Bunny in Ski and Snowsport Fabrics

In the week leading up to Boston Snowbound Expo I brought my ski and snowsports fabric designs together in this ski bunny character.

The fabrics are all in my Spoonflower shop here. The fabric used is the Petal Signature Cotton.

The fabric designs used for the bunny are Ski Icons, Snow Crystals on Warm Colours, Ski Goggle Reflections, Ski Peaks, Ski Isometric Pattern, Heart Plaid and Ski Fun. He has a heart on one paw symbolising love and the sun on the other paw for light.

Here is the bunny as part of my display at Snowbound Expo at the Hynes Convention Centre in Boston, Massachusetts last weekend.

He was alongside the swatch book of my designs and on fabric samples used as tablecloth sections.

I chose from my 25 fabric designs to cut, sew and stuff this new character.

He started as a sketch, after taking shape in my mind for a while.

I planned the fabric pieces for contrast and variety.

After cutting all the fabric pieces, managing not to start sewing before I had done this, I then started to bring the pieces together.

I’m not the best at sewing but I wanted to show one way that the fabrics could be used, to help inspire people for their projects.

The shoulders and feet were particularly tricky.

When I previously made a stuffed character I struggled with the fiddleiness and small seam allowances. So this time I added interfacing on the reverse of all the fabrics to make them easier to work with.

It feels like magic to sew with fabrics that I designed. Thanks to Spoonflower for printing them so vibrant and detailed.

This little dude is set to travel. He got his eyes sewn on Monday and flew to the United States on Tuesday.

It was great to chat about sewing projects and discuss ideas at the booth. So he now just needs a name. You can email your suggestion or add it in the comments.

See this short animated video clip of him here. No sooner was he completed that he went off skiing! Animated in Aardman Animation’s ‘Animate It’ app.

The Inspire by Kim shop on Spoonflower has over 20 ski, snowsports and winter themed designs to choose from. Select the designs you wish to order, select the type of fabric from voile to velvet, decide the quantity, and Sooonflower print it on demand and ship it to you. Find my shop here.

I’m keen to see whatever is made in the fabrics so please share it on email to inspirebykim@outlook.com or on social media please tag it @inspirebykim

Thank you so much, happy making!

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Fabric and Wallpaper Design story on Snow Industry News

Thanks to Snow Industry News for this article about my range of fabric and wallpaper designs.

https://www.snowindustrynews.com/articles/author-and-illustrator-takes-skiing-home-with-18-new-ski-fabrics-and-wallpapers

See the range here

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Author and Illustrator Takes Skiing Home – Press Release

26 April 2022 – Author and illustrator of Ski A to Z Kimberley Kay has launched a range of 18 fabrics and wallpapers on ski, snowsports and mountain themes. 

The range of fabrics echoes the bright, fun illustrations created for Ski A to Z and conveys a love of skiing, sport and the mountain environment. The designs are available for licensing (at the time of writing), they can also be ordered as print on demand by the metre or in a range of ready-made household furnishings. 

Hotel room mock-up with Inspire by Kim snowsports themed fabrics.

From snowflakes, to ski equipment, ski lifts to mountain peaks the fabric and wallpaper designs are ideal for keeping the ski season alive. Perfect for chalet, ski apartment, ski condo or a snowsports themed room, the designs are in Kimberley’s bright upbeat style. The designs are available at Kimberley’s ‘Inspire by Kim’ Spoonflower shop.

Inspire by Kim Spoonflower Shop Screen Grab

Kimberley said, “Much ski themed home decor is a nostalgic style with imagery and icons from the early days of leisure skiing. My designs bring in modern icons, imagery and equipment, to provide the opportunity to furnish in a more modern alpine style.”

Mock-up using the Corduroy Snow wallpaper, Ski Tracks and Trees fabric and Skiers from Above motif.

The designs are available to be printed on demand on a range of fabrics from sheer chiffons, through a range of cottons, right through to upholstery linens and cosy velvets. The designs can also be bought on rolls of wallpaper, pre-pasted, or self adhesive through to grasscloth wallpapers. Kim has mocked up a number of scenes to show how she envisages the designs may be used.  

Lounge mock-up with Ski Goggle Reflections wallpaper, Ski Snowflakes on blue fabric and Gondolas fabric.

“Whilst working on Ski A to Z I decided that once the book was published I wanted to use surface design techniques to develop a home decor range which would portray the fun and joy of skiing. I hope that skiers will also be inspired to use the fabrics for accessories and clothing.” Kimberley continued.

Ski A to Z is a practical introduction to skiing, in hard back format with over 100 full colour illustrations. Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK). More information about the book is at www.skiatoz.com

Mid-century rocking chair in a range of fabrics.

The fabric collection is hosted by print on demand company Spoonflower in the Inspire by Kim shop. Spoonflower is offering 20% off site wide until Sunday 1st May, see the website for more details. 

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For further information please contact:

inspirebykim@outlook.com Tel: +447850453672

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