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I received an email from a recent customer with a picture showing how she has used the fabrics she bought from GOOOD Fabrics.

It brought a big smile on my face! Sooooo pretty and what a great way to add colours and life to an otherwise plain-looking piece of furniture at home.

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In anticipation of the upcoming festive hols… GOOOD Fabrics is rewarding all with an extra 10% discount. For members, you will enjoy a 10% discount and then another 5% members’ discount on top of that. Isn’t it time to feel a little jolly?! Hohohooo…

Oh do tell your friends and family about the discount too… All goood things need to be shared.
Note that discount only applies to items available online and on sewing services.
Holly cheers!
We are at Facebook too!

This post has been long-overdue! GOOOD Fabrics was featured in September DECORATIONS, DCRS Magazine, Volume 83. I’ve been wanting to blog about it since September. ;P

DECORATIONS wanted to do a piece on using fabrics at home and approached me since the fabrics were selected for home decorating.

DECORATIONS Magazine Cover

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It’s been a while since I last blogged… that’s cos we are busy prepping for ‘The Fair’ that will happen this coming Wed and Thurs. And yes, this is the first time we are setting up ‘shop’ outside of our online store. We are pretty exhausted, I mean, excited! 😉 At The Fair, we will be selling finished products instead of fabrics by metre instead.

Hence, it has been 2 weeks of non-stop sewing, or rather, whenever we can find pockets of time. I’ve never sewn this much in my life before and I must say, it is really a back-breaking business. Goood thing I wasn’t turned off but rather had fun planning the products, choosing the fabrics from GOOOD Fabrics, cutting them up, tacking the pieces, sewing and finally seeing the finished product. Ahhh… all proudly handmade!

Just today, I found myself walking around the apartment with the sewing tape measure around my neck the whole time. It is becoming part of my getup?! ;P

I will post more details of the event in the next day or two.

I found my mom's reading glass atop her unfinished sewing 🙂

Having a bit of fun with the elastic cords amidst the sewing madness!

Glimpse of some finished products.

Yay! All ready to be packaged.

They are turning out quite well... I love these.

Yup, printed cards that double up as namecard and the product label.

Printing and cutting...

Taking care of the POS material too.

I took a short break from sewing, after dinner, to bake some chewy cashew raisin cookies for my dear, dear pal, Jenny. We had these in our recent trip to Bali and I promised her I will make some for her. Hope she likes them...

Our latest collection of fabrics by Michael Miller.  The Forest Life in Retro colours is perfect for making any crafty projects like a fabric wall art, cushion covers, makeup pouch, etc. I’m tempted to make a tote bag out of this myself. Hmm… maybe I would.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpenters: Close To You
“Why do birds 
suddenly appear?
Everytime you are near
Just like me
They long to be
Close to you…”

I don’t know why but when I chanced upon this series of fabrics by Alexander Henry, the song ‘Close to You’ by Carpenters came ringing in my mind 🙂 Yes, feeling abit of an ‘oldie’ here…

As I was preparing the launch of this series, I looked around my home and found objects that made me feel inspired and free… like a bird would fly free. Hope you like the collection.

Here’s a link of Carpenters Close to You music clip on YouTube:

My girlfriend delivered a baby girl last month. Of course I had 9 months to prepare the nursing cover but I just had to wait til her baby girl is born before it got me moving! Tsk tsk… Anyway one of the reasons why I took so long was also cos I was trying to figure out to create the ‘peep’ effect on the collar area so mommy can still maintain eye contact with the baby whilst feeding.

I googled for ‘how to make nursing cover’ and a whole list came up. Unfortunately I lost the link which I followed 😦 But here’s a great link too.

You would need the following:

  • 1-1.5M fabric (I chose a very light premium cotton fabric type, Chalky Silhouette by Patricia Bravo, due to our tropical climate)
  • 1 pair of D ring
  • 12″ plastic strip/boning

I will not go into too much detail on the steps since the link above has a pretty comprehensive step-by-step instructions.

Difficulty level: 3 out of 5 (because of the boning)

Prepping the neck strap and holding them in place with pins

Sewing the D rings on

Inserting the plastic strip/boning, centered on the body piece

Stitching the neck straps left and right of the centered boning piece

Flipping the neck straps upwards and sewing them so they stay upwards

Completed work - Closeup view

Completed work. Yay!

Yes, ‘UFO – Unfinished Objects’ Sewing Day has arrived. We all agreed to meet at 12nn at Parkway Parade Shopping Centre for lunch before heading to the event. I must say that it didn’t start very well. First it was raining, so I couldn’t ride there. So, sis and I decided to take a bus and when we got to the bus terminal, we realised that it will take about an hour and it was already 1130am by then. Since we’ll be so late, we thought it’s best to catch a cab instead. We walked to the main road only to find too many cab-competitors. We waited for 10mins and decided that we should go back for the scooter since the rain has stopped by then. So it was back to square 1 after all that… Anyway I felt really relieved that we are finally moving nearer toward our destination. Felt really bad to keep my friends waiting though.

We finally arrived at Scoop of Art, Marine Parade Community Club, after our lunch at 1.30pm. Scoop of Art is a really cool looking cafe that supports the arts. They encourage patrons to work on their own art pieces over gelato and coffee. I love the illustrations in the cafe. They even paint the floor! You have to go there to have a look.

We found that Popin members were already busy sewing away.. 🙂

Popin members already sewing away when we got there...

For this event, the intention was to bring unfinished projects to sew but since I didn’t have any and I really wanted to do something for the dolphins hence we continued the concept of ‘SEW FOR GOOOD’. We had ‘SEW FOR JAPAN’ the last time so we ‘SEW FOR DOLPHINS’ today. I pre-cut the dolphins using felt and sis helped with the fabric strips prior to today so everyone could all maximise our time just sewing. It was really fun and relaxing just sewing for a good cause, laughing over silly things and catching up with my friends. It was a well-spent afternoon. I hope the rest feel the same!

Everyone looking very fresh and excited!

With the generous help and time offered by them (pictured above), it was a successful sewing day! These dolphin ribbon badges will be sold at SGD10 at some venues (TBC) around the island. And 100% of the proceeds will go to ACRES for their campaign (saddestdolphins) and awareness programs for the dolphins. We’ll be meeting again 2 weeks later (likely to be a Saturday again) to make more of them. If you know of any retail shops that may be willing to place them at their shop or you would like to join us to contribute, do drop me a message.

Here are some pictures capturing what we did today…

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Hang them, hook them, sew a safety pin on them and use as badge!

Our finished work today...

The crafters who helped 'Sew for Dolphins'. From left: Leonie, Sulis, Chin, Sanz, Jenny, Hong

Note: Some of the fabrics used are sponsored and may be purchased at GOOOD Fabrics.

I was strolling down the narrow street in Sodermalm,Stockholm, the bright sun was beating down and my eyes squinting in an attempt to filter some rays off… something brighter actually caught my eye across the street! Some beautiful textiles mesmerized and beckoned. The gorgeous and eye-catching patterns were in control of my feet.

As I entered the cute little shop, my heart was filled with a delightful glee. Beautiful fabrics made into bags, pouches, cushion covers, bibs, aprons… what have you… I wanted to bring everything home!

For those of you who love Swedish design, it embraces simplicity, boldness, elegance.  So hopefully the designs brought a smile to your face as it did mine…

{1} Cushion Cover
{2} Small Shoulder Bag – I was soooo close to getting one of these, but they ran out of the design I want! 😦
[3} Baby bib
{4} Toiletries Bag

A short read about 10-Gruppen/Ten Swedish Designers

10-gruppen was formed in 1970 by ten young textile designers who wanted to be able to control the entire process, from the preliminary sketch to the printed textile, and to provide good Swedish design.

Today, 10-gruppen is owned and operated by three of the original founding designers, Birgitta Hahn, Tom Hedqvist and Ingela Håkansson, who design all the fabrics.

The 10-gruppen shop on Götgatan in Stockholm  sells the print collections by the metre as textile or oilcloth. It also markets a range of products with their own prints.

The 10-gruppen designs are famous for their powerful and expressive style and colours.

Over the years, 10-gruppen has been exhibited abroad regulary, including in New York, Tokyo, Paris and Berlin.

In addition to being sold in their own shop, 10-gruppen products are marketed by retailers and distributors throughout Sweden, Europe, Asia and the USA. 10-gruppen has also collaborated regularly with IKEA.

Visit the 10-Gruppen website.

Patricia BravoI was truly captivated the first time I come across her fabric designs. There’s something feminine, chic and modern about her designs. I immediately wanted to stock her fabrics in Goood Fabrics. I was more than ecstatic when her fabric stock arrived. The designs were breathtaking and the light premium cotton was so comfortable to the feel. I was so inspired by them and my first lampshade project was made with her fabric.

Patricia Bravo. A woman with a strong passion for all things beautiful, finds inspiration in everything she sees, touches, feels. All I know about Patricia I read online, I wanted to introduce Patricia to audiences farther than where she’s from. I wanted all fabric lovers to know more about her and what she do. Coming from a small island in the world, I was a tad apprehensive about her response to my request to interview her online. All she took was a day to reply me with such enthusiasm that I was pleasantly surprised!

Here’s our little chat online… I hope it opens up a window of inspiration to you, and that you will appreciate the thoughts and efforts she pours into her work, if and when you bring home a fabric piece of Patricia Bravo.

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GOOOD :: What would you tell your customers in Asia about yourself and your work?
Pat :: I am a passionate sewer that has learned to be a passionate quilter. I also like to find beauty in everything that surrounds me and pour it into each of my designs.

GOOOD :: How would you describe the person who chooses Patricia Bravo’s textiles?
Pat :: People that choose my fabrics come in so many different shapes and sizes! But there’s one element that’s common to all of them; the passion for creating something beautiful and personal, something that they poured all their love and dedication into. And that’s what I appreciate the most, no matter where you come from, your level of experience, or your lifestyle, as long as you have that little spark that makes you want to create, I made my fabrics for you.

GOOOD :: What inspires or drives you to continue doing what you do today?
Pat :: You! Each and every single fabric and craft lover out there makes me want to keep on doing this. To be honest, it’s a lot of work, but every time I get a compliment on a collection, or someone sends me a picture with the awesome things they made using one of my prints, I can’t help but smile and keep on doing this knowing that is what makes me and others so happy.

GOOOD :: What else would you be doing if you weren’t doing what you do now?
Pat :: Well… I really miss those days when I had time to take care of the home like it was a temple (I even did the gardening!). I also love doing all sorts of crafts; if only I had time to start knitting again!

GOOOD :: What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you wish more people could know?
Pat ::  Not a lot of people know that I’m actually a history freak. Like, seriously. If you look through my library and movie collections I bet you can cover the history of the whole entire world since day 1, haha! Also, very few people know I took a cooking course on cake decorating, pastries, icing, and sugar flowers. You name it, I did it!

GOOOD :: How would you explain a good texile design to a layman?

Pat :: I believe a good textile design should be harmonious in both color and print; should take the eye for a smooth, pleasant stroll around it. It also has to suck you in and make you want to keep looking at it, like a good painting; should make you want to explore and absorb every hue, every line, every detail. And of course a good color choice is crucial; the eye is always stimulated by color more than any other element of design (it’s what I like to call “the color shock”), that’s why it is so important. We all react differently to color, but I believe no matter what memories it brings back or what place it takes you to, a good design should always make you feel GOOD.

GOOOD :: What is the one advise you would give to someone who wants to decorate their home with fabrics?
Pat :: Focus on color! Color can tell a story and generate emotions like no other thing in your home. It can also tell a lot about yourself and your personality. Dare to be bold and don’t be afraid of bright colors! Your home should reflect who you are. It should make you feel at ease and make you want to spend time in it.

GOOOD :: It’s clear that I love fabrics. What is your latest “love”?
Pat :: My IPAD! : )

5 speed questions:
1. Morning or night: Night
2. Cat or dog: Dog
3. Winter or summer: Summer
4. Milk or dark chocolate: mmmm… can I say both?
5. Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp: Brad Pitt! …Sorry Johnny, hope I didn’t break your heart ; )

GOOOD :: Anything else you want to say to the fabric lovers in Singapore and the rest of Asia?
Pat :: Thank you so much for choosing my fabrics which I have designed with so much love! Hope I can continue to inspire you and light up that creative spark!

Thanks for dropping by... I will share my sewing journey with you. I do hope you leave me some comments or feedback or just say hi! (:
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