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New Arrivals

New Arrivals

We have some lovely new fabric arrivals due into our shop this week and they pick up on the green theme which seems to be taking over the internet since the Pantone colour of the Year was announced - Greenery.  The fabrics are from both Dashwood Studio - Altitude and from Makower - Heartwood.

Dashwood's Altitude has a serene muted green and blue palette designed by the artist Pippa Shaw.  It is based on Pippa's love of the Alps and is inspired by the forested mountainsides and elevated wildflower meadows.  The collection is small, so a bundle of all 8 beautiful fabrics would allow you so many design possibilities.  The collection seems particular popular for English Paper Piecing, perhaps because the designs are small and eminently usable, and home decor such as cushions and baskets.  Check out our Instagram feed @oliveandflohandcraft for some inspiration.


Then Makower's Heartwood Collection is a dreamy collection of chambray blues, soft muted greys and fresh lime which are soft and again so usable.  The fabrics co-ordinate so well together have an almost line drawn forest theme about them - combined with the linen texture co-ordinates these would make beautiful cushions, quilts and accessories for your living space or even the conservatory!  They remind me of Spring which can't be that far away now?!

heartwood treesheartwood birds

All will be available here at Olive and Flo Handcraft very soon!

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Essex Linen

Essex Linen

Robert Kaufman Essex linens have been a huge surprise hit for us here at Olive and Flo Handcraft, with our initial selection going fast, probably because of our super introductory offer.  They are a super fabric which work wonderfully as a background but would also work equally well as feature fabrics in their own right.

We have both the Yarn Dyed linen and the simple linen in several colours in stock.  The Yarn Dyes have a different warp and weft colour which gives them a light feel, but interesting texture.  These, especially the olive, are a favourite background of Elizabeth Hartman - she of the 'Fancy Fox and Fancy Forest' fame.  Equally these go so well with the wonderful Liberty Tana Lawn and I also think they would work well for garment making. Kaufman have a free pattern listed on their website for a lovely simple t-shirt in the Essex linen range - http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/boxy_tee/#color:2

The Essex linens are slightly stiffer in texture, but work equally well in quilts - I use these as backgrounds but again they would work well as feature fabrics or for garment making.

Do take a moment to have a look at our range as this special offer price only lasts until the end of December!

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Christmas Fabrics - it's not too late .. honest!

Christmas Fabrics - it's not too late .. honest!

In my mad dash to open this little store, I failed to notice that Black Friday (actually Black Week!), small business Saturday etc would mean that many of my potential customers may well have exhausted their fabric budgets and fabric interest by early December!  

But I have noticed that Christmas is on it's way, so I thought I would put together some fabrics that people could pick up easily and cheaply and still make something cute for Christmas .

Have a look at our Christmas pages, where we have listed our very Christmas ... and not too Christmas ranges - Makower Christmas Labels and Trees and our Scandi Christmas bundles.  I'm sure you will find something to get your Christmas sewjo going!

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Launch Day Today!

Hi, welcome to Olive + Flo Handcraft - a new UK source for modern designer quilting fabric - we really hope you like what you see and that you find some beautiful fabric and inspiration.  Do feel free to follow our Instagram page @oliveandflohandcraft to have sneak peaks of our new fabrics, inspirations, and makes - and we'd also be thrilled to see what you make with our fabrics.

Please do bear with us in our opening phase - we've tested and tested (my husband even placed a test order, which was joyfully comical!) so hopefully there should be no glitches....

If you do have any questions or queries, please do contact us at saira@oliveandflohc.co.uk and we will do our best to help.

Best of all we have a couple of Launch offers

 - Enter the code LAUNCHOFFER during checkout to get 10% off any order you place until the end of Friday;

- And as a Launch special, we will enter every customer that places an order before 5 December 2016 into a draw to win a £20 gift voucher to spend in our store.  

We do hope you enjoy shopping at Olive + Flo Handcraft!

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New Fabrics are arriving!

We've been busy over the past week meeting reps from all of the best manufacturers and ordering fabric.  There is no doubt that there are a lot of fabrics out there and it is pretty overwhelming to try and select modern fabrics that we think you will like - the best piece of advice that I received was that I should stock what I love ..... so .... that's what we are doing!

So far we've picked up some Art Gallery Nightfall, Observer, Heartland and Pure Element solids.  We also like some of the Dashwood ranges and of course Robert Kaufman (anything by Carolyn Friedlander!).  We will be looking at Dear Stella, Camelot, Riley Blake and Cotton & Steel - and that's just Olive thinking about quilting, Flo is soon going to be let loose on the many many dressmaking choices available! 

Do get in touch if there is anything you'd like to see in our store - we will do our best to find it for you!

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New Dashwood Studio Fabrics

New Dashwood Studio Fabrics

We've been to our Dashwood Fabrics supplier and were overwhelmed by the new designs, colours and style of the new Dashwood ranges.  We were most tempted by the new 'Altitude' range, designed by Pippa Shaw in a gorgeous range of muted hues - can't wait for delivery, hopefully in December!

We also picked up several new co-ordinating 'Twist' colours which are great tone-on-tone blenders and add great 'space' to your quilting designs.

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Welcome to Olive + Flo Handcraft!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet - Olive + Flo Handcraft! Opening this store has been a long held ambition, and like so many people I have ruminated about it for years.  But life is about change and now's my time!!

I want Olive + Flo Handcraft to be your first choice for modern fabric for both quilting and hopefully very shortly for garment making too.  I am planning to stock only the best designer and quality fabrics in a wide variety of colours and styles and as we grow, we will also hopefully be able to supply a carefully curated selection of haberdashery and notions.

Of course service, price and delivery have to be top notch too and we will always endeavour to meet your highest expectations.

I learned to sew quite recently and have spent every spare moment (around family, friends and work) sewing, quilting, appliqueing, knitting, crocheting etc etc.  My first love was cross stitching, but my interest in sewing has since taken over.  I am mostly self taught - if you can call my mum, blogs, tutorials, you tube (got to love you tube!) etc self taught?!

Hope you enjoy looking around our website - do get in touch if I can help.

Saira x

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