The Protea kit by Wattle&Loop includes a fabulous selection of mostly new season Liberty London Tana Lawns as well as vintage and reclaimed fabrics that have been collected especially for each kit.
- Full-Colour Instructions
- Embroidery Needle
- Needle Threader
- Fabric Piece for Background
- Fabric for Flower/Leaves/Stems
- Liberty of London Fabric
- New, Vintage & Reclaimed Fabrics
- DMC Embroidery Threads
- Made in Australia
About Your Wattle&Loop Slow Stitched Kit
We thought it might be helpful to explain a little about the fabrics that your kit contains and how best to use them to make the most of the unique qualities of each piece of fabric.
Wattle&Loop sources new, vintage and reclaimed fabrics from across the world to use in the Wattle&Loop Kits from English country brocantes, French flea markets and American & Australian vintage collectors. When searching for vintage fabrics for the kits they make a point of trying to choose fabrics that may not be of much use to other sewers or crafters because of holes, stains, tears, old worn-out embroidery etc. They believe it is these ‘imperfections’ that add the magic, personality and story to each artwork. In Kylie’s own work she always makes a point of using these ‘features’ of the old fabrics to her advantage to help tell the story of the piece. She does not try to hide them.
Your kit will contain some fabrics that have already had a full life of their own with the marks, holes and traces of old embroidery to prove it! As you incorporate these fabrics into your artwork, you will be giving them a whole new life as a thing of beauty, rather than a bit of fabric disregarded for its imperfections. This is what makes Wattle&Loop Kits unique and special.
Each Wattle&Loop Kit contains a similar, but different, selection of fabrics to every other kit. Once Kylie has used up a piece of vintage fabric, that’s it, she cannot simply buy more of the same. But, by using these special, limited quantity fabrics, you can be sure that your kit is 100% unique; as far from ‘mass produced’ as they come! What is also very important to Kylie, is that by using these fabrics, instead of constantly buying brand new fabrics, we are reducing our footprint on the environment. We are making something stunning out of fabrics that may otherwise have ended up in a landfill.
While you’re making your artwork you can also add your own ‘special touches’ if you like. Do you have any of your own special scraps of fabric that you could incorporate? Perhaps you have a box of old lace doilies or grandma’s old lace hankies that instead of sitting in a cupboard, could be incorporated into your special textile artwork to be admired and enjoyed once again?
Take your time and enjoy the process of selecting your fabrics, cutting out your shapes and arranging them, and enjoy daydreaming about the life each fabric scrap may have had before it was put into your kit. This is what makes a Wattle&Loop Kit special. It is like no other in the world.