The first flush of daffodils blooming here in England coincides very nicely with the arrival of our own narcissus in the studio: Nargis, or Persian Daffodil, is an ancient motif redrawn by designer Brigitte Singh, and hand block printed on extra-wide cotton.
Plus, our new king size Quilts will be added to the Bedspreads section very soon…
It’s also a great time to look in on our Special Offers pages as we’re preparing for a Spring Clean!
New fabric pieces as well as soft furnishings have recently been added,
As with all of our fabrics, samples can be requested by using the Contact Us form,
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It brings a little thrill to the dullness of winter to be able to add new fabrics to the collections, introducing fresh colours and vibrant new designs.
After the excitement of Brigitte Singh’s Poppy on White being reprinted in 2015 (Fabrics, Bedspreads and Cushion Covers now available), I’d like to share a little preview of the new hand block printed cottons that will be arriving shortly for 2016:
These include a brand new print which has been inspired by a very old Mughal design that we call ‘Nargis’. This medium scale narcissus is soon to be available in a soft orange and green on a crisp white ground. It sings alongside its small scale coordinate ‘Neeru Buti’. Both designs are hand block printed on Brigitte Singh’s signature cotton cambric in standard weight.
Our small scale florals on lightweight cambric are ever popular, and anyone familiar with using these fabrics for lampshades and curtain linings will no doubt be pleased to hear that a new blue colourway is soon to be available. Called ‘Paola Sea’, it is the perfect balance of grey-green and blue tones.
A second new Paola colourway is to replace the old ‘Tilleul Paola’ (the final remnant pieces of this colourway now in Special Offers). This ‘Paola Gold’ has been printed on a whiter ground colour, which gives it a more luminous, golden, effect than its predecessor.
A very exciting new colourway of our most popular hand embroidered design ‘Pimpernelle’ is also being introduced to the Motif range:
As with all of our hand embroidered designs, the new colourway is made to order on a linen/cotton blend, and in addition to the main motif is also available in two coordinating border designs ‘Pimpernelle Berry Border’ and ‘Pimpernelle Horizontal and Vertical Borders’.
The World of Interiors April issue features one of our Quilts in the Krishna Berry design. A while ago we posted some imagery of the skilful block printing that goes into making the fabrics used for our Brigitte Singh bedspreads. The art and craft of the block printing process is predominantly the remit of male artisans in the Brigitte Singh studio, but the intricate stitchwork and quilting to produce the Quilts and Piques is traditionally done by women.
Seated on floor cushions around the central courtyard of Brigitte Singh’s ‘haveli’, the women’s work in progress is carefully and pristinely laid out around them, whether they are stitching smaller items individually or working in pairs or groups on the larger pieces. They are focused, but the atmosphere is relaxed and congenial as they chat and sew.
Creating just one of these bedspreads is a slow and laborious process, and the tiny running stitches require a skilled and experienced hand. Each finished piece is unique, a lovely thing of handcrafted and timeless beauty. A good thing, then, that all of the Brigitte Singh textiles wear gracefully, and these quilts will wash quite happily for years in an ordinary washing machine, growing even softer over time.
As our bedspreads are so individual, many of them are available in only the size listed –at the moment, there are new king size Quilts in the Makisan Jal-Buti and Iridée Blue designs. Or for a cleaner, contemporary feel, try one of our new Cypress on White Piques.
We’ve also recently added the ‘Try With’ suggestions of fabrics and other soft furnishings to coordinate with each bedspread –these are by no means the only designs that will harmonise within the range, but it is a good place to start if you want to create a complete scheme, and are daunted by the variety of options available.
For further reading on these types of quilts and quilt making techniques, ‘Jaipur Quilts’ by Krystyna Hellström, and ‘Quilts of Provence’ by Kathryn Berenson, would both be worthy additions to the bookshelf.
All images courtesy of Elizabeth Phillips, with thanks.
Inspired by the fresh and very welcome sight of white and green snowdrops that have been blooming this month, I wanted to show the clean crispness of our new Cypress on White story in the pictures on our Home page.
Shown in the background is one of the new Cypress on White silk voile Panels –beautifully light and sheer, these will move gently in a breeze from an open window or door. Coordinate fabric Cypress Leaf Stripe makes up the heavier curtain, available by the metre in our standard weight cotton.
A small Cypress on White Cushion Cover is shown on the chair –multiple cypress trees are printed on one side, and a single tree on the other, depending on your preference which side to display. Large Cushion Covers are also available (shown on floor, behind chair).
The small cushion sits on the reverse side of our Cypress on White Piqué bedspreads, composed of a delicate green stripe. The front of this beautifully hand stitched and hand block printed Piqué is shown folded over the carved wooden screen in the accompanying image. Cypress on White bedspreads are now available in all sizes, ranging from Big Single, Queen, and King.
Finally, the side table is topped with a Cypress on White Napkin, now also available along with new Tablecloths in three sizes.
Cream Pise Sprig
If, like me, you can’t wait for the spring flowers to appear, you might be inspired by the World of Interiors February issue, and bring the garden indoors with our hand block printed Cream Pise Sprig fabric. It is available on the standard weight cotton shown in the WofI feature, and is also newly available on beautiful transparent silk voile fabric.