Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New fabric photo frames

Last week I received a request to make make some fabric photo frames.

One single frame, in purple polka dot

And a 3 frame hanging with blue floral and purple polka dot fabrics

Also been making some mini fabric frames which I will upload soon and will add some frames to my Etsy shop soon!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today I made..

Two things!

First up, a little cosy case for my phone! I've been asked to make a tablet case and I decided to make a small one first incase my technique for making it went totally wrong! I didn't want to waste loads of fabric!

I sewed a pouch using white fleece for the inside and a very slightly larger pouch for the outside using floral jersey material and then sewed the two together to make a nice neat top.

My phone is super cosy now!

Second thing I made was a fabric photo frame. Someone asked me if I could make a pretty fabric photo frame so I said, I'll give it a go! And this is my prototype! It actually worked really well, next time I will make the hole very slightly smaller as the photo only just tucks behind the edge!

The tutorial I used to make it was this one by how about orange although I couldn't work out how she made the back so I made that bit up myself! And I am now considering whether to attach magnets or a ribbon so it can hang.

It's been quite a successful day! Now to make more frames in different fabrics and a bigger tablet cosy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yesterday I made..

A fabric covered magnet board!

I wanted to make something for my friends birthday, she loves to have photos up on her wall and pink polka dot fabric, so I came up with the idea of making a fabric covered board with button magnets.

I chose pastel pink fabric with small white polka dots, and large pastel buttons in pink, purple, blue, yellow, orange and green. The fabric I bought on eBay because I don't live close to any good fabric stores, I used favouritefabrics who have an amazing selection of fabrics available. I also purchased the magnets and buttons on eBay as it is a quick and easy way to get supplies, and cheap at just £4 for 100g of buttons and £2 for 50 magnets! The board itself came from IKEA and can be found here, it comes in silver or white, and I chose white as I didn't want the metal to effect the colour of the fabric.

I cut a piece of fabric which was a few inches bigger than the board itself and used a glue gun to glue the fabric to the back of the board, making sure the fabric was pulled tight across the front. Using the glue gun was frustrating as you'd put glue half the way and then it would have dried before you had time to wait for the glue gun to melt more glue and then put it on! I think next to I would buy very strong, very sticky double sided tape to use as it doesn't dry out and is quicker and easier to apply!

Below are a few pictures, I didn't have much time between making it and giving it as a gift so they are only quick pictures!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fabric Designs

I've been working on some fabric designs, I want to get a collection, or maybe even two, printed using Spoonflower.

I sent off for my free fabric samples from Spoonflower, so hopefully by the time I have finished designing my fabric repeats the samples will have come so I can choose the best fabric for the collection.

These are just a few of the first designs I've been experimenting with for the collection, still all work in progress, but all using the same shapes in different colours and repeat patterns.

Will post more later as they come!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Spoonflower favourites!

Yet more favourites I know, but this time from a great site called Spoonflower.

If you haven't heard of Spoonflower before you can read up about them here. It is an amazing website, when I found it I thought it was too good to be true, you design your fabric, upload the design, and then they post you your printed fabrics, and at reasonable prices! You can buy a Test Swatch (8" x 8") or a Fat Quarter (21" x 18") or fabric per yard. The price depends on the fabric you choose, with prices for test swatches starting at just $5 (around £3) each.

Quilting weight ($18/yd), Organic Cotton Sateen ($27/yd), Organic Cotton Knit ($27/yd), Upholstery-weight twill ($32/yd), Linen-Cotton Canvas ($27/yd), Silk Crepe de Chine ($38/yd) and Cotton Voile ($24/yd) are the available options for fabric so you have many choices in material, texture and price.

You can also buy other designs that people have uploaded and shared at the same prices as uploading your own design if you are just interested in buying nice fabric and not designing it.

Yesterday I spent hours looking through other amazing fabrics people had designed and adding them all the my favourites as I want to create a fabric collection of my own to have printed through Spoonflower in the next few weeks. So here are my favourites so far, there are so many more to find!

I am just starting working on the patterns for my fabric collection so I will upload them in due course!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New iheartrosie product photographs

Recently I have made quite few new keyrings which now need listing on Etsy, and to list them I need some good photos of them. Good photos make all the different to how people view your products, they need to be clean and light and shot to show the product as best you can.

Most of the items shown below are listed in my Etsy shop iheartrosie, the ones that are not will be listed within the next few days, and if you want a customised piece please contact me!

Below is the floral trio, three keyrings made using Tanya Whelan 'Darla Rose' in white, blue and pink. It is also available in yellow and green.

This next keyring is made using 'Weekends' by Erin McMorris, also for Freespirit, like the Tanya Whelan fabrics above.. (I have just realised how many Freespirit fabrics I have in my collection!)

Another Tanya Whelan fabric, from her new collection, Delilah, this one is called ROSIE! I only just found out and now I love it even more than I did before!

This is a vintage fabric that I inherited when my uncle's mother died and I helped to clear out her house. She had bags and bags of lovely fabrics, some of which I have now added to my collection. I would have taken more but I just don't have the space!

Yet another Tanya Whelan fabric, this time from the 'French Hatbox' collection, I also have this in blue!

I can't actually tell you what this fabric is, I bought it from John Lewis earlier in the year but it has no markings on to tell you the name, designer or even manufacturer.. so it will remain the mysterious blue, green, purple leaf fabric!

This last fabric is another of my inherited collection, originally a pillowcase, I have upcycled it to make new products. I like to give old fabrics a new lease of life!

I have learnt from this post that I own A LOT of Tanya Whelan fabrics, but there are so many more beautiful ones out there and now I want those too! If you want to find out more about Tanya Whelan and her fabric collections for FreeSpirit, you can check out their website here!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Etsy Favourites

I LOVE Etsy favourites.

Since setting up my shop I browse Etsy most days, looking for things I like and over the last few months I have built up quite a collection of favourites. The other day I was browsing my favourites and realised that favourites is actually a really nice way to see someones personality. You can see their style and favourite colours and items coming though.

Below are the first 2 pages of my favourite items, if you know me, you can probably tell how me this is, if not I think this gives you a good introduction to me! As you can probably see I like pinks, purples and blues and flowers, hearts, bows and butterflies. I also love fabrics and paper, printed, cuts, stationary items, tape, typography and geeky graphics items..

You can view my favourites here or my Etsy shop iheartrosie

Friday, June 3, 2011

This week at Print Club London

This week I have been working at Print Club London.

The first few days were spent working on this print which Fred, print club's managing director, designed and is now making prints which will be sold at the Royal Academy of the Arts Summer Show. Here are a few details about the original print and about the Royal Academy's Summer Show where the work will feature.

Below is Joe printing the image

4 colours are used across the screen in one pull, creating lovely gradients inbetween and many different coloured butterflies

We printed on white first to make sure the colours and gradients were right

And then onto the blue

This is not the final print, infact just 3 layers out of 5, so you will have to pop down to the show if you want to see the finished piece where 40 limited edition prints will be for sale

The colours were great and really vibrant and I loved how the coloured spoons looked!

Later in the week I worked a workshop, which I don't have any photos of as my hands were full with helping people taking part, screens and covered in ink all day! I'd never really taught before so it was a really exciting experience to help teach screen printing to people who had never done it before and really valued your help and opinion.

Hopefully will be going back to work on an upcoming project for Heaps Good who work to promote Australian creativity in the UK. Life is their debut UK exhibition that will be hosted at 1st - 6th July East Gallery, just above the Print Club Shop on Brick Lane in London. Check out the Print Club page for more information.