Liberty of London: my stash

I just love Liberty of London prints, and have built up quite a stash! Some of these are from the mothership, others from a couple of online shops, eBay, Shaukat and Fabrics Galore.

I've decided to set out my stash of Liberty here, as a reminder to myself of what (and how much of it) I have. I've tried to share a little bit of background about the print (with information from Liberty), along with the print name and colourway. I'm in no mad rush to sew up all my Liberty within a set time period: I think that most of the prints are timeless, and so I'm happy to wait for the right project to come along!

If you'd like to see what I've already made using Liberty fabrics: look no further!
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1.5m Liberty lantana (wool/cotton blend) - Miranda (B) - £18
Inspired by a design from the Liberty archives. First printed for SS 2004.


2m lawn - A Stitch in Time - £24
From the AW11 Liberty Rocks digital collection: This is a water colour floral which appears to melt into areas of painting, stitching and textural patterns.

1.5m poplin - Melly - £18
From AW10, Melly is a hand-painted abstract contemporary design inspired by the classic Liberty design, Pepper, and is Pollockesque with clever repeat work, creating an all-over stylish splattered texture.

1m lantana (wool/cotton). Haberdashery (A) - gift
From the AW12 Embellishment collection: This print is based on a Japanese stitched flower and features appliqu├ęd flowers and three dimensional fabric folds. 

1m lawn - Castile (A) - gift
From the SS13 Guerrilla Gardening collection: This print is hand drawn with a forest vibe to represent the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest campaign, that was set up in Summer 2011 to redevelop the area and to save trees. The design also captures wonderful watering machines, sunflowers and wildlife all very relevant to Guerrilla Gardeners.

3m lawn - Lodden (C) - £25
From the Liberty Art Fabrics collection: Lodden, one of the great arts and crafts textile designs of the past, was revived for the autumn winter 2007. It was originally designed by William Morris in 1884, but was made into Liberty's own design by rescaling and re-colouring. Lodden was put into the Tana Classic range for 2011.

1m lawn - A Birthday - £12
From the AW11 Liberty Rocks! digital collection: This print is a hand painted design inspired by the repeats and floral style of William Morris, with a worn texture and gradation of colour moving vertically down the repeat. 

1m lawn - Unforgettable Moment (A) - £12
From AW 2010

2m lantana (wool/cotton) - £40

1m lawn - Lola Weisselberg (A)
From SS11: Liberty have created designs inspired by Quentin Blake's L for Legs illustration, resulting in an eclectic mix of prints that reflect his quirky and playful style. An old fashioned floral medley echoing old seed packets and samplers, this design creates the effect of English country wildflowers climbing up the fabric.

1m lawn - Clemmie (A)
From SS11: Designed by Lauren Child, an award-winning artist and illustrator, best known for her Charlie and Lola book series. Named the UNESCO artist for peace in 2008, her humorous style is created from a variety of media, from collage to traditional watercolours. This print is inspired by Liberty Archive prints she has selected personally. Clemmie is a small stylised ornamental trailing flower.

1m lawn - Claire Aude (T) - £12
Liberty Art Fabrics: This abstract, floral print was designed for Liberty in 1975 and has been part of the Classic Tana collection since 1982.

1m lawn - Ian Rhodes (A) - £12
From SS11: This print is based on book the illustrator Emma Chichester Clark's Eliza and the Moonchild . This print features a hand-painted used watercolour box, evoking Eliza's need to paint everything she sees.

1m lawn - Sophie's Blossom (C)
From SS11: Created by Bridget Carey, age nine. Named after her best friend, Sophie, Bridget's inspiration was her best friends, with each flower representing a special friend.

1m lawn - Shavings n' Sharpenings (A) - £14.70
From the AW12 Xylography collection: This unique design was inspired by lino cut of pencils and sharpeners. Xylography is the art of carving wood blocks.Wood blocks are cut along the grain of the wood and are carefully cut away with a knife/chisel or sand paper; multiple blocks are used for designs of more than one colour.

1m lawn - Strike (B) - £14.70
From the AW12 Recycling collection: A matchstick check print created with recycled match sticks. The Recycling collection is about processing new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.

75cm lawn - Childhood (A) - £12
From the AW12 Recycling collection: A decoupage of recycled treasured childhood images cut and pasted into repeat and engraved to create depth. The Recycling collection is about processing new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.

1m lawn - Pauly Parrot (A) - £12

75cm lawn - Mauvey (A) - £9
Liberty Art Fabrics: A design based on a mixture of the flowers of the Mallow shrub and sequins, designed by Liberty's in-house studio.

80cm lawn - Fitzgerald (C) - free!
From the SS12 Visualiser collection: Inspired by a typical Liberty print design from the 1930s. The design has been re-drawn to recreate the essence of a meadow in spring.

75cm lawn - Vonetta (B) - £9
From the AW 2011 Artists within Music fabrics collection: Designed by  Manchester-based artist John Squire, formerly a member of The Stone Roses. Vonetta is an eclectic 50s style lino cut geometric print

1m lawn - Storm (D) - £13.50
From the AW 2011 Artists within Music fabrics collection: Designed by Storm Thorgerson, who has been designing album covers for over 35 years and has created some of the most famous covers in history.

1.25m lawn - Edenham (X) - £16
Liberty Arts Fabrics: The Edenham Print was designed for Liberty in 1994, but was inspired by designs in the archive. Edenham has been in the Classic Tana collection since 1997.

2m city poplin - Fujio - £24

1m lawn - Melanie Atai (C) - £11
From the SS12 The National Gallery collection: This design was inspired by the early renaissance picture Portrait of a Lady (1465) by Alesso Baldovinetti. Gouache, textured paper and masking fluid help to create the beautiful simplicity of the woman's dress. 

2m lawn - Wiltshire (P) - £22
From the Liberty Arts collection: This leaf and berry pattern was designed for Liberty in 1933. It was created by the designer with the initials DS. It was redesigned by tana in 1968. Wiltshire has been on classic tana since 1979.

2m lawn - Fitzgerald (A) - £22
From the SS12 Visualiser collection: Inspired by a typical Liberty print design from the 1930s. The design has been re-drawn to recreate the essence of a meadow in spring.

1.5m lawn - Winter Stem (C) - £10
From AW 2010

1m lawn - Anj Smith Detritus (B) - £12
From AW 2009: Anj Smith creates paintings which are mainly executed on a small scale and are highly detailed. Her works often incorporate references to the realms of fashion, nature and popular culture. For Liberty she has created a design entitled Detritus inspired by the memory of her mother's kitchen curtains which featured lordly stags heads.

I'm not sure this is Liberty - it's off ebay (2m wool/cotton) £10

1.5m lawn - Wiltshire (S) - £18
From the Liberty Arts collection: This leaf and berry pattern was designed for Liberty in 1933. It was created by the designer with the initials DS. It was redesigned by tana in 1968. Wiltshire has been on classic tana since 1979.

3m lawn - Satsuki (A) - £30
AW 2010

remnant lawn - Goldman (multi)

2m city poplin - Koharu and Miyuki (B) - £24

1.5m lawn - Percy's Leaf (A) - £15

2m lawn - Ebs (D) - £26

3m lawn - Wiltshire (L) - £25
From the Liberty Arts collection: This leaf and berry pattern was designed for Liberty in 1933. It was created by the designer with the initials DS. It was redesigned by tana in 1968. Wiltshire has been on classic tana since 1979.

2.5m lawn - Carolyn's Flowers (D) - £20

1.5m lawn - Kasia (D) - £20
From SS11: Jane Ray, children's book illustrator, was commissioned to create an illustration representing the story of Snow White and Red Rose. The resulting group of designs feature hand painted water colour roses and trees. Kasia is a traditional rose with a three dimensional quality, inspired by different drawings of roses found in an old book.

2m lawn - Kayoko (A) - £26
From SS11: This print is based on book the illustrator Emma Chichester Clark's Eliza and the Moonchild (in particular an illustration of Eliza's roof garden of flowers), and inspired by a small painting from an antique book bought recently at an auction. The design mixes strings of bluebells with clusters of daisies.

2m lawn - Ellie Ruth (C) - £18
From the SS12 Visualiser collection: A smart retro floral with toothpaste stripes created from an all over floral of "Bizzy Lizzies" dating from 1961.

2.5m lawn - La Sandra (Z) - £27.50
From SS 2010

3m lawn - TV Ted (C) - £40
From the SS12 Archive collection: This design was based on an un-dated abstract check found on a small loose textile sample in The Liberty Archive, and was formerly in the collection in a larger scale on a cotton jersey called Ted.

80cm lawn - Toria
2006. Inspired by the wood carvings and plasterwork in and around Tudor House, Liberty's flagship store.

2m lawn - Kate Ada (A) - £26
From SS11: Inspired by a 1920s pattern book in the Liberty Archive, this print features bejewelled roses, hand-drawn with ink on a mosaic background.

1m lawn - Kara's Trees (B), Quentin Blake - £12.75
From SS11: Inspired by an archive print, this patterned landscape features an impressionist style tornado of pointillist leaves, a story book fence and pebbles in the background.

1m lawn - Orinthology (B) - £15
From the AW11 Musicians With Links to the Art World collection: Designed from sketches by Edwyn Collins. In 2005 Edwyn suffered a severe cerebral haemorrhage that he took six months to recover from. As part of his rehabilitation he drew a bird a day, each of which has been used in this remarkable print. The design created pays homage to Collins' dedication, like a sketchbook on fabric complete with names of birds and dates when they were drawn.

1m lawn - Tiers of light (C) - £12.75
From SS12 Digital collection: This digital print was created from manipulated photographs taken of beautiful old rusting chandeliers intertwined with leaves and foliage adorning the trees that surround Glencot House in Somerset.

85cm lawn - Mistral (A) - £11
From the SS12 Visualiser collection: An archival graphic watercolour taken from a document dating back to 1949.

80cm lawn - Picardie (A) - £11
From SS12 Central Saint Martins collection: This print was designed by Phil Kim and inspired by the film A Clockwork Orange. Kim describes the design as an 'hallucination of unexpected combinations'.

1m lawn - Kerry's Flock (C) - £12.75
From the SS12 Central Saint Martins collection: This print was designed by Shermeen Tabit, who was inspired by the film Shanghai Express and the feather hats and costumes worn by Marlene Dietrich.

2.5m lawn - Reiko (A) - £22

2m lawn - Harkness McNair (C) - £28
From the SS12 Glencot House collection: The print is taken from a watercolour painting of a view of the Somerset hills from Glencot. The design becomes a blanket of texture with blossoming apple trees, hillside shrubbery and evergreens against a blue spring sky.

Tom's Jets - 2.5m - £20
From SS11: Brian Wildsmith is one of the greatest living children's illustrators and continues to work today. Tom's Jet is a detail of planes taken from Brian's original illustration, with a little pilot called Tom added to the design.

6 comments:

  1. Um, wow! So much beautiful fabric, and I love the background you've given to each one.

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  2. That's quite a stash! I have the Wiltshire (red/pinky colourway) on order... considering a Sorbetto with it but I want to see it for real first!

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  3. Hello!!! I have just stumbled upon your blog! congrats on all the lovely things you have made. I have fallen in love with one of the fabrics here, but cannot find it on the liberty website, can you help? It is this one : Kerry's Flock (C) - £12.75
    Thank you in advance!

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    1. hi Rose - thanks for your lovely comment and apologies in the delay in getting back to you! The Liberty website only shows their current stock, but you can find Kerry's flock online at Fabrics Galore and Shaukat. Hope that helps!

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  4. Wow what a wonderful collection of Liberty prints!
    Have you plans on what you are going to make with them?

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