It seems a strange time to be thinking about an AW collection seeing as we are having such glorious weather here in the UK but that’s what I’ve been doing. The past 2 weeks have been spent getting sample screens made, choosing and mixing the colours and then printing up some samples. I then packaged those up to be sent down to London last week in time for an important deadline. I’ve also been busy finishing a wholesale order which also got posted to the USA last week, the Parcel Force guy is getting to know my studio building really well.
I’d love to share the samples for the AW collection with you now as I’m very proud of the new designs, but seeing as it’s summer and the weather has finally caught up with the season let’s just enjoy that for the time being and I’ll share them with you in a few weeks time. You can see a sneak peak of the colours above, in addition to those there is also Plum, Chocolate and Emerald.
Another batch of fabric was sent to the heat setters this week and so has been listed in my Etsy shop, the long-awaited Trinity is finally here and I’m so glad to get the whole collection back together after the whole screen damage fiasco.
Also included in the batch was the first of the new upholstery range which I’m very excited about. I have a few coloured base cloths for this range as well as an eco bleach version, the first to be printed is a lovely Ice Grey colour which in some lights has tones of purples. It’s a lovely strong fabric which is a blend of Hemp and Organic cotton and as it’s intended for upholstery I got the fabric put through the Martindale Test. The test is an abrasion test which simulates the wear and tear of seat fabrics. General domestic fabrics rate at 15,000 – 25,000 rubs, this covers most interior household uses apart from furniture that will be subjected to everyday use, such as sofas, and chairs with fixed seats and backs. For heavy-duty use the rating should be 25,000 to 30,000 rubs, this kind of fabric can also be used for light commercial which is usually 30,000 and above. The Hemp and Cotton mix rated at 26,000 rubs and the 100% Hemp at 28,000 rubs so I’m very happy with those test results as it means that the fabric will stand up to a good deal of use.
Here are the first of the upholstery fabrics, Rain Flowers is available by the metre and is 140cm wide including the selvedge. Pods is available in panels 80cm tall by 140cm wide and is seen here in Graphite and Night.