There’s no getting away from the fact that the festive season is fast approaching – most stores have got gifts and decorations out for sale but you really know the “C-word” is coming when the calendar stalls start setting up in the middle of shopping centre walkways.
Whilst Home Arty Home isn’t going to hang up the baubles just yet, I will recommend investing in a stylish notebook for jotting down gift ideas, shopping lists, menu-planning, and everything else the run up to December will demand of us. Of course, if you’re not one for making notes and leave the festive planning to someone else, these would also make a great gift.
Here are five of my favourite notebooks that look like fabric. To be clear, they’re not strictly made from actual fabric, but printed to look like textiles which gives them visual appeal yet are eminently more practical for note-taking.
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1. I’ve featured Carola Van Dyke‘s work previously at Home Arty Home and her stitched portraits of animals translate well to accessories such as this pair of adorable notebooks by Magpie/Cubic. Available at Amara.
2. Another Home Arty Home favourite, Mappliqué‘s fabric maps look great as art but also work beautifully on accessories, including this notebook featuring a fabric British Isles. I’ve admired Mappliqué’s work since the launch of Home Arty Home (have 10 months flown by already?) so was pleased to see their work featured in Elle Decoration recently. Available at Etsy.
3. Another pair of notebooks, this time from the Grand Dame of fabric patterns: Cath Kidston. I love the patchwork print on these which, rather than just using one fabric design, look more fun and “crafty” (look at those pinking-shears trimmed edges!). Available at John Lewis.
4. Next up is a more abstract take on a fabric print from (yet another Home Arty Home favourite!) Ohh Deer. Illustrated by Alice Potter, the geometric repeat pattern is reminiscent of fabric prints yet more Scandinavian in it’s execution. Available from Ink & Thread.
5. Finally, Jan Constantine’s appliquéd “Love” brings a homely “quilting” quality to this patriotic notebook. Available at Jan Constantine.