It's so amazing how small the world has been become, how you can connect with people around the world in an instant and share your interests regardless of where you are. I recently had the honour of making one of these connections with someone who has a passion for beautiful textiles and design. Just having a conversation with her inspired me to reflect upon what I do and the way I create with fabric. Her name is Esmari Taylor, the owner of Warp & Weft. The combination of her passion for fabric and design is why you will find her shop filled with exquisite, high quality textiles. There's a risk when you buy online because you can't feel the fabric, but with Warp & Weft, you can be confident that you'll receive exceptional quality every time, all wrapped up in a brown paper package tied up with string (which literally had me singing when mine arrived!).
Warp & Weft goes beyond just stocking their shelves to make sales. They strive to know the the inspiration and story behind the fabric and honour the process of how the concept is translated onto the fabric. It's discovering that kind of passion that compelled me to become a member of the Warp & Weft Sewing Society. And here I am, the newest member, honoured to be given the opportunity to share with you each month how the fabric I receive from Warp & Weft has inspired me to create.
And speaking of inspiration, here are the three fabrics used for my creations this month:
When I saw Bluebird Park Lamp Post Hummingbird by Kate & Birdie for Moda, it immediately reminded me of a wonderful place my family and I visited earlier in the summer. We stayed at a cottage on one of the beautiful Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia. Upon arrival, the owners introduced us to the newest inhabitants of their charming cottage: two baby hummingbirds in the tiniest little nest practically within reach of one of the balconies. Watching them and their devoted mother was one of the highlights of the trip and a treasured memory of our stay.
The bold, dynamic Mixteca Chevrona Azul by Eleanor Grosch for Cloud9 Fabrics just needed to be made into a stylish shirt for my boy. I was very drawn to the mix of colours and the graphic of the design. The blue and green is such a perfect combination for summer. It's also 100% organic.
I chose to compliment the prints with Essex Linen in Natural by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It's a blend of 55% linen and 45% cotton that is so perfect for clothing. It's soft, yet sturdy, and has less wrinkle than your typical linen.
And with these exquisite fabrics, I made two outfits for my children. They turned out exactly how I had envisioned, and as always, it's so satisfying when my little ones love their new clothing!!
Tobias' shorts: #27, Ottobre 3/2014, size 110 modified by omitting the elasticized pant legs
Anja's dress: Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids, by Ruriko Yamada, Dress b, size 4
This post is sponsored by Warp & Weft and the fabric used was complimentary.
All opinions, as always, are my own.