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    Fabric fans: don't miss this!

    by  • Monday, January 25, 2010 • Books and TV, Craft, Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News • 4 Comments

    I’m looking forward to the V&A’s Quilts 1700-2010 exhibition (20 March – 4 July 2010) which is being hailed as a “visual encyclopaedia of design”, with thousands of pieces of fabric reflecting three centuries of pattern and print. Crafters, take note: to celebrate the exhibition, the V&A Shop and Liberty Art Fabrics have teamed up to release a limited edition collection of 18 printed cottons, inspired by designs from the quilts on display – perfect for sewing a patchwork quilt of your own.

    The fabrics will cost £3.50 for a fat quarter (50cm x 75cm). Keep your eyes peeled for the new quilting book which will be released to accompany the exhibition too – Sue Prichard’s Patchwork for Beginners (I’ll be reviewing this next week). Since I’ve got a box under my bed full to the brim with fabric scraps which are ‘going to be turned into a lovely quilt one day’, this book might be just what I need to get going!

    London-based interiors fans might also like to pay a visit to the Fashion and Textiles Museum this year to see the exhibition Very Sanderson: 150 Years of English Decoration (19 March – 13 June 2010). You’ll be able to ogle the Sanderson archive and admire wallpapers, fabrics and paint shades from 1860 to the present day. To celebrate Sanderson‘s birthday, artist Nina Saunders has teamed up with footwear designer Tracey Neuls to create an installation made entirely of Sanderson fabrics. We’ll be checking it out at the launch in February’s London Fashion Week and sharing the pics and news here, but until then, here are some examples of Nina and Tracey’s previous Sanderson creations:


    Looks as though we’re in for lots of fabric fun this spring! – Ellie

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    IKEA's Shakespearean BILLY bookcase!

    by  • Thursday, July 16, 2009 • Decorating and interiors, News, Stylish shopping • 22 Comments

    To Billy or not to Billy – 41 million people since 1979 have chosen IKEA‘s most famous bookcase for their homes, and the reliable Billy design is 30 years old this year. To mark this historic occasion, IKEA is releasing, rather randomly, some limited-edition Billy ‘Jader’ bookcases, covered in quotations from the works of William Shakespeare, graffiti-style.

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    These designer-style shelving units will cost £39 each. Or, you could just let your kids get creative on your Billy shelves with a permanent marker for a similar effect! – Ellie

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