Being ever the optimist, I’m sure that summer isn’t yet over. It can’t be. I need to get burnt and go lobster red at least once. But rainy days can be good days. Good days for sewing at least. I don’t feel as though I’m missing out on too much when I look through the office window and see it pouring down.
I’ve not had a huge amount of time to sew in the past few weeks. The school summer holidays have seriously cramped my style and I’m ticking the days off on the calendar to the 3rd September. In the meantime I haven’t been idle. We’ve had a huge delivery of some rather splendid, dare I say stupendous, fabrics from Sweden and Germany. We can’t get enough of those scandi fabrics here at Funky Kitsch! I’m preparing the autumn and winter clothing for the shop whilst keeping an eye out for some pretty impressive Christmas gifts to add to the stock. Keep a close eye out for new stock landing at the end of August. I wish I could reveal more but I’m sworn to secrecy. **cough** Blafre **cough**
The keen eyed amongst you may have spotted that our ever popular range of scandi knit fabrics have a new lower price. We’ve taken 10% ish off each fabric. This isn’t a fleeting special offer, oh no. We have permanently discounted them. We want to share the fabric love at an affordable price.
My Pinterest boards are groaning with nonsense really useful knitting and craft projects. There’s some lovely free sewing patterns that you might like, especially for going back to school, Halloween and Christmas. Make do and mend is definitely on the agenda for us this year. I’m firmly a believer that Christmas (or birthday) gifts that are handmade really are made with love (sweat, tears, hysterics, crying, gin etc). If you’re not already following me on Pinterest here’s the link to save you sifting through millions of pins. Am I good to you or am I good to you?
If you would like to catch up with me in real life, up close and personal, then you can find me at Levenshulme Market on Saturday 24th September. As usual there’s a plethora of all things bright and beautiful and, we’re having a MAHOOSIVE sale. Nothing to lose and everything to gain for you dear reader. If you can’t make it next Saturday I will be there each fourth Saturday of the month up until December when the final market of the year is being held on the evening of the 20th December. Christmas innit.
Welcome to our new look website. It was designed with ease of use in mind. You’ll notice that some of the photos are bigger and better with a zoom feature added. Hopefully we’ll be updating some of our older photos when we can get round to it. We’d love to hear any feedback on your thoughts, suggestions and criticism.
Moving on to our new fabrics that have finally landed; first up is the crazy world of the ‘Night Fox‘. Foxes are still ‘bang on trend’ and coupled with the lush background blue, it makes for a truly funky design.
Second up is our Bambi fabric from Znok. Pink and green hues with the kitsch bambi in the foreground makes for a very pretty design for the summer.
Next is ‘Sweet Days‘ from Lillestoff. Browns, pinks and more sweeties than you can shake a stick at. Very pleasing to the eye.
Finally we have the Rainbowphant from Lillestoff. A very popular print that has seen a reprint lately. Thank goodness as it sold out first time around. This print has everything for me; rainbows, happy faces on raindrops and in your face colours. Everyone who has seen this up close has uttered the words ‘wow’…I kid you not. It goes without saying that these fabrics have been awarded Oekotex certification and are composed of 95% cotton, 5% lycra.
You might have noticed we’ve added to the Funky Stuff on our website. I’ll be featuring these separately over the coming next few days as there are many. But to give a brief summary of what’s in there we have Bora, Flat Pets, Noodolls, Lapin Woodland Dolls and some amazing rainbow muslins by Faye & Lou. I will be doing a feature on the muslins tomorrow so watch this space.
We’d like to say a happy new year to all of our fabulous customers and a hello, bienvenue, wellkommen and bonjour to our new customers *big wave*
Keeping you in the loop of what has been happening at FKHQ, we’re moving units at Traders Outlet in Sale. We’ve already outgrown the one we have (after only 7 weeks!) so we’re putting castors on everything and settling in to our new place in the new year. There’s also going to be a huge overhaul of the website with more stock being added so that more will be available to buy online as well as offline in the physical store.
We’ll also be asking you, dear reader, to send in any suggestions of things you would like to see in the shop and in particular, what items you would like tos see being made up out of our funky fabrics.
Of course it goes without saying that New Year brings new stock and boy, we have some corkers for you. Lots of Swedish organic fabrics that are either GOTS or OEKOTEX certified. Many of you will be thrilled to learn that the Summer fabric from Znok will be featuring and we will be taking pre-orders on this as there were many disappointed customers when we ran out of it. It will be landing during January and will be availabe in half metres as well as fully metres. £9.95 and £19.89 respectively. You may also love to know that this time it’s organic. Woop! Drop me an email if you would like to reserve this fabric as it sells out FAST!
There have been many highlights this year business wise and we’re looking forward to expanding even further in 2013. Of course we couldn’t do it without you guys out there. On that note, we’d like to wish a very happy new year to you and yours.
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So, this week sees lots of new fabrics for autumn/winter and in particular, the festive period in between.
Never ones to disappoint, Znok has thrown some excellent ones our way. And who are we to refuse? Resistence is futile. Top of the list and one with lots of pre-orders to fulfill, is ‘Vinter’ or to use the vernacular, Winter. Those Scandinavians know how to confuse me – it’s very easy, honestly.
Next up is ‘Crowded Jungle’ or as they say in Sweden, ‘Crowded Jungle’. In case you haven’t noticed I don’t have the Swedish version. Anyhoo, both of these fabrics are the usual mahoosive 150cm wide. Both Oekotex certified and both are soft, strong and very, very long. Oh wait…I’m getting confused. Both are made of the usual high quality organic cotton that we have come to know and love from Znok.
Our new(ish) supplier is Liandlo and I think you’ll agree that these too hit the spot with their jolly scenes of gnomes, squirrels, trees and all the usual little creatures that normally feature.
‘Landet, lilla snigel’ also features snails and translates as ‘farm’ on their website. But we’ve done some sniffing around and we uncovered some completely different meaning. More of which later.
Last up is ‘I ett hus i skogens slut’ which we are led to believe means ‘in the forest‘ but we know better. Both of these fabrics are in fact, the titles from Swedish nursery rhymes. They are super duper wide at 170cm and are GOTS certified.
And finally, here is what we found when we put Landet, Lilla Snigel into Google. I’m thinking Gareth Malone should get some construction workers to cover this.
I’ve been experimenting with some simple patterns recently, making them up with fabrics from the range. This weekend I’ll be beavering away making some dresses and leggings from the delish Znok range. Funky togs that’ll certainly get your offspring noticed! Yet, these fabrics are practical, easy to care for and durable. Don’t just take my word for it. I made a top for one of my friend’s little boy and she very kindly gave us a mention in her blog. Here is said post. Joseph is a complete natural and didn’t mind strutting his stuff in the funky Ocean top.
In the meantime, I haven’t been idle (that’s the honest truth m’lud). Here are some leggings that I knocked together and being splendidly modelled by K. You’ll note that it’s the Znok Violets in the blue colour scheme. We also have this in green and I’m formulating a cunning plan for a simple A-line dress.
I’ll hopefully have quite a few tops, leggings, and dresses ready made up to sell in the near future. Custom orders are also something I’m considering offering.
After you’ve been blinded by the uniqueness and funkiness of our fabrics, you may or may not have noticed that most of the fabric we sell that is made by Znok are in fact sustainable fabrics. These fabrics carry the Oeko Tex certification.
Oeko Tex Standard 100 certification is not only about sustainability but also;
The ethics and ecology in the way fabrics and textiles are produced
Human ecology covers the way that chemicals within fabrics affect the health and wellbeing of the consumer
Performance ecology looks at how washing and dry cleaning processes can impact the environment
Disposal ecology takes problems with recovery, recycling and the disposal of fabrics.
Each fabric will have to undergo a barrage of tests within a lab setting to see how substances within the fabrics can affect the person who would be wearing them or coming into contact with them. Tests are rigorous and certification to be a sustainable fabric is not issued lightly.
We have only touched lightly on this subject but if you are interested or would like to find out more information, the Oeko Tex website is very informative.