In my series of “New From” posts, I want to share new collections from old favorites – to take a look at the latest offerings from the long-lived stores we turn to again and again for the latest trends in quality merchandise. And while I have chosen to start with a British favorite, Liberty of London, their fabrics are easily accessible to the American market. So let’s see what’s new… and inspiring…
The Liberty Art Fabrics Spring Summer 2011 collection features collaborations between the Liberty Design Studio and a selection of up-and-coming and award-winning illustrators. My choice this month, though, is the work of Lauren Child, an award-winning artist and illustrator, best known for her ‘Charlie and Lola’ and ‘Clarice Bean’ children’s book series.
Lauren’s fabric designs are a mixture of an original ‘Clarice Bean’ dress fabric she created for Liberty, and patterns inspired by Liberty Archive prints she personally selected. I found it difficult to choose between her bold and pastel versions, so thought I would share both, and let you decide.
Bold Palette: 1 Tuesday Trees A. 2 Delfie D. 3 Pep A. 4 Helena’s Party D (great name!).
Pastel Palette: 5 Tuesday Trees C. 6 Delfie A. 7 Pep D. 8 Helena’s Party C.
Liberty’s Tana Lawn fabric is a lightweight, semi-sheer, 100% washable cotton that makes it versatile enough for a wide range of projects. But, with such a fine fabric, I would recommend adding a backing to improve resilience, or if you are concerned about light control. Priced at £19.95 ($32.00) per metre length, width 136cm, weight 76g/sqm.
To bring eye-pleasing consistency and interest to your room, select two fabrics from the same category. How about using one fabric for a pair of billowy curtains and another fabric for an accent pillow or two. Combine with a neutral or small scale check in the same color palette to create a lush layered space.
Which palette do you like best, bold or pastel?