Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from l'uccello

Every one at l'uccello would like to extend an appreciative thank you to all our lovely and talented
customers for your support over the past year.

We wish you all a fantastic, peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'…"
-Alfred Tennyson

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays!

We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays
 and share with you our Christmas Holiday Opening hours!

 Christmas Holiday Opening Hours
Christmas Eve: 10am-3pm
CLOSED Christmas Day
CLOSED Boxing Day

Friday the 27th to Saturday 4th January:
12pm - 5pm

CLOSED New years Day and Sundays

Monday 6th January
return to normal hours
Monday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Hours

l'uccello's hours in the lead up up to Christmas are
Monday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Christmas Eve 10am-3pm

And because it is divine and has just been delivered here are a few of the new Liberty fabrics made up of new season prints and classics, available in store now.

Monday, December 16, 2013

l'uccello open this Sunday

To help you all out in the lead up to christmas l'uccello will also be open this 
Sunday the 22nd of December 
from 12pm-5pm.

And just incase you need some gift inspiration this lovely Victorian inspired sewing Etui has
just been added to our online shop.

It features fabric from French General's 'Josephine' range and is topped with a hand made tassel. Inspired by a Victorian tradition our sewing etuis are hand made in Melbourne using a combination of artisinal couture, book binding and cartonage techniques. It is filled with a selection of contemporary and genuinly vintage haberdashery items and would make a lovely gift that would go on to become a family heirloom.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Quick and cute felt garlands

A simple and easy project for children and adults alike.

You will need:

Assortment of felt balls (small 40c each, medium 60c each at L'uccello) OR

Felt flowers (small 25c each, medium 35c each, large 45c each at L’uccello) OR

Cotton pom-poms (35c each at L’uccello)

Skein of embroidery thread (1.00 at L’uccello)

Large darning needle (5.00 a packet at L’uccello)


Glue - optional


Step 1: measure approximately 2 metres of embroidery thread

Step 2: thread the felt piece or cotton pom-poms onto the thread at regular intervals

Step 3: secure each felt piece or cotton pom-pom to the thread with a small dob of glue and allow to dry

Step 4: hang your super-cute garland around a Christmas tree, bed-end or anywhere else you fancy and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Beautiful 'Au ver a soie' silk threads

We are so happy to let you all know that l'uccello will now be stocking a range of 'Au ver a soie' beautiful silk threads from Paris France. We have over 900 colours in store!
 Founded in 1820 Au ver a soie  threads have always been made with a focus on quality and a respect for silk. All their threads are made from natural silk and can be used for a large variety of projects like tapestry, embroidery, patchwork, lace, dressmaking, weaving and embellishing. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

l'uccello Special Christmas Shopping Event

This year l'uccello is holding a special Christmas event to welcome in this festive time of year.

You are all warmly invited to our three day Special shopping event to be held on 

Thursday 28th November 

Friday 29th November 
Saturday 30th November 

Experience a l'uccello Christmas filled with vintage charm in enchanting surroundings. The festive cheer will flow with the help of sweet treats, lucky dips, lottos, a raffle and complimentary wrapping for your purchases. So come along and start your Christmas Shopping. 

We have a lovely variety of hand made and specialty items in stock, including our own in house designed and made luccello products, including delightful scented sachets and mini bunting!

Or let l'uccello help you rediscover the delight of hand making your own gorgeous Christmas gifts, decorations or cards with our selection of kits, beautiful Cavallini wrapping papers, charming paper ephemera, Dresden papers and vintage style German glass glitter. Or indulge yourself and make your Christmas decorations this year from the colourful and extensive range of felt balls and shapes we have in store.

Also available are a wonderfully curated selection of vintage style glass decorations and baubles as well fun felt decorations, just perfect for adding that special touch to your Christmas tree.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Closing for Cup Day

l'uccello will be closed on Cup Day tuesday 5th November.

While you are all having a flutter we will be busy little elves decorating with christmas bunting, trimmings and baubles to bring you a very special l'uccello Christmas Season!

We will be re opening on Wednesday as usual.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Wonderful Collaboration

We are so excited to let you all know about a very special collaboration with the wonderful French General on a  set of patterns for a sewing chest, needle book and tape measure.  We are expecting the patterns soon and will let you know the moment we have them.

This Petite Project has been created using the divine fabric 'La Boutique Francais' due for release in March 2014 after which we will also have kits for you to make containing the patterns as well as the exact fabric that we used to make our samples.

We will keep you posted on when this project is available for you to make!

Also have a look at Kaari's blog The Warp and the Weft to see more of what happens over at French General.

Monday, October 14, 2013

l'uccello Pop up Stall for the Victorian Quilters

On saturday l'uccello had a pop up stall as part of the Victorian Quilters "Quilt in". We had a wonderful day meeting ladies from all over Victoria that are united by their love of patchwork and quilting. It was lovely to see everyone hand sewing and working on projects while sharing delicious cakes and drinking the obligitary cups of tea and coffee. 
Such a wonderful buzz in the air!

During the day members where able to "show and tell" about some of the quilts that they had made, the artistry, craft and dedication that goes into making these works is evident and astounding. The ladies are also generous with their talent and time quilting for charity and donating their creations to hospitals and those in need.

The inspiring guest speaker was Di Ford, a maker of the most exquisite quilts and the author of 'Primarily Quilts... 19th Century Inspirations' published by quiltmania. Experiencing Di's quilts up close was a pleasure and it was lovely to hear her stories of how her works are created and what inspires her.

We had a lovely Saturday and hope our new friends will visit us soon.....

Detail of a quilt made to raise money for charity 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Vintage Fabric Sample Cards

We are just enchanted by these delightful French vintage fabric samples. Their unique graphic design elements and vintage fabric samples  make them a  very special ephemeral keepsake from another era.

We have a limited number available in store at l'uccello so best to visit soon and choose your favourite to take home.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vintage 'Pharmacie" Boxes

These delightful French vintage cardboard boxes are perfect for storing your little treasures in. They come in a few sizes and have wonderful original labels in lovely fonts.

The square vintage pharmacists boxes from Rouen a town north west of Paris where once used for cachets. The cachet was two rice paper cups joined together with powder inside and were developed in France by Limousin of Paris in the 1870's. The ingenious little cachets where designed to make the taking of bitter powders (medicine) more palatable.   

 These sweet round boxes are from a pharmacy in Lons Le Saunier south east of Paris between Dijon and Lyon vary in size from 12cm's to 5cm's in diameter.  

Monday, September 30, 2013

French Vintage Industrial Beauties

These lovely wooden vintage industrial shuttles and bobbins where used to weave fabric and ribbon silk jacquard and come from a ribbon factory in the Lyon region of France. Lyon was particularly associated with the manufacturing of silk ribbons as this was a traditional area of silk manufacture. This industry played an important role in the economy and by the 19th C Lyon had 310 silk factories not only exporting their goods to America and England but also India and even China. 

These industrial beauties with their aquiline and graceful profiles are made from a blond wood and many of them, over time have developed a wonderful patina through being handled and used.

Complementing the bobbins and shuttles are these original ribbon patterns. These works of art are hand painted in gouache and show just a small variety of the colours and patterns that would have been manufactured. They come from the mid to late 1800's with hand written notes on the back in French. The penmanship is exquisite with many of them including the designers signature and the date it was designed. These pieces are magnificent mementos of a bygone era.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Cotton Bias Bindings

Our lovely cotton, folded-edge bias bindings are made in Melbourne. Cut just a little wider, at 2.5cm finished, makes them perfect for edging all sorts of projects, even bulky quilts.

You can buy them online in 3m pre cut length.

Available in a variety of colours and sweet prints.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lovely Fabrics just arrived at l'uccello

We just had to share these lovely fabrics with you all.
A lovely romantic selection of fabrics by popular designer Judie Rothermel. These designs hark back to a bygone era and are perfect for your patchwork and quilting projects.  

The designs are so delightful we could not resist taking
some close up photos of the designs....

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stylish Ladies Handkerchiefs

Handkerchiefs are an accessory of dress both beautiful and useful. 

Brand new this week at l'uccello are a gorgeous selection of handkerchiefs. The first two pictures are a selection made from liberty 100% cotton fabrics with a traditional hemstitch finish. Such a lovely variety of patterns and colours are available.

Also, from Italy are a fun collection of handkerchiefs by Armando Caruso, featuring kitty cats, stylish vespa riding ladies and beautiful blooms. 

These gorgeous handkerchiefs are just perfect for dabbing away tears of joy!