So long, but not goodbye!

You will now be able to read all up to date blog posts from my blogger site and from my new website (coming very soon!).

You can also find me on Facebook here and Twitter here

See you there! 

 

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Book available to pre-order!

My book is now available to pre-order on Amazon!

“Textile artist Chloe Owens inhabits a strange and colourful world, where fabric animals frolic, sequinned birds sing and even the landscape is made up of groovy 1960’s prints. In the heart of London she has sewn her own enchanted wilderness, turning her hand to greetings cards, a menagerie of soft toys, bespoke canvasses and comfy cushions. She hoards salvaged vintage fabrics and combines them with contemporary prints to create something totally new, as she ‘draws’ delicate stitched designs on appliqued work using her trusty sewing machine. The result is a multifaceted tactile feast! All her pieces are bespoke originals and she is available for commissions for all your crafting needs.”

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Liberty & Exclusive Owls

It was the Liberty open call in August, where budding designers have the chance to show off what they’ve made in the hope that they’ll get to be sold in store. So, I thought I’d go along and present some cushions and toys. I got there at stupid-0-clock (otherwise known as 6am) and queued for 4 hours! The queue stretched as far as the eye could see (well not quite that far, but it was very long) It wound right around the corner and even further. See ☞ 

Once in you get to pitch to a panel for just 4 minutes as they ruthlessly decide whether you’re worthy enough. The response was thankfully very positive and they liked the idea of my name cushions being sold as a bespoke service. So.. we shall wait and see with bated breath!

Smug have co-designed a new owl, this time by Louise. She chose a classic Liberty print and I think she turned out lovely… 

They are both exclusively available to buy from Smug

If you’d like to design and name your own owl, all you have to do is decide on which fabric you’d like, and choose which coloured felts, stitching and buttons you want, get in touch and I’ll make and sell your design through the website and possibly Smug. I’ll also ask you to send in a photo of yourself with your new owl which will be posted on the website gallery.

Page will be updated soon Design Your Own!

PS- The book is due to be released February 2012!

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I got owls, they’re multiplying

We’ve been very busy making an army of owls for SMUG and NOTANOTHERBILL, which is a subscription service like you’ve never experienced before- Every month the creator of this ingenious idea Ned Corbett-Winder, will send you presents in the post. The great thing is you never know what you’re going to get, the package will consist of just about anything that catches Ned’s eye.
Go forth and subscribe and may all your christmases come at once!

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Goodbye Jakey

Some sad news for this post I’m afraid, Jake my beloved cat passed away after a long battle with kidney disease. As you may have seen in previous posts, he loved to sit and watch me work and was always getting up to mischief, knocking my buttons on the floor and burying himself under piles of fabric.

I’ll miss him watching me work and cheekily dipping his paws in my tea. Things will be very quiet from now on.

It was supposed to be a surprise but he was going to be a character throughout my book, with illustrations by Gemma Correll of him getting up to all sorts of mischief throughout. I’ve decided he will still be a character and the book will be dedicated to him. This way he will live forever.

Goodbye Jakey, my little ray of sunshine.

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Free fabric and a fractured elbow

Hello! I’m so busy I don’t have time to write very often but just wanted to let you know that the book is going well, though I have fallen behind after falling over and fracturing my elbow! (I wasn’t drunk- honest. It was the slippery boots I love too much to throw away).

It was so frustrating knowing how much I had to do but couldn’t do anything, but thankfully it’s mending quickly and I’m almost back on track. I’m very pleased to say that Amy Butler http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/ is donating lots of lovely fabrics for the book, as well as Michael Miller http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com and a lovely designer called Alice Apple who creates beautiful retro, scandinavian style fabrics http://www.aliceapple.co.uk/. Their designs will be used for products in the book and also page backgrounds which I think will work brilliantly.

I also have fellow Art School friend Gemma Correll http://www.gemmacorrell.com/ on board for the step by step illustrations which is very exciting, her work has a childlike quality that I love and will add a humorous and playful element to the pages. We also have another surprise character to feature throughout the book which I’m very excited about, but you’ll have to buy the book to find out who!

Ok better get back to work! Before I go here are some recent articles about me:

Bambino Goodies- http://www.bambinogoodies.co.uk/

Creative Dish- http://www.creativedish.com/

Sew Hip Magazine

  

Pamflet http://www.creativeboom.co.uk/

 CreativeBoom http://www.creativeboom.co.uk/

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The Crafty Fox Easter Market

Saturday 16th April will be the second Crafty Fox Market, and this time it’s going to be even bigger and better!

It’ll be set over 3 floors, with events and workshops to keep you occupied all day long. There’ll be delicious handmade cakes and pizza’s, portraits from a 5 year old artist, vegan cupcake decorating, brooch making, knitting plus recycling workshops. There’ll be a handmade raffle for Japan with the chance to bag yourself a bespoke one off from one of the 35 artists and designers.

There’ll be tea rooms and a letter
lounge, and cross stitch and cocktails for those wanting something stronger than tea!
Crafty Fox DJ’s will be playing all day and there will also be professional advice  and helpful chats on running your Etsy shops with product photography workshops.
All in all a pretty unsurpassable day planned, so don’t miss out!
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