I took a visit to the Botanical Gardens this morning to see what's in bloom.
It's not what I had planned for today, but Simon suggested it, since it was a cool morning, and the thought of getting out of the studio for an hour sounded good, so I went.
I'm finding that it helps me be more productive to get out of my head a bit during the day. A change of scenery is nice, but sometimes it can just be to admire a new flower in the garden, or remind myself to be grateful for where I am at a particular moment.
I guess you could call this being mindful.
The gardens were gorgeous this morning, and I don't think I ever would have gone if not for Simon's suggestion.
So here's a reminder to stop and smell the roses. :)
Have a great weekend!
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Open Studio last weekend!!! The studio and garden looked so pretty that day, I wanted to share a few photos. :)
p.s. This vase is by my potter friend Melanie Sgrignoli - Check out her work!
We have two Open Studio days a year. The next one will be in November 2017. Otherwise, we open by appointment only.
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It's that time again. New month, new calendar. This one is something a little different. I hope you like it. :)
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The May Print of the Month is here! It's a limited edition of 43, signed, numbered, and printed by me. Thinking of Mother's Day, I printed a blue bird because my mom loves blue birds and we have a little family of them nesting in our front garden. :)
Grab one while they last! SHOP NOWI couldn't resist taking this photo in the dabbled sunlight.
The irises have been beautiful this spring. This one popped up the other day and it's the tallest iris I've ever grown! Happy Spring everyone!
We are so happy to finally offer our hand printed fabrics for sale by the yard! Available to the trade and home sewers, we hope you will enjoy using our lovingly printed fabrics as much as we love printing them! :) Head over to the shop!
Check out these past blog posts if you need some ideas for using our fabrics:
Many heartfelt thanks for all the support, new subscribers, and warm wishes along the way. It means so much to us! :) xx Sara
In my last post, I shared some examples of using our fabrics for upholstery, soft furnishings, and window treatments.
Today, I want to share with you examples from customers using our fabrics for fun sewing projects. :)
Karen Stevens has made the most adorable little pouches from our fabric bundles. I especially love her top stitching and the needle pouches. Follow Karen on Instagram to see her other sew ups. https://www.instagram.com/kzstevens/
Thanks Karen! (photos taken from Karen's Instagram feed)
Tierney Barden is a natural dyer, quilter, and knitter from New York. She shared with me her very functional pot holders and hussif she made with our fabrics. A hussif, in case you are wondering, is a basic sewing kit that soldiers used in the war.
Check out Tierney's other work and purchase her naturally dyed fabrics on her website. Thanks Tierney!!
(photos taken from Tierney's Instagram feed)
Amy Bornman lives in Chicago and writes a blog called Red, Speckled, White. She's been working on weathervane quilt blocks using our fabrics and I just love the bright combinations she's using with our hand printed cloth.
Check out her blog and follow her on Instagram. Thank you Amy!
(photos taken from Amy's Instagram feed)
We love seeing what you guys are making with our fabrics. If you'd like to be featured, tag us on Instagram or send us an email with your creations!
On Tuesday, April 25th we'll be releasing our Fabric by the Yard Collection! Our fabrics will be for sale in units as small as a 1/4 yard, so you can make whatever project you wish! To stay in the loop, sign up for our email newsletter at the top right of the blog. :)
Printed in water-based inks on organic cotton and hemp natural fibers, our fabrics are beautiful and timeless when used on upholstery, cushions and window treatments.
Our medium weight fabric blend is perfect for upholstery. This little chair got a total makeover in our Parlor in Juniper fabric.
Cushions are a fast project to make an instant change to any room. The pattern below is Heuchera in Oxalis and Mallow.
Window treatments add pattern and textures to a room, not to mention functionality. I made these simple panels from Ginkgo in Lichen on our lightweight cloth to hang in our print studio. I love how they allow just enough light in while also giving us privacy when it's dark outside. The Lichen colorway is delicate and transparent.
I hope these examples give you some inspiration for ways to use our organic, hand printed fabrics in your home.
thank you for your kind support! xo Sara
Announcing our second Open Studio Event!
Come see how we print large scale textile yardage, ask us shop questions or anything you like!
We'll have two printing demos, at 11:30 and 2:30pm. Also, textiles and wares for sale, plus a large seconds table with greatly discounted items. My mom is bringing her delicious poundcake, which you really don't want to miss, and we'll have ice coffee and ice tea in the garden.
Please come and tell your friends. If you'd like to RSVP or share the event, please click over to our Facebook page.
Thanks friends! See you soon!
When: Sat May 6
Where: 124 Whispering Springs, Athens, GA 30605 (residential street parking)
What: Sara Parker Textiles, Open Studio Event
First of all, thank you for the amazing response on my last post! We are so thankful for your kind words and support.
Today, I'm sharing the other 4 designs that will be available as fabric by the yard on April 25th. I really like this Paprika and Mineral combo below - how pretty would this be as curtains in a sunroom?
Most of our inks are very transparent, creating a soft hand and a gentle color so you can easily incorporate more pattern into a room without feeling overwhelmed by pattern.
Oxalis is a very deep blue-purple. It's probably the strongest colorway we have right now and it's based off the oxalis my grandma gave me for our garden. Heuchera in Oxalis and Mallow is feminine and elegant. I'd love to find a vanity chair to cover in this fabric.
Pokeberry in Berry and Denim is a bold colorway based off the inky leaves and berries of the pokeberry plant. This print would make beautiful cushions to add a bit of color to a neutral room.
Want to see how you can incorporate these fabrics into your home? Check out this post.
Heuchera in Paprika and Mineral
Heuchera in Straw and Oxalis
Heuchera in Oxalis and Mallow
Meadowlark in Juniper
Meadowlark in Mallow
Parlor in Pebble
Parlor in Clay
Parlor in Juniper
Pokeberry in Berry and Denim
Pokeberry in Straw and Lichen
Stay tuned for ideas on how you can incorporate these hand printed fabrics into your home and use them for small fun projects as well!
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I'm so very excited to share with you 4 of the 8 designs we've chosen to start off our Fabric By The Yard line.
As most of you know, we've been printing yardage for years now, but mostly for use in our home ware collection. It's been such a long time dream of mine to offer our hand printed fabrics for sale by the yard.
Although it was difficult to narrow down which designs to offer first, I think we came up with a nice selection. You'll also notice new colorways in the mix! I'm very excited about mallow, pebble, and shale.
So here goes!
Morning Glory in Mallow
Morning Glory in Mineral
Brown Thrasher in Shale
Brown Thrasher in Clay
Spring Flowers in Straw and Pebble
Spring Flowers in Mineral and Oxalis
Ginkgo in Yarrow
Ginkgo in Lichen
Do you have a favorite yet?!
These fabrics will be for sale by the yard on April 25th! Small cuts will be available so you can use these fabrics in all types of projects, big and small.
If you don't want to miss the date, subscribe to our newsletter and we'll remind you of the reveal as well as other nice and interesting things.