Believe it or not, I am running low on toile fabrics! It seemed I had a never-ending supply of Laura Ashley in lots of colors, but after so many tablecloths, placemats, potholders and aprons, the stash is becoming depleted. And I wanted to work on something different for a while. What to do? Dig into my other stashes of course! I have some lovely floral and tropical prints on a kind of polished soft cotton that I wasn't sure what to do with. Decisions, decisions...
This is my tropical stash:
And I call this my flora and fauna stash:
Once upon a time I made an apron for a friend from one of the tropical patterns for his wife. It turned out well, and she was happy with it. I'm thinking of making the black palm fronds into an apron, very bold, almost masculine. A man could wear it and not feel "feminized" wearing a girly apron. Recently I made tablerunners from some of the flora and fauna, and I think they're very pretty:
You can find them on my etsy store items red and yellow floral tablerunner and the spring and fall tablerunner. I should say the red and yellow tablerunner is not this polished cotton, but a large weave cotton poly blend. However, it is not toile and is part of my new collection of florae and faunae. I did make a comforter using the flora polished cotton and another gorgeous blue flower print, but I'm not happy with my stitching and have not put it up for sale. You know how sometimes the material just won't cooperate, maybe you're tired or distracted and no matter how much you work on a piece it isn't up to your quality standards? I had that problem with this piece - I am not happy with my quilting, and after working on it for HOURS I put it away.
I'm not sure what kind of blue flowers those are - hollyhocks? They look so familiar, but it's been a long time since I had a garden. It's awfully pretty fabric though, and now since I put it away last week, maybe I can take out the parts I don't like and re-quilt it, and put it up for sale. It will be a pretty little lap comforter or baby quilt - put it on the floor for your baby to crawl around and play on. All this material is soil and stain resistant, machine wash and dry. I should also say they are all Kravet Inc. exclusive patterns, available only through an interior designer. Kravet sells to the trade only and is a recognized leader in the industry, so buying from my shop may be the best way to have these patterns in your home.
Decisions, decisions...shall I make more comforters? More aprons? Or something completely different? Stay tuned and watch my store for new listings!