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Entries in Carolyn Friedlander (6)

Just In: Incredible ikats from India, Art Gallery, Alexander Henry

by Gina

I have had a rule of not reordering prints for the last, oh say, 9 years. I try to push myself to reconsider rules I’ve set and see if they should still apply. I’m tossing this one out, somewhat. I’d still say for about 95% of the prints that come through the door at Bolt, they have one go at it. After all, there are always new things ready to take their place. That said, there have been some things that have been swept right on out of here so quickly, and people have asked about the, and well, they’re just great fabrics. And, they continue to be available, that’s a necessary part of the equation. So, let’s revisit some old friends, shall we?

From top to bottom: a cotton lawn from Alexander Henry (you’ve seen the Josephine sample in the store), a gorgeous ikat from Moda, and the ledger print by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.

How can anyone resist the glittery sugar skulls and other skeleton prints so well done by the folks at Alexander Henry?

Don’t worry, we still continue to have all sorts of brand spankin’ new things coming through the door all the time! This week we’re excited to have a nice selection from Art Gallery, with their silkier-than-others cotton.

One of the groups of fabrics I’m most excited about are the gorgeous traditional ikat sarees from India. These are incredible textiles, simple as that. (They  are also pretty challenging to photograph…)


Weekend Project: Botanics Design Set, creative applique 

Some of you may remember this lovely stack of solids and prints. I used every last bit of this stack and some scraps from my Super Tote to create 3 throw pillows from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics pattern.

 If you are in the market for some quality, locally made, organic cotton pillow inserts we have you covered. 20” square available.

The pattern includes wonderful shapes that can be used to create a whole set. The pattern includes yardage for multiple sizes of quilts, a tote bag and basic envelope pillow instructions. Instruction on hand and machine sewing applique are also included.  

 I really had fun with the design process of this project. I cut out shapes in multiple colors to have a pallet of options. The shapes that did not make the cut for the front ended up on the backside of the pillows.





This pillow is from a sewing retreat weekend. I only had the one shade of thread. This design element ties in all the shapes together with the neutral background.  I like seeing the mark of the maker. It can give an object another layer of appreciation.  Seeing your stitches can be a good thing!

Happy Sewing!


Just in: Japanese trims, metalic chevron and sailors

by Gina

Last week I had the chance to pour over some gorgeous ribbons and trims from Japan.  The quality is outstanding, and many were available in subtle, muted tones often found in Japanese textiles.  A couple of highlights for me are the grosgrain with a bit of sparkle and the fine, soft knit fold over trim.

There are more, including elegant matte satin. 

Alexander Henry designers delight us again with their illustrative sailor print and scruffy looking fish.  We welcome back a few of their lovely, light cotton lawn prints (center photo), and the large scale tropical looking floral got me thinking about some embroidery embellishment.  The metallic gold chevron is brought to us by the folks at Michael Miller.

The darling ZaZa Zoo by  Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover.

“Sphere” by Zen Chic and “Bee My Honey,” both from Moda. Pretty cute bees…

In addition to all these fabulous prints, we continue to receive more of the Bontanics line by Carolyn Friedlander.  We are stocked with 10 subtle, smart prints, working so nicely together and on their own.

To help you craft your way through Valentine’s: