I’m so excited!
Fancy Moon is one of my fave online fabric shops because of its consistently fabulous, bold & eclectic choice of fabrics, so I was really pleased when Nancy got in touch to suggest a Very Berry Fancy Moon Giveaway – it’s so brilliant to be able to offer a Very Berry reader the opportunity to choose 2 metres of fabric from the gorgeous selection at Fancy Moon….. Hope you’re excited too now…!
I’ll tell you how to enter in a minute, but first let’s find out more about Nancy, one of the owners of Fancy Moon.
Can you tell us a little bit about Fancy Moon, its history & what you sell?
I’d had a fairly successful career in corporate design, advertising and branding working for some very big London agencies. It was great fun and I learnt so much but I worked between 80 and 110 hours a week! After many years I found myself utterly exhausted and ultimately quite disillusioned. As a student I had studied fashion and textiles, and pattern cutting, and I found myself reaching for my sewing machine as a form of therapy, relaxation and hopefully income…! I made a collection of bags and got a stall at Portobello Market and soon I was selling my bag collection into shops around Notting Hill and West London. However, I was spending many long hours trying to source fabrics for my collections and found that I was looking overseas more and more.
I realised that there was a huge gap in the UK market for a stylish online shop to pull together and showcase the amazing fabric collections that I had found overseas. So in 2005 Fancy Moon was born (though at the time we were called Fancy Nancy!). We worked very hard with some very talented web designers to create a user-friendly online shop that was slick, stylish and easy to navigate. We wanted to create the perfect online shopping experience so that visitors found our website to be a smooth-sailing pleasure from the moment they arrived to the moment they checked-out. We simply stock fabrics by brilliant designers who have a very strong sense of their own direction; many of the collections are unique and most of the fabrics are still very difficult to source in the UK.
Do you sew yourself? If so, what things do you enjoy making?
Between running Fancy Moon and looking after our two year old daughter Beatrice, there is very little time for the gentle pleasure that sewing brings! I sometimes make little outfits for Beatrice; when she was very tiny I made her some soft foam bricks and covered them with pictorial children’s fabric. I made her a patchwork quilt, and our house is filled with a fairly eclectic collection of cushions! My most recent project was relining a vintage hand-embroidered scarf with some of the beautiful cotton lawn fabric by Alexander Henry. The scarf is transformed and I wear it all the time.
Do you have your own personal favourite designer or brand?
I love them all! I am a total fabric junkie and I get very excited when I find a new collection or a new designer. Right now I really like Aneela Hoey’s gorgeous Sherbert Pips Collection for Moda. Similarly Heather Ross’ Far Far Away Collections for Kokka, and the beautiful fantasy prints and punchy graphic lines of Estuko Furuya’s Echino and Echino Nico collections. We have just found the most beautiful collection by a new fabric designer called Melissa White who’s just released a collection for Rowan Westminster called ‘Fairlyte Garden’. It has just arrived in the shop and it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
The Pleasantdale Collection that has just been released by Windham is another favourite – it’s a fabulously nostalgic view of 1950’s suburban childhood. We have the most enormous range of Alexander Henry fabrics that are always entertaining, delightful and seem to entirely encapsulate the zeitgeist. We’re also very excited about the enormous shipment of Kokka fabrics that is due to dock in the next couple of weeks… Kokka always push the limit particularly with their fantastic and utterly unashamed love of kitsch! I love it too!
I hope that you are getting a good idea of how great Fancy Moon is! So now to the giveaway…
Pop round to Fancy Moon and peruse the gorgeous fabrics, then come straight back here and tell me which one you like best. That’s all there is to it.
If you’d like a second chance to win then become a fan of Fancy Moon on Facebook, and leave ANOTHER COMMENT to say that you are a FB fan.
There are 2 metres of fabric up for grabs – you can choose 2m of 1 fabric or 1m each of 2 different fabrics. It is going to be SO hard to choose, I guarantee it.
The giveaway is open to everyone, UK and International.
You have until midnight (GMT) on Sunday July 3 to enter – the winner will be announced a week today, on 4 July.