First the good news …
Heather Ross‘ book, Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching, is available through Amazon now. I got to see a proof at the fall Quilt Market and it’s a keeper. I can’t wait to get my copy.
And, Heather has received the sample yardage of her Far Far Away collection from Kokka … which means it won’t be too long before it arrives in the shops.
Now the bad news …
I have learned that Far Far Away will be Heather’s last fabric collection for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately, the terms of the contract that she has with the company that bought Munki Munki, her sleepwear brand, requires her to withdraw from retail fabric design for the length of their contract. Heather signed a non-compete agreement back when Munki Munki was sold, agreeing that she would not design fabric for any other apparel manufacturer. Only a couple years ago, when this occurred, the retail fabric market was largely brick and mortar, and there were far fewer cottage industry sewists than there are today. Having fabric collections that were primarily used for personal projects was not an issue. Since neither Westminster or Heather want to be in the impossible or un-fun position of having to try to control what people do with her fabric, Heather has decided it’s best to stop designing for that market altogether. Ironically she originally sold Munki Munki so she could focus on fabric design and writing.
Sadly, that means Craft Bazaar, the collection with the clothespin people that was slated to come out this spring, is presently shelved. (Mendocino will be available while it lasts — there won’t be additional printings; Far Far Away will only be available in limited quantities.)
She hopes to be back as soon as she can.