March 14, 2012

For all of you existing and expecting mothers

I have no children as yet and as you know from previous posts we have our close friends and my sister in-law expecting in the coming months, and it would seem that everyone else around us already has one if not two!

I secretly can’t wait to decorate a nursery, so, to fulfill my little need and appeal to you existing and expecting mothers I thought why don’t we have a look at what’s happening in the world of children’s fabrics?
It’s no longer gingham, spots and stripes and certainly not pink and blue!

Far Far Away III Snow White in Grey Blue by Heather Ross [avalable through]
Hokuo No Kodomo Alphabet in Blue [available through]

November Books It's a Small World in White [available through]

Pinocchio in Blue [available through]

Far Far Away II Sleeping Beauty in Yellow by Heather Ross [available through]
Designers Guild Around the World in Aqua

November Books Lace Stripe in Bone [available through]

Designers Guild Chalk Farm in Linen
Lovebirds Red & Blue on White [available through]

Far Far Away III Childs Play in Grey by Heather Ross [available through]

My absolute favourite and I mean hands-down favourite are the fabrics by author and artist Heather Ross from her Far Far Away Collections. I think I might just have to buy some and tuck it away! After all I would hate to miss out on it when it does actually come time to decorate a nursery.
To find out more on heather Ross visit her website

A Small Milestone Reached

Since the birth of Bobbin Scissors Thread I have promised to reward myself with a present as soon as I hit 1000 page views [as you can see I am very big on short term goals!]. I thought I needed a reward to work towards because at no point did I think I would achieve this little milestone in just over a month and a half, but here we are! So thank you to all the people on the other side of the world looking at blogs whilst I’m asleep as you tipped us over the mark sometime last night and thank you to all on my side of the world who come and have a look regularly. I appreciate the support.
I am finding Bobbin Scissors Thread to be a release of everything I love about the world of fabrics and interiors and love the thought that you are all learning something along the way. Thank you all so much for reading or just looking at the images!

Now, as to that present……………

March 12, 2012

Monday's Lesson: Pattern 101 Ikat

Last week it was pipped at the post by Suzani but finally the time has come to explore one of today's most popular patterns, Ikat.

The term Ikat describes a dying technique used to pattern textiles by resist dying, a process similar to tie-dye. Like in tie-dye where bindings are placed around the fabric where dye is not required, Ikat uses the same process but on individual threads prior to weaving rather than on the finished piece as a whole. To get even more technical Ikat can be produced as a ‘Warp Ikat’, ‘Weft Ikat’ or ‘Double Ikat’. All fabrics are made up of a weft and a warp [the horizontal and the vertical thread used to weave fabrics] and each of these terms refers to the weft being dyed and the warp being left plain, the reversal or the use of both a dyed weft and warp thread.
The making of Schumacher Darya warp Ikat, printed warp and traditional hand woven.

An Indonesian term, Ikat is a widely used weaving style and common in many cultures across the world such as Argentina, Uzbekistan, India, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Japan. The weaving styles vary as do the motifs however due to the time and skill required to create Ikat, it is commonly perceived across cultures as a symbol of status, wealth and prestige. Today’s Ikat are predominantly printed rather than woven but still manage to evoke this feeling of prestige and individuality.

I love the colours used here and the balance of them. The upholstery is sensational, look at how the pattern is repeated in the same spot accross each of the cushions and runs beautifully from the top of the back to the bottom front.
This Ikat is amazing, as is this image! Colourful and pattern heavy yet balanced and unoffensive. 
Beautiful lavender Ikat occasional chairs. Interesting point of difference in having the base cushion plain rather than patterned.

This Ikat sofa is totally me! I love the neutral colour yet the bold pattern use still makes a statement.

Love the chairs and the colour, would have loved to have seen more of it throughout the room for the connection.

I love these chairs! What an amazing idea, I have never seen anything like it, I love it!

Beautful Lee Jofa Ikat

If you’re interested in more ways to incorporate Ikat into your life, check out my Pinterest board 
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