HOT SHOP: Clothkits

April 23, 2010

Haberdashery heaven…

Today, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Clothkits website…and found myself in a crafter’s paradise. Check out these lovely Liberty print bias bindings on wooden spools and these lovely buttons – I’m not sure where to put them yet, but those moustache ones are irresistible!

If you need ribbons, cotton threads or sewing kits, there’s a huge range on offer…

Ooooh – I like the tape measure ribbon! The black one would look gorgeous sewn across the edge of a crisp white tablecloth, or tied around presents in fuchsia pink tissue paper. Have a lovely weekend – the sun is shining here in London, so I’ll be giving my shed a second coat of paint (very inspired by the lovely sewing shed over on Tales of a Junkaholic recently but not sure mine will look as lovely what with our lawn mower and all…SIGH) – I’ll be back on Monday with some VERY pretty styling ideas, but now it’s time to hit Soho and sit in the sunshine! – Ellie


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Rob Ryan papercuts, Penguin Classics and British Design icons…read on for three fabulously cheap and effective wall art ideas!

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1: Frame a classic – Buy a retro tea towel such as this Penguin Classics one (£8.95, Bloomsbury Store), then frame it in a simple IKEA Ribba frame (£7.43) for a stylish piece of artwork.

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2: Make a designer canvas – This gorgeous Rob Ryan skirt comes in kit form from Clothkits and costs just £36. Instead of making the skirt, buy an inexpensive blank canvas (see Hobbycraft), stretch the printed fabric over it and use a staple gun to fix it at the rear. Rob Ryan’s gorgeous papercuts and screenprints cost hundreds of pounds, so you’ll have the look for less!

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3: Display stylish stamps – Order a set of the stunning British Design Classics stamps for £3.90 from Royal Mail. Frame them in a cheap frame (Dunelm Mill has a good selection) and prop it up on your mantelpiece for instant designer style. – Ellie