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Preview: Far Far Away

I am so pleased to post a sneak peak of my newest line for Kokka of Japan, which will be in stores this spring.

My fabric lines for Westminster are always based on a place that I have lived and loved, while my lines for Kokka are more about the imaginary places where I wish I could live. They are lush meadows and small towns built from toys by children, evening dances held by squirrels. My newest line for Kokka is no different, and is in fact named for those first few words that appear at the beginning of many an imaginary tale: Far Far Away....

I must tell you that I did not intend to go so fantastical, I just couldn't stop myself. At first I was focussed on the princesses, especially a certain princess and her pea, but soon found myself sketching unicorns. You heard me. Unicorns. My friend Kim, mother of a tiny barefoot princess of her own, responded to my initial sketches with a very polite " You are either a Unicorn Girl or you are not. I am the latter." That should have stopped me. It didn't. The rest of the prints came quickly enough, my friend Amanda has been begging for a Frog Prince print for years, and I finally had a place for him. I added some florals. I stood back. It was, and is, supremely dorky. We are talking kitten-and-fishbowl-inspirational-poster, days-of-the-week-underpants, dungeons-and-dragons dorky. I hope you like it.

Far Far Away will hit stores sometime this spring, I will be sure to post updates here on Weekend.  Because my book, Weekend Sewing, has so many clothing patterns that demand more supple woven fabrics, I am having it printed on both a quilting weight cotton and a luxurious, drapey cotton double guaze, which will be perfect for dresses, skirts, and blouses. The collection comes in three colorways. Below is the "Dacha" colorway, full of russian purples and reds, then there is a primary group with clear blues, reds, and yellows, and finally, a warm and girly group of pinks and browns and gold. If you would like information about wholesale orders, you can find contact information for both Kokka and Seven Islands (that's the USA distributor for Kokka fabrics) here. The line is still being finalized, so expect a few tweaks and changes to have occurred when you do see it in person. 

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Reader Comments (49)

Those are just gorgeous!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSabine

Love them, the perfect balance of princesses, unicorns, frogs, and dorkiness! : ) The blues and greens are my favs! LOVE IT!!!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Hello Heather,
I adore your designs. This collection looks gorgeous. All so lovely I can't pinpoint a favourite from your posted pictures. I'm so glad there are going to be drapey fabrics as well as the thicker ones.

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBernadette

Well, I'm definitely not a unicorn girl, but I am thinking that would make a most excellent western shirt for me. Actually, I don't see it as dorky at all. Does that mean I'm dorky?

I'm sort of cursing myself for not having any girl children. I love the line!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

OOOOHHHH.....they are sooo beautiful Heather!! I can not wait to start sewing little itsy bitsy things for my daughter with them! Great job!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Can't wait it looks great and I must get some of that snail fabric

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCass Ward

Oh my goodness!! What a beautiful collection. If my baby (I'm pregnant) turns out to be a girl - she will surely be getting her baby quilt from this collection. I love the unicorn and the frog prince!!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

I was never a unicorn girl until a year or two ago. I don't know what that says about me but I like to think that whatever it is it is good. I will definitely be getting some of the unicorn fabric when it comes out (to go along with the mermaids and the knomes). You are very cool Ms Ross!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlourdes

I love, love, love the princess and the pea fabric - so cute!!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Heather, that is a beautiful collection!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Ack! Squawk! These are positively delightful, I can speak with authority that my own two little princesses will be beside themselves about these. And though I would never have thought of myself as a Unicorn Girl....
Gorgeousness all round, I hope they come to Australia soon!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNanette

Heather, I think you're the dork! These designs are fantastic and so marvelously whimsical. I think we all need a little of that in today's world. Besides, ever since I saw The Last Unicorn at age 6, I am SOO a unicorn girl. And I LOVE the colors of the computer prints. (I am all about pinks, browns, oranges, and lellows)

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

Wow, I adore this line (and I'm one of those unicorn people...have a statue collection of them in my craft room!) I have to wait until spring!? Such a long way away!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

that was me falling out of my chair!!!! oh, spring cannot get here soon enough! i will need to have the whole "dacha" colorway for sure. my two girls will LOVE it (and #3 will, too, eventually; she is only 7 weeks old!)! i'm moving the whole family to dorksville if it looks like this. :)

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercathygaubert

THat is sooo awesome!!

December 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Price

SNAILS!!!! you are killing me ^_^

December 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjuju

beautious! i love it.

December 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

Love it. My 2-yr-old will be wearing that next summer. :-)

December 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne Mohanraj

Your designs never cease to amaze me. I've been admiring them since many years ago Claire Robertson posted a link to munki munki on loobylu that made me buy as many overpriced fat quarters of their fabrics as I could find online. I just adore this collection and I will probably order every print for my on-line shop. The princess and the pea is one of my favorite fairy tales and I also love that the unicorn looks so much like the one in the medieval tapestry (La dame à la licorne), because it has been one of my favorite images for as long as I can remember. Congratulations, Heather!

December 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRosa

BEAUTIFUL and awesome! i'm not a unicorn girl either but you've made me one :). i loooove the entire line...

December 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Just beautiful. Beautiful.

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCicada Studio

I need a new sewing machine. Now!

I want to be the "Dame a la licorne" in a blue or green blouse. Oh so sweet , I can't wait.
Thank you so much, such a beautiful collection!

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdelphine

Great collection! I love the primary colors the best, my duaghter love the pinks and purples....we are both unicorn girls.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertia

ooo..i'm so excited!! I've GOT to get my mom to carry these in her shop. YaYaY.. I loveee the little wildflowers!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Petti

I love the fact that your fabric isn't really cute, somehow the colorways or just the off the beaten track designs make it so oddly unique. I think your stuff is awesome.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

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