Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pears and new prints

 The run up to xmas has been pretty frantic and so I've missed out posting these new designs. The first is a larger version of my Pear Print design with a gorgeous mustard background.
 This handprinted ModFlowers is normally on a bolster cushion but putting it on a square creates a greta banded effect.
and finally this is a neutral version of a ready made Swedish fabric that I use which is going down a storm over on Dawanda.

As we head towards xmas I'm counting the days till eldest is home from Uni (8 as of today) and praying that the snow we've had doesn't grind everything to a halt and block our journey.

I hope those of you that still read my blog are safe and well and looking forward to your own celebrations wherever you are xx

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pear Print Notebooks

I've been trying to get this design right for so long and then sometimes you just have to simplify it and it comes right.

Really pleased with how this looks and that Mustard colour is a winner!

The notebooks are available in my Etsy shop now and will be in my Not on The High Street shop next week!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Town Farm Art Show

 I am delighted to be taking part in the Town Farm Art Show in Cheddington in just two weeks time. This annual xmas event is a real gem and is hosted by artist Christine Bass who as well as showing her own original artworks and prints, has brought together a group of local artists from a broad range of disciplines.
As well as providing a unique xmas shopping event, all the profits from refreshments are donated to Ian Rennie Hospice at Home.

You can join us for a warm welcome from Friday 23rd 2 - 8pm, then Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 November 10am - 5pm

For more information about the artists and how to get there visit

Country Living Fair Ticket Winners

The names have been drawn and the winners Helen-S and Katscreamy have been contacted. Thankyou to everyone that entered and if you go, don't forget to stop by and say hello to Sue at BusyBlackbird :)
nice and professional don't you think ? ;) 

louise xx

Friday, November 2, 2012

Free Tickets to Country Living Fair - Harrogate

I'm really thrilled to be having some of my designs at The Country Living Fair in Harrogate this xmas. Sue Mason of BusyBlackbird is taking a selection of my new work to show alongside her own exquisite paintings and Rachel Barker ceramics.

Most exciting is Sue has kindly offered 4 tickets free to you lucky people!! So if you would like to attend please leave a comment and I will pick names out of a hat next Weds 7th November at midday (no random generator here, I do things old school!) please make sure you leave an email address or some way of contacting you.

The fair runs from 29th Nov - 2nd Dec at the Harrogate International Centre
the tickets are valid for these times only -
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Sun 10am - 4pm
Good Luck xx

Please remember to leave a contact if you are not on Blogger or your name won't go in the hat!

I'll be drawing these in pairs, and will do the draw at midday GMT Wednesday.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Not on The High Street now live!

Louise Brainwood - Not on the High Street
I have now launched my Not on the High Street shop which is stocking my a selection of home and gift wares using my own fabric designs and just in time for xmas too!

I'm so thrilled by how the shop looks and very impressed with the support and attention to detail from the NOTHS team.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dawanda Discovery Sale

Dawanda Discovery Sale Newsletter
For those of you across Europe you can catch the last day of the Discovery Sale on Dawanda. For new customers many shops are offering -15% including me!

Perfect for getting that smug feeling for doing your xmas shopping early, or just a treat to brighten up the dark winter days.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Free UK shipping :)

Just a little note to let everyone know that my Etsy shop is now all Free UK shipping! Yippeeeee!

I'll be posting again shortly with some exciting news and the opportunity to win tickets to the Country Living Fair in Harrogate xx

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


 new things are appearing using both my own fabrics
 remains of now discontinued ones
and some of my ready made favourites

You can find them in my Etsy shop or my own fabric ones are available for local folks here

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mini Elderberry

Mini Elderberry cushion cover now in my Etsy shop.

Its a head down working time at the moment, so many things on the go and lots of new and exciting projects to come very soon!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Autumn Show - Upstairs Gallery

Open this week at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted, you can see and buy my new digitally printed work, including the purses from my previous post.

Also in the show are some fantastic local artists including Pam McMennamen, whose painting 'Pomegranate' has also been used on the show poster.

I'm also lusting after jewellery by Emily Collins and my friend Sue Edwards who has added some beautiful new designs to her range of silver jewellery which is sure to be popular again this xmas.

Yes I said it, Xmas!! it's on its way as my order book tells me and my stockists are now receiving their first orders of xmas stock.

If you are local don't hang about, these artists are on show till 27th October after which the gallery will be palying host to a one man show before a new selection of artists arrive for the xmas show in November.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Coin purses
 I've been busy working away over the summer preparing for opening a new online shop. Orders to my outlets are heading out this week too, if you're a retail outlet and want details do drop me a line as orders are coming in thick and fast for xmas!
Zip purses
 These are some of the new colourways and products I've been working on and they will gradually be added to my Etsy shop. I'm really loving this pale blue colourway however I use it, it looks perfect! and it's also been fun to scale down some of the designs into these mini prints.

Moonlight Tree cushion

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Flower border

New design 'Flower border' printed on loom state cotton duck and available in my etsy shop soon.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Christmas in July?

Yes you heard me right, but I'm not actually having another Christmas, I'm having a sale! Over on Etsy there is an annual event which is an opportunity for everyone to have a summer sale and apparently as some folks use this time to hit the sales and get set for the festive season!
As I posted a couple of days ago I do have some covers in the sale here. But this weekend I also added my purses, yes all of them! so grab em quick because some of them will not be available again!

 I've also found some other beautiful bargains, all from UK sellers

AliBali Jewellery 

The Felt Menagerie
 If you want to search for the sales on Etsy just use the serch term 'Christmas in July'

I have a rare day off today and as the weather is so vile it will most likely be spent on some pottering time.

Enjoy your Sunday x

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Catch up - DesignSponge

My cushions were featured on DesignSponge in the home of Matt & Kathy Allison who are furnishing their South African home in great eclectic style with a mix of new and found. If you haven't heard of Design Sponge where have you been?? Its a great blog with stylish home features, makes and up to the minute style trends. You can search their home features by style too which is a great feature to find inspiration for your own home.
You can see the full Sneak Peek feature here and thanks again to Matt and Kathy, and Amy at Design Sponge xx


Retro cushion cover
Jacqueline Groag Festival cushion cover

Sale now on in my Etsy shop lots of gorgeous designs need to clear to make way for new things!

Check out my sale section here!

Monday, July 2, 2012

A little sunshine

I'm finding this spot perfect when the sun shines and love having the grey linen cushion on the green linen covered chair that I refurbished a couple of years ago.

The flax fields here are in full bloom, a beautiful haze of blue, linen looks good from start to finish!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

and the weather today.........

 Some time back I printed up my seedhead and modflower designs in more restrained colours, must be all the grey clouds scudding about that have inspired this colour palette.
 But there, a touch of yellow now and then just like our sun here in the UK struggling to show its face.
I do love this monochrome look though, some of these will be making an appearance here at home. Finally they are made up into covers and in my Etsy and Folksy shops.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Poster Art!

My Moonlight Tree is currently on show around town in the form of a poster advertising the latest exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What's new....

These are my latest items to find their way into my etsy shop and I am unspeakably excited with how they look. It's a great way to develop more complex designs by using digital printers and I'll be adding to these as time goes on. 
 Elderberry in Blue
 Elderberry in Green
 Moonlight tree

In the meantime I'm still handprinting and will share whats new there another time.....

Thursday, February 23, 2012

18 years

I won't bore you with cliches but today is a special day in our house

Sunday, February 12, 2012

V and A Pattern : Heals

This is due to be published in April this year and I've already got it on pre order

I have a large number of Heals vintage fabrics in my collection and am looking forward to finding yet more. Sadly the prices of such fabrics are going through the roof but it's not so surprising as the designs they commisioned throughout the 20th century have become design classics.
Available for pre order on Amazon

Dawanda bestsellers

After the wondeful publicity last week I am on the Dawanda newsletter today as one of the bestselling shops! I'm really thrilled as Dawanda is a great site and can be viewed in German French and English making it accessible across Europe. It has taken a good deal of work to get this shop established but I do love the dawanda site. very stylish and some great sellers as you can imagine I don't just sell on Dawanda.

You can visit my shop here

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy customers

I have had some very happy customers recently and really appreciate how many take the time to write and tell me how pleased they are with my cushions. This cushion has been selling at an amazing rate overnight and thanks to another customer I was able to find it featured here

Such a fantastic picture too don't you think? It has been selling from my Dawanda shop but is also available on Etsy and Folksy for international and UK customers

Edited to add: As of lunchtime today I have sold out of this design! I am waiting on some more fabric so fingers crossed they will be back in my shops soon, I'll keep you posted x

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Post and run!

still very unsure about doing wall pieces, but this is just one ready for going on show next week. It has taken me right out of my comfort zone to do these and I'm very unsure. So I post and run.......................................................................

27/ 01/2010 - Well it seems you were all right, this piece has sold, perhaps I should have more confidence!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Upstairs Gallery - Textiles Exhibition

The beginning of this year has been busy preparing for the first exhibition of 2012 at Upstairs Gallery. The exhibition runs from next Tuesday 17th January - 18th February. There is a range of fabulous textile artists taking part using a variety of mediums. I will be showing some wall pieces which have been a departure for me and not an easy one! it's one thing putting your designs onto a cushion but another experience entirely presenting it as a piece of art to stand entirely on it's own merits.
I will post photos of a couple of the pieces I have printed once I have had a chance to photograph them properly.

My available blogging time is being sorely tested as I travel with Laura to interviews for her degree course applications, combined with keeping up with orders from my shops and my increasing involvement with the gallery.