Monday, October 28, 2013

A Wonderful Collaboration

We are so excited to let you all know about a very special collaboration with the wonderful French General on a  set of patterns for a sewing chest, needle book and tape measure.  We are expecting the patterns soon and will let you know the moment we have them.

This Petite Project has been created using the divine fabric 'La Boutique Francais' due for release in March 2014 after which we will also have kits for you to make containing the patterns as well as the exact fabric that we used to make our samples.

We will keep you posted on when this project is available for you to make!

Also have a look at Kaari's blog The Warp and the Weft to see more of what happens over at French General.

Monday, October 14, 2013

l'uccello Pop up Stall for the Victorian Quilters

On saturday l'uccello had a pop up stall as part of the Victorian Quilters "Quilt in". We had a wonderful day meeting ladies from all over Victoria that are united by their love of patchwork and quilting. It was lovely to see everyone hand sewing and working on projects while sharing delicious cakes and drinking the obligitary cups of tea and coffee. 
Such a wonderful buzz in the air!

During the day members where able to "show and tell" about some of the quilts that they had made, the artistry, craft and dedication that goes into making these works is evident and astounding. The ladies are also generous with their talent and time quilting for charity and donating their creations to hospitals and those in need.

The inspiring guest speaker was Di Ford, a maker of the most exquisite quilts and the author of 'Primarily Quilts... 19th Century Inspirations' published by quiltmania. Experiencing Di's quilts up close was a pleasure and it was lovely to hear her stories of how her works are created and what inspires her.

We had a lovely Saturday and hope our new friends will visit us soon.....

Detail of a quilt made to raise money for charity 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Vintage Fabric Sample Cards

We are just enchanted by these delightful French vintage fabric samples. Their unique graphic design elements and vintage fabric samples  make them a  very special ephemeral keepsake from another era.

We have a limited number available in store at l'uccello so best to visit soon and choose your favourite to take home.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vintage 'Pharmacie" Boxes

These delightful French vintage cardboard boxes are perfect for storing your little treasures in. They come in a few sizes and have wonderful original labels in lovely fonts.

The square vintage pharmacists boxes from Rouen a town north west of Paris where once used for cachets. The cachet was two rice paper cups joined together with powder inside and were developed in France by Limousin of Paris in the 1870's. The ingenious little cachets where designed to make the taking of bitter powders (medicine) more palatable.   

 These sweet round boxes are from a pharmacy in Lons Le Saunier south east of Paris between Dijon and Lyon vary in size from 12cm's to 5cm's in diameter.