The last few weeks have felt like a bit of an exhilarating, happy blur as I have been working on a new collection for Lewis and Irene alongside both 'Sound of the Sea' and 'Memory Made' arriving in shops all over the world. But now I can finally tell you, I am so excited to be able to announce my next collection in collaboration with Lewis and Irene, 'Squirrelled Away' will be available in shops from July 2023.
This collection was SO much fun to design. The cheeky squirrels in our local park are great fun to watch on our dog walks and provided much entertainment as well as inspiration. I wanted this range to encapsulate an autumn day with the animals playing whilst foraging for food. My daughter actually named one of the designs 'Hide and Squeak' when I explained they were playing 'hide and seek' beneath the leaves.
Each design in this collection represents a part of the poem I wrote about my autumn friends. I hope you enjoy reading about their antics...
Under dappled skies and autumn sun,
dwell woodland creatures having fun.
Squirrel rogues and berry thieves,
play hide and seek beneath the trees.
As the crisp chill settles on the breeze,
the wind whips chasing dancing leaves.
Yellows, reds and golden brown;
twisting, twirling, tumbling down.
A tireless eternal game,
they momentarily set the ground aflame.
Camouflaging foraged treasure,
a last conserve for colder weather.
On slender branches bending low,
jewels of berries brightly glow.
Plucked and gathered fallen fruit,
mice conceal their cherished loot.
Cheeky squirrels run and leap,
preparing for their winters reap.
Shaking boughs until they drop,
gathering seeds then off they hop.
A mushroom marker to hide their stash,
no one to see the hidden cache,
except a spikey, snuffling friend,
who’s little paws will soon descend.
A worthwhile way to spend the day,
to find the riches squirrelled away.
You can find ‘Squirrelled’ in all good fabric shops from July 2023. For a sneak preview of the full collection just click HERE.