Well here I am at last, I'm at bit behind with everything at the moment, including the blog. I decided that it needed a bit of a makeover and as you know I'm not very techy, so it will take a while to finish. We have also been very busy filling wholesale orders, trying to keep on top of the mess, making lots of hot air balloons for the Klein's Easter window, developing new products and most exciting, working on our new packaging and branding. According to my significant other I have taken on a resemblance to the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, I'm late, I'm late for a very important........
This is our lovely new range of Lavender heat pillows, hand made by us with pure cotton fabrics and natural ingredients, including fragrant Victorian lavender.
Sneak peek, they are not quite finished, these gorgeous cockades and rosettes are mostly made from vintage ribbons and have a pin back so they can be worn as a broach. They will be on sale shortly.
I don't have a picture of the hot air balloons yet, but if you are in Brunswick Street Fitzroy and want to have a look at them they are at Klein's Perfumery (313 Brunswick Street)
Basket full of happiness, waiting for the tram, South Melbourne.
We have so much lovely new stock, including these glass pearly coated buttons
Fab new stock of vintage coat buttons in great colours
Balls of silk yarn, spun from the threads left over from silk sari production
We have some great pieces of recycled vintage cloth from Nepal at the moment, lots of cross stitch and indigo and authentic Nepalese dust. Perfect for a gypsy caravan!
New stock of Sajou thread winders and needles including a couple of lovely new designs
This is Kookie, he popped in last week to say ciao, clearly he feels right at home at l'uccello, maybe he speaks Italian.
One of my current obsessions is the work of this French artist, Isabelle De Borchgrave, magnificent! This is from an article in Selvedge, issue 34 May/June 2010.
I have finally seen Bright Star, this image on the cover of Selvedge is from the film. How beautiful is this film!!? I was enthralled, the costumes are so wonderful, the textures and colours, the art direction of the whole film is just so beautiful I couldn't speak. The actors are lovely and moving and Keats poetry is like a dream. And Sophie Digard scarves and cardigans! If you love textiles and haven't seen this film, you must see it.
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever,
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing."
John Keats from Endymion
Speaking of Sophie Digard, our winter collection is not far away so stay tuned, the colours and patterns are more beautiful than ever.
Finally a brief word about the passing of one of my favourite movie stars, Elizabeth Taylor. One of my favourite films is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, if anyone thinks petticoats aren't sexy they haven't seen that film. I loved her style, her passion, her extravagance, her acting, her beauty and old school Hollywood movie star glamour, she was an inspiring and courageous woman.