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


Monday, June 18, 2012

Spring Peony textile design

And now for something completely different.
I designed this fabric a few weeks ago, it really is completely different to any of my previous designs. I wanted to play with photographic images using posterizing effects (in Photoshop) to simplify the colour range. I like the results, it makes me think of colour by numbers. 

I'd like to see it pieced into a quilt, or perhaps used to upholster a set of 1950's style dining chairs, or ideally have it used in a rug design! Oh, how my imagination gets ahead of me ;).

What do you think it would work as?
If you want to make something with it yourself, you can purchase Spring Peony fabric here or browse the other designs in my Spoonflower shop.

Here's the fat quarter I had printed onto Linen/Cotton Canvas by Spoonflower.

Spring Peony textile design by Bee & Lotus, and in detail below.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Century Old Colour

I thought I'd share with you these amazing images that were created one hundred years ago by a man named Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944).

Prokudin-Gorskii developed photography equipment that created a number of glass plate negatives using red, green and blue filters. The resulting images were projected using coloured light to create a full colour image.
Here are some of the wonderful images Prokudin-Gorskii captured on a trip across the Russian Empire (1909-1915). The journey was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II (Anastasia's father).

You can find the complete set of images from his trip at the Library of Congress, complete with high resolution images to download for free.

More Granada fabrics!

I've added a number of designs in new colours to my Spoonflower shop.
Here are some pics of the print swatches I received recently.
I like the Granada Floral in Stone on grey best of all.

hope you like them!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

WOFSYs are here!

For those of you who are not into quilting, you may not be aware of what WOF means.
Not to be confused with WTF ;), WOF refers to Width of Fabric.
Currently there are lots of different ways of purchasing a number of designs from a collection; jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes, honey buns, bali pops etc.

Well now there's a new way. WOFSYs!
Width of Fabric Strip Yards are available from my Bee&Lotus Spoonflower shop now!

If you purchase 1 yard of WOFSY, you will get 7 (+ a smidge) designs from my Granada collection of fabrics, in 5" x a maximum of 53" (depending on fabric you choose) strips for you to cut into pieces for quilting and other crafty sewing.

If there are other combinations of designs you'd like to see on a WOFSY, please let me know and I will do my best to make it available.

Bee&Lotus WOFSY in Granada evening colourway
and detail showing selvedge.

Bee&Lotus WOFSY in Granada morning colourway
and detail showing selvedge.

Available to purchase from my Spoonflower shop.