Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Have you heard of Umbrella Prints?  They are an Australian textile house producing seriously gorgeous hand screen-printed organic & hemp fabric.  I have been a follower of theirs for quite a while now and absolutely love their work and the overall natural, earthy flavour to everything they produce. So when I saw they were having a "Trimmings Competition" I was immediately interested - I had no idea what a Trimmings Competition was but it didn't matter, if it involved some of their fabric, I was excited.
I found out what I needed to do. 
  • I had to buy one of their Trimmings Packets, which in a nutshell is "a little packet of inspiration" comprising about 10 pieces of random Umbrella Prints trimmings.  Well, yes please.  I'd like one of those without even entering the competition! 
  • I then had to photograph my Trimmings Packets once it arrived.
  • Uh oh, now I had to get creative. Now I had to think.  Now I had to actually do something.  I had to make something wonderful from that one packet. Yikes, what on earth was I going to do with all those itty-bitty pieces of deliciousness? 

And then it came to me ... over about a three week period!  I would have a go at making a fabric covered notebook because not only do notebooks always come in handy, but if I had one covered in Umbrella Prints fabric then it'd be versatile AND beautiful - which is a winning combo, don't you think?  Okay, deep breath.  Here goes ...

My packet of inspiration

I couldn't get the feather to work.  It had to go. :(

The $1.95 notebook ready for its makeover

And so I begin ...

Do you see the connection? Do you? :)

Ta da!
A model always shows her back
Sitting pretty
And that's it - all done and ready for some pretty note-taking! 
Thank you, Umbrella Prints, for hosting such a fun and creative little comp - one that is good for the soul and allows us busy Mumma's to take five and focus our energy on something other than the little ones around our feet.  Love your work, love your fabric and I look forward to "Trimmings 2014"!

1 comment:

  1. Nikki, that is so clever of you! I love what you've done with the pack of trimmings...especially the cute umbrella!!