Friday, November 30, 2012

Spoonflower Challenge: Under the Sea (One-Yard Wonders)

This week the challenge was to create a design to go on a print and cut T-Shirt pattern from One Yard Wonders in an under the sea theme.

I really left this one far too late, but was determined to enter with what I could create in about 2 hours.

Here is my entry:
Tidal Pool Camouflage T-shirt fabric design by One-Yard Wonders and Bee&Lotus

Hope you likes it :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Spoonflower Challenge: Nasher/Matisse

This week's challenge was to create a fabric design that would look at home in a Matisse painting using a set palette! Sometimes I really enjoy design constraints, they force me to focus!

Matisse had a great love of Oceanic art, especially the quilted textiles made by Tahitian women.
The flat areas of colour and flowing organic lines appealed to him.

I'm not sure if he would have seen the amazing textiles uncovered in the Siberian Pazyryk burials in the Golden Mountains of Altai UNESCO World Heritage site, I hope so.
I think he would have liked the felt artifacts with their simplified animal and plant motifs, which is why I based my design for this competition on one particular artifact that is now housed in the Hermitage.

Detail of the Pazyryk Horseman textile

Here is my entry for the Nasher/Matisse Spoonflower contest:

Pazyryk felt for Henri fabric design by Bee&Lotus

You can vote for it and many other great designs here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bedside table

Don't you just love checking out other peoples bookshelves? I think it can give you a pretty good insight into a person. I'm not sure what my bedside table stack says about me (other than I borrow way too many library books), what do you think?
I'll tell you if you're close!

From top to bottom:
1.Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka - 1/4 way through this tale of immigrant strawberry pickers in UK
2.The Pearl by John Steinbeck - not yet begun
3.Dearie by BobSpitz - about 5 chapters in and I want to visit Pasadena! Julia Child is amazing.
4.Thames & Hudson manual of dyes and fabrics by Joyce Storey - i love this book! almost finished and have developed a sound knowledge of the history of dyestuffs.
5.Playhouses you can build by D & S Stiles - have used to work out where to start in building the kids cubby house in the backyard.
6.November issue of Home Beautiful Australia - ok issue this month, nothing amazing.

This library ticket is on the inside cover of The Pearl - John Steinbeck, don't you love seeing these old things! For those of you who are too young to remember the days before barcode scanners, there used to be a ticket in the front of the library book where the librarian would stamp the due date.
The first stamp here is from 1971 and the book is still being loaned, love it :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Moorish star quilt for Emma

A long while ago I mentioned that I was making a quilt for a little baby girl named Emma.
Well the other week I finally finished it!
I have to confess that I am not a very good quilter, I get confused when it comes to cutting funny angles and adding a seam allowance. This is probably because I am self taught, not to mention quite impatient!
So I cheated a little in the creation of this quilt, instead of cutting lots of pieces to create the "star" panels, I sewed those little triangles right on top of that square!

I feel as though I saved myself a lot of brain ache and time, however an experienced quilter may not feel the same.

Here is the finished product:

Moorish Star baby quilt - using Granada & Granada II 
collection fabrics by Bee&Lotus

I will be sharing this quilt pattern for free very soon. Just keep your eyes peeled for Bee&Lotus Free and Easy Quilt Love!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Gift Wrap by Bee&Lotus

I found out today that Spoonflower is now making gift wrap available in any of the designs currently for sale on the entire Spoonflower website!! A 36" (91.44 cm) by 6' (182.88 cm) roll of quality heavy weight, glossy scratch-proof wrapping paper will set you back only US$15!

If you are a little creative (or a lot!), why not upload one of your own designs and have it printed as custom gift wrap for your presents this year? If you are not confident in your drawing skills, use some photos of yourself, family and friends and mosaic them to make meaningful and personalised wrappings. Or.... you could purchase some Bee & Lotus designed gift wrap.

All Bee & Lotus designs are available as Gift Wrap, find them here.

Please note that the watermark will not appear on the gift wrap! Just click on the design you like and look for the "Buy this design on Gift Wrap" Go button. And last but not least... Spoonflower have a FREE SHIPPING day worldwide next Friday!! see the spoonflower blog for details.

have a bonza weekend ;)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Lollypop Plaid tea towel 2013 calendar

Just received a sample of my 2013 tea towel calendar design.
I had to adjust the colour of certain areas to make the writing more legible, but here is a snippet.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Spoonflower Challenge: 2013 Tea Towel Calendar

This week's design challenge from Spoonflower was to produce a design to be printed onto a fat quarter (18" x 21") so that it can be used as a tea towel/calendar. Spoonflower holds this tea towel calendar contest every year.

Two years ago, my first ever textile design was my entry for this very contest.
I named the design Pretty Good Year. Yes, it was named after a Tori Amos song, I had been revisiting a particularly good album of hers at the time called Under the Pink.

by Bee & Lotus

I had a really positive response from the voters at Spoonflower to this design, people told me that they loved the use of colour. With that in mind I created my design for the 2013 tea towel calender using colours from the pallette that I used in Pretty Good Year.

So without further ado, here is my Lollypop Plaid 2013 Tea Towel Calendar.

You can vote for my design and see all of the other wonderful design entries here.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Kantha Collection

I'm very excited to introduce my latest textile design collection, Kantha.
Kantha was developed during a particularly long and cold Australian winter, where I was longing for warmth and colour.
You can find all of the designs in my Bee & Lotus Spoonflower shop listed under Kantha and Kantha2.
Not only can you have any design printed onto a range of beautiful fabrics (from silk to canvas) but for the first time each design is also available as wallpaper!


 All Kantha designs available in my Bee & Lotus Spoonflower shop
available for purchase as fabric and wallpaper.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Collection in the works

Well, we've finally moved over to our new home and it has been worth the wait :)
I've set up the study, all books, art supplies and stash are neatly (well, neatlyish) stored and ready to be used. The good thing about having to move everything you own is that you have a chance to revisit your whole life through ephemera you've collected along the way, the bad thing is that you realise how much stuff you have that you don't use/need.

Why is it so hard to part with little bits of paper and pieces of fabric?

Anyhoo, I've culled as much as I can for the time being to make room for future creations.
Speaking of creations, before the move I started a new collection of fabric designs, Kantha was inspired by those wonderful stitched quilts from Gujarat in India.
Women there piece reclaimed fabric together to make thin quilts and cover the whole length of them with tiny stitches to baste it together. The effect is charming.

In the midst of winter here in Australia I was dreaming of the heat of an Indian summer (ok, maybe spring) and all of the glorious colours and scents of a marketplace in Gujarat.

A picture from the intermatron (net) inspired my colour palette:

The coloured powder (Gulal) is used in celebration usually like this
 and sometimes as below!

 I am still working on the main design of the collection (amongst other projects) but I have had the co-ordinating designs printed by Spoonflower and they look great! All of these designs are available for sale in my Spoonflower shop, here.
Here's a peak.

Kantha collection co-ordinates by Bee & Lotus on Spoonflower
Hope your weekend is going well.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Long Time no Blog

It has been some time since I've been here.
In the past few weeks we have sold our family home for the last 10 years and are preparing to move to a new home. Cardboard boxes are everywhere. They really are the best invention ever!
The kids have taken the opportunity to use a Makedo kit they received from Auntie to create an uber-cubby complete with spy holes, smouldering fireplace with chimney and proper wooden door knobs for the door.

The Makedo system is designed for using with cardboard boxes and other post consumer recyclable packaging. The kit we have is for a dollhouse but we used it to make a cubby instead. The kids just love using the sawing tool which is designed for use with board and is totally safe for littlies.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Spoonflower Design Challenge: Mid-Century Cocktail Dress Print

The challenge this week was to create a Mid Century print for a cocktail dress to be used in a real life production of How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying.
The play is being staged by the Carey Players in North Carolina so the costume designer contacted Spoonflower (also located in North Carolina) to see if a Spoonflorian could come up with a suitable design.
I contacted the costume designer seeking more info on the character and the dress and this is part of his reply:

The dress is for the number called "The Paris Original Dress." In summation, one of the characters (Rosemary, the female romantic lead) thinks she has bought a new and original design for a cocktail dress straight off the boat from Gay Paree. Alas, she is mistaken, as when she arrives at the party she sees that the other women (some chorus and one or two second lead characters) all have the exact same dress.

The costume designer also gave me the details of the Butterick pattern (Retro Butterick B4790) that the costumers will be using to create the dress. Having this knowledge completly changed my approach to the design.
Retro Butterick B4790 dress pattern

Whilst researching for this design I came accross a wonderful archive of designs by Victor Stiebel, a South African designer who worked in London from the 1930's onwards.
The colour pallette I chose for my design was inspiried this particular design created by Stiebel in Spring 1960.

Flower patterned (blue, white and brown) cocktail outfit with full, gathered skirt and matching blouse with scoop neck and Peter Pan collar and five buttons down the front and capped sleeves. An alternative sleeveless gold blouse has a scoop neckline with a drape across the bust going up over the neckline. Spring 1960.
From the London College of Fashion Victor Stiebel Archive

Instead of going for a very geometric design I opted for something more traditional with 50s/60s style motifs worked into a romantic floral in fresh early 60s colours. I think a floral of this type would suit Rosemary's character.

Ms Rosemary textile design by Bee & Lotus

Retro Butterick B4790 dress in Ms Rosemary fabric by Bee & Lotus

hope you like it!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Spoonflower design challenge: Pomegranates

Well, what do you know?! The subject of the fabric design competition this week is Pomegranates and I just happen to have a few designs on that very subject!
It's nice to be so prepared (even if inadvertently) for the Spoonflower weekly comp.

You can vote for my design and your other favourites here. But be quick, votes are open for a few more days only. See my Spoonflower shop here or my Flickr images of the printed fabric here.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

A quilt for Emma

Finally, I've laid out all of the swatches from my Granada collections to see how they work together in print. Aside from 2 designs (one that I forgot to mirror and a grey that needs colour adjustment) I think they work really nicely together and now I'm itching to make a quilt out of them!
And I just happen to know of the loveliest of baby girls who has just come into the world and will be needing some quilt love in this cold Canberra winter.
Let's hope I can complete it before the cold disappears!

Granada Collection textile design by Bee & Lotus - available on Spoonflower

Granada Collection textile design by Bee & Lotus - available on Spoonflower