Thursday, 20 December 2012

Blend Fabrics Feature Great Designs

Among the many new fabrics featured at Owl & Drum are some beautiful designs by a stylish Georgia textile design company.

Blend Fabrics, based in Atlanta, is the new licensing division of Anna Griffin Inc. Griffin has 18 years of successful product development and design while working with a dynamic mix of talented, versatile designers.

Three fabrics from Blend’s Tilly line and six from their Timber & Leaf collection are currently being sold at Owl & Drum’s store in midtown Tulsa and on its website,

“One of the new collections by Blend Fabrics that we’re really excited about is called Timber & Leaf,” said Bianca Howell, the co-owner of Owl & Drum.

“It’s got a lovely woodland creatures theme, with wolves, foxes and deer. The colors are really great and the animals are beautifully illustrated.”

Playful Fox Blue

Fawn in Birch Blue

The Timber & Leaf collection, which is designed by Sarah Watts, features the wonderful flora and fauna of the forest in two sophisticated color palettes that include coral, gold, aqua and taupe.

Gerbera Grey

Tree Rings Blue

Watts, an independent illustrator and designer based in Atlanta, earned a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design.

In addition to her passion for textiles, she is also an “image maker” of books, concert posters and stationery. Storytelling, folk art, and “a touch of darkness” shine through in her work, while she says ink drawings and vintage color have shaped her visual aesthetic.

Designed by Charlotte Lyons, the Tilly collection features mixed-media collages of vintage stitching cards, hand-painted florals and woven textures.

Rabbits and Roses Multi

Cherie Cards Red
Lyons is a self-taught designer and artist who developed her own techniques for painting, needlework, felting, mixed media and a number of other crafts. She combines the humble designs of traditional art and craft and the inventive use of repurposed materials.

Over the years, her work has been featured in her own books  – The Companion series, Mothers and Daughters at Home, and Between Friends  – as well as numerous magazines. She currently sells her wares on, teaches classes across the country, and creates designs for licensing.

Born and educated in St. Louis, Missouri, Lyons and her husband live in the lower Hudson River Valley of New York, with her three daughters and their partners living nearby.

Other Blend Fabrics collections are called Bugs, Global Bazaar, Gabbie, Blomma, Alchemy, Bella, Cushion & Dust, Animal Parade, Little Monkey and Hope Chest.

The company has been featured in McCall’s Quilting: The Best of American Quilting, among other publications.

“Blend is a collective of many artists’ work, a mixture of styles and a celebration of talent,” according to the company’s website,

“(We are) a high-end textile design company that supplies fabrics and licensed designs to major retailers, independent retailers and e-commerce retailers worldwide.

“A true tribute to talent, Blend’s artists represent both well-known designers and some of the world’s best-kept secrets. With unique, ‘fashion forward’ design aesthetics, each artist brings an all-encompassing approach to the marketplace with a fresh, on-trend design perspective.

“Blend expressly designed to reach new product categories, while promoting talented artists from around the world.”

Griffin first made her fashion mark in the wedding industry during the mid-1990s by developing one of the industry’s first “print-it-yourself” invitations with a custom look.

She is an expert at translating exquisite patterns evocative of Old World style into modern mix-and-match designs. In addition to numerous fabrics, her signature collection includes invitations, stationery, home office, decorative paper and accessories.

Blend Fabrics’ website features easy-to-use PDFs of numerous patterns that interested crafters can follow to create their own quilts and other fabric-based homemade projects.

The company has recently completed a very busy period of showing its new collections to buyers across the United States, including Owl & Drum owners Bianca Howell and Dani Weaver on a buying trip to Texas.

Blend Fabrics staffed booths at the Los Angeles Textile Show from Oct. 22-24, as well as at the International Quilt Market – an important twice-yearly industry trade show –  which was staged shortly after from Oct. 27-29 in Houston.

Joe Spiegelberg, the president of Blend Fabrics, is a veteran of the industry, having founded Maude Asbury in 1988. Maude Asbury is a luxury gift company that designs and manufactures fabric covered photo albums, picture frames and magnet boards that are hand-made in the U.S.

For more information, visit, or follow the company and its designers on Facebook, Twitter or their individual blogs.

Owl & Drum, located at 2810 E. 15th St. in Tulsa, OK, sells about 150 bolts of fabrics made by more than a dozen manufacturers and designers.

The store and its website – – also offers unique handmade gifts, jewelry and other items made by Tulsans, Oklahomans and artisans from Portland, Oregon, and northern California. It also sells many different craft books, equipment and supplies.

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.

For more details, call Bianca at 918-742-1404, visit, send an email to or follow us on Facebook,, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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