Sunday, October 16, 2011

More Ghastlie Goings On!

The Ghastlies

"In Ghastlie Manor on Ghastlie Street, there's a Ghastlie family there to meet. Mathilda Ghastlie with husband too, extend a Ghastlie hand to you. It's a Ghastlie day for a Ghastlie walk, under Ghastlie trees on a Ghastlie block. A Ghastlie time for Ghastlie things, like Ghastlie pets with Ghastlie wings!"

Alexander Henry Fabrics


  1. I had a Cat named Griz who could have been the model for the image top right in your post! he was the most elegant mangiest thing you'd ever see...

  2. The drawings remind me of those Italian Dino Battaglia.

  3. I like the bats and cats, for some reason. But the ladies knitting on the same bit kills me!

  4. I need this fabric in my life! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Those cats are great! I actually browsed through more of this fabric online after reading your last post. There were some cool fabric patterns with bright orange backgrounds. I think the cats might have been on orange too. The tree pattern looks like it could be good for everyday use!

  6. Those cats are the absolute epitome of my two black cats who just had a hair raising brawl under my computer desk...over a paper clip...go figure! That little girl with the hammer is hilarious, what is she up to?

  7. Those are just gorgeous! I adore the vintage looking art for Halloween.

  8. I like all the pictures of the Ghastlies. They have that old fashion feel to them.

  9. Hi Jeffery,

    It doesn't seem to matter how mangy a cat becomes, they still manage to retain their elegance! The image of the cats reminds me of Norman Lindsay's studies of cats posing.

    Hi occhio sulle espressioni,

    Thanks for letting me know about Dino Battaglia. I hadn't heard of him, but after googling his name, I can see he is a fabulous artist. I intend to find out more about him, now!

    Hi Lorelei,

    Yes, I like the bats and cats, too, and they probably work the best as fabrics, but I wish I had all the little cartoon vignette illustrations compiled into a book. I'm just so smitten with them. The knitting ladies remind me of Morticia, who was always knitting two-headed sweaters for relatives.

    Hi LuLu,

    That doesn't surprise me one bit! Haha! I have a lot of it, too. I just HAD to have it!!

    Hi Megan,

    Thanks! I was really hoping that you would like it because I've got a Ghastlie-inspired post for your Halloween Blog party.

    Hi Justine,

    I've got a piece of the fabric with the cats on it. Yes, there are different coloured backgrounds - green, orange, white, and grey. My zombie Zola doll was made from Ghastlie Bramble with the green background. I think every colour looks spectacular. I wish I could get them all, but I've just got the white background (except for the green Bramble).

    I agree, on their own the trees aren't spooky at all, and actually look like a regular contemporary pattern. I bet a lot of shops just sell the trees, without bothering with the rest of the range.

    Hi art bliss,

    I can just imagine! When I still had two cats (before I lost my beloved Sabrina - we just have Phoebe, now), they would very occasionally have a minor spat over nothing. I think they're so funny when they look all ruffled and slightly embarrassed afterwards.

    Hi Autumnforest,

    Yes, they've got that gorgeous retro feel that I love, too!!

    Hi Adsila,

    Yes, I love them all, too! The style is very reminiscent of mid 20th Century cartoons/illustration.

  10. these are really good. I love the bats. I would see them as a desktop wallpaper or actual wallpaper. but the littler girl just looking at the one looking at that scene is quite playful with the eye. Thanks for writing about these things. It's good to support artistic endeavors.

  11. Hi Miss Bobo,

    I love your idea about desktop wallpaper! There's so much that could be done with these designs. I hope they find a way to branch out from fabric.

  12. Oh, simply perfect. I love the implication of poisonings, backstabbings, feuding relatives, buried treasures, closeted skeletons, and general witchery that these images conjure.

    A wonderful find and thanks so much for sharing! I'd gladly read an entire series of novels based on the lives (and deaths) of this ancient and storied clan.

  13. Hi King Unicorn,

    I know, they're just fabulous aren't they?! I think I'm going to start writing to Alexander Henry Fabrics and begging them to turn 'The Ghastlies' into a book.

  14. I especially liked the "bats" pattern...

  15. Hi Dr Theda,

    Yes, I love the bats as well! I wish I had bought more of it because it's the right scale for my Little Gothic Horrors dolls. Apparently the bat fabric was very popular because it's sold out everywhere. I hope they bring more out!


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