Vanessa Arbuthnott
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Patchwork Packs!

 Our patchwork packs, now available in our shop, are the perfect New Year project! Whether you are just starting out or are already a seasoned crafter, we’re sure you’ll have a great time giving these snippets a new lease of life.

In each pack you will find a selection of fabrics in complementing colours and styles, with enough pieces to sew together and invent a patchwork creation! You could even have a look at Vanessa’s book ‘The Home Sewn Home’ for some extra inspiration and advice.

Whether it’s a Teddy Bear, a Lavender Heart, some double sided napkins or even a patchwork peg bag, we can’t wait to see what you create! Please share your snaps on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #VApatchwork2016 or email us at [email protected]

We will be running a competition up until Easter 2016, to give you plenty of time, and my favourite Patchwork project will win some Vanessa Arbuthnott goodies!

Good luck and happy patch working!


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Gifts that give more

I have always believed in trying to give back to both my local community and to vulnerable women’s projects in other countries. Through my work, I have been fortunate to meet three very inspiring organisations that support the well-being and growth of people in difficult situations and you can help them too this Christmas by buying my Christmas cards, knitted toys and duvet sets. All the profits go directly to these wonderful organisations.


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This year, all the proceeds of my first Christmas cards featuring Rose’s Wild and Free fabric design are going to a charity called CHYP that’s very close to my shop. Cirencester Housing for Young People provides supported accommodation for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 in Cirencester and the surrounding area who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own. Its aim is not just to offer these young people a roof over their heads but to give them the care and support a family would normally provide. CHYP helps them to learn how to look after themselves, gain confidence and live a more fulfilling life independently.

I used to teach art at CHYP and know they provide a wonderful home for many young people, so PLEASE BUY THEM…there are 6 different cards in a pack for £5.


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When I was in Kenya last year, I found an amazing women’s knitting project that provides a livelihood for so many impoverished people.  Kenana Knitters is a self-supporting knitting co-operative that pays a fair wage and funds a range of welfare projects providing education, eye tests, health and HIV/Aids counselling in the agricultural town of Njoro. Kerry, who runs the project, says: “Through the sale of Kenana products, we contribute towards significant social impact in rural Kenya by empowering women to take charge of their lives through dignified work. Our Kenana Knitters and its partners pride themselves by operating within the cultural context of rural, Kenyan women and with respect to the environmental challenges. Knitting is ideal, as it requires minimal equipment and can be done in small amounts of time, allowing the knitters to tend to their children and work around their family farming duties. Knitting can be done on the long walks that are required in rural areas, as well as in the dark, since most of the women live without electricity.”

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The Kenana monkeys and zebras are very traditional and endearing toys that measure approximately 42cm from head to toe and are very soft and cuddly! Each distinctive design is a hand-crafted Kenyan creation and bears the signature of the woman who made it. The wool for the Kenana range is purchased locally in Kenya from another artisan group that spins its own wool and dyes it using vegetable dyes from their gardens.

Kenana toys are priced at £20 or £25 each






My vibrant blue or pink Batik Spot Duvet and Pillowcase Sets are made by the Xavier Project in Nairobi, Kenya exclusively for Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics. The Xavier Project aims to increase access to a relevant and good formal education for refugee children and deliver it in a safe environment. It also aims to make vocational and life-long learning available to all refugees even in emergency situations, primarily through the use of ICT.





The duvet covers are hand-made with beautiful African cotton. The wax resist process, the dyeing and the sewing of these duvets and pillowcases is done entirely by Congolese refugees who are creating a new life for themselves and their children.

Single batik duvet sets are £30 and double are £46

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Christmas is here!

Welcome to our Scandinavian Christmas….I’m delighted to let you know that the shop is now dressed for the festive season! My style inspiration came from a trip that I made two years ago to Stockholm. It was Christmas time and I was really struck by the beautiful simplicity of the decorations. Swedish style involves no tinsel or baubles, very often just green garlands, berries and rustic decorations illuminated by flickering candlelight.

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Do come to our Christmas event….On Saturday 5th December between midday and 5pm I would like to invite you all to come and share a warming glass of mulled wine, accompanied by delicious mince pies and gingerbread in my shop and showroom. It’s the perfect opportunity to make a start on your Christmas shopping! In addition to our fabrics, wallpaper and homeware, we have some beautiful decorations available for sale and presents for all the family. I will be available to discuss your interior design projects and to answer any questions you might have. It would be lovely to meet you!

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Why not print your own presents, wrapping paper and cards….While you’re over visiting the shop, why not join us at one of our printmaking workshops on the 5th and 6th December? This is a great opportunity to print some Christmas presents, Christmas cards and wrapping paper. We only have a few spaces available so please click on the link below and book your place in advance.



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Cosy up your home for winter

With the nights drawing in, now’s the perfect time to make your home cosy and welcoming ………


Nothing says cosy more than a sofa full of plump cushions or a bed adorned with a comforting quilt. Our made-to-measure service provides the perfect way to create beautiful accessories to help you emphasise the homeliness of your home.


You can choose from hundreds of combinations of fabrics and three styles of edging to create a quilt or cushions  that are perfect for your room. Our sumptuous, hand-made quilts are filled with a luxurious wadding that makes them wonderfully warm and cosy on chilly winter nights. If it’s cushions you need, you can be assured they will be lovely and plump thanks to our luxurious feather pads.

gypsy reversable quiltDesigning your own quilt and cushions is lots of fun – and it couldn’t be simpler with our easy, online four-step process:

1. Select your fabric

2. Choose the size

3. Decide on the style

4. Select fabric for the edging (and reverse of quilts)


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If you have guests coming to stay this Christmas, why not transform your spare room – we have a huge variety of colours and patterns to choose from so that you can give it a fresh new look without even having to decorate!

To receive one of our lovely quilts before Christmas, please place your order by 14th December and for cushions, you need to order by 23rd November.  If you’d like any advice or to order samples online before making your final decision, please call one of our talented team on 01285 831437.


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Learn to print with Flora

Many of you will be starting to think about Christmas already, so if you enjoy making some of your presents, you might like know that my daughter Flora will be running some more of her printing on fabric courses in early December. In just one day, you will learn several simple printing techniques and come away with your own piece of printed fabric that you can make into cushions, bags or tea towels. If you have a creative relative or friend who would also enjoy learning a new skill, you can buy gift vouchers by clicking here. Here’s Flora to tell you more…..


“When I was fifteen, I really enjoyed teaching art workshops to children in the summer holidays. Later on, I studied product design at The Glasgow School of Art and went on to several jobs doing design and illustrating but after a while I gravitated back to teaching because I realised that I enjoy showing people how to create something  themselves. Printing is very accessible – you don’t need to be an expert and the simplest designs can be the most effective.

I currently run two courses on printing skills for fabric at Vanessa’s barn in Cirencester. It’s a lovely creative environment with two studios that also host artists in residence. My introductory course is for learning different printing techniques and the intermediate course is for developing skills, exploring repeat patterns and layering colours.

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“People of all ages come to the courses but most are those with busy lives or jobs who have no time or space to be creative. When they come here, they have a lovely break and come away with something beautiful.”

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First of all, we settle into the day with a cup of tea and then I demonstrate the different printing techniques that everyone can try. They are all simple processes that you can continue exploring at home afterwards.

I start with potato print which is quite playful as you don’t have to worry about messing up a potato!  Next, I demonstrate how to cut patterns in lino and then after lunch, we look at silk screen printing. It sounds complicated but it’s a very quick and easy process that’s done with paper stencils. You can either photocopy a pattern and cut it out with scissors or you can draw your own stencil.

After the demonstration, you’re free to use the rest of the time to explore all the techniques on pieces of fabric which you take home with you at the end of the day. I’ll also be supplying card and paper  so that you can make your own Christmas wrapping paper and cards too!”

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Introduction to simple printing skills on fabric: 

Saturday 5th and, Sunday 6th December 2015 , Saturday 23rd and Saturday 16th January 2016

Intermediate class for simple printing skills on fabric: 

Sunday 24th January 2016

* If the day you choose is full up, please contact me to be added to the waiting list as there are sometimes cancellations.

TIMING: 10am-4pm. Please arrive early for tea, coffee and to settle in. Please bring a pack-lunch and an apron.

COST: £65 for the day (£10 of this price is to cover the costs of materials, if you would like to buy more linen then there will be more available to buy on the day)

LOCATION: The Tallet, Calmsden, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5ET

HOW TO BOOK: You can book your place on one of Flora’s courses by clicking here:


Watch this space for news on Flora’s new dye-making and print-making classes in Bristol! Flora is currently expanding her horizons by studying horticiulture and plans to bring this and her love for print-making together by creating a natural dye garden in Bristol where she will grow plants for making her own natural dye.



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Welcome to our new home!


Our showroom has been open for five weeks now and I’m pleased to say that it’s a resounding success!  I feel so lucky to have found these perfect premises in the very heart of Cirencester, one of the most beautiful towns in Gloucestershire. It has been a real family affair to get the shop just how I envisaged it (there is an advantage to being married to an architect!) and I am so proud of the end result.

I realised that there was a need for a place where people could view the fabrics and furniture when customers often asked to visit me because they wanted to feel the fabrics and sit on the furniture. The furniture was dotted around my home so it was often a case of moving the children off the sofa ten minutes before a client arrived and hoping the dog hadn’t made a mess!

My husband, Nicko found the premises – it used to be a car spare parts shop and was really falling to pieces. We gutted the inside, reconfigured the space, put in new windows and doors and clad the outside with timber.  It has a sunny, south-facing aspect which is important because of the lovely light and warmth.

There are two spaces in the showroom. The room you enter is our cutting room, packed with 250 rolls of fabric arranged around the walls in a wave of colour, rather like a colour wheel, so the yellows run into the oranges, into the reds…. I think it’s lovely to see the roundness of the rolls on display. It’s also easier to see the potential of the fabrics and papers in a larger piece. The rolls aren’t just for display – you can actually buy them and take them away with you!



I have designed the showroom informally so that it looks just like another room in my house with furnishings, art on the walls by my daughter Rose and even vases of fresh flowers from the garden. It still feels rather indulgent to have this wonderful space but it has really framed my work and made it feel safe! Before this, people could only see the little swatches and brochures we’d post out, but now they can come and touch it and see it in full glory.

Nicko and I have thought a lot about how best to display our products and Richard, our wonderful carpenter has built everything bespoke for us – from our cutting table to the display cabinets and the spring-loaded wallpaper hangers that make it easy to pull out and view a length of the paper.


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Leading on from the cutting room, we have a lovely fresh and open space. I like to give people ideas for using our products so we have created two sitting room areas and a bedroom in here, all in different colour ways and with different looks. You will also see smaller vignettes, for example a chair with complementing cushions and a suggestion of wallpaper behind.


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Many people have travelled a long way to come to the showroom with a variety of projects to do, from covering a chair to doing up a whole room or even a house. With this in mind, I have created a beautiful area where you can sit at the table with one of our consultants to discuss your projects. We like to give our customers lots of time so we have a booking service available if you want to be sure of having a one to one session at a particular time.  My team know the products very well and are here to help you explore the possibilities and suggest products that they know will complement each other.


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I am looking forward enormously to meeting even more of my customers in person at the showroom over the coming months. I have been busy working on a new range of products to sell in the shop, many of which are created by up-cycling our fabric scraps and end of rolls. Exciting new products are appearing in the showroom every week at the moment, so do pop in and have a look!

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Before and after….

this was the corner of a shed...

this was the corner of a shed…

Here on the roman blinds is my daughter Rose's wonderful new print Wild and Free  in Mallow and Dormouse...

Here on the roman blinds is my daughter Rose’s wonderful new print Wild and Free in Mallow and Dormouse…

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BEFORE and AFTER photos from our recent shoot!

Just returned from an exhausting but very creative week in Suffolk taking 40 new photos for our new brochure and web site… see these before and after photos..



The before photo!

The before photo!




see our beautiful new runner woven at Solva Woollen Mill in Wales...

see our beautiful new runner woven at Solva Woolen Mill in Wales…

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Flat decorated and Mike has moved in!

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After lots of hard work, the flat is now decorated, French Floral curtains hanging and Mike has moved in….not bad just 2 weeks from start to finish thanks to Laura and Jo!


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Great progress at Mike’s flat….

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Message from Mike:

Firstly, I can thank Vanessa and Laura for their help in choosing colours and design ideas, when it comes to things like that I have no idea! So thank you both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ok, so after a week of boring stuff, (Stripping walls, cleaning walls, we have now moved on to the exiting bit!!! The colours have been decided, nearly, and we have moved from predominantly greys to lighter warmer colours. The living room is going to be painted in a nice Hollyhock, hallway will be in a Linen white and the bedroom will now be wallpapered in Vanessa’s Up The Garden Path Wallcovering in Teal, we are staying with a Lead colour for the kitchen, carpets have been chosen, all that is needed now is for paint and wallcoverings to start being applied and the flat will hopefully start to take shape.

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