Thursday, January 22, 2015

FLOWERS the new collection

FLOWERS ... We were thinking about the quiet moment when the sun sets, the light is soft and golden, the reds and pinks are saturating the sky and the flowers absorb the last rays of warmth.

We are super excited to share with you our fifth collection of sewing cottons, FLOWERS - all 10 designs are 100% organic and gorgeous to sew with. 

Those of you who we think of as part of the Umbrella Prints family, following with us over the years on this amazing journey of designing and producing textiles which tell a story, will recognise a few Umbrella Prints classics in fresh new colours as well as some exciting new designs.

We have Brushstokes in three colours, Gold Olive, Eau de nil and Turtledove, Rosehip in Coral, Hearts in Baby Momo, Ume in Momo, Daisy Dots in HB and Baby Momo, Vintage Rose in Smokey Black and Stoneflowers in HB and Turtledove.

We can not wait to see what you sew and make with FLOWERS.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fresh NEW colours - a Mini Flower Collection

We have 6 new really beautiful fabrics for you - available in fat quarter packs. Its like the entree to our main course, FLOWERS which will be coming out in early Summer (or Winter for our Northern folk).

Take a look at all of our cute bundles of fat quarters over in our shop.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Big winner! Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014

This year was the 5th Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition we can't believe how fast that has gone! Each year our little challenge/comp grows and every year it gets harder and harder to choose a winner.

What we are looking for in a winner is a unique mix of creativity, quality, story and presentation all whilst of course showing off our fabric designs and colours.  Too easy! Not really!

Which leads us to this year's winner, by majority vote, which is this AMAZING weaving by Shell McClure and chosen for all of the above reasons.  Whilst you have to look really closely to see our pattern designs we were all in love with the way the tiny strips of woven fabric Trimmings celebrated our colours.

Such a beautiful way to use up the finest of 'scrap's; here made with an Earth packet of Umbrella Prints Trimmings.

To see more of Shell's woven creation and how it was made visit here.  Congratulations Shell you win $500 and an Umbrella Prints product of your choice and lots of admiration for your beautiful creation!

We would love to say a big big thank you to everyone who bought Umbrella Prints Trimmings this year, to our amazing entrants who make this comp all the fun and inspiration that it is, to everyone who visited our boards and pinned and commented or just stopped by to see what's happening and to our lovely judges Luisa Brimble (Alphabet Journal) , Elise Cripe (Enjoy It), Jenni Draper (Green Magazine) and Anna Graham (Noodlehead) for your valued opinion and support.

Thanks everyone; see you soon we have lots to show you and a new fabric collection on it's way!

next up; Quilter's prize winner Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014

Umbrella Prints is so happy to open up a Quilter's prize for the first time this year.  We have had some stunning quilts entered in the Trimmings Competition in the past and felt it warranted a special focus all to its own.

We were also happy to hand over the 'judging' of all of the quilts entered this year as we thought they were all beautiful in their own way and therefore terribly hard to judge! Thank you to Luisa Brimble, Anna Graham, Elise Blaha and Jenni Draper, our industry judges, for the honours!

You quilter's are amazing, so much thought and care has produced gorgeous quilts any of which we would be proud to call our own.

The Quilter's prize this year was voted as Ashley Newcomb's Fruit Salad quilt!!! Made from an Earth packet of Umbrella Prints Trimmings and built to 55" square with coordinating solids all quilted in super duper huge concentric circles this is one happy fun and fruity quilt. It was very popular with commenters over on this year's competition pin board too.

Congratulations Ashley we cannot wait to send you your prize for a stunning entry.

Do come over and visit the quilts in the mix this year on our board we love them all and many of them have lovely stories so click through to read and see more pics.

Thank you to all of the quilter's who entered this year you are all wonderful.

first up! People's Choice winner Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014

Last night we were up late waiting for midnight so we could count, check and take screen shots in preparation for today's announcements.

So we would first like to announce our People's Choice winner as Diana Ramirez maker of mamma190 'linen dress for Emma'!!! Decided this year by most number of individual comments on our Pinterest competition board; we found the community instantly jumping on board to love this sweet dress with Umbrella Prints Trimmings front panel.

Mamma190 captured the light feeling of our Floating World Collection fabrics in both what she made and how it was photographed.  Keeping the design simple and combining natural linen worked beautifully as well!

Simple, natural, light and pretty.

Thank you mamma190 we will be posting your presents to Milan, Italy next week!

Friday, May 30, 2014


2014 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition

Support you favourite/s by leaving ONE COMMENT per entrant and of course pin and like to share the love! Welcome to the 5th Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014!!!
All of these entries are made with one packet of organic printed Umbrella Prints fabric Trimmings

Major prize and quilt prize this year will be chosen by our special industry judges photographer & stylist Luisa Brimble, sewing queen Anna Graham aka Noodlehead, blogger Elise Cripe & Jenni Draper Art Director at Green Magazine. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Luisa Brimble - Industry Judge

Photo of Luisa courtesy of: Annette Wilson // Read this recent interview of Luisa here at the beautiful wholehearted journal

Umbrella Prints is very proud to introduce our fourth and final Industry Judge - Luisa Brimble.
Luisa would have to be the sweetest girl in the land of stylists and photographers, no really. Luisa is as beautiful as her stunning photographs - always supportive and lending a kind word.

Luisa is one of the most prolific artists we know, taking a stroll through Luisa's blog you get a sense that you are truly in the presence of an amazing artist - prolific, magical, capturing those hidden moments of warmth, humanity and beauty.

All photos courtesy of Luisa Brimble
Not only is Luisa the most talented Sydney-based food & lifestyle photographer but she is also the founder of Alphabet Family Journal - I know ridiculous right!

Alphabet is a brand new magazine for the people who make a home together and believe that families are the sum of their everyday triumphs and trials, that the home is a lived space and not a showroom. Something we here at Umbrella Prints strive for everyday so of course we fell in love with her project the minute she shared it with us and have pre-ordered our copy already.

All photos courtesy of Luisa Brimble

All photos courtesy of Luisa Brimble

We first met Luisa recently when both of these gorgeous floral photographs caught our eye. We felt an instant connection with Luisa and thought this amazing person understands pattern and emotion, we need to find out more! Fast forward six months and Umbrella Prints were very fortunate to be asked to contribute the the flagship issue A of Alphabet Family Journal. When Luisa asked us to design postcard gifts for all of her supporters we were absolutely thrilled and started piecing together designs and colours immediately.

Make sure you grab a copy before they are all snapped up.