Monday, 27 November 2017

Toucan play that game

Whenever I go somewhere new, I always try and seek out the local fabric shops and see if I can snap up a new addition to my fabric stash. On a recent trip to Bath I did just that, where I was lucky enough to come across a fabulous toucan fabric which I decided to pair with a black and white polka dot print.


So far I have made a cosmetic bag and tissue holder combo.


Both items use the polka dot fabric as the lining. The cosmetic bag is big enough to fit makeup and beauty items, or could be used as a pencil case or gadget pouch for storing chargers.


The tissue holder makes a fun addition and fits snuggly inside the cosmetic bag.





Thursday, 23 November 2017

True Blue

This blue beauty has just been added to my store. It's a silk scarf made from vintage Japanese kimono pieces that I have sewn together. It is long and thin, wraps around the neck several times and is perfect for accessorising any outfit.


I've taken time to go through my extensive collection of kimono pieces and find the perfect combination of fabrics to go together. The fabrics include florals and geometrics and some have a hint of red and cream, while others are multi colour, mixed up with some solid blue silk.


Why not mix and match cultures and wear your Japanese kimono scarf with this stunning ikat fabric clutch bag which you can find in my store here.




Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Sparkle Sunday

It's only 10 days until the Sparkle Sunday event at Elleray Hall in Teddington! Cheeky Leopard products will be on sale along with handmade aromatherapy gifts, jewellery, ceramics, vintage glass, womenswear and menswear and gourmet gifts. There will also be tea and cakes, and face painting for the kids! Please pop along and say hi, it would be lovely to see you there.


Sunday 3rd December
Elleray Hall
Elleray Road
Teddington
TW11 OHG



Friday, 17 November 2017

Kimono scarf

I've been playing with another kimono silk scarf and it's just been added to my store. This time I decided to use an autumnal colour palette of black and terracotta.


I love the combination of styles and it was really fun choosing the selection of fabrics and deciding which one was going to sit next to each other.


I tried to mix up the colours so that they alternated between black and terracotta or between floral and geometric so that the prints and colours were spread out.


The scarf is long and thin and can be draped around the neck several times.


This scarf makes quite a statement and is a great decorative element to any outfit.





Wednesday, 15 November 2017

New notebooks

I recently decided to add some new items to my store, these gorgeous little notebooks! I designed them myself and I decided to use images that have been popular in my store. The items that sell the best are the Boston Terrier fabrics and cat designs, so I decided to use those and create some sweet book covers. It was a lot of fun designing them.


Both the notepads are A5 in size and they are made from recycled card on the outside with a staple at the spine to hold the pages together. There are 48 lined pages so that you can jot down your ideas and thoughts. These books could be used as a journal, a diary or something to keep lists in!


The Boston Terrier design is on a yellow ground and has tonal tossed hearts surrounding the dogs' heads. This makes a great match with the Boston Terrier coin purse.


Look closer at the cat design and you will see that some of them are wearing pink glasses or bow ties. The design is on a pale grey ground and would make a great match with the cat cosmetic bag.


Look inside the front cover of each notebook and you will find a space to personalise your book.



Sunday, 12 November 2017

Magenta madness

I love the colour magenta and there is a lot of it in the stores right now, from fabulously sky high stilettos and damask dresses from Marks and Spencer, to a bejewelled suede clutch bag at Dune.


It reminded me of all the pretty pink items I have in my store.
The coin purse below is made from a lovely thick linen fabric.


The clutch bag below is made from an Indian sari that I collected on my travels in India. The sari has touches of green in it so I decided to make the lining green to match!


The fabric for the handbag below was bought on a trip to Istanbul. It's made from a stunning ikat fabric, where the design is dyed onto the threads before they are woven.


And if you're looking for something a bit smaller, this card case below is perfect. It can be used for storing credit cards, business cards or travel cards and is lightly padded.








SaveSave

Monday, 6 November 2017

Pooch pouch

This is the perfect pouch for your pooch! It's made from a beige and white dog fabric and is perfect for storing doggy treats or poop bags. Alternatively it could be used as a gadget pouch, pencil case or even as a makeup bag! You can find it in my store here.


The inside uses a fabulous red and white paw print.


Friday, 27 October 2017

Kimono cuties

These kimono cuties were recently added to my store. Each purse is made from a vibrantly coloured kimono fabric and has a fun bobble clasp. These are the perfect size for small change and credit cards  and they make quite a statement! Each purse has a vibrant red lining to add a flash of colour when the bag is opened.


You can find this stunning trio in my shop here.


The purse above uses multi colour florals with a hint of mint green in the background.


I love the large bold floral on the purse above.


The turquoise of the bobble clasp above compliments the turquoise in the kimono fabric.



Saturday, 21 October 2017

Purple passion

I've been busy making more silk scarves and the latest addition to my store is this purple stunner! It was such fun finding the right fabrics for this item. I have a lot of beautiful kimono pieces in my stash and there were so many I could have used. Not all of them made it, but the ones that didn't will be used for another scarf.


This scarf is a long and skinny decorative scarf and wraps around the neck several times.

The scarf is double-sided so whichever way you wear it, there will be a stunning design on show. I love the oversize stylised floral below.


I've used a combination of different styles and love the way that they are all pulled together through colour.


The scarf looks beautiful around the neck.


You can find it in my store here.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Kimono necklace

I have a new addition to my store! It's a red floral necklace made from a piece of vintage Japanese kimono fabric and makes a stunning statement to any outfit.


I love the individual flowers found on many Japanese kimono fabrics and wanted to somehow use those as individual pieces. I realised that they would make a great pendant on a necklace.


The front of the necklace uses a red and white stylised flower. The flower has been bonded to a piece of coral-coloured leather to strengthen it, and then attached to a gold chain.


You can find this necklace in my store here.


Monday, 16 October 2017

Happy Monday

Happy Monday! I hope a good weekend was had by all. Mine was lovely, with a great combination of city visits and country walks. On Saturday I went to the Tower of London and I loved it! I hadn't been since I went on a school trip when I was about ten years old and I was very impressed by it. There is lots to see and even the views over London and the river are really spectacular from the ramparts. It reminded me of what a great city I live in. On Sunday I went for a lovely brisk walk in the Oxfordshire countryside, ending up at a pub for lunch. It's a stunning time of year and the leaves on the trees were all changing to vibrant shades of orange and red.

On Friday I ventured to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace to check out what's going on. It's always great to see everything under one roof, to see the fabrics I've designed and to also see what other people are doing.


It was great to see that bright colours were very popular. I loved the selection of scarves above and the use of the kantha stitching. I might use that technique for some of my Cheeky Leopard scarves.


It's always great to see the Liberty floral fabrics. They come in all shades and look so pretty lined up.


I love a folk-inspired print and have designed a few in the past which you can see on my website here. The one above is a lovely multi colour version.


There were a lot of quirky novelty prints at the show. I loved the polar bear print on yellow and the multi colour umbrellas.


Higgs and Higgs had a selection of lampshades made out of the Sophia fabrics I designed for Makower UK. They looked really pretty hanging up.


These cute panda bear heads would work well in a nursery. I love the gender-neutral yellow and mint green colour palette.



I came home with some beautiful sari fabrics from Bazaar. One piece is a vibrant pink colour and the other piece uses softer pinks. I love the combination.


 My sari purchases came in this pretty little bag, also made from sari fabric! I can't wait to get creative with the fabrics I bought and think both pieces would make stunning clutch bags.



Sunday, 15 October 2017

Autumn delights

I love this time of year. The leaves are changing colour and the weather is beginning to turn a little colder. To celebrate this I decided to add some autumn-inspired items to my store which include sweet apple designs and bright leaves in lovely fall colours. The leaf fabric is a cotton furoshiki that I bought in Japan. Furoshiki is a traditional fabric used for wrapping presents and they come in many interesting varieties. When I first moved to Japan I was intrigued by the choice of colours and patterns on offer and bought many of them for my fabric stash.


With the apple fabric I made a coin purse and card case combo. The red and white polka dot fabric was the perfect lining for both items.


The leaf fabric is a bold orange and beige colour and I decided to make a fab little tissue holder and glasses case. The perfect lining for these items was a brown and beige leaf fabric from Liberty.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Art therapy

As a professional textile designer, I spend my days designing patterns that are printed onto cotton and sold around the world. I feel very lucky to have a job where I am designing every day, but nowadays it's all done on the computer. When I first started designing textiles, all patterns were created with pencil and  paint and took a lot longer to do. I am happy that times have changed and the process is easier and quicker to create now, but I do still miss proper painting.


Last night I decided to get my paints out and try a spot of painting. It was so therapeutic! I'd forgotten how pleasing it was, squeezing out the paint from the tube and mixing it to the right consistency before bravely placing the first brush stroke onto the page.


I decided to paint one of the clutch bags from my collection and chose a bold red clutch made from a kimono fabric with blossom flowers on it. I started off by roughly drawing out the bag in pencil and then I slowly filled in the red areas around the white flowers, with a touch of yellow for the centres. It was finished off with some bold gold for the clasp.


Here is the original bag. You can find it in my store here.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Little stunner

I've just added this little stunner to my store. It's made from a vintage kimono piece I had in my collection and comes in a vibrant orange colour with accents of vibrant green and yellow. The fabric lends itself perfectly to a mini clutch bag and makes quite a statement. The best thing is, nobody else will have anything like it!


I love the brightness of the green on the leaves and decided to match the lining colour to that.


The original fabric was a small piece that was waiting for the perfect clutch bag to be made into. It also incorporates touches of gold outline to really bling it up.



Popular Posts