douglas & hope

this is the official blog of douglas & hope
douglas & hope was established in 1999

Monday, March 31, 2008

All things bright and beautiful

Felicity from has ever so kindly written up a little piece on douglas & hope.
It can be seen at
I wish I knew how to do the link thing, but I'm still a beginner! sorry

Sunday, March 30, 2008

robbie, fred & buck

robbie the rhino

fred the moose

buck the deer

These animal puzzles are made from 100% recycled cardboard,
come flat packed and require assembling.
There are 3 sizes and they start at $25

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Quilts are in

cotton/kimono quilt march 2008 SOLD

There are quilts back in the shops....

and more due in next week,

for those of you waiting to see images I will post some next week....

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Measuring Spoons

We have just received from The US more of the gorgeous hand made measuring spoons we had before Christmas,
I think they sold out in 2 days last time!
$120 a set.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Little Horn

Our 'Winter' Little Horn is in, and the babies stuff is as cute as ever......

Thursday, March 20, 2008


This pic gives an idea of the sizes, and that just happens to be Rocket, one of my twin boys.

We have a new blackboard shape, the Apple.

It only comes in the large size which is about 900 x 900mm.

We also have the Large trees back in for those waiting on them.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Quilt Update

Quilt by Cathy Hope-SOLD

We are getting close now,

there should be some quilts in the shops in the next week or so....

It's taken a bit longer than I thought, but they are definately on the way....

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tiny Mammoth

Isn't this just the cutest kids print?

Its the very clever Beci Orpin's kids range Tiny Mammoth,

it was called baby Princess Tina, but is now Tiny Mammoth,

and its still as cute as ever, and we have this new range in the Fitzroy store now.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

(Easter) Bunnies

Well these are not really easter bunnies, but they could be?

just for a week or so!

they are from Vietnam and are traditional lacquer ware...

we have 5 colors and they are $49 each....

Sunday, March 9, 2008

African American Quilts

The quilters, I would love to meet/have met these ladies.....

Pearlie Posey

Sarah Mary Taylor-Pearlie Posies daughter

Mozell Benson

Jewell Allen with his log cabin quilt, Tennessee 1983

Here is a look at some quilts from a book I bought years ago and just adore.

Its called Signs and Symbols. African Images in African American Quilts, by Maude Southwell Wahlman.

Most of the quilts shown are from Maudes private collection, she has written books, exhibition catalogs and more than 30 article since 1972 on African American quilts.

As you can see, most of them are made from old clothing and flour sacks were used as linings.

To quote Mozell Benson who believes that "quilting is linked to the thrift and industry that characterize rural black Southern life.
"After I got married and had my own family (10 children), then I got into quilting because we had to have covers, people gave me pieces of material that they wern't going to use, and I could always find use for it because we had to have covers. And then a lot of times pieces would be large enough that I could make the girls a dress, the boys a shirt, and take the scraps and put them in quilts."

here are just a few of my favorites

Log Cabin quilt by Sarah Mary Taylor, Yazoo City, Mississippi 1984

Strip quilt by Catherine Somerville Alabama 1940

Log Cabin quilt by Mozell Benson, Alabama 1979

Everybody quilt by Pearlie Posey

Pearlie Posey "From a little girl I just pieced.... Everywhere I never stopped making quilts."
Pearlie made quilts for her children explaining "Then if the Lord take me and leave you... I say you'll have some covers."

Log Cabin quilt by Mozell Benson 1984

Friday, March 7, 2008

Karen Walker

Karen Walker tees have arrived, and some badges,

the rest of the range is still to come....

here are a couple....

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tom Ripon Sculptures

I have tried and tried to take a photo of the Tom Ripon sculptures we have in the shops,

but they just don't look as good as in the flesh,

the one of the horses head below was emailed to me from someones phone, I have no idea who it was or why they did it?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Well it's going to be 32 degrees tomorrow and all the shops are full of Winter stock.... so crazy....

We have received Something Winter '08 and along with knits there is also a great range of tee's.

Here's a few of them.....