You can do so much with fabric!  Since we love to get creative, we decided to use the amykathryn Chevron Yellows fabric to spice up our dining room table setting.  The cheery yellow pattern really brightens our table and is perfect for summer. We crafted up a custom place mat, coaster, and matching napkin – small details, huge impact!  It was so easy & fun!

A cheery #DIY place-setting using @amykathrynbags custom printed fabric

Easy Fabric DIY:

1. Coaster – Cut a 5″ square piece of fabric. Iron edges over twice to make clean edges. Sew around square .25″ from edges. Finished coaster is 4″ square.

2. Placemat – Cut a 20″ wide by 14″ high piece of fabric. Cut 4 pieces of trim to match lengths of each side. Pin or glue trim in place around placemat. Sew trim in place to finish.

3. Napkin – Cut a 20″ square piece of fabric. Iron edges over twice to make clean edges. Sew around square .25″ from edges. Finished napkin is 18″ square. To fold napkin as pictured – Fold napkin in half. Accordion fold napkin lengthwise. Secure at one end with napkin ring or fabric tie.

Is your table in need of a seasonal change? Some color & pattern? I think so! Pick a fabric, any fabric and get creative!

xo, Victoria & Amy

I so have patterns for prints on my mind. And inspiration is everywhere. I mean everywhere. The wood grain on this cafe table is making me think I should include knotty pine wood grain into handbags… Hmm… I am working on designing print patterns for fabric for Spring 2013 collection.

You are amykathryn‘s biggest fans – so we want to hear your opinion. Turn on your creative minds… Send me your ideas and I just might use them in our next collection!

I’ve collected beads since I was a young girl. Much more than an adornment, they’re stories of cultures woven together. They represent the many hands that have run over them through time. I put this collage together to create a new story:Can you tell where I get my prints and patterns for amykathrn fabrics?  This is my favorite bead. ^ It’s from circa 1350. That’s pretty medieval! and pretty tough to fuse that glass in homemade kiln. You can see the pattern was placed on top of the core.amber, malachite, turquoise‘African trade beads’ circa 1850.O, and then I got carried away with paints on my tablecloth. Woops. Always, AMY

Is it just me, or have you noticed that “Put a bird on it” can be rephrased more specifically to be “Put an Owl on It”? Those big eyes are everywhere now – in contradiction to the elusive real owl. Here are some vintage depictions that I like.

and I couldn’t help but show off this great friend of mine, the parrot. Big eyes and fantastic feathers make good fodder for my insatiable, creative print making. Always, AMY

is for the birds right? Perhaps, but I’m really entertained by it. My mind flies when birds fly, so I watch birds. No binoculars needed with my zoom camera.

Ok, I am a bit nerdy. Look at those colors and feather patterns though. Suits of high fashion are worn with such grace. These birds are flying around the Everglades and Florida Keys. Always, AMY

I don’t know if it is because I’m excited for spring, but I am currently infatuated with floral prints and patterns…. on everything.  It makes me oh-so happy!{1  2  3  4 }

Here’s a detailed look at the new amykathryn print for the new spring bags.  It’s not all flowers, but there are definitely strong floral & plant inspired elements.This print is called “Roots.”  You could just get lost in all the tiny details Amy has created.  Talk about inspiration!

xo, Victoria

Luxurious Gold & Black:

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So rich, I just love this glam color combo! What would you apply this scheme to? Your wardrobe? A fancy table setting?

xo, Victoria

I don’t know how they had the patience and skill to cut and lay all the intricate ceramic tile designs. Most old Moroccan tiles in the cities are from the 14th and 17th centuries. Of course, I love the color combining used in these designs. The colors and designs signify layers of meaning, of which I day dream imaginary stories. I learned some historical reality while in Morocco too.

And I couldn’t help but put this lovely Meknes sunset in at the end. Always, AMY

Tony Duquette was a Los Angeles native artist influentially known for his decadent design style from the early 1940’s until his death in the late 1990’s.  He started his career designing extraordinary costumes and sets for theatre and film.  His designs were bold, colorful, elaborate, layered and always with a touch of imagination.  Duquette’s talent in theatre and film opened the doors to the arenas of interior design, furniture design, and even jewelry design.  Below are some snap shots I took of a few powerful pages from the book Tony Duquette by Wendy Goodman & Hutton Wilkinson. Enjoy!

Duquette always used bold colors and layered lots of patterns and lush textures in his interior works and costume designs.

It’s all in the many details… fantastical and fun!

Duquette had the ability to bring so many different visual elements and materials together and create a perfect harmony.

These are pics from pages of the Tony Duquette book.  I highly recommend you take a look at this book on your own, either from your local library or buy it here.

So, are you inspired like we are?  Always, Amy & Victoria

How to Make a Handbag

Step Three is Assembling Materials. This is important to think about how your materials will help you get the results you want in your handbag. Have you ever thought about if your fabric is sturdy enough for what you want to use your handbag for? What about the print pattern? Will it go the right way once you cut and sew together your handbag tote? Do you want more structure to your bag or do you want it to be floppy and loose? How long do you want your handles to be to fit comfortably on your shoulder? IS the thread you are using the color you want? Is your thread thick enough for the fabric you are using?

Get your stuff together! Always, AMY

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