Thursday, 30 April 2015

Yellow fabrics by Fermoie

I am going through one of my phases of yellow textiles; I see yellow patterns everywhere. My relationship with this primary colour can get complicated because there are shades of yellow that I'm drawn to like bees to honey while others don't do much for my aesthetic side. The yellows that entice me are golden and mustard yellows; yellows with a hint of red in them, like turmeric and saffron. My latest crush comes in the form of fabric samples that I recently got from the English fabrics company Fermoie.

The wide-striped sample is a fabric called Cotton York Stripe (L-039) and the other pattern is called Cotton Rabanna (L-190), which seems to melt my heart each time I look at it. Both these high-quality fabrics are made from 100% cotton. I got more colours and patterns that I will lay on my table and show you later ... when my yellow phase is over. (In my image above, in the bottom-left corner, you see part of a photo by Chris Court in the book Gypsy: A World of Colour & Interiors by Sibella Court.)

Fermoie was founded by Martin Ephson and Tom Helme, the two gentlemen who also founded Farrow & Ball (which they sold). I like the simplicity of their palette that consists of five colours - reds, yellows, greens, blues, and neutrals - available in various light and dark hues. According to Helme,
Fermoie's aim is to capture the life, light and enjoyment of old woven textiles. We print traditionally with a light touch using pigments creating a subtle impression but with the depth of a woven fabric. (Fermoie - About)
The design is drawn by hand in their studios and printed on natural fabrics in their factory in Marlborough (the base cloths are woven in Lancashire). If you happen to be in the Chelsea area in London you will find their showroom at 2 Pond Place.


  1. I was going to say, how gorgeous...but that word doesn't really do justice to these beautiful thoughtful textiles. I agree with you about certain shades of yellow (my entire apt was painted pale butter yellow before I moved in and I really don't like it) but bright yellow in small doses in a sunny place :) and all the shades you talk about are my favorite. I love that you tracked these down.
    xo Mary Jo

    1. I feel like a kid at Christmas with these beauties on my table, and trust me, the other colours and patterns are beautiful too. Right now, the yellow Rabanna has my heart!

  2. A beautiful hue of yellow, Lisa. One of my favorite hues of yellow in fact! Happy weekend my dear!

    1. Glad to hear you're on my colour side ;-) And a great weekend to you too!


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