirping in the tree outside… could spring finally be here?

If so the March boxes have come at the perfect time because they really do contain some beautiful fabrics just perfect as the weather begins to turn. Leaving the house without a thick padded coat with a hood is a real possibility right now!

I’ve named these boxes Back To Nature, not because of the prints and patterns on the fabrics but rather that fibres and materials of all the goodies inside the boxes. Back in February I took a trip to Birmingham to visit a fabric trade show with this in mind, I was looking for more natural and/or sustainable fabrics and I think I did rather well. Let’s take a closer look…

Luxury Box

The buzz word on the fabric street at the moment has to be Tencel, a gorgeously soft and drapey fabric made from sustainable wood sources and uses a production process that is environmentally responsible, where water is reused and solvents are recycled. Pretty cool!

This beautiful, delicate teardrop heart print is by Lady McElroy and is honestly one of the softest fabrics I’ve ever had the pleasure of stroking… I know that you know it’s not weird!

Whilst I was at this trade show I also had the good fortune to meet Clair and Charlotte from Emporia patterns whose fab Iris top pattern is a perfect match for the delicate flowing fabric. I spy a ruffle!!!

Classic and Mini Box

I had my eyes out for a linen or linen blend fabric for the Classic and Mini boxes and came across this beautiful and interesting barcode stripe linen/viscose and chose a lovely blue or peach colourway. The added interest in this fabric comes from the fact the stripe runs along the length of the fabric rather than the width.

This fabric is going to make some really stunning spring time dresses or jumpsuits and you could definitely play around with the stripes and cut some of the pattern pieces on the crossgrain.

The fat quarters this month are these beautiful Beehive collection that features gorgeous florals, honeycomb and busy bee designs.

Alongside all this every box has a collection of blue Italian buttons from Bonfanti which are made from hemp as well as a tailors chalk – maybe a slightly tenuous link but it’s there and of course the matching reel of Gutermann thread.