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2 October 2020

SPRING SALE

Use discount code SPRING20 at the checkout for 20% off everything in the SALE! category. 

Sale ends 11 October 2020 @ 11.59pm.


22 August 2020

I am currently re-thinking how I create. When I first started designing my Plum Billy prints I really wanted to use natural fibres for my products and the only options here for digital small-scale printing use technology that dictates polyester-based fabrics, so I have been using an offshore printing company that could print onto cotton and linen. International shipping timeframes are now extremely unpredictable, so I have one last small order on the way and after that arrives I will no longer be remaking out-of-stock designs (those designs will be available to purchase as fabric directly from the printer yourself however, if you're of a crafty disposition). 

A combination of current global conditions and rediscovering how much fun screen printing is has given me the final push to switch to sourcing my fabric from local suppliers, and doing all my printing myself.

I look forward to sharing new designs and some exciting new products with you soon! 


20 September 2019

Announcing a new addition to the online store! My cushion covers in Kākābeak & Tūī Damask print have been available for sale at my market stall and at a few of my stockists for a while now, and now they're available online too!

They come in a range of four co-ordinating colour options (pictured), and are made from a luxurious 55% Linen/45% Cotton blend. With an invisible zipper to close at the bottom they're super easy to stuff and seamlessly close. The best news of all is that all of my Statement Cushion Covers are machine washable - simply remove the inner, turn inside out and wash on a gentle or delicate cycle, using a phosphate-free detergent (most "eco" brands are phosphate free). Line dry in the shade, and then iron inside out on a warm/cotton setting to protect the print. Easy as.

These bold prints are my not-so-secret favourite design... I hope you enjoy them too!


28 May 2019

Meet The Maker interview with Felt.co.nz

Otago-based graphic designer Astrid Erasmuson loves to sew, so her talents have been perfectly combined in her Plum Billy textiles: swaddles and wraps, scarves, cushion covers and tea towels. Working from her home in Port Chalmers, she’s inspired by the native birds that enjoy her garden. Her native avian and botanical designs are brought to life on quality natural cottons and linens. 

How did you get into your craft?

It’s been a long and meandering road, but the short version is that I’m a graphic designer who loves to sew.

The idea of printing fabric with my own designs has been percolating away for a really long time, and I’ve had moments over the years where I would create designs but I just wasn’t that connected to them, or confident in them, or something! So when inspiration finally struck I also had a really strong feeling that my “one day…” dream was going to be a real thing.

That moment came after me and my partner Greg moved to Port Chalmers (Dunedin) two years ago. We instantly fell in love with the area because of the abundance of native birds that visit our garden, and the amazing wildlife on the beaches nearby. I spent days just watching the flocks of wax-eyes that visit our garden having little aero-battles over the pieces of apple and banana that we put out for them, and that inspired my first print design: a “ditsy” repeat of fluttering frolicking wax-eyes. With the enthusiastic response of family and friends to my next few designs (Kererū on a Wire, and a vintage style kākābeak and tui damask) I decided to make the leap and get a few meters of each design printed onto an organic cotton gauze, and the next thing I knew I was making my first scarves and baby swaddles, and things just kind of grew from there.

(Read the rest of the interview here)


29 October 2018

Reuseable wipes are back in stock! These are made from a super soft organic cotton, and are perfect for wiping little hands and faces, and as a reuseable alternative to wet wipes. 

Sold in sets of 3, while stocks last!



21 July 2018

The complete collection of Bird On A Wire scarves are back in stock, and now includes NZ Birds on a wire (all 4 birds hanging out on wires in the one print). Perfect for the bird lover who can't pick a favourite! 



19 July 2018

It's here! The latest addition to the Botanical scarf collection: Kawakawa with Pīwakawaka

My newest design features lush green kawakawa foliage (my take on a kiwiana jungle print!) with fantails fluttering and flitting in search of insects. These cheeky chirpy birds always feel like companions when I'm out bush walking, and this print reminds me of holidays in Golden Bay or walking through the green belt of Wellington when I was a University student.