Monday, May 30, 2011

Photos and interview!

We had a great time last week with White Wall Photography in the studio taking photos for a Finders Keepers Creative Space interview. Our interview went live yesterday here.  There are pics of the shop, Tali teaching a Nest Studio class, Umbrella Prints work space and pin boards, Carly with her new book, my styling work (Amy) and more.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Umbrella Prints Blog Giveaway Winners are...

Thank you for your comments and wishes left here for our 'new Umbrella Prints blog' house warming celebration; we are settling in nicely thankyou x! We used random generator and...

Lucky winner for comment #11 is Scenic Pit Stops who wins 1st prize- three fat quarters of our new sewing fabric and a Bird Pattern! 

Comment #2 is Creative Mum; comment #32 is Lin and Comment #24 is Chiska; we will be sending you out a free Bird Pattern!

We will leave a message with you if you have a blog but please get in touch so we can send your prizes to you wherever you are :-) email

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

White Wall Photography

The very delightful Alia & Scott from White Wall Photography popped into the studio this morning to shoot our creative space... and I LOVE this photo! I love how the colours are all melty and pretty together. It is refreshing to have another set (two sets) of creative eyes look around the studio to pick out new little spaces and capture them on virtual film.... I have never looked at our fabric at this angle.

Scott & Alia made all of us in the studio feel so comfortable... you know how awkward having your photo can be... and Scott seemed to capture the fun an light of the studio in just a couple of clicks! It's no wonder their showcase of wedding photos is so beautiful.

You can see more of White Walls gorgeousness on their website & a few more sneeky peeks at Umbrella Prints (& Nest Studio).

Sunday, May 22, 2011

squares of colour

Have a look at the lovely quilt Kate Conklin made with our coming soon sewing fabrics! Carly and I met Kate at a fair in Melbourne last year and again in the shop recently; she managed to sew this quilt with new babe in arms.  It is a treat to see how Kate has interpreted our fabrics in this sweet and light quilt design of hers. 
Make sure you visit her blog right now as Kate has organised a give away of these Umbrella Prints' fabric (and not even we can get our hands on them at the moment!) x

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Organic basecloth is here!!

We have spent so much time and effort sourcing our beautiful organic hemp cotton basecloth that we thought we really should share some of it around... We have been printing on this versatile eco friendly gorgeous fabric for almost 4 years now....  you can now buy half metres (or more) from our shop for just $14. If you haven't played with this fabric yet, give it a go, it's so lovely to sew with. We have it in both natural unbleached and a lovely bright cream...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hello & Welcome!!

It's nice to meet you all ..again.. over here at our shiny new Umbrella Prints blog. To celebrate this liberating experience (Amy gets her blog back all to her very self) we are giving away our new Bird pattern with three fat quarters to a (random) lovely comment and also we will give away a free pattern for every ten comments!! Say hi & keep updated over on Facebook too and you can subscribe to this blog over here on this side panel >>>>>>>

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A pair of chairs

We have two gorgeous freshly upholstered chairs at Umbrella Prints headquarters. This one here has been reupholstered in our Rembrant's Pear in Grand Hearts on organic hemp cotton. We took the stunning chair outside (between sun showers) using what we have, which is the uber funky industrial look of our surroundings, something we have always been meaning to do ... Nice photo hey!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

and the winner is......~nova!

After tallying all your votes (thanks everyone!!!) we have RSI (!) and are very very pleased to announce the winner by popular vote of the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2011 is ~nova!!!!

~nova made a wonderful assortment of items using Umbrella Prints trimmings including a needlecase, zippered project bag, scissor case & mini pincushion, notebook cover, pencil case, thread catcher, covered tape measure, small zip purse and some lovely cards with recycled paper.

We liked the way ~nova coordinated our fabrics with additional coloured fabrics and used the natural linen backgrounds which made all the pretty colours stand out beautifully.

Voters commented that they coveted all of the items ~nova made and that she used the fabric to showcase Umbrella Prints fabric whilst bringing her own creative style to the mix. Agree!

~nova you win
1 metre of Umbrella Prints fabric (your choice!)
A generous remnants pack of our new range of fabrics (coming soon)
A pair of our sterling silver Teardrops & Petals earrings
An Umbrella Prints gift card set
AND a mystery gift.... ???
over $250 worth of booty.
We will also be sending out a little gift to the top ten finalists of this years Trimmings Competition so please swing me your address (same as your order of trimmings) to xox
Now, again we say thank you to all the entrants of our little comp... we have had super fun looking at all your creative work and effort and all the wonderful comments and feedback and chats going on over at our Flickr group.
Congratulations ~nova and we hope to see you all for our next Trimmings Competition!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2011 top 10 finalists- votes CLOSED


Here are our 10 chosen finalists super congratulations!
We would like to thank every entrant in this years Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition
Please take the time to look at all of the beautiful work by more than 50 entrants that arrived in Umbrella Prints' Flickr group this year.

The competition...what can you make from Umbrella Prints Trimmings?
We were looking for creativity, beauty and for entrants that use their own skills to highlight the latent potential within even the smallest pieces of our fabric.

Vote here in the comments. ONE VOTE PER PERSON. There will be one winner.
Simply write your comment if you have one and your favourite designer's name.
Voting closes May 10, 2011.
PS 'like' Umbrella Prints on Facebook this way :-)

Enoki new product design with Umbrella Prints and Marrimeko

Our friends at Enoki design firm specialise in visual branding and interior architecture amongst many other amazing things and they design a range of unique furniture and product. On Friday night they will be launching their new range of product at Bowerbird Bazaar 2-9pm.

Puzzle (see in white form above) is a table and bench set which fits together to form a cube and can be adapted and moved to multi-purpose as blocks, stage, puppet stage and beyond.

From Friday Puzzle will be available to order in Umbrella Prints organic hand screen printed fabric and in Marimekko fabrics! to see our new swatchbooks and latest fabrics on Enoki's Puzzle head on over and say hi!