Friday, December 22, 2017

Your Favourites from 2017

what a year! Now that I've posted my last order before I settle down for a little break over the holidays, I took a moment today to check out what the #2017bestnine have been for Thistle and Fox this year. And here they are:

Swimsuit by Bellapiadesigns using my Gumnuts Ditsy design in Magenta, Mint and Green

That time when everyone thought this was a real bedroom and it turned out to be an amazing dollhouse by Blank Canvas Dollhouses 

my Australiana Fabrics collection

The prettiest baby swaddle blankets! Available in my Etsy shop

The quilt that nearly killed me. Thankfully it turned out more beautiful than I'd hoped for while I was crying and swearing at my sewing machine

that moment I had a glimpse of what it would be like to be insta famous ;)  when I took part in an epic giveaway loop featuring many wonderful Aussie brands and makers. Hosted by Puggle Post

Adorable koala toys handmade with love by Sew Loved Collections

the release of my Sleepy Koala wall banners in my Etsy shop

this stunning baby and the gorgeous floral wrap blanket illustrated with my Antique Rose print - made by & exclusively available via Snuggle Hunny Kids

Have a wonderful holiday! Stay safe, make merry, be creative! See you in 2018

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Australian Custom Printed Fabric

So you're looking for fabrics printed in Australia? For a long time, so was I.
And now I've discovered a fantastic printer located in Melbourne who offer a range of natural fiber fabrics (and a few synthetic fabrics) ideal for many of the items I regularly sew including my cot quilts, play mats and baby blankets. Also available: beautiful cotton Voile ideal for blouses, dresses and lightweight skirts (though you'll need some lining or wear a slip - unless you like to show off your fancy handmade knickers too) Sateen & Poplin are great for dresses too!  Check out the fabric descriptions below. I'll add more pics in coming weeks.

If you would like to order fabric by the metre printed with any of my 1700+ designs, here is the info you need about each fabric type.
These fabrics are now available from my Etsy shop and will soon be available on my website. In the meantime please contact me for custom orders and be sure to include your shipping address if you would like a quote for shipping cost within Australia.

Organic Stretch Jersey

(most similar to Organic Cotton Knit)

Knitted in Melbourne from organically grown and processed cotton, Organic Stretch Jersey is a fantastic wearable and natural stretch fabric. Having Lycra in the fabric provides excellent recovery when the knit is stretched around the body; it also makes wearing tight garments very comfortable. Excellent for apparel the Organic Stretch Jersey makes wonderful, tops, dresses, skirts, Harem pants, leggings, baby clothes and wraps.
Composition: 93% Organic Cotton / 7% Lycra
Printable Width: 140cm
Weight: 200 GSM / 7oz per m
Price $36/m


Poplin, the excellent all-rounder. Poplin is beautiful quality, crisp white and prints like a dream. Perfect for apparel and soft homewares such as quilts, pillowcases and soft toys.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 145cm
Weight: 130 GSM  /  4.6oz per m
Price $36/m



(most similar to Lightweight Cotton)

This is a great base fabric, light in weight and strong in construction. This fabric is perfect for shirts, dresses, tops, and various other design projects.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 130cm
Weight: 75 GSM / 2.6oz per m
Price $34/m



(most similar to Organic Cotton Sateen)

The Sateen weave has a luxe finish, with subtle sheen and a soft hand-feel. This fabric is a beautiful weight for apparel and is a real all-rounder for garments. Suitable for tops, dresses, pants, shorts and skirts that you want to look extra special. Being a luxe fabric the sateen works beautifully in the bedroom and makes great pillowcases, and soft cushions and toys for the bed.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 130cm
Weight: 162 GSM / 5.7oz per m
Price $34/m




(most similar to Light Cotton Twill)

Our wide width Twill is a tightly woven fabric, which is strong in construction yet soft in texture. Our Twill is a mid-weight not too heavy and not too light. Excellent for shirts, pants, shorts, skirts, structured dresses, tote bags, accessories and many homewares applications such as throws and cushions.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 145cm
Weight: 167 GSM / 5.9oz per m
Price $38/m



(most similar to Linen Cotton Canvas)

The Soho base fabric provides the beautiful texture of Linen, with all the durability characteristics of Cotton; blended together they make the perfect mix. The Soho has a beautiful slightly open weave, yet a smooth finish. The versatile fabric and fibre combination makes it excellent for a large variety of textile applications in both apparel and home. Perfect for making tops, skirts and dresses, as well as cushions, curtains and wall hangings.
Composition: Cotton / Linen
Printable Width: 138cm
Weight: 228 GSM / 8oz per m
Price $38/m


Panama Canvas


(most similar to Heavy Cotton Twill)

Our Panama Canvas is a strong durable fabric that provides excellent colour reproduction. Being a crisp white makes it the perfect fabric to handle beautiful prints. This versatile fabric is excellent for use in the home for cushions, banners, curtains, domestic upholstery, play mats and other home applications. For accessories you can’t go past the Panama Canvas, it is excellent for backpacks, beach bags and totes. A popular fabric among our artist friends, it is perfect for stretching over frames.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 145cm
Weight: 309 GSM / 10.9oz per m
Price $40/m



(similar to Eco Canvas)

The Hampton fabric has been woven to replicate the textural characteristics of linen. With a slightly open weave Hampton provides a luxurious look for an interior textile. The textile is suitable for domestic and commercial applications. With a smooth hand feel and lovely drape this Polyester is suitable for a variety of uses such as cushions, tablecloths, napery, aprons, bags, accessories and upholstery, occasional outdoor use and for use under patios. Please click fabric care for commercial grading.
Composition: Polyester
Printable Width: 135cm
Weight: 248 GSM / 8.7oz per m
Price $40/m

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Modern Woodland Nursery, Gender Neutral fabric and wallpaper

Earlier today I posted a preview of one of my new nursery print collections: Natural Nursery, Fawn Meadow Collection.

Shop for these fabric and wallpaper prints via my Spoonflower shop, order from my Etsy shop (with free shipping) or visit my website to ask me about customizing these designs to fit your home decor project

Monday, April 17, 2017

Custom Made Macrame Plant Hangers from Thistle and Fox

I'm sure you have heard it is a proven fact that including living plants in our homes improves the air quality, brings a space alive and I believe it makes people happier. If, like me you have very limited floor space for plants and pots you'll need to make use of vertical space to display your favourite plants and one of the most beautiful and adaptable ways to do this is to use plant hangers. 

I started making knotted cotton plant hangers last year on a spur of the moment decision to re awaken a skill I'd learned in primary school days. So many of my childhood memories are very foggy and most of my school memories have all but disappeared. However, those few knots that were taught to me in a craft class way back when I was no taller than a house plant appear to still be there in my memory. It's amazing what the hands remember to do even when the mind seemed to have forgotten. 

Now I only have so much space in my house for plants (Yes, its very sad!) so when I'd filled every available nook with hanging planters and I still had a little rope left over I made a plant hanger for a friend and then another friend wanted to buy a few from me... a few more rolls of cotton rope later I added a single cotton plant hanger to my Etsy shop where I now sell three basic sizes, Small, Medium & Large and many different knotted designs and patterns suitable for hanging from wall hooks, ceiling hooks, rafters, curtain rails and anywhere you can find a hook or knob to hang a handmade cotton rope cradle for something leafy and living.

Macrame plant hangers are handmade by me in my studio in Upper Orara, New South Wales. 


hanging planter
up to 65cm long
holds pots up to 16cm wide
(14cm pot shown)


hanging planter
up to 100cm long
holds pots up to 22cm wide
(18cm pot shown)


hanging planter
100+cm long
holds pots up to 24cm wide
(18cm pot shown)

Wall hanging planter

designed to hang against a wall
aaprox 85cm long
holds pots up to 20cm wide
(18cm pot shown)

All of these designs and more can be ordered from my Etsy shop. Some are Made to Order with a 2-5 day production time, others are Ready to Ship within 24 hrs of ordering. Please make sure you read all the info in the description of the item before placing your order.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Etsy Makers, First Edition

Since I joined Etsy over 5 years ago, I've admired the work of many other creative makers and their beautiful Etsy shops. 
With the loss of the Treasury making feature on Etsy I've been feeling something is missing in the creative community. The sharing of other peoples talent should never be thought to diminish the success of your own work and I've always loved curating collections of some of my favourite makers from the Etsy marketplace. These makers and their shops deserve a mention here as some of the inspiration behind my own creative endevours. 
When I'm dreaming of making things with my hands, its these beautiful colours and textures I'm striving for. It's these shopfronts that inspire me to keep working at my creative business to continually improve my brand and skills in product photography and design. 

Keep doing what you're doing. Your work is wonderful 

Nearly September


Gardens of Whimsy

becca stadtlanter illustration


Ocean Swept

Eye Poetry Photography




Amber Alexander



Keep an eye on my blog - Etsy Makers Second Edition - will be posted next month. 

Until then, take care of yourselves and each other

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Making Your Own Sew In Labels for your Handmade Crafts

This post is a work-in-progress... Part 1 (below) is rather alot of fiddling about with computers and graphics to get the layout and design of your label right so you can get to the fun part of having your labels printed on fabric and then using them in your projects, crafts and for your handmade business!

While I'm still in the process of putting together a step by step tutorial for the way I made my own fabric labels, I thought I would share with you a list of some of the tutorials I have found helpful in the past. Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to other tutorials.


What You'll Need to Design Your Own Fabric Labels

  • Your Logo
  • A few basic skills in math (I know, what for right?) 
  • A few basic skills in Photoshop or similar image editing software (sorry, this one is important!)
  • Have a plan for the dimensions for your label eg. 2 x 2 inches when folded over
  • Eventually, you'll be using to print your label design in a repeating pattern so you can order as many or as few labels as you need.

For my own fold over and sew-in fabric labels I wanted them to be

  • Show my logo
  • include my website name
  • and a few basic words or phrases to describe my business and the items these labels will be used on eg. 'Handmade in Australia'

For my Fabric Composition /Care Labels I needed to include info about fabric composition ie. Linen-Cotton, and a few simple instructions for how to best care for the fabric/item eg. 'Cold or Warm Gentle Machine Wash, Line Dry, Warm Iron'. More about these labels later.

Whatever text you decide to include on your labels, make sure the size of the label will easily be able to accommodate the text and choose a simple, clear font so it is easy to read. Flourishes and script fonts might be lovely in theory but when printed in small sizes on fabric they could be completely illegible and what would be the point of unreadable labels?

When you are designing the layout of your tag be sure to look at the design in Print Scale so you can get an idea of whether the text is going to be too small or not bold enough. Depending on the resolution of your monitor, you may need to double check that the 'Print Size' you are viewing matches your label measurements by using a ruler held up to the monitor screen... demonstrated below in what I hope is an understandable way!




This is just so you can check that the text is easy to read.

But I'm getting ahead of myself! First of all we need to create a template for the label.

Let's use the 2 x 2 inches dimensions to begin with.
I'm using Photoshop but you can use whatever image editing soft ware you are comfortable with. The process is no doubt very similar.

1. Open program. Create NEW file (Ctrl + N)
We want to start with a file that is 2 x 2 inches, 150dpi.
This will be the FRONT of your label.

2. Create the BACK of your label by changing the Canvas Size to 4 inches high. It's best to draw a guide line to divide the front & back sides.

3. Create Text boxes for front & back sides. Choose a font that is easily read...but it should also suit your branding too.

If you have a logo, add this graphic to the Front of your label. Instructions below.

to be continued... PART 2

Tutorials from the Spoonflower Blog:

Fabric Labels for Your Handmade Goods

Design Your Own Quilt Labels

Tutorials From Other Crafters

Stamped Fabric Tape Labels

Print & Iron Transfer Labels on Fabric Twill Tape

Using Your Home Printer & Printable Fabric Paper *
*While this technique seems simple, variations in ink, fabric, printer capabilities (and many other factors) could make this technique alot more difficult than it looks. I have not personally tried it because I found an easier way!