Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Amy Sedaris Fabric Arrives At Owl & Drum

Amy Sedaris has added another string to her creative bow.

The actress, author, comedian and keen crafter has designed her first ever fabric collection called "I Like You" for Windham Fabrics.

And Owl & Drum has got three bolts of the quirky, funky, 100-percent-cotton range!

The three Sedaris fabrics Owl & Drum recently received are called: Martini Floral, which features bold yellow and red tulips on a black-and-white striped background; Ric Rac Black, which has white wavy lines on a black background; and I Like You, with the words spelt out in different colors on a white background.

"I'm a big fan of Amy and I really like her satirical books, especially 'Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People," said Bianca Howell, the co-owner of Owl & Drum.

"Her other book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence," is also very funny.

"When I heard she was designing her first fabric collection we decided we had to have it in our store. We've been waiting patiently - and now it's here!"

"'I Like You' is an unmissable fabric collection," Windham Fabrics, a Jersey City, N.J. company, says on its website.

"Amy will sweep you off your feet with her unique and wacky design styles that you would only expect from her!

"Fun, cheer and whimsy - mixed with a little quirkiness - in the world of quilting is not necessarily a bad thing!"

For more information, visit windhamfabrics.net.

For more details about Owl & Drum – which stocks more than 200 different bolts of fabric, unique handmade gifts, craft books and equipment/supplies – visit www.owlanddrum.com, call Bianca at 918-742-1404 or stop by our store at 2810 E. 15th St. in midtown Tulsa, OK.

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Sorbetto Tank Top by Colette Patterns

If you are like us then you must love free sewing pattern downloads. Well, have we got one for you! The Sortbetto Tank Top by Colette Patterns.

We have just started carrying Colette Patterns at Owl & Drum and are very impressed. The owner of Colette Patterns, Sarai Mitnick, writes the patterns in a way that is very easy to understand. She also highlights certain sewing techniques that may be difficult and then she tells you where you can find the tutorial on how to do them. For example, for this tank top, Sarai provides the link to her blog post, which is all about making your own bias binding tape.

This pattern is for beginners and it is a great introduction into apparel construction. For the download click here.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Colette Patterns' Designs Debut At Owl & Drum

Owl & Drum is delighted to be stocking some fabulous and fresh new women's apparel designs from Colette Patterns.

The cool, funky company, which is based in Portland, Oregon, has a stated "goal to make sewing patterns that are exceptional in every way."

Owl & Drum recently received seven different clothing designs from Colette Patterns to sell in its midtown Tulsa, OK, store and on its www.owlandrrum.com web site.

"I really like their simple, classic - yet modern - designs," said Bianca Howell, the co-owner of Owl & Drum.

"The patterns are easy to read and Sarai (Mitnick) gives great instructions that are excellent for beginner sewists.

"We wanted to stock more patterns for women's clothing. The aim is to get people to start making their own clothes again - and Colette Patterns will definitely help with that!"

The new apparel patterns at Owl & Drum are: "Hazel" (a quick and easy dress); "Peony" (an elegant bateau neck sheath dress); "Violet" (a button-front blouse with short gathered sleeves); "Ginger" (a simple, pretty a-line skirt); "Laurel" (a chic shift dress); "Beignet" (a high-waisted straight skirt); and "Iris" (cute, simple-to-sew shorts).  

Colette Patterns was founded by "boss lady" and designer Sarai Mitnick in 2008.

"Colette Patterns was born out of a love of both sewing and the independent spirits of creative women everywhere," Mitnick says on colettepatterns.com.

"Our patterns are designed for the crafty lady who loves design details, is inspired by vintage style, and wants clothing that's made just for her!

"Like our grandmothers who spent their evenings constructing their beautiful clothes, these sewing patterns are our canvases for everyday creativity.

"The designs themselves are often inspired by the past, but are constructed to be modern and wearable. Each is easily adapted in a range of versatile fabrics, are available in modern sizes 0 through 18, and have practical details, such as pockets."

Each pattern is packaged in a beautifully printed booklet with fine linen-textured cover and stitched binding. The instructions are clearly illustrated, each pattern includes a glossary of sewing terms and provides an area for sewists to write their own notes.

Mitnick - a self-described "project wrangler" - said on colettepatterns.com that she is "proud to contribute to the revival of sewing as a craft, and to help educate and inspire other sewists."

Kenn Wilson handles the company's logistics, keeping its web sites running and managing customer service. He also loves a well-crafted cocktail and writes about them on his Cocktailia blog.

Colettepatterns.com also features dozens of helpful sewing and clothes-making tutorials, plus tips and advice on adding details, fittings, seams, hems and adjustments.

"We’re extremely proud of the quality of our patterns and the cult following we’ve begun to inspire," Mitnick said.

She also writes a fun, informative blog called Coletterie on her company's web site, and has also authored a book called "The Colette Sewing Handbook."

For more details, visit www.colettepatterns.com.

For more details about Owl & Drum – which stocks more than 200 different bolts of fabric, unique handmade gifts, craft books and equipment/supplies – visit www.owlanddrum.com, call Bianca at 918-742-1404 or stop by our store at 2810 E. 15th St. in midtown Tulsa, OK.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Cool Pics from "Look What I Made" Contest (Part II)

      Big thanks go out again to the two dozen customers who took part in Owl & Drum's first-ever "Look What I Made" contest. 

     The show-us-your-creativity competition, which ran for the month of March, saw people make wonderful items - ranging from colorful clothes and curtains, to quaint quilts and bold blankets - out of a wide variety of fabrics bought in our midtown Tulsa store. 

     Last week, we posted the first batch of pics from our entrants. Today, we are sharing the rest of the photo entries. We think you'll find them as neat as we do. 

     So, here goes . . . Enjoy (Part II)!    

     The above pictures feature items made by Kammy Pitts of Tulsa. The pillows are a Little Red Riding Hood print and the tote bag is a nesting doll print, both from Kokka.

     Kim Williams-Harris of Tulsa made this adorable, peasant-style dress for her little one. The fabric is from the collection Splendor 1920 by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics.

     Lisa Swinney of Sand Springs made both of the pictured items above from innovative choices of fabrics. The e-reader case is made from Dear Stella's Buses and London from the Town & Country collection. The tooth-fairy pillow fabric is made out of Timeless Treasures' fabric called Vikings.

     Elizabeth Balloqui, a Tulsa resident who runs a children's accessories company called Teal & Co., made this "Jack & Jill" set. The fabric featured in the bow tie and the headband is Art Gallery's Celeste Pointelle. 

     Estela Greene of Tulsa whipped up this inventive wall hanging for her daughter, Luna. Estela embroidered her daughter's name on Alexander Henry's Princess Kingdom fabric.

     Made by Molly Weaver, this girl's maxi-dress features Lecien's 4 Girls, which is part of the Pitic Piticia fabric collection.

     The skirt pictured above was made by Jory Smith and is also made from Lecien's 4 Girls fabric. This whimsical design can be used for many fun fashions for girls of all ages.

     We love it - and we loved everything our great customers made during the "Look What I Made" contest!

     Thanks again for taking part. And thanks for supporting Owl & Drum. 

     Keep an eye for future competitions, giveaways, sales and special events on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest pages.  

Friday, 5 April 2013

Cool Pics From "Look What I Made" Contest (Part I)

     Wow! "Look What I Made" really was a great customer-driven contest. 

     Thanks to all the people who took the time to enter Owl & Drum's debut show-us-your-creativity competition. More than 20 of our customers made wonderful items from a wide variety of fabrics bought in our midtown Tulsa store. 

     The range of cool-looking creations - from colorful clothes and curtains, to quaint quilts and bold blankets - clearly demonstrated how talented our customers are. But we knew that already. The submitted photos just prove it!

     Today, we are excited to share some of the photo entries we received from our fun-loving customers. We think you will agree that they made some lovely, unique items. Early next week, we will post the remaining photos. 

     So, here goes . . . Enjoy!    

The two pictures above showcase the hair bow and bow-tie designs by Tulsa resident Elizabeth Balloqui of Teal and Co. Elizabeth used fabrics from Michael Miller and Westminster Fabrics. 

Jemellia Hilfiger of Norman made these cute mother-and-daughter dress and skirt out of Melody Miller's Ruby Star Vinyl for Kokka Fabrics. We love this fabric just as much as Jemellia - and it's been a big hit! 

Our contest winner, Whitney Ellsworth, made the above two creations. Whitney, a Tulsan, hosted a baby shower for a lucky friend and made these adorable gifts and wreath. She used Riley Blake's yellow chevron fabric and Moda Fabrics' Grow With Me in gray.

Kammy Pitts of Tulsa, who works under the brand name Kamsel, designed and created this super-cool cluster headband. Kammy is a big fan of fabrics and patterns containing mushrooms, so she simply could not resist Shroomy by Monaluna.

Anne Brockman wanted to add some flair to her kitchen, so she whipped up this fun mixer cover. This was the Tulsa resident's first time to sew curves - and it looks like she did a great job. The mixer cover was made with Joel Dewberry's Hexagons in canary yellow.

This modern, chic baby blanket was made by Jamie Catlett of Tulsa. Jamie is a seasoned quilter and she loves working with modern fabrics. Her fabric choices for this project were spot on! The solids are from Dear Stella Designs and the back is a flannel by Moda.

Moira Forbes, along with students from her daughter's French immersion class, made this French alphabet quilt. It looks magnifique! C'est tres bon! The border and binding are various shades of black and gray from lines such as Riley Black and Alexander Henry.

Sydney Meeks, a member of Tulsa's Modern Quilt Guild, was recently fixing up her sewing/craft room, so she decided she needed cute, new fabric to make some eye-catching curtains. Sydney chose Sunday Paper by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics - and the result looks great!

Thanks again to everyone who entered Owl & Drum's first-ever "Look What I Made" contest. We really enjoyed seeing all the inventive, colorful and cool-looking creations made by our loyal customers. Y'all are a talented bunch!

We plan on holding a second "Look What I Made" competition during the summertime. Keep an eye out for details on Owl & Drum's Facebook, Blogger.com or Instagram pages.

And, in the meantime, keep on craftin'!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Owl & Drum's "Look What I Made" Contest Winner

And the Owl & Drum competition winner is . . . 

. . . Whitney Ellsworth!

Congratulations to Whitney, who has won a $50 in-store gift certificate to Owl & Drum.

In March, more than 20 Owl & Drum customers sent us pictures of items they had made with fabric and supplies purchased at our midtown Tulsa shop.

During the month-long contest, we posted pics on our Facebook page of all the cool projects our clever customers completed.

Today, we randomly drew our winner using a random-generator app. Boy, that sure made it easy!

Here is Whitney's colorful, stylish baby shower creation.

Whitney made the table runner and centerpiece out of Riley Blake's chevron fabric in yellow and Moda Fabric's Grow With Me in gray and white. Well done, Whitney - it looks great!

Over the next couple of days, we will share with you all of the other entries. Look out for them on Owl & Drum's blog on blogger.com! 

We were very impressed with everybody's workmanship and creativity. Thanks to all who entered.

Keep an eye out for more Owl & Drum competitions and giveaways in the future!