The Zoo

By Cass on Thursday, 18 July 2013
Here at the Zoo we love to share all the exciting goings onthat we get up to, but there is no news more exciting to us than to proudly announce that we have brought yet another great supplier into our fold! The newest member of our Two Green Zebras herd to be introduced is none other than P & B Textiles, while this supplier may not be exclusive to 2GZ we are still thrilled to be able to offer their beautiful fabrics to you all. P & B Textiles is a name that has been around in quilting and fabric circles for a long time, from its inception in the 1960's they have been dedicated to supplying quality textile products and began to specialise inquilting fabrics in the  1980's. One range that is synonymous with this brand is the fabulous basics range "Bear Essentials", a trusted go to basic for many a quilter either as a way to compliment or more decorativefabric or supplement your stash pile. This particular range as been so successful we hear at the zoo are proud to be able to offer you the...
By Cass on Monday, 8 July 2013
Lately we have been showing you all the wonderful newdelights brought to you by The Red Thread (for those of you who haven't been keeping up we have introduced the innovative and adorable Craft Keepers, Colour Keepers and my new favourite fabric range Hello Tokyo, a wonderful collaboration with Robert Kaufman Fabrics.) So I thought it was time to bring some tried and trueclassics back into the spotlight OOSHKAS!

These were one of the first red thread products and they have sold like hot cakes since they were launched into the market, since their inception it has grown from the original "Ooshka" pattern kit to arange that now includes Ooshka Boy and Super Ooshka. Each kit contains the sewing pattern, instructions and a Linen / Cotton blend printed face panel. The Ooshka face panels are also available for purchase separately, there are four standard Ooshka girl faces, one Ooshka boy face and one Super Ooshka girl. These pattern kits do not include fabrics (or wadding) but this guarantees youa one of a kind...
By Cass on Sunday, 30 June 2013

Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread has been a busy, busy bee of late. As well as designing her debut fabric range with Robert Kaufman she has also been expanding her crafting stock lines as well. In the same vein as those adorable Craft Keepers that we brought to you last year we now have the pleasure of introducing her new Colour Keepers! Colour Keepers are a cute way to keep your threads, tapestry wools or ribbons tidy and transportable! Madefrom laser cut wood these adorable organisers are on average 10 x 8cm large.

Codes from top left to bottom right- Birdie M221, Bird and Flower M224, Tea Cup M223, Butterfly M220, Pear M225 and Babushka M222.

By Cass on Saturday, 22 June 2013
Most of our childhoods have scattered memories of trips to the beach, collecting shells and gazing into rock pools. The latest release from Tilda, "Tilda's Seaside Ideas" recreates those memories of the seaside with simple sewing, papercraft, crochet and knitting projects using beautiful fabrics, yarn and embellishments. Be inspired by life at the beach,and in the ocean to make gifts, toys and pretty accessories for your home. From adorable whales and fishing girl dolls to hanging mobiles, appliqué blankets and summer scarves. (Book product code B03788)



And as we have all come to expect from Tilda there is also avery special seaside girl, this doll kit comes with almost everything you need to create this beautiful character. The doll when finished is an impressive 51cm tall and comes with a cute wooden boat accessory, a great way to improve or perfect your sewing skills, or a rainy weekend project. The kit contains fabric, buttons, embroidery yarn, hair, sailboat, needle, thread and instructions. Stuffing not included, product code 480530.

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By Cass on Saturday, 15 June 2013
There are just some things that as soon as you see them take you back to another time and place. I'm sure that a lot of us have some childhood memory involving the much beloved Holly Hobbie character, wether is was one of the beautifully illustrated books, or if you were one of the lucky onesa doll or toy. As soon as I saw this range from SPX all I could think about was my sisters much loved Holly Hobbie doll, and how she took it everywhere with her until she was quite thread bear and beyond repair (and like all big sisters she refused to share). Now SPX has given this iconic character and another generation a chance to make those special childhood memories. The range consists of 9 beautiful fabrics including a stunning panel measuring 44 x 24inches (112 x 61cm). All 100% cotton and are 112cm wide.

 

And if you need a little eye candy to get you inspired here is a quilt design idea put together by the folks at SPX fabrics.

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By Cass on Saturday, 8 June 2013
Now a few weeks ago we launched my new favourite range"Hello Tokyo" designed by The Red Thread and produced by Robert Kaufman fabrics. Now if you haven't already realise the fun does not stop with the fabric range! The oh so adorable kokeshi dolls and other motifs from the range have been translated into an absolutely stunning range of motifs (in two different scales), shank buttons, ribbons and co-ordinating button jar. But I think this may be one of those moment where a picture is indeed better than a thousand words (image from the www.theredthreadblog.com)



So here is a little break down of what is available.

Ribbons. The range is made up of three stitched and two printed polyester grosgrain ribbons, each ribbon card contains 3m of ribbon. The stitched ribbons are 3/8 inch wide and the scallop print ribbons are 3/4 inch. Buttons. These beautiful printed shank...
By Cass on Sunday, 2 June 2013
There are a few fabric designers that when I discover they have something new coming out I am already bouncing in my seat before the fabric samples are in sight. For me Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle designs is once such designer, such cute and quirky designs in such edible colour palettes,what's not to love? And now that I have two munchkins of my own I actually have a legitimate reason to be purchasing them (not that you need logical, rational or justifiable need to purchase fabric... ever).



One of the most successful and inexhaustive ranges from Ann Kelle is the much loved Urban Zoologie, this range continues with the latest offering including some very, very cute safari inspired designs. As well as the traditional high quality quilters cottons selected designs from this range are also available in cotton flannel and slicker fabrics.



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By Cass on Saturday, 25 May 2013
It may have been a long time between posts but this news was worth the wait! Lisa Tilse of the red thread, in collaboration with the fabulous creative minds at the zoo and Robert Kaufman Fabrics has created an absolutely superb fabric collection called Hello Tokyo. The range features Lisa's quirkydesign style with an oriental twist, cute Kokeshi dolls in bright punchy colours and fabulous modern takes on traditional Japanese motifs, need I say more. But the good news doesn't stop there, this adorable range comes complete with a stunning array of accompaniments in the form of buttons, motifs and ribbons!

The fabric collection is made up of 14 stunning printsfeaturing some beautiful prints, versatile co-ordinates, a striking tile pattern as well an adorable appliqué panel featuring Kokeshi dolls ( Kokeshi heights approximately 11.5inches high). As always from Robert Kaufman thefabric is 100% cotton and 112cm wide, and of the best quality.

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By Cass on Tuesday, 20 November 2012

One of the best parts of my job is seeing all the absolutely beautiful things our customers create. In the words of Keats himself "A thingof beauty is a joy forever", and this is no exception. Feast your eyes on this beautiful little dress created by Flossy Bloss (who is in cahoots with TheFabric Pixie), we were very excited to acquire one of these beautiful dressesfor display at the upcoming Melbourne AQM.


This dress uses the Tilda fabric "Rosalie" in the pink colourway and embellished with just a hint of lace. You can view other Flossy Bloss products on our 2GZ Pinterest page or visit the Flossy Bloss"made by" shop (www.madeit.com.au/flossybloss)

 

Until next time

FOX

By Cass on Friday, 21 September 2012
On a recent trip into the office (the joys of working remotely is that going to the office is still fun, and not part of the everyday drudgery) I happened to spy a 3 of the cutest little Robert Kaufman roll ups onthe show room display. Now being a person of the PIB persuasion (persons inblack) you think my taste in fabrics would run along similar lines, well if youthough that you are dead wrong, my house colour pallet is something of a 70's throw back and was affectionately nicknamed by a friend the liquorish allsorts house. But I digress.... The beautiful fabrics to have captured my undivided attention were from Laurie Wisbrun's Perfectly Perched range (yes I still have a hugedesigner crush on Laurie). After a few strategically placed hints about howwonderful it would be to have a project on the blog the Meerkat kindly sent me on my way with my choice of fabrics MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA (I restrained myself to only two... the third would have just been greedy!).

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By Cass on Friday, 7 September 2012
Nowfor some of your the name "The Red Thread" will be ringing more than a few bells. Designer Lisa Tilse has made quite a reputation for herself and her product over the past few years. Beginning in 2009 with her "ok, let's sew" product line of Sweetie Petites and building from there, each product range carrying her unique and wonderfully quirky signature. But enough about the past... we at 2GZ are proud to be welcoming Lisa (and her fabulous designs) into our fold and launching the newest innovation from The Red Thread.

Lisa's latest innovation is her "Craft Keepers" range, wonderfully trendy and multi purpose wooden spools or "keepers". These beautiful quirky designs have been profile cut and laser etched to create these six beautiful designs.(Sorry about the desk shot)

 

(From left to right - M204 Owl, M201 Japan Girl, M203 Fox, M200 Girl, M202 Girl Heart, M205 Dog)

This little foxy has stolen the owl for her latest bookmark, and I did hear a murmur around the office of a certain meerkat wanting to make a necklace out of one. Theyare also fabulous for more "traditional" uses in your home craft box from keeping your stranded cotton neatly organised (and oh so chic), to presentingall of your beautiful ribbons (the ones you promised yourself you would use,but you haven't found the right project just yet.)

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By Cass on Wednesday, 29 August 2012
As much as it might be hard to believe after a while a lotof fabrics tend to illicit the same responses from you, lots of "ohhpurdy" but nothing that really grabs you, nothing that practically leapsinto your arms and screams "pick me! pick me!", but today somethingcrossed this little foxy designers desk that made me squeeeel in delight (muchto the amusement of the young master). The latest fabric range to have meseeing stars is no other than Robert Kaufman's "spot on", now I knowwhat you are thinking... it's just dots right? Well yes I guess it is, but theyare truly spectacular fabrics (this is where I must confess to loving allthings vintage-esk, polka dot or cartoon mushroom related).

 

Now there is nothing better than polka dots and spots, theygo with everything (and yes I do mean everything, I am not adverse to mixingplaids, stipes, checks and dots into the one a. fashion look or b.sewing project). But there is a way to go one further, cut them into fatquarters, order them into yummy yummy colour...
By Cass on Saturday, 18 August 2012
Now a few weeks ago we brought you the beautifully designed Inspired by Leesa Chandlers butterfly motifs, now I am proud to bring you "Passage to India" also designed by our very talented Leesa Chandler. The Passage to India range was designed for Robert Kaufman as part of the Culture Club, a wonderful invention that takes your on a journey around the world visiting various cultures through fabric design. When I saw this range I couldn't help but fall in love with its rich colours and textures, the deep earthy tones of the spice colour way that almost make you feel as if you are being transported to another, older world full of mystery and culture. The regal purple and blues of the Jewel colour way look as if they were inspired by an old Bollywood movie and you are being swept away with the love story.. and as always with Robert Kaufman, just enough gold to set off each design perfectly.

 

Another beautiful thing about...
By Cass on Sunday, 15 July 2012
By now I am sure you are familiar with the vast majority of the Tilda product range, you may have also seen some of our beautiful advertisements in your favourite craft or quilting magazines. But for those of you whom aren't as well acquainted with our Tilda products allow me to introduce to your Tilda's fabulous doll kits.

These beautiful doll kits are available in a wide range of fabrics and styles, there is nearly a doll kit to co-ordinate with every fabric range. From wonderfully bright and fresh summer blues to warm wintery tones, and don't worry about Christmas, Tilda has that more than covered with a beautiful selection of Santa's, Mrs Clause and Angels. But the wonderful thing about these doll kits ( apart from the stunning design and use of embellishment ) is that everything is included... well nearly everything, the only thing missing is the wadding (generally you will require between 150 - 200g). These kits contain the cotton...
By Cass on Saturday, 23 June 2012
Call me silly but I have just noticed a little trend with our blog posts... they are mainly about fabrics. Yes, true that they are a huge portion of our business but, I would hate for you all to think this Zebra only had a few tricks up its sleeve! So for those of your who cannot live on fabrics alone here is something new to feast your eyes on, they are beautiful, intricate and with just enough gold.... do I have your attention now? Introducing our beautiful range of butterfly motifs from our new "inspired by Leesa Chandler" range, and as they are inspired by Leesa you know how utterly beautiful they will be (it was a struggle to keep these out of reach of the young masters, and my mother's fingers, a  love of all things shiny must be genetic). These motifs were designed to work in concert with her beautiful Under the Australian Sun 2 fabric range, which anyone familiar with the fabric range can tell you draws inspiration from the native flora and fauna of this great south land we live in. ...
By Cass on Tuesday, 12 June 2012

I am sorry that this took so long but between Kansas City trade show and Sydney's own AQM (pictures coming I promise!) we have been one flat out herd! But here, after much, much waiting are the new 28 Kona cotton colours from our dear Robert Kaufman folks. Such a feast for the eyes!

 

 

Until next time

FOX

By zookeeper on Friday, 13 April 2012

With any start up business the first few months are filled with endless to do lists, and much hubbub. Sometimes you just need to take a break and smell the roses... or in my case ogle a fabric card, and with Robert Kaufman adding 28 new stunning colours to their already impressive Kona line there is A LOT to ogle.

By zookeeper on Wednesday, 7 March 2012
When your launching new ranges there seems to be A LOT to fall in love with, each new sample or page in a product catalogue seems to be met with exclamations of glee and a new must have item for your shopping list.
By zookeeper on Thursday, 1 March 2012
Just a quick post to say hello and welcome to our Zoo!

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