Origami Oasis – A Proper Introduction

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog, Origami Oasis

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The time has just about come. Origami Oasis, my fifth fabric collection with Milchael Miller Fabrics, should start hitting stores in just under two weeks now. I thought the time was right to give you a proper introduction, to get you a little better acquainted with this group of happy wild creatures.

tamara kate origami oasis flower field

tamara kate origami oasis grassland

tamara kate origami oasisstarry sky

I dreamed up this collection one afternoon while sitting at the table with my daughter, making a menagerie of origami creatures. It started with the idea of simple geometric animals and shapes in happy colours, and on the surface it still is. But along with that there are the nods to boosting kids’ self esteem, with names of prints like “stand tall”, “pride” and “show your colours”, where individuality is a special and beautiful thing that has its rewards.

Show Your Colors – confection

I wanted to create a world of wonders where diamonds decorate fantastical birds, flowers form animals’ manes and where it’s ok to be a little wild. The oasis is a magical place where you can be yourself and where everyone gets along.

Pride – candy, Crossing Paths – lime, Stand Tall – apricot

I envisioned bedding, curtains and fun clothing when I was designing, so I knew I wanted to include a border print. While it can be effectively used in full width (the border runs along the selvedge), the birds fly all the way up to the opposite selvedge, thus giving another option by cutting the border for one project and having about 32″ width of origami birds for another project.

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Oasis Border – candy

I know there are a gazillion fabric collections out there for girls, but boys’ fabrics are not quite as easy to come by, so I wanted to create a grouping for each, with crossover options. And while we were at it, we decided a graphic black and white grouping would offer another dimension of fun.

flower field stackgrassland stackstarry sky stack

Flower Field and Grassland are printed on Michael Miller’s buttery-soft Cotton Couture and Starry Sky is on quilting cotton. I have projects to share with you, as do some other talented sewers and bloggers out there. There will be quilts, clothing, kids bedroom ideas… so please check back here regularly over the next month or so for all the details.

For wholesale inquiries, please visit Michael Miller Fabrics.


  1. Debbie
    August 28, 2014

    I am not supposed to be buying fabric right now but this line of fabrics has me wanting to buy them all!!!! Absolutely adorable. can’t wait until they are available.

    • Tamara
      August 29, 2014

      Yay! So happy you like them & sorry for kicking your budget to the curb.

  2. Patty
    August 28, 2014

    ooh, so much eye candy, Tamara! Can’t wait to see these beauties in person. 🙂

    • Tamara
      August 29, 2014

      Thanks Patty!!!

  3. Elizabeth
    August 28, 2014

    Fantastical! I love your designs and this collection is beautifully wild. Is better learn how to sew better soon and find more time!.

    • Tamara
      August 29, 2014

      Thank you Elizabeth. I love the “beautifully wild” comment.

  4. Lee
    August 29, 2014

    Another fabulous line! I am in love with the designs and all the color ways!

    • Tamara
      August 29, 2014

      Thanks Lee. So glad you like it!

  5. Kathleen Dalecio
    September 23, 2014

    Origami Oasis is beautiful! It’s a tough call to pick only one colorway… But, because I especially love the giraffes on green and the blue border print, I would choose the Grassland bundle IF I were to be the lucky winner!!!
    Thanks for introducing this gorgeous new fabric line and for the giveaway opportunity.