Make This: Easter Table with Alice Caroline

Tuesday 17th March 2015, 9.00





Dress your table for Easter entertaining with this simple napkin and table runner set.

easter table decorations

Expert sewer, author and Liberty print connoisseur Alice Garrett, owner of Alice Caroline shows you how to dress your table for Easter with this simple step-by-step guide. A lover of Liberty fabric since a childhood spent rummaging through her grandmother’s fabric stash, Alice now sells Liberty fabrics from her online shop, working from her studio in the Cotswolds where her library of Liberty fabric is a constant inspiration.

Whether you’re entertaining this Easter or getting the whole family together, your table will be the envy of all your guests.

Follow the steps below for both the table runner and the napkins

Finished sizes
Table Runner: 132cm (52”) x 35cm (14”)
Napkins: 40cm (16”) x 40cm (16”)

You will need
Table runner: 137cm (54”) x 40cm (16”) Liberty fabric
Napkins: 45cm (18”) x 45cm (18”) Liberty fabric per napkin

Alice has used Hubert A Tana Lawn

easter napkins

How to make

Step 1. Fold down one corner of the fabric so that corner edges are both 1 ¼”.

sew a napkin

Step 2. Cut corner flap off, leaving ½” edges. Repeat steps 1 and 2 at the 3 remaining corners.

napkin sewing

Step 3. Fold one edge of the napkin over ¼”, press.

napkin sewing

Step 4. Fold another ¼” over, press and pin in place. Repeat steps 3 and 4 at the remaining edges.

napkin instructions

Step 5. Stitch all around the napkin, 3mm (1/8”) from the edge of the inner fold. TIP: When stitching, keep the needle down when you get to each corner. Lift the sewing machine foot and pivot the fabric 90 degrees, then lower the foot and continue sewing along the next edge.

napkin sewing

Dress your table and enjoy!

Are you taking part in any Easter crafting? Share your creations using #SewLiberty @LibertyLondon. Shop all Liberty Art Fabrics




Meet the Designer – Alice Caroline

This lovely ‘Easter Table’ tutorial, designed by Alice Caroline Garrett, is just one of the wonderful projects for sewers that she creates using Liberty of London fabrics.

Alice Garrett, owner of Alice Caroline sells a huge range of Liberty prints from the latest collections. She enjoys sourcing limited edition prints and designing patterns, kits and notions all in a distinctive Liberty style. Alice’s love of Liberty fabrics grew from when she was just a child, rummaging through her grandmothers fabric stash, always excited to find a snippet of Liberty fabric. Her grandmother was an amazing quilter who also loved those distinctive patterns, meaning that Alice has had a lifelong love of all things Liberty.

Her studio in the Cotswolds is a riot of colour and texture. There are stacked rolls in her ‘Liberty Library’ of fabric, drawers packed with fat quarters, books and magazines to inspire, and jars of ribbons and buttons sourced from her travels. Being surrounded by such an array of pattern and colour inspires that Alice to design new projects for sewers that use the fabric in such a way that shows Liberty at its best.

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Cafe Liberty Recipes: Superfood Salad

Monday 16th March 2015, 16.06





Start spring as you mean to go on with this superfood salad recipe by Café Liberty.

Superfood Salad

The perfect dish for your first al fresco lunch of the year, this impressive salad by Café Liberty will wow even the fussiest of guests, or provide tasty a and guilt-free dinner on a weeknight. Free of dairy, gluten and nuts you’ll be left feeling nourished and super light. This recipe is vegan friendly, but our chef recommends a chicken or smoked duck breast for non-veggies craving an extra hit of protein.

Serves four

Ingredients

• Smoked duck or chicken breast per person (optional)
• 75g quinoa, rinsed in cold water
• 150g aubergine, cut into cubes
• 150g chickpeas, rinsed
• Large handful of parsley, chopped
• Small handful of chives
• 50g fennel, washed and chopped thin
• 75g radicchio lettuce, washed and chopped thin
• 1tsp wholegrain mustard
• 12g spring onion, chopped
• 150g cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
• 1 pomegranate
• 6g red amaranth as a garnish
• 25g pumpkin seeds as a garnish

For the dressing:

10ml extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for the aubergine)
5ml balsamic vinegar

Method

Place your aubergine cubes on a tray and mix with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 13 minutes (or until done).
Meanwhile, place your rinsed quinoa in a pot and cover with cold water and salt (2 parts water for 1 part quinoa). Bring it to the boil then simmer on a medium heat for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let it cool to absorb the water.
Mix the quinoa, cooked aubergine, chickpeas, parsley, chives, pomegranate seeds, wholegrain mustard and spring onions then put to one side.
Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar together to make a dressing. Toss with the radicchio and fennel, then serve with the quinoa mix. Add the tomatoes, toasted pumpkin seeds and red amaranth on top. If you’re adding duck or chicken, place in thin slices to serve.
Finish with any dressing you have left!

Visit Café Liberty in-store, find out more >
Or, if you try this recipe, show us your creation @LibertyLondon

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Exclusive: Fendi x Thierry Lasry

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 15.07






Introducing Thierry Lasry’s collaboration with Fendi – exclusive to Liberty for one month.

Thierry Lasry Fendi Sunglasses

Thierry Lasry has collaborated with Fendi on an avant-garde-meets-luxury collaboration this spring. The bold yet elegant frames take inspiration from the colourful Fendi archives, along with prints and images from Fendi’s previous campaigns. Featuring bright, geometric patterns inspired by Cubism and Kinetic art, the collection offers a combination of vintage inspiration and experimental design.

Snap up your favourite pair here >

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Take a #LibertyScarfSelfie

Friday 6th March 2015, 15.13





Drop into the Liberty Scarf Hall to learn how to style your favourite scarf and take a #LibertyScarfSelfie.

Liberty Scarf Selfie

Visit the styling station in the Liberty Scarf Hall to talk colours, fabrics and new ways to wear with our expert stylists. Choose from brand new designer prints and colourways including the limited edition Carnaby Cosmos scarf, created by Liberty London in collaboration with Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki.

Liberty Scarf Styling

Drop in, pick up some tips and show us how you style yours using #LibertyScarfSelfie. See the selfies >

Shop All Liberty London Scarves

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Spotlight On: Rodebjer

Friday 13th February 2015, 14.55




Introducing Rodebjer, exclusively available at Liberty.

Carin-Rodebjer

Founded in New York in 1999 after native Swede Carin Rodebjer’s designs caught the eye of New York buyers, Rodebjer offers laid-back luxury designed to be lived in. Exclusive to Liberty, Carin’s designs feature feminine tailoring inspired by the landscapes of her tranquil birthplace – Swedish island Gotland – the intensity of her adopted New York and the strength of the women she admires.

catwalk-rodebjer

Close-up detail and soft draping lend a unique edge to traditional minimalism, while innovative construction allows the garments to be worn in multiple ways. This distinct aesthetic has earned Rodebjer numerous prestigious awards, including Swedish ELLE Designer of the Year. We caught up with designer Carin to talk design inspiration and stylish living, as her collection drops exclusively at Liberty.

We’re excited about Rodebjer launching, could you tell us about your inspiration for this collection?
I’m very excited as well. The inspiration for this collection was to visualize the life of an urban nomad. I wanted something that functioned well in the pulse of the city but at the same time felt relaxed. I wanted something that was very direct and therefore I studied the directness and energy of indigenous art as well as unschooled, yet brilliant, creativity.
– New York is such a unique city; does it influence your work? In what ways does this combine with Swedish fashion?
New York influences my work a lot. The energy, the people in the city, the melting pot of different cultures and styles. I like to bring that intensity into the Swedish sensibility and the Swedish style that used to be quite minimalistic. Therefore I usually say that our expression is rich yet clean. A mix of New York and Sweden.

In what way do powerful and independent women inspire your work?
I have always been inspired by women who take responsibility and lead their own lives. Therefore I want to make versatile design so these women can find their own personality in the collections. I don’t want to dictate too much and I don’t want our design to restrict movement.

Why choose Liberty for the exclusive?
Liberty is such an amazing department store. I like your heritage and I like what you are now. It’s a privilege to see Rodebjer as a part of your offering.

What is your top tip for stylish living?
Make yourself rich of valuable experiences.

What was it like moving multiple times between Stockholm and New York – was it difficult?
This last time was a bit more difficult since I brought a 1-year old child. Finding good daycare and insurances can drive you a bit crazy but it was definitely worth it. I have earned so many amazing experiences out of this.

Have you had a chance to visit Liberty? Do you have a store wish list?
I have been to Liberty but unfortunately not in a while. New York has kind of sucked me into it’s machinery. I haven’t had too much time to spend in Europe but that will definitely change because I miss Europe a lot.

What is your favourite Liberty department?
I love the fabric department – I love all the Liberty fabrics and patterns.

Shop Rodebjer online and in-store now

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