Monday, 10 October 2011

London Renegade Craft Fair 2011

I managed to visit the London Renegade Craft Fair over the past weekend. Nearly half the tube network was not running (very typical London) so it was quite a trek to get to Shoreditch. However, I wasn't disappointed when I arrived. 

The event was held at the Old Truman Brewery so the space was very open with wonderful natural light. It had a very relaxed feel and felt like something I would have found in my old East Village neighborhood back at home (live DJ included).

People were very friendly and I managed to chat with several of the vendors. I was surprised to find that many vendors made the trip over from the US to attend and even met one who grew up near my home town in New York (small world!).

I generally gravitate towards children's clothing and gifts at craft fairs, particularly hand made dolls and softies. But this time I was drawn to several t-shirt artists, picking up a few unique gifts for little miss and family.

From top left:
1. I loved the light filled warehouse space
2. wee toddler tees and onesis made by joy nevada little ones
3. "happy tee's for wee people" made by tee and toast
4. fabulous batik t-shirts made by Hiho Batik of Miami
5. I wish I had a little boy for this great punk rock t-shirt (also Hiho Batik)

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Millie Moon Haberdashery in Somerset

On a recent weekend trip to Somerset, I came across a lovely fabric store in Frome. Millie Moon Haberdashery is full of wonderful bright fabrics, a great selection of sewing books and one of the largest button selections that I've seen (they take online orders as well). Oh, and the service there was bright, cheery and very helpful too.

I managed to pick up a few lovely fat quarters and felt squares for some upcoming sewing projects:

The rainbow chevron fabric is my favorite.

I'm really into charcoal greys, pinks and purples at the moment.

Not real wool felt, but a great eco alternative made from recycled materials. 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Liberty Fabric + Hello Kitty = OMG

image via Liberty

My love for Liberty fabrics has now merged with my asian-girl childhood obsession with Hello Kitty via Liberty's newest collaboration with Hello Kitty.

The new collection will be available 28 September 2011 and consists of 5 different designs in 1-3 color ways: Kakurenbo, Apple Tree, Kitty Wonderland, Music Festival and Kitty Town.

I pre-ordered my fabrics today and Kitty Wonderland and Kitty Town had already sold out. I can't wait to receive my order and get started on some Hello Kitty projects for the little one!