Sunday, May 18, 2008

The start of something special!

Welcome to Audrey and Maude.

As many of you probably know, we met through our blogs when we were partnered in an
apron swap last year. We had a hugely successful and fun first meeting at Amitie and were eventually both lucky enough to be offered jobs there.

Which means we now see each other every week in the most wonderful inspiring environment. Of course, many of our conversations while working together revolve around fabric, crafting, blogging and our families and it was during one of these discussions we decided we should collaborate.

And so Audrey and Maude was born. Inspired by the number of basic sewing questions put to us and requests for patterns for our work, we recognised a gap in the market for easy patterns that anyone can try.

We aim to provide a range of simple sewing patterns that people can make easily in their own style. The range will include aprons, handbags, children's clothing, decorating accessories, toys and quilts and will include some simple embroidery and applique ideas.

And today we launch our first patterns.

Drum roll please ..................

introducing





'Classic Apron Mix' - a simple, easy to follow guide to making a classic half apron. Learn the basics and then make it your own with pockets, frills or just show off your favourite fabric. This pattern has lots of illustrations and includes a cutting guide for all three versions.

classic aprons

'Boy's Own' - a perfect way to add some colour to your special little boy's bedroom. A lovely pattern that includes a simple embroidery pattern and lots of useful hints and tips.



and



'Edward and Eloise' - who doesn't love an elephant and what's nicer than a handmade one. Make this a new friend for a little (or big) someone in your life.



Our stockists will be listed on the side bar so you'll know where to find our patterns. And for those of you who live in Perth you will be able to get them from Jenny on the Amitie stand EO5 at the Quilt & Craft Show on now at the Perth Convention Centre in Mounts Bay Road. For those of you in Sydney they will be available again from Jenny at the Quilt & Craft Show at Darling Harbour 11th - 15th June.

We hope to have many more fun patterns coming soon and throughout the year and are also planning to run classes for those who would like a bit of extra help.

So, how about a competition to celebrate! Leave a comment and next Wednesday we'll draw four winners who will receive a set of our first patterns.

Keep an eye out here for regular updates and please feel free to give us any feedback or ideas you may have.

Until next time ...................





67 comments:

Sarah said...

Very exciting! Well done to you both - the patterns all look fabulous.

little women said...

Congratulations Cathy. I love your blog and your work and find your ideas inspiring. Now doubly inspiring!
Just beautiful - as always.
Thank-you for sharing your imagination with us.

Niki said...

Love the elephants! Cute cute! Best wishes on your new blog.
God Bless

Jeanne said...

Congratulations! I wish you much success in your new endeavor.

libbybee said...

How exciting! The patterns look great. I am sure you won't need it to do well, but good luck to you both. x
(any chance you will be doing mail order in the future?)

Donna said...

It looks fantastic, I've already added it to bloglines.

Thimbleanna said...

WooHoo!!! Congratulations to you two -- Love the Name, Love the Logo, Love it All!!! So very exciting!!! Big smoochies and Best Wishes for your new venture!!!

http://thriftshopannie.blogspot.com said...

Love the elephants, the cutest ever!
Best wishes...
Lee Ann

knitting dragon said...

What an exciting time for you! I love the patterns - but the elephants are my favourite!

Gretchen said...

That's so exciting!

I love the elephants!

Chookyblue...... said...

congrats girls and goodluck..........

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Congratulations Girls. What a lovely success story. All the best and success in this new venture.xx

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Congratulations and wishing you a successful venture! Love all the new patterns and we will be sure to check them out at the Perth Craft Fair! Lisa and Sarah

Leah said...

Congratulations to you both!

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Fabulous logo, great colouring on site, nice packaging for your new patterns. How lovely for you to meet someone you really enjoy working with. Best wishes for an amazingly successful venture!

Lisar said...

Congratulations on your new label...love the name (my Mum is Audrey)...and the patterns are gorgeous

Tamara said...

Such a big CONGRATULATIONS to you both. You deserve all the success in the world.

I have been so looking forward to seeing your creations. They are beautiful.

Beth said...

Congrats -- the patterns look great!

CurlyPops said...

Congratulations ladies. How exciting! I hope it all goes really well!

Selina said...

Congratulations! I am also hoping you will do mail order soon!
Wishing you the best of luck.

Kloth & Bolt said...

wow, congratulations, love the elephants, adorable! -kb

leslie said...

congrats, ladies - everything looks amazing!

Ali said...

Congratulations to you both and a heartfelt 'well done' on turning a dream into reality. Wishing you every success.

Violet & Rose said...

A big well done and pat on the back to both of you lovely girls. I'm sure that Audrey and Maude will be a huge success. And I like that one girl has dark hair and the other is fair. Gee, wonder who they are modelled on? And Cathy, I've just made a batch of your world famous meringues! And they are wonderful. Thanks.

stormygirl said...

Congratulations Lou and Cathy! It all looks fantastic, and I wish you both much success for the future. Well done!

Melody said...

Well done ladies and best wishes...

Christie said...

Congrats girls- can't wait to see all your patterns, the first 3 look great!

Leni and Rose said...

Fantastic! Love the patterns, I'll be getting all of those! And the sewing classes sound great too, I'm still new to sewing and learning the ropes! Here I come Amitie!

Stacey said...

Congratulations to you both. I'm sure its the start of something big!

rousabout studio said...

Oh wow the anticipation has been too much. Great artwork, love it. How cute is that elephant...You must be a workaholic..Well done Cathy.

ButterflyKisses said...

Congratulations to you both on having the courage to close this gap in the market. As a beginner sewer I look forward to trying out some of your patterns. Best of luck with this new venture.

Sara said...

So cute! I love the elephants.

dontlooknow said...

Well done guys! What more can I say but good luck!

two hippos said...

Congratulations! The patterns look brilliant, just love the boy's own pattern.

Traci said...

It's wonderful when two minds think alike. Thanks for the thinking of us beginners who want to learn the ropes and make pretty things along the way.

Bronwyn said...

Pick me! Pick me! Congrats on the launch of your new and wonderful business - love love love the elephants; they have such a cheeky look on their faces and so pleased that boys have been thought of (even though I only have girls) & of course, aprons ahhhh!

SadieandLance said...

Congrats on the launch, what lovely patterns!

julia said...

Congratulations! Must be so exciting for you both! I wish you success!
The patterns are so cute...so I have to give it a try ;o) (couldn't resist - I think it's a good sign, isn't it?)

periwinkle said...

Good luck with your new venture - love the elephants
Lisa x

Erna said...

what a wonderfull idea! I already loved the elephant!!! wishing you all the luck with this new start!

Wendy said...

Congratulations - lovely work. I especially like the elephant.

Wendy

Annie said...

Congratulations girls on the launch of a very exciting adventure. I will follow your success with keen interest. Enjoy the ride!

Kate said...

Congratulations! I saw your elehants in Perth at the craft fair. Good luck with it all.

Ragged Roses said...

How Wonderful! Congrats and good luck with the blog
Kimx

Lissy said...

what a fabulous idea :)

dizzyjadey said...

Congratulations! Woohoo! Hope you're celebrating big. Everything looks so lovely. The elephant softies are my fave. Good luck! And I'll be visiting the Amitie stand in June.

Sue said...

Congratulations on your new venture :)
The patterns look great and I especially love the elephant, I am putting that one on my wish list ;)

Serena said...

Good luck with the new venture !! I love the elephant

Nikki said...

Well done and all the best for A&M. 'Twas lovely to see you both at my little shindig yesterday. Thanks for coming!

Chookasmum said...

way to go girls, love your patterns, any chance that you will do mail-order?
Just found your link through Chookyblue's blog, will keep reading.
Cheers

Cathy said...

Congratulations! The patterns are fabulous - I especially love the elephants. Wishing you every success with your venture.
Cathy XX

nicolette said...

Congratulations and good luck!!

Linda said...

congratulations!!! it's all very exciting! wishing you luck and sending hugs!!

Corrie said...

congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! fabulous patterns and count me in to win some! I want all of them!


Corrie:)

Lee Ann said...
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Lee Ann said...

Love your new patterns, they are going to be huge sellers!!
Blessing...
Lee Ann

anna said...

Hello! It was lovely to see you both the other day. Congratulations on the launch of Audrey & Maude. Good Luck with it all. I can see why the elephant has been hugely popular - it's gorgeous, I love the aprons too.

Little Munchkins said...

How exciting! Congratulations and those patterns look fabulous.

Alison Boon said...

Well done to you both. Love the elephants

Michelle said...

Louise and Cathy, so very proud of you and this new venture. May you have oodles of success with it, you have both worked so hard and deserve it. Your patterns are gorgeous.

Love Michelle

A said...

Well done! The patterns look fantastic and its great to see someone doing something for boys! Hurrah!!!

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Mama Kat said...

Congratulations, the patterns look fantastic. Can't wait to see what you post next.

varenia said...

congratulations! those elephants are just darling by the way!

Jenaveve said...

What a fantastic idea - I had heard so much about Audrey and Maude 'in the making' and it's great to see you are catering for an audience (me included) who not only want to get a handle on the basics, but do it in style. Looking forward to seeing all of A&M's future patterns and ideas.

Lottie said...

I LOVE those pinnies!!! I love ric rac too. Where did you buy it? I got some thick vintage stuff from this old Haberdashery in the UK called Robson and Mason Haberdashery.

I also went to Cleins and got some in Oz.

Louise said...

Hi Lottie, I'm not sure where you are from but that kind of ric rac is widely available in Australia. We stock that particular at Amitie and some much wider ones in a range of colours. If you order an apron pattern online, we could also supply the ric rac. Thanks for your comment. Louise x