Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Heather Ross & Kokka Create Classy Fabrics

Two of the most luxurious fabrics that Owl & Drum currently carries are made by a Japanese company and designed by a very talented New York-based author, artist and designer.

Heather Ross’ latest line for Kokka is called “Nursery Versery,” and Tulsa’s new one-stop shop for fabrics and crafts is happy to stock their “Three Little Pigs” and “Country Mice” fabrics.

"Three Little Pigs"

The whimsical, colorful and beautifully-drawn fabrics – featuring a mice couple and their baby, and pigs at work and play – are a top-quality blend of linen and cotton that are perfect for quilting, children’s clothes or decorating a kid’s nursery.

"Country Mice"

"They have been among the most asked for fabrics since we opened the store on Sept. 25, and now we have them!" said Bianca Howell," the co-owner of Owl & Drum.

"Heather Ross has a very loyal following and people really love the fabrics she designs."

Ross has also depicted frog princes, Volkswagen buses and big bad wolves on the popular and collectible fabrics she designs.

Since 2007, Ross’ collections of home-sewing fabrics are have been manufactured solely by Kokka of Japan and distributed in the U.S. by Seven Islands, according to her website.

The pairing have created other fabric lines, including “Far Far Away Chapter 2,” and Ross has also made some of her long out-of-print designs available through the print-on-demand services of

Ross has also had published a number of craft books, including the recent Heather Ross Prints, which contains a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own fabric prints. 

Now in stock at Owl & Drum, the book-and-DVD package, Ross shares reproducible artwork for more than 50 of her most popular prints and also provides step-by-step instructions for 20 craft projects using the prints on the DVD – from sea turtle stationery to a shower curtain covered with swirling mermaids.

Crafters can use the artwork on the DVD to print on fabric, paper, or any other surface they choose. Plus, Ross teaches her process for designing fabric using the computer program Photoshop, which is very helpful to crafters who want to try to emulate her.

“Obviously, there is more than one way to accomplish this, so we opted to focus on my process in particular,” she said on her online blog at

“I use Photoshop Channels, which allows me draw as I would on paper and to add colors in a way that mimics the screen-printing process. The finished files also work beautifully as digital uploads to Spoonflower . . . I have been teaching this method for a few years in a special design workshop.”

“This project is truly close to my heart. Inspired largely by the community of crafters that exists online and the infectious spirit of generosity among them, I set out to create a usable digital library of my own (favorite) fabric designs.

“I spent the better part of a year exploring new digital printing technologies and trying out new craft techniques – lamp making, bookbinding, wallpapering – searching for new ways to use my artwork.”

The book – which was published Sept. 1 by STC Craft – also contains more than five files to create digitally-printed wallpaper, including Underwater Sisters, Horses, Frog Prince, and The Owl and The Pussycat.
Ross also illustrated a children’s book called “Crafty Chloe,” which was published last February.

She is keen to share her expertise with people and has hosted workshops across the country. Her next “Weekend Sewing Workshop” will be held Oct. 19-21 in New York City, plus a workshop in Monterey Bay/Asilomar, Calif., next February.

For more information about Heather Ross and Kokka, visit and

For more details about Owl & Drum, which carries more than 100 fabrics made by seven designers, crafts supplies and tools, plus numerous unique gifts, visit

The 2810 E. 15th St. store also sells many other items made by Tulsans, Oklahomans and artisans from Portland, Oregon, plus a variety of craft books.

Owl & Drum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and from 12-4 p.m. Sundays. The store is closed on Mondays, but it's open every day online at

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