I don’t know how this could be, but it’s only in the last month or two that I’ve heard about Pendleton woollen blankets, and my love was instant and true. They’re woven by Pendleton Mills, which has been in the wool-weaving business since 1889, when Thomas Kay opened his own mill in Salem, Oregon. I adore these woollen blankets, for their colours, designs, and the fact that the back and the front are equally exquisite.

San Miguel blanket
Vintage Flagstaff Blanket

Vintage Gallup Blanket

Vintage Los Lunas blanket


It’s taken a while to announce the winner of the Cut Out & Keep fat quarter bundle, as I was totally overwhelmed with entries. Sifting through 534 comments to make a database out of which to draw a winner is no small feat. But enough about my pain and agony, let’s cut to the chase:

Michelle Engel Bencsko has done the draw (via random number selection on Twitter), and the winner of the Cut Out & Keep fat quarter bundle by Heather Moore for Cloud9 Fabrics is….

Jess, from UCT! And in totally crazy odds, out of all those hundreds of entries from all over the world, it’s a Cape Town gal who has won the prize.

Well done, Jess. I’ve sent you an email, and I”m looking forward to getting that pile of yummy prints delivered to you. xx

I can’t tell you how excited I was to get this new publication from Chronicle Books. Papercutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft is an absolute treasure if you are at all interested in mad papercutting skillz. It’s filled with beautiful pics of work familiar to me, like that of Rob Ryan, Peter Callesen, Helen Musselwhite, Elsa Mora (who did the cover) and also loads of new discoveries, like Justine Smith and Casey Ruble. Thrilling stuff.

Of course, what’s even more thrilling was to turn the book over and to see that one of my papercuts made it onto the back cover…

… and thrill upon thrill, when I opened the book, I discovered that the inside cover flaps had been die cut with my designs.

Just to have my work included on the same pages as all these brilliant folks has had me sharpening my knives once again, making sure to make time for cutting paper. Thanks so much to author Laura Heyenga and to Chronicle Books for thinking of my work when putting this awesome book together.

Buy yourself a copy right here.

Hooray, hooray, it’s giveaway time today, courtesy of Cloud9 Fabrics.  One lucky person can enter a draw to win themselves a fat quarter bundle of Cut Out & Keep – the 100% certified organic cotton quilting fabric range that I designed for Cloud9 Fabrics as the first in their Designer Series.

This giveaway is not only to celebrate the fact that Cut Out & Keep has landed and is ready to ship, but it’s also the birthday of Michelle Bencsko – Cloud9 Fabric’s creative director. Happy Birthday, Michelle!

How to enter? Read ze rules:

Leave a comment, with your birthday wishes for the creative director of Cloud9 Fabrics (you must mention her by name)

Anyone in the world can enter.
Only one comment per person please.
Contest will run from today, Wed April 6 to Sunday April 9
Winner will be randomly chosen.
PLEASE LEAVE CONTACT INFO! I’ll need your email address included in your comment. Entries without this info will be disqualified.

I’ve been wanting to do it for ages, and finally it’s done: My Orla design is available in a reversed-out version, and comes in three colours: fog, lemon and olive.

I have all three colours available for sale as cushion covers to fit 50 x 50cm inners. Find them in my Etsy shop, and in my South Africans Only shop too.

If you prefer to make up your own things, you can buy Solid Orla by the quarter metre or custom lengths too.

Psst: Check in again on Wednesday for a fabulous giveaway!

Via Friday’s post on Design*Sponge I discovered the work of illustrator Ping Zhu, and I swear, I pored over every drawing in her portfolio. I luff, luff, luff it all.

Inspired by some drawings on her blog that used photos from The Sartorialist blog, I pushed the keyboard aside and spent the rest of my Sunday hunched in front of the PC with my sketchbook, using the Sartorialist‘s amazing pics as reference. My efforts aren’t even in the same ballpark as Ping‘s drawings, but here you go anyway:

I think the next one was my most successful sketch, and so I turned it into a more finished illustration with the help of Photoshop:

I made curtains for our bedroom from my Leaves fabric in Autumn Gold. They’re beaut, and the cats agree.

I’m lucky to have loads of people including my work in their Etsy Treasuries, but I’d never tried putting one together until recently, when I joined an Etsy team called Omega. Now I’m totally hooked! I just put up my Fox, Bunny, Fox, Bunny Treasury, which I think is rather funny. I know which beast I’d be betting on.

As we all know, Etsy is vast and deep, and it’s often difficult to know how to find the cool stuff. I’m finding that Treasuries are a great way to hunt down something very specific to fit the gap in the Treasury you’re working on. I’ve discovered heaps of cool stuff over the last couple of weeks. Other treasuries I’ve made recently include Hello, Sailor, Dotty over Dots, and my first attempt was called Wild & Peaceful Triangles (below). Click through to them and comment, and maybe I’ll see my treasury on a front page one day soon!

Last week Thursday really should have been spent in NYC, sipping warm wine at a MoMA opening, trying not to look too awfully thrilled to bits at the fact that my bloke currently has one of his works gracing the walls of said illustrious institution. Paul’s large format linocut The Same, But Different (below) is part of the Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to now exhibition, curated by Judith B. Hecker.

The show is on in the Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries until 14 August, along with prints by other SA artists, such as Bitterkomix, Kudzanai Chiurai, Sandile Goje, William Kentridge, Senzeni Marasela, John Muafangejo, Claudette Schreuders and Sue Williamson.

Read a review of the show in ArtDaily here. Aw heck, this doesn’t happen every day, so I’m just going to go ahead and quote the bit where they mention my bloke:

The final theme of the exhibition encompasses postapartheid works in various techniques and formats. Installed throughout all the sections of the exhibition, and shown in concentration in the last gallery, many of these works revitalize earlier techniques or use them as a point of conceptual departure. One such development has been with the linocut, as artists new to the medium experiment with its graphic potential in unconventional ways, as seen in sculptor Paul Edmunds’s first linocut The same but different (2001), a single uninterrupted bright red line that undulates across a sheet of paper six feet high. The work’s pulsating composition, which emphasizes method rather than narrative, is a hypnotic meditation on the physical, time-based process of incising.

We’ll be in NYC in September again, for Paul’s upcoming solo show at RH Gallery.

I thought I’d spend some of my Making Friday learning how to make an animated gif of pics I took of this Cut Out & Keep fat quarter bundle that just arrived in the mail from Cloud9 Fabrics. Thanks to a video tutorial found on YouTube via Google, it took me all of 10 minutes to work it out, so there was lots of Making Friday left to go shopping and to finish off my curtains.

Happy Weekend, everyone!

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