Fabric to Inspire


For all those fabric loving and sewing individuals out there, we’ve found some fabulous contemporary patterned textiles from Adelaide company Umbrella Prints. The fabric is made with organic hemp/cotton (great for clothing, crafts and homewares) and the designs hand screenprinted with water-based solvent-free inks in shades such as kimono red, sea glass, momo peach and pink moon. Delicious!

I find fabric an anomaly of sorts. I love to look at it and feel it but actually creating something with it is another story. I’m not a proficient crafter, I can hardly thread a needle to sew on a button let alone make anything of significance. However, I can’t help but be enticed into learning to sew by fabric such as this. It’s just too gorgeous.

The Elephants and Fan Flower patterns are chic, colourful and modern yet still retain a sense of fun – perfect for children’s creations of all sorts. For a bit of background, Umbrella Prints was started by two friends who share a passion and expertise in illustration, graphic and textile design and printmaking. They have now gone into partnership with San Francisco company Rose and Radish and seamstress Jenny Rinzler to create the stunning baby quilt pictured below.

All fabric is available from Umbrella Prints Etsy shop for US$35 for a ‘fat fat quarter’ (70cm x 70cm). The baby quilt can be purchased on the Rose and Radish website for US$210 with shipping available to Australia.


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