11/17/2009

Retail therapy.



I have been feeling inspired to sew again after indulging in a bit of retail therapy after visiting this delightful blog. The exquisite hand embroidered pincushion is the work of Mouse whose shop I have been raiding recently. Mouse makes the most beautiful bags and adds lovely hand embroidered details, making each one into a little work of art. My excuse was an attempt to make a head start on Christmas shopping but I have found that I cannot bear to part with all of my purchases!

The fabrics were bought here at Clothaholics. Helen Smith is a self confessed clothaholic, who writes candidly about her addiction on her website-

“My addiction to cloth began in Canada with an old LeClerc table loom that I came across in a second hand shop. I bought it and taught myself to weave with the aid of a few books. I began to collect cloth: embroidered linens, damask, crochet lace, tapestry fragments, hand-woven coverlets, old American hooked rugs - everything that had been formed by a maker's hands. 

Then I saw some small bolts of indigo blue and white fabric at an antique fair. I began some research and discovered that the fabrics were Japanese and were for making kimono. A few months later I managed to acquire some kimono silks. I had never handled such exquisite fabric in my life. I couldn't get enough of these scrumptious fabrics or the kimono that they were made into, and that's how clothaholics.com was born.”

Helen sells Japanese Kimono, jackets, (great for Christmas parties) bags and fabrics, all of which are very reasonably priced. She also puts together little bags of fabrics for people who do patchwork. If you decide to visit, beware, the addiction is catching!

17 comments:

  1. I share your love of fabric and sewing! Whenever I travel, it's local fabrics I buy as souvenirs and still have an art nouveau silk from Montego Bay, Jamaica, purchased in 1974 waiting for just the right item to make!

    Those kimono fabric are especially delicious - thank you for directing us to Mouse and Helen!

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  2. Thank you for sharing those links - and I'm very very tempted by thaose gorgeous indigo fabric bags! I bought lots of indigo fabric from market stalls when we went to Japan - all now used to make sashiko throws.

    The Kimonos are so beautiful - those wonderful designs!

    Celia

    PS and thank you for shopping at my etsy shop too ;-) it will be on its way to you very soon.

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  3. I too am addicted to fabric Valerie and am now wondering whether I dare visit those sites or not. I am going to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate on Thursday - shall need all my money then no doubt.

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  4. Thank you for the link to Mouse, a delightful blog.

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  5. The fabrics at Clothaholics are wonderful - I especially love the blue cotton fabrics and the shorter kimono jackets are so lovely:)

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  6. Thanks so much for the introduction to this charming blog, and charming shop!!

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  7. Valerie, I am lucky to have actually met Mouse, and will let you know that her creativity is without boundaries.

    Thank you so much for the introduction to Helen's site. It is definitely one that I want to revisit.

    Best wishes.

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  8. I'm so glad you're sewing again. How can you not with those fabrics? I'm just about to hop on to those blogs...uh-oh!

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  9. Hi Valerie. You have been responsible for me spending time reading blogs when I should be making my cards. I visited Mouse and saw her beauties and then delved into her blog list. Love those hearts she makes.

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  10. how beautiful this is, and how talented you are! I'm just amazed.

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  11. When it is so windy, wet and stormy outside there is nothing nicer than sitting and sewing and knitting.
    And with such lovely fabric to inspire. My mind is planning a project with your fabric. Happy sewing.

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  12. I know what you mean. I love fabrics and when I see one I like I just have to try and get it and than find out what to make out of it.

    Willow

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  13. I am a huge fan of pretty pincushions - they are beautiful and useful! Always a good investment.

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  14. Thank you for linking us to Mouse, what a charming site.
    And what beautiful fabrics and designs at Clothaholics, I quite understand the addiction. "Whoever dies with the most fabric wins!".

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  15. Oh I hear you Valerie! These are beautiful.

    I have shoeboxes and trunks full of the most beautiful fabrics I've collected over the years. The trouble is having enough time to do something with them!

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  16. Hi Valerie, thanks for sharing the Mouse Blog and Shop! I just love the color scheme of her blog..so soothing!

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