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making everyday beautiful : granny chic goodness

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making everyday beautiful : granny chic goodness | Emma Lamb
Image credits: 1. freerangebaby, 2. Bee Vintage Redux, 3. Betty Jo Designs, 4. Favoritemoment

What on earth is going on here!? The British weather is being far too British for me today! It is so cold, grey, dreary and depressing... even opening my blinds this morning didn't make a jot of difference to the light, ugh!

I'm just so happy that you lovely lot are always here to cheer up my Mondays with you inspirational submissions to our fabulous Flickr group 'making everyday beautiful'... yay! Today I am loving myself a wee bit of granny chic goodness in these fabulous vintage inspired florals, beautiful bows and of course the Mary Janes. Ah... I feel better already and might just be able to survive said dreary-ness after all... :)

Wishing you all a fabulous Monday whatever the weather where ever you are... :)
Emma, x

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colour palette : nubby delight

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colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb

Good morning, good morning!
Oh and it feels so good to be getting back to making these lovely colour palettes. I have missed them very much indeed and can't think of a lovelier way to begin than with the very first instalment of Barkcloth Bliss!?
As I said yesterday, from the pile of yummy swatches dear Polly sent me there was a particularly nubby piece that I instantly fell in love with and this is that beauty. Isn't it delicious!? The print itself it a beauty with such a delicious painterly quality as though the artist has worked directly onto the fabric with their brushes...


Oh and the colour... *swoon* ...while the tones are slightly muted as you might expect from a pre-loved vintage fabric they also have a wonderful depth and vibrancy, just as Polly talked about yesterday. As the fabric itself is so thick and nubby it will have absorbed a huge amount of dye during the printing process. Having studied screen printing during my college years I can just imagine the huge dollops of dye that the screens would be loaded with and then of course the excitement at lifting said screen to see the print begin to emerge in all it's glorious colour. Wonderful!

colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb
colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb

However, despite it's rough looking nubby texture it is the softest piece of fabric to handle and I can understand why Polly has such a passion for this fabric. It almost begs to be worked with because at the merest touch it is impossible not to imagine blankets, beautiful lampshades and all sorts of other pretty things.

As you can see I also got carried away with photographing it because of how gorgeous it looks with a few macro shots, this is when you can really see the depth of colour going on in there. Alongside the swatch in it's entirety and the overall colour palette in the first picture, which I am completely in love with, it was really interesting to isolate a few tiny wee sections of this swatch to explore that depth of colour. Just look at these delicious mustard yellow, pinks and greys. So beautiful!

colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb
colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb

Barkcloth Bliss indeed, it is only day one and I have been completely seduced by this nubby fabric already!

** edited to add ~ Hop on over to Folly & Glee to check out Polly's lovely follow up post for a wee peek at some other very yummy floral barkcloth swatches! **

Emma, x

ps - Please do pop by lovely Polly's blog to read her lovely intro post for Barkcloth Bliss and a wee bit from me on why I love to curate colour palettes.

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barkcloth bliss

emma lamb

Hello, hello!
Today I have something very exciting to share with you all, it is news of a fabulous new bloggy project I'll be doing in partnership of my dear friend Miss Polly, of Folly & Glee.

Over the last few weeks we have got our crafty heads together to come up with an inspiring and creative way to combine and celebrate the vintage barkcloth fabric that Polly is so passionate about and my insatiable need for gorgeous colour. Of course it's a no brainer really, yummy colour palettes!
Sitting on my desk right now is a wee pile of precious barkcloth swatches that Polly has specially picked out for me and my oh my are they yummy... Barkcloth Bliss indeed! There's one wee swatch in particular that stood out for me on first inspection so expect to see that one in the first palette which I'll be preparing later today.

Folly & Glee, handmade barkcloth lampshades | Emma Lamb

But before we get ahead of ourselves let me hand you over to lovely Polly herself to tell you a wee bit about barkcloth, why she loves it so and why it deserves to be celebrated...


"Barkcloth" is a generic term used in the textile world to describe the nubby, bark-like texture of a 100% cotton open crepe weave that became very popular in the 1940s and 50s but which is sadly no longer produced in any quantity. Here are my top ten reasons for loving it so...

1. Its nubby, bumpy but oh so soft texture.

2. How just touching barkcloth instantly transports me back to my great grandmother’s front room in a tiny cottage with the gentle ticking of a grandfather clock, the smell of fairy cakes and a rude parakeet in the corner!

3. The depth of colour. No other fabric achieves that. Even when faded with age barkcloth has vibrancy.

4. The mix of colours. Why is it that you can pick up random swatches of barkcloth of varying age, pattern and style but somehow the colours will work together?

5. The artistry of the designers. From the great scenic “story capes” of the Grandma Moses paintings woven in barkcloth by Riverdale Fabrics, the elegance of limited editions by Hans Jura, Nicola Wood and others for Heals... to the loud psychedelic madness of popular Simpson & Godlee prints of the 1960s. Amazing.

6. Admiration for the work that goes intro producing this entirely natural cloth. Original barkcloths would be made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. Cotton barkcloths have such a dense weave that printing them would have been a very costly process but they are often mirrored so you get two right sides to the fabric.

Folly & Glee, handmade barkcloth buttons | Emma Lamb

7. It is strong, handles really well under any machine foot and is just generally a dream to work with.

8. I love the story behind barkcloths sudden popularity in 1940s America i.e. that sailors posted in the Pacific Islands loved the tropical print shirts made from the local fabric so much they took rolls of it back home. The rest is history.

9. Spotting barkcloth on movie sets and any drama where the set designers know their stuff. I’m a real pain to go to the cinema with!

10. The thrill of the chase. Yes it’s getting harder and harder to find. Yes it’s ridiculously expensive. But oh the thrill of getting it home laundered and folded.

Barkcloth Bliss.

Polly
x

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making everyday beautiful : granny chic charm

emma lamb

Hello... hello? Is this thing on... !?
Gah, blimmin' technology! I don't think this PC was too happy with me calling it 'medieval' last week because since then it got very slow and grumpy before offering up the dreaded 'blue screen of death' when I tried to switch it on one morning! Thankfully my Man was able to provide a very handy wee trick which eventually defeated the said offending blue and I have spent much of the last couple of days backing up on all my files and photos. And what I am more thankful for is that after learning the hard way from a previous iffy hard drive episode I am much more disciplined at regularly (monthly at the least!) backing up my files so I only had a few weeks worth of stuff that needed saving. My dears if you don't have an external hard drive or other way of backing up your stuff and keep thinking 'I really must do something about that'... Do it, do it now! After talking to a sweet friend this week who has lost years worth of images of their artwork that can't be replaced I can tell you that it can be heart breaking! Please do heed this warning.

Anyhoo, while I have been catching up with emails and whatnot as possible I have been taking a wander through our lovely Flickr group 'making everyday beautiful' to soothe my soul just a wee bit. Of course I couldn't resist these picks with their understated granny chic charm. I love the layers of soft cream and pretty neutrals that show off the floral details and mialiv's fabulous crocheted throw. Perfect!

Emma, x

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studio details : things that are just peachy

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A perfect peachy pink Gladioli stem which sprouted up in our garden this November. | Emma Lamb

One: the last of a delicious homemade bread and butter pudding (made with sultana scones instead of bread) that I have just scoffed for my lunch.

Two: all you fabulous advice about dear old Bertha, you guys have so many great ideas that I shall definitely be filing away for any future furniture refurbishment projects too. As for Bertha, I'm thinking there may be some glossy cream paint involved and a wee bit of wax... oh, and I'm thinking of these knobs as suggested by dear Miss Tif.

Three: This perfect peachy pink Gladioli stem which sprouted up in our garden this November... I then took upon myself to rescue from said garden after the wind damaged it's delicate stem, leaving it's pretty blooms teetering dangerously above the muddy ground...


A perfect peachy pink Gladioli stem which sprouted up in our garden this November. | Emma Lamb
A perfect peachy pink Gladioli stem which sprouted up in our garden this November. | Emma Lamb

Four: another fabulous thrifty find that had me giddy and almost breathless at the mere sight of them... I can only compare the moment to something like finding myself in a chocolate shop on a day of free tasting and being told there was an infinite supply of fresh mint tea! Thankfully I was able to keep control of myself long enough to grab them, gesture manically at my Man through the shop window and rush to the till to pay for the two most beautiful Arcopal bowls I have ever seen... ! Yes, I have seen many a pretty Arcopal bowl online but they were not nearly as lovely as these two, simply because I knew these two would be coming home with me... :)

Five: Last but not least and maybe not quite so peachy as Arcopal but still very peachy indeed... We have five lovely ladies in line for five complimentary tickets for the Selvedge Christmas Fair (all the fives, very peachy indeed how that one turned out!). Diana, Francesca, Dawn, Emma and Concetta, my Mam and I have a lovely ticket for the each of you, yay! If you lovely ladies could email me at 'emmalamb[at]easy[dot]com' with your addresses that would help me out hugely (I'm so very busy crocheting as you know) and I shall pop your tickets in the post asap!

Wising you all the most peachy day!
Emma, x

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