Thursday, 24 September 2009

Fabric Frenzy

Something's going on in the Cath K stash corner. Half of it's missing..!

That would be because some of it's over here...

...and lots of it, now neatly chopped up, is over here, waiting to be ironed.

All shall be revealed, my dear readers!

Whilst I was going through the Cath K stash armed with my rotary cutter like a woman on a mission, I thought we might enjoy having a look at the patterns, all so lovely.

Some of my favourites, these stripey, flowery ones...

The rose gingham was introduced on kitchen items, noticeably teatowels, but the yardage was only ever (to my knowledge) available in the green and blue in the shops and was quickly discontinued. I snapped up a bit at sale price. I can't understand why it was discontinued so soon as I love it. I bought the yellow and pink versions on eBay but only small pieces. The yellow "rose wiggle" fabric you can see (bottom, middle of photo) has been discontinued some time. I spotted it in Cath's book Vintage Style and went on a mission to hunt some down. I found a metre on eBay but have never found any more. I'd love some of the pink (pretty please, Father Christmas?!)

There are plenty of spotty and starry designs. To my eternal dismay, several of the star colours were discontinued (only the pale pastel ones remain, boring) and seem to have been replaced with more spotty designs which just aren't as exciting and definitely not as cowboy-ish, as the Munchkin would tell you. I bought a few teatowels at Bicester purely to have a bit of red star "in stash" for future cowboy projects!

There have been several more graphic designs. The kitchen print was soon discontinued as were all these patterns with the exception of the popular "pop flowers" which is currently enjoying a reincarnation. Of course, the new "electric flowers" is quite similar and rather delicious in my opinion, adorning the Roberts' radio as it does. I shall be adding a bit of that to my stash on Saturday when Mr HH and I pop to York.

Not forgetting the fabby pictorial prints. I don't go a bundle on the ballerina design or the racing car one but boats and cowboy are simply fab. I rather liked the ponies and the football (wish I had some football fabric to make the Munchy a peg bag for school). It is our enduring wish that Miss Cath brings out a fabulous steam engine design.

Onto pretty flowery prints. These below are all in a lighter weight cotton than the cotton duck which makes them very useful for certain projects where the cotton duck would be too rough or thick. The paisley pattern always seems to be produced in the lighterweight cotton. I adore the posy fabric (fourth from left), so simple but very vintage in style and lends itself so well to many projects. I was only thinking today that most of Cath K's prints are quite large scale, this one is a bit more dainty and in certain projects, all the more useful for that.

Onto "classic rose". I have it in four colourways. I think the white one (bottom right of photo) might be in production but I think the others have had an "early retirement"?! The one on the taupe background is lovely, snapped up at Bicester.

More flowers, old and new designs, with blue and grey backgrounds. I adore the grey fabric (second from right, the name escapes me but I'm sure you'll know). It's been discontinued a while. I'm surprised I like it actually, grey is not what you would think of as an exciting colour and certainly not very Cath K but I think this fabric works beautifully. I made my knitting bag out of this and have very little left now. Sob! I also love the little blue Clover design (left) which I bought from Bicester and used for dining room curtains at the cottage. Sadly, I have virtually none of that left either. The Textured Rose design is possibly my favourite of the new prints (third from right).

More flowers, this time with more neutral backgrounds.

Vying for "most favourite fabric" is the Vintage Posy pattern. I had a little bit of this in the blue and white colourway, I've just cut up the last of that today. I saw more of the gorgeous pinky version in Bicester recently and snapped up a couple of metres. I cut into it for the first time today but first, I thought I'd have a bit of fun with it on my chair. Hmm, quite luscious!

Ah well, the rotary cutter has steam rising from it, I think I've got a blister on my little finger but the stash is restored! It's the first time I've ever got the whole lot out and had a good go through it. I didn't realise I had quite so much! She's quite a prolific designer, our Cath.

But what have you been doing with it, Hen, surely you're not so sad that you just got it all out to fondle it?! Oh no, there's been much stripping, seaming and so on...

Not to make book covers this time, which is what I have used my stripey patchwork for previously, but to make something to rest my little tootsies on whilst relaxing in my chair.

Yes, a funky, bright, comfy, squishy, patchworky "pouffe" (love that word)! Useful and beautiful I believe, Mr William Morris. I made a barrel shape from the patchwork fabric (took quite a lot to make that, I can tell you, a full 5' long), inserted a zip into the side so I'd be able to stuff the pouffe once finished (and launder it thereafter of course), attached it to a round piece of plain calico on the bottom and chose a piece of vintage embroidered cloth for the top (backed with iron-on interfacing for strength). I've stuffed it with some cheap foam-filled cushions I found at the sewing shop yesterday. The shape will improve as it settles a bit and gets squashed a bit! Et voila!

Ah, after that morning of hard work, a spot of relaxation is in order!

I'll just put my feet up!


  1. Love the pouffe it looks very comfy,I'm really jealous of all your beautiful fabrics they must be a real joy to use.

    P.S. Is it worth going to the Cath K shop in Bicester? You have mentioned it a few times and I am very tempted.

  2. A feast for the eyes!
    I'll keep my eyes peeled at you know where just in case!!!!!

    Such a pretty cover...oh your blog is simply lovely!

    Cheers for making our days bright and happy Hen.....xxxxx

  3. Lovely :) Great post.

    I can just see you on Mastermind
    And your specialist subject?"
    "Cath Kidston fabric designs"

    Only you wouldn't be sitting in the black chair - you would be re-upholstering it as you answered the questions in CK fabrics of course!!!!!

  4. oh my goodness, so much CK!!! Great pouffe!! xx

  5. Well I think you deserve to put your feet up after all that activity, gorgeous fabrics, I love them all.

    Sue xx

  6. Hi Hen
    That must have taken some time to make! I love your stash of colourful fabrics. I like having fabric neatly stacked up on the shelves, so pleasing to look at!
    There have been some beautiful CK fabrics which have been discontinued. Like you, I am always on the look out on Ebay. Vintage Posy is one which I really like and will try Bicester to see if they have some left. I have never been there before. I sense, I will be spending a lot of money when I do go...
    Have a great time in York, happy shopping!
    Isabelle x

  7. Hi Hen,
    Oh my such a colorful post. I love CK. I only have a few little pieces and scraps of her fabric. I love it though. I am always drooling over her catalog. You have an enormouse collection. I really like your pouffe. It looks so comfy. Can't wait to see what you craft next.
    ♥ Rebecca

  8. love the pouffe!

    nice to have a good look through your stash too!

    Rose XXX

  9. Fabric, wonderfull like very much,
    Pouffe very beautifull. Loving it CK.

  10. What a wonderfully modern take on a pouffe!!! We had a black vinyl one when I was a child! You have enough fabric to open up a haberdashery!!! I hope all your kitties are well. x

  11. Such a lovely lot of colourful fabrics! Love the pouffe!

  12. Oh, that's lovely! And what a wonderful collection - it makes me wish that I had bought some of my favourites when they were in print.

    Pomona x

  13. oooo too much loveliness in one post i can hardly handle it :-)
    and the pouffe is most definately useful and especially beautiful - a well deserved sit down I reckon!

  14. What a lovely addition to your den.

  15. Love the comment from 'All things bright and beautiful... made me laugh, you so would be re-upholstering the black chair on mastermind.

    I was drooling at your CK stash but when I saw the Pouffe my chin hit the floor... it's lush!!!! I love it.

    Love coming on here to see your bright and cheery blog... thanks


  16. Your pouffe is just fab-u-lous. What a genius idea.

  17. Can you hear me sobbing?? All those gorgeous fabrics, sigh, that wonderful pouffe, sigh, fabulous, just fabulous.

  18. What a history - thanks! Living in France I've missed some of the less famous of her fabrics, and I really loved the chance to catch up. I love the 'posy' one, and have one or two items in it which I will share for Lissylu's Cath Event...

  19. So much flowery goodness in one post! Just beautiful.
    Enjoy and relax away!
    Lisa x

  20. What a fantastic fabric stash, I bet everyone here wishes they could spend an hour in your den! Great make, I could do with putting my feet up.
    Thanks for your comment about the Big Crochet, it would be great if you could make some. Let me know when you're done & I'll email you my address. I need them by 10th October. :)X

  21. WOW! I think you must hold the world record for having the most amount of Cath K material!So much deliciousness in one post...simply gorgeous.


  22. The pouffe is lovely and so comfy looking. The CK prints are great, I recently bought a nice green tea towel from Bicester in a very pretty print I have never seen before. One of my favourite prints was in a turquoise or grey colourway with lupins on it. Unfortunately it was never produced in a fabric or oilcloth only in garden cushions and a garden tablecloth.
    Ann x

  23. That is one fabulous footrest. If that's what one can call it? Sounds like a lot of work to make it!

    I am just dumbfounded over the MASSIVE collection of CK fabrics you've got there. They are ALL delightful, and if given the choice (and opportunity), I just might gather as much as you did! Lovely fabrics.

  24. Oh please will you stop! I can't take anymore. I want it all! its just fabulouso! I could eat tht pouffe! Suzie. xxx

  25. oh wow! How wonderful! I love all your fabric - you have such a great collection and then...the pouffe! How amazingly splendid! You could definitely sell those! xxx

  26. delicious crafty things going on at the hen house!!! Lovely!

  27. Hi Hen, first of all I HATE it when lovely designs are discontinued its just like make up manufacturers discontinuing your fave lippy! I cant believe how much Cath fabric you have...amazing and thirdly are coming to York!!!! how amazing ...want any tips ...York is just wonderful...and we were going to plan a trip there tomorrow too...but Harrogate has won us over instead...oh you will have such a wonderful time in the railway museum...and shopping in York divine...there should be the food market on too...have a lovely MUST go to Bettys for afternoon tea...but you have to queue...they do a lovely breakfast though

  28. Hello Hen! Ooooh lovely to be back in your world again, feels like it's been ages! Love the pouffe, very successful, and a beauty too. Every time you put your feet up, you'll feel joy!
    I Read about Charlie Boy! So glad you found him, you must have been desperate. So glad you had a tin of Tuna to hand for him. The hugging that must have gone on, on his return.
    I've been working on my package to send to you, so hopefully it will be with you before the end of September! Should be.
    I'm sure I've not said everything I wanted to! Hope you're well/
    Love Vanessa xxx

  29. Really loving your pouffe!!
    I'm pretty sure I have some football fabric, will go and check my stash and let you know...
    xxx Steph

  30. What a feast for the eyes, all that CK fabric! The "pouffe" is just perfection. xo, suzy

  31. Goodness me I've never seen so much Cath in one place!! and there's nothing wrong with getting it all out just to fondle it! Gosh I've just realised how rude that sounds ;)

  32. Your Pouffe is gorgeous, congratulations

    I hope you had a great time in York.

  33. Recently took the 60 second tour of your beautiful home in the October issue of Ideal Home Magazine, it is truly amazing, I so want a workroom like yours and everything you have in it. It is so cheerful and girly. Im a keen follower of hen house now, keep up the good work and keep us all posted.

    All things nice...

  34. Inspirational use for those wonderful fabrics!

    I'm with you on the steam engine design. Come on Cath, hurry up and design it for us!

    My favorite CK fabric will always be the lighthouse one though, as hubby proposed to me in the lamproom of a lighthouse and it makes me all nostalgic when I look at the fabric.

  35. Look at that pouffe, fantastic! And a great way to use lot's of different fabrics.

    Victoria xx

  36. I love, love, love the pouffe honey, You are sooooo clever!

    I have a small amount of pink rose wiggle for sale, a few fat quarters which are ready for my sale next week. Do you still need some? x

  37. You are so organized as well as talented. I love your creative space and wish I could do one like it but then everything you do is inspiring
    Barbara Menell in Texas


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