Oh my word – there are so many gorgeous new Liberty Classics in this new collection which is out NOW….
It’s so exciting in the studio at the moment. These beauties arrived the day after the exclusive Alice Caroline collection which means lots of fabric eye candy to choose from at the moment!
I really love the range of colours and fabrics Liberty have chosen. Simply delicious!
Another very exciting thing has happened in the Alice Caroline studio! We are now making jelly roll packs from these new Classics. I absolutely LOVE a jelly roll – hurrah! These are in lovey rainbow colours.
Shop the gorgeous new Liberty Classics 18 collection here
I am so delighted to let you know about my brand new and exclusive Alice Caroline Liberty collection. I’ve been working on this project for about 6 months and am over the moon to be launching it. Imagine what you can make with this….
I’ve designed this collection in collaboration with the Liberty design team and am very proud of this beautiful new range. I hope it gets you as excited as I am about making a whole range of new and pretty projects.
Working closely with Liberty, I’ve chosen my favourite prints and created a collection of gorgeous new colourways which are now available exclusively here. There are 16 stunning Liberty prints in the ‘Alice Caroline Exclusive Collection’. These include brand new colourways of some of your favourites – Betsy, Mitsi, Margaret Annie, June’s Meadow, Poppy and Daisy as well as some very exciting printed patchworks which have never been seen before.
The two printed patchworks are especially exciting as these are brand new for both Liberty and Alice Caroline. In one of the patchwork prints Katherine and I have revived our favourite purples in this stunning collection of much loved and vintage prints. The other patchwork print brings together the beautiful Alice Caroline exclusive prints in some stunning tones and colours.
This project is an absolute dream come true for me as a designer. It was such an honour to go to London and work directly with the designers of Liberty fabric to develop this new collection. I can’t wait to get sewing with the gorgeous new fabrics. My list of projects and ideas is endless! The collection is something completely new and fresh that you will have never seen before and I hope the prints inspire lots of new sewing projects!
Make sure you send us images of the beautiful things you make with the collection.
Shop the full Exclusive Alice Caroline Liberty Collection here.
I am really excited to announce a brand new collaboration between the studio here and renowned textile artist Jayne Emerson in this lovely Liberty Valentine Hearts Workshop. Come along to the Alice Caroline studio in Gloucestershire on February 10th and take part in what will be a great day of fabric filled fun.
This patchwork technique looks complicated but is incredibly easy once you know how! Bring along your sewing machine for a wonderful morning in the studio. You will choose 5 fabrics to work with and then learn how make these beautiful patchwork cards.
This lovely workshop will be run by renowned textile artist Jayne Emerson – Jayne has been designing textiles for the past twenty years and has sold her designs to a wide range of clients from Chanel to John Lewis. She loves to share her knowledge through workshops where you can learn a variety of textile techniques. Her workshops encourage experimentation and happy accidents – nothing is ever precise and rarely is a way of working considered wrong!
If you don’t own a sewing machine don’t worry, just let us know and you can borrow one of ours. You will leave with at least 5 cards, maybe more!
This will be the first in a series of monthly workshops that will show you how to innovatively use your scraps of fabric through different textile techniques.
Book onto the Liberty Valentine Hearts Workshop here
Also available: Liberty Flowers March 10th 10am – 12 noon
A beautiful workshop making handmade flowers which look so pretty and never fade. This will be the second in a series of monthly workshops that will show you how to innovatively use your scraps of fabric through different textile techniques with Textile designer Jayne Emerson. Book here.
This beautiful Liberty quilt was made by Claire Tripconey for the Alice Caroline Quilt SOS project last year. This lovely quilt is a ‘Rainbow Ombre Quilt’ which means it’s made of gorgeous rainbow colours and tones which graduate from light to dark. I can’t believe that we launched the project nearly a year ago now. It has been a whirlwind of excitement and emotions all at the same time. I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of beautiful Liberty quilts being made by my customers.
I was so overwhelmed by the quilts made by lots of very kind hearted ladies that I have decided to blog them. I will try and give them care and attention just as their makers did. Now that the quilts are with the children in Romania I feel that I can focus on the sheer beauty of the quilts by sharing them with you one at a time – it may take a while!
Some of the detail from this beautiful Liberty quilt. The rainbow colours are so warming to the heart – I do love a good rainbow quilt.
Thank you Claire for making such a beautiful Liberty quilt for the Quilt SOS project.
Claire used one of our Quilt SOS Rainbow packs to make her quilt. If you would like to make an SOS Quilt for the 2017 project than please see our Quilt SOS packs here and learn more about the project here
Anna from the studio has made this really beautiful ‘SS17 Lovely Liberty Cot Quilt’ from the gorgeous new spring summer 2017 Liberty collection. We all love it when a new collection arrives on the Alice Caroline doorstep and love thinking up projects to make from the wonderful array of prints.
This collection has a lovely palette of patterns and colours to work with. There is a selection of bright and pale sea colours which make a baby quilt the perfect project. This SS17 Lovely Liberty Cot Quilt is for the beautiful Elsie who was born in November. It made a really lovely Christmas present and she’s already snuggled under it during the day.
Eventually, these lovely cot quilts turn into playmats and then make great dolly blankets and tea party table cloths. It’s a present which is an heirloom and will be used for years to come. It may even inspire your loved one to start sewing when they are a little older. A handmade present is one of the best things you can give to a little one.
Fabrics for the SS17 Lovely Liberty Cot Quilt
The fabrics for this quilt have been chosen from the new Spring Summer 2017 ‘Castaway’ collection. The island and sea theme is a lovely one to work with and the colours are beautiful.
You can buy the selection of fabrics for the quilt here. We have put the fabrics together for you to make life easy but you could also choose your own selection from the new Castaway collection here.
Drift away with the beautiful new Castaway Liberty Collection – spring / summer 2017. I am so excited about this collection – every single print is pretty beyond words. There is something so calming about the sea which makes this a wonderful subject to base the new spring / summer Liberty collection on.
Inspired by the imaginings and solitary musings from a deserted tropical island, CASTAWAY captures the enchanting world of aquatic flora and fauna, vast ocean horizons and a menagerie of tropical delights in a charming collection of island prints.
CASTAWAY captures the enchanting world of aquatic flora and fauna, vast ocean horizons and a menagerie of tropical delights in a charming collection of island prints.
Explore the underwater kingdom of marine corals, swimming paisleys and swirling shoals of fish, discover memories captured on the pages of a journal to the soothing sounds of ocean spray, or wonder at the carnival of glistening constellations and spiralling planets revealed by an endless night sky.
I am really excited about this new collection – it is simply one of the most beautiful collections I have seen. The collection has been inspired by the sea and island living, which, is an endless source of beautiful patterns and designs. This collection is perfect for all kinds of sewers and quilters.
I’ve specially designed some lovely new fat quarter selection packs from the new Castaway Liberty Collection – the fabrics complement so well in this collection.
I hope that you love this collection as much as I do – exciting projects using this collection start on the blog next week. Shop the Castaway Collection here.
I love the look of “mercury” glass, all shiny but pretty and vintage at the same time. I thought some mercury glass tealight holders would be nice on our Christmas table, so I went to buy some but found they a can be quite expensive, especially by the time you’ve bought a few! So I figured I’d have a go at making some myself…….
You Will Need:
Glass beakers, dishes or pots, (I got mine from charity shops (thrift stores)), looking glass (mirror) spray (not Chrome, it’s not shiny enough), an empty spray bottle, vinegar, water and kitchen paper towels.
Prepare your vinegar-water spray: fill spray bottle half full with vinegar then fill remaining half with water, replace spray lid.
Step 1: Following the instructions on the looking glass can, spray your chosen glass item lightly with looking glass spray, using a sweeping motion. You are aiming for a very thin first coat. Allow to dry (a few minutes). Don’t worry if you get dips, move the glass around slowly until dry, it just adds to the vintage look.
NB: Spray the inside of your glass item, i.e. the reverse of the side that will be showing. This is because the painted side will be dull but the reverse side will be shiny, strange but true!
Step 2. Repeat step 1 a few more times until you are happy with the coverage. Now spray with the vinegar-water, it will bead on the surface, wait a few minutes…..
Step 3: Wipe the vinegar away with the paper towel, it will remove the paint, giving a distressed look. Experiment with applying different pressures of to the glass with the towel, I found a dab and slight twist of the towel worked well. Don’t worry if you remove too much as you can just start again with more spray! (The pic below shows the dull inside/sprayed side)
That’s it! Pretty silvered glass containers, they also make great gifts.
An alternative method is to spray the vinegar-water first, before the looking glass spray. With this method the silver blisters and is easier to remove, it gives a more distressed look. Try both methods and see which you prefer.
Every year before Christmas I get together with a group of friends at our local village hall and we make wreaths for our front doors. We make a brew of delicious hot apple & cinnamon (heat apple juice in a saucepan with 2-3 cinnamon tea bags, serve in mugs), put the Christmas tunes on and get crafting!
You will need:
A mixture of non-deciduous greenery (I used bay and Leylandii. Holly, laurel, fir and conifer also work well). Secateurs or strong scissors. Florist’s wire and wire cutters. Wire ring (30cm diameter). Optional: dried oranges & cinnamon sticks, red berries (real or fake). Ribbon for hanging.
Step 1: Cut 3 pieces of greenery approx 25cm long.
Step 2: Bunch together and wrap wire around, twisting the ends together.
Step 3: Using the same piece of wire (or a new piece) attach the bunch to the ring, wrapping wire around tightly and twisting ends together to secure.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 always adding bunches in the lying in the same direction on the ring. If your leaves are looking a little wayward (pic 6 above) you can tidy them up by tying extra pieces of wire around the ring and leaves (pic 7).
Step 5: Wrap wire around berries, twist ends together and attach to ring, wrapping wire carefully through leaves and around wring.
Step 6: Take 3 dried orange slices and arrange as shown in pic 9, poke a piece of wire through in one place so they stay in the arrangement. Twist ends of wire together and attach to ring.
Step 7: Thread ribbon through wire ring at back of wreath, hang on your door.
Voila! A lovely festive wreath, happy holidays everyone!
We all absolutely LOVE the Liberty Christmas Shop at Alice Caroline – it’s a haven of Christmas inspiration at this wonderfully festive time of the year. So, I thought I would share a few of the Liberty shop Christmas scenes with you – if this doesn’t get you in the festive spirit then nothing will!
It’s a tradition in my house to buy a Liberty bauble or decoration every year – this year I just couldn’t resist buying beautiful clear glass baubles with a little sparkle. For the children, a ballerina fairy and of course a nutcracker soldier. The choice of decorations is stunning, so every year we take a trip to the world famous Liberty store to choose some beautiful things for the home.
I, and everyone at Alice Caroline would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We are so excited to tell you about our trip to the SOS Children’s Village in Hemeius, Romania, to donate Liberty quilts, each made with love.
We have had a fantastic response to our Quilt SOS project. Launched in July this year, the overwhelming enthusiasm for the project has ensured that we will be running it again in 2017.
By November we received 47 unique, beautiful quilts, each one stitched by a wonderful and warm-hearted lady.
Seeing the quilts stack up in our office, the anticipation for our trip grew. We’re excited to show each quilt in forthcoming blogs and we’ll share some of the stories from our makers.
Our three day trip to deliver the quilts was a mission! At 3am on Monday morning we set off to the airport with a loaded car. We flew to Bucharest with Ryanair, who very kindly donated the baggage allowance for our enormous cargo. Having collected our hire car, we packed it up to begin the 200 mile drive north to Bacau County, where Hemeius is situated. Along the way, we couldn’t resist stopping to photograph some of the quilts against the Romanian landscape.
As soon as we got out of Bucharest, our journey took us through farmland almost all of the way. Wine, onions and potatoes were for sale on the roadside, and when we stopped over for dinner and some sleep, we talked to our waiter Andrei about the extraordinarily delicious flavour of the fruit and vegetables – he was passionately proud of the local produce, and in a mad moment we pondered how we could take sacks of potatoes home with us (the moment passed).
We saw many beautiful domed churches along the way, but also witnessed the tough conditions in that part of the world; the Hemeius SOS Village is in one of the poorest areas of Romania. The children cared for within the village face the challenges of trauma and abandonment, but also the realities of an economically deprived environment. The love and care offered by the village’s SOS mothers offers hope and support against this backdrop. With this project our aim was, in whatever way we could, to show our own support with the warmth and brightness of a quilt for each child.
We received a very warm welcome from Rodica, an amazing social worker, who explained the setup of the village. Rather than a big impersonal orphanage, the model of the charity is to build a village where 6-7 children live in each house, as a family with an SOS mother. She also told us about the kinds of issues the children face and about the SOS mothers, whose work it is to raise the children every day with enormous love and compassion.
We visited the village in the late afternoon, when all of the children were back from school and their varied after-school activities. We were really honoured to be invited into the children’s homes, taking a bag of quilts to each of the seven houses.
Welcomed with biscuits and sweets, we sat with each family as Rodica explained the story of why two English ladies had appeared in their living room with a massive mystery bag! Unknown to us, we had arrived on Sfântul Nicolae, the day when children wake up to find out whether Saint Nicholas (Father Christmas) has left a gift in their shoe placed by the front door.
Eyes widened as the bags were opened up and we spread the quilts out for the children to choose. I’m not sure we will ever forget the children’s faces; some were very shy, hanging back before choosing; some knew straight away which was the one for them; one girl spent a long time deliberating, stroking the fabrics, saying ‘they’re too beautiful, how can I decide?!’. Quilts were hugged into chests, or held out delightedly; examined for the hidden messages from some quilters; pored over for details in the fabrics or in the designs. One boy, who had run up to us when we first entered the village clutching a tiny, fluffy puppy, wrapped his quilt around his shoulders and danced around, the traditional ‘my team’s scored a goal’ dance. Whether young or teenaged, we were moved by the many expressions of pleasure and happiness brought by their new quilts, to be kept forever.
The children pictured here were happy to be photographed, but we took few photographs at the village. We felt privileged to be meeting them in the private surroundings of their family home and took the decision to prioritise their privacy over our wish for images. Thank you to Rodica, the mothers and all of the children, it was a delight to meet all of you.
Partnering with SOS Children’s Villages has been a brilliant experience. They are a fantastic charity at the forefront of supporting children in need around the world. Their work over the past 67 years has focused on caring for orphaned and abandoned children, and children whose parents can no longer care for them. They also work in communities to support families at risk of breaking apart. Creating a stable, loving environment for a child is their priority, so that they flourish and reach their full potential; we were very lucky to see this in action during our trip.