Friday, 1 April 2016

Knitriffic Sewing Blogs: A Stitching Odyssey/Marie Koupparis, plus New Fabrics!

This month we are proud to feature the lovely Marie Kouparris and her blog A Stitching Odyssey
 Girl Charlee Classic Triangle StagI’m originally from Cyprus and have family all over the world, but I’m lucky to have my lovely girlfriend of 10 years, Charlotte, to keep me from feeling lonely!

I came across sewing as a hobby accidentally. My friend was giving me a tour of her house 7 years ago and in the spare room I spotted a dress form, a gorgeous dress and a storage box with fabric & patterns.
My curiosity was piqued and she encouraged me to join the evening classes she went to at a local college. After two terms I was hooked!

I started the blog in 2009 as a way to communicate with the amazing online community I had discovered, but now it’s so much more than that! It’s a lifeline, a creative outlet outside of a 9-5 mainly office-based job (I recently started a new job as Communications Officer for a University, which I love) and a way to give a little something back to the community.  The blog's name comes from Homer's Odyssey, as the journey I was embarking on seemed epic to me at the time (and still does!)

My goals for the future are simple… to continue to find/make time for sewing/blogging in an increasingly busy life/world. My job is busy and major parts of our house need decorating, so I find myself making a conscious effort to sew, otherwise it can easily get sidelined by other pressing issues.

My design aesthetic is pretty wide ranging - bold colours & prints, animal prints, florals, geometrics, but the styles I sew usually have a vintage twist. My favourite Girl Charlee fabrics at the moment are - 
The thing I love most about sewing is being a part of such a vibrant community. The levels of camaraderie and inspiration are out of this world! Getting to actually meet amazing stitchers from other countries and becoming good friends with others a bit closer has by far been my favourite part of this journey. Outside sewing, I love DIY/renovating with Charlotte and also have two adorable mini rex rabbits called Opie and Birdie
Marie also hosts the #VintagePledge (with Kerry from Kestrel Makes) which is now in its 3rd year and bigger than ever.  
It’s an initiative encouraging stitchers around the world to make better use of their vintage sewing patterns. It started as a personal challenge as Marie was collecting vintage patterns faster than she could make them.  Marie and Kerry now have hundreds of people taking part each year, with amazing prizes to win.
People can sign up HERE and check out what everyone’s been making HERE.

Thanks to Marie for her time and her amazing blog, if you haven't done so already, be sure to visit the blog now and don't forget to sign up for the VintagePledge!

We have 4 fabulous new fabrics available on the site today (don't worry, this isn't an April Fools joke!) - 
1.  A gorgeous geometric patterned Cotton Jersey in lovely shades of green, yellow and blue.  This would make a great Tilly Coco or SoZo Dolores top!
2.  A kaleidoscope design slub Cotton blend Jersey in pink, charcoal grey and fuchsia pink on a white background, ideal for a summer maxi dress or sarong.
3.  A striking linear chevron print in black on a charcoal grey Cotton Spandex blend which would make a fantastic Tee-Shirt.
4.  A bright and summery black pixel square diamond eye design on a turquoise blue soft cotton spandex, perfect for leggings
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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

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