There are so many fabulous fabrics around these days, the temptation is huge and my stash just grows and grows. I don’t even need to go shopping to be tempted either, the internet brings them winging to my finger-tips and sends me off dreaming of future projects. Fabulous fabrics pop on to my Facebook page and some of my favourite crafting bloggers showcase their choices and then of course my idle non-crafting fingers seem to have a will of their own, surfing the internet just looking for them. I know I could try and ignore the fact that they are out there but sadly I can’t stand to think I’m missing out.
Fabric HQ posted a gorgeous range last week; ‘Winters Lane’ by Kate and Birdie Paper co. and I pinned it to my Pinterest Fabulous Fabrics board. It’s a quietly Christmassy range with my current favourite aqua and red combination.
On Tuesday me and Jeff took a trip to Canterbury. We hadn’t been for a long time and it was great to revisit and find it thriving. We did wonder if we had inadvertently crossed the channel and arrived in France listening to the chatter around us. Good to know that cross-channel day-tripping works both ways! We weren’t just out for a jolly jaunt though. We had a proper purpose. When I retired amongst my very generous gifts was a voucher from The Stark Gallery in Lee Green. I didn’t use the voucher immediately and when I did come to use it the gallery had gone!
It has taken me a long time to get around to it but I finally emailed The Stark Gallery in Canterbury and Emma very kindly said that I could use my voucher there even though the business is an entirely new one. There were some great pictures exhibited, unfortunately many beyond my price range but I found prints I love by Sarah Ross-Thompson. I already have one with a Sandhurst background. It was a gift bought with my 60th birthday tokens from the staff! This is the print I chose, it’s called ‘Rock Face’ and very much puts me in mind of the cliffs of the South Kent coast.
Back to the fabric. I couldn’t resist a visit to The Sewing Shop which is close to the Cathedral gates on Sun Street. I left Jeff at Steamer Trading cook shop and battled my way through the clicking cameras. What a lovely shop and the owner was busy cutting strips of Christmas fabric, August being the prime time for crafters buying Christmas fabric of course! My greedy, kid-in-a-sweet-shop eyes danced around and quickly landed on … ‘Winters Lane’ and I was lost. The only decision to be made was which of the range I’d settle on. Here they are.
I’ve got a feeling that if I encounter them again I’ll being getting a couple more fat quarters, maybe the stone mistletoe or the Bella solid red mmm. Now I’m thinking about how they will grace our house at Christmas. But in the meantime they are going straight on to the top of my packed fabric bag because next week we are going. Finally. The move is on.
There will be so much to make!