I’m very excited because my new fabric is here! It took a while, but now we have the first batch printed and up for sale on the site. Part of the delay was getting the fabric just right – we started off experimenting with Linen Union with a little nylon in it for strength, but we quickly moved over to one an all natural linen made especially for us by a factory in Scotland.
Peter Greig & Co. Ltd. are a traditional textile mill in Kirkcaldy, and they have been weaving fabric in the same building since 1825. The factory itself is fantastic, a real mix between old and modern – you can see some lovely pictures of it here and watch a video made by Make Works (a great website for any designers http://onhealthy.net amongst you by the way!). They helped us in getting just the right fabric that was not only strong, but drapes well and feels great. Most importantly it is prepared for print much more rigorously than others we have used; it is perfectly pre-shrunk so that we have no problems when applying the inks to it. We have also developed a new binder which gives the printed areas a much better handling quality.
To start with we have a selection of my old designs adapted and redrawn especially for the fabrics, and a new design – Birdcage. I’m especially pleased with that one! We plan to introduce adaptations of my wallpaper designs Daisy and Sheep in the next few months, and soon after that a new design, Lilypond, should be making an appearance.