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by Folksy Support

by Zoe Grant


When you first see Lu Summer’s designs you may be mistaken in thinking they have been drawn on to the fabric. The designs are however screen printed onto cotton complete with natural slubs, adding to their appeal.

Working from her farmhouse studio in Suffolk Lu creates wonderful designs that she screen prints herself and sells in her Folksy shop, Summersville. This Folksy outlet is perfect as many of her designs really are ‘folksy’ and are obviously inspired by Scandinavian pattern and print. Expanding her range Lu also screen prints patterns onto wool felt that she has used to cover notebooks and has colour your own printed posters. These posters are printed onto cartridge paper with the design outline, leaving you to express your inner child and colour it in yourself!

Summersville designs are versatile and could easily be used for many projects and with the range of colours would compliment many interiors. Having recently moved house I am busy planning new room schemes and will definitely be adding a couple of cushions in Summersville prints, well it is good to shop locally!

FOLKSY FINDS! Christmas!

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RED GINGHAM buttons Red Christmassy ribbons Tartan fabric Christmas print fabric piece Christmas Stockings Fabric, Fat Quarter

SEWING TIPS! – Sewing Machines

I feel very fortunate to have been given my mums portable Elna machine, which was her 21st birthday present many years ago. I have also inherited my grandmothers Singer sewing machine, which still works perfectly. Whilst I tend to prefer the Elna as it’s less bulky however for bigger projects, like curtain making, I rely on the size and power of my Singer.

Every so often I consider replacing my machines with a new sewing machine that has more stitch options than I could dream of but I as yet I have been unable to choose. There is an abundance of sewing machines available offering the novice seamstress an easy to use option through to the more complicated and bulkier machines for the more experienced amongst us.

I am not going to recommend a machine as I feel a sewing machine purchase should be treated with similar contemplation as buying an expensive pair of shoes! Each of us will have different requirements of our machine, but can be baffled with sales pitch to see exactly what we really want. Therefore my only recommendation is to research and read reviews to be sure you are getting what you need. If after this research you are still confused I highly recommend a trip to John Lewis or a really good sewing machine shop!

This article was written for Folksy by Zoe Grant from Folksy supply shop ‘Buttons & Bows’

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Dawn December 7, 2010 - 8:07 am

I absolutely love the colours and patterns in this work, fab, fab, fab!

sheridanart December 7, 2010 - 8:09 am

lovely designs, a favourite of mine- congratulations!

Victoria December 7, 2010 - 3:30 pm

Love that fabric its so pretty!

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