Here it is friends. You're getting chocolate for Valentine's day.
All the fun. None of the fat.
Oh, how to talk about this!? I am so pleased with this collection. No, I really don't say that about everything that I design. Promise. But here I did what I set out to do, which is a challenge. The design process is a wonderful, frustrating, emotional, invigorating and gracious thing. I am working with the best there is and am grateful. Love you guys!
The fabrics are grouped into two colorways and in general by warms and cools. I am giddy every time one fabric sits against another, and a combination happens that I hadn't thought of yet. Oh the joy that will be had! I've included some words here with the groups that I found scribbled amongst my early sketches for Chocolate Lollipop. I often play the word game with myself to help me conjure up some imaginary world. It spurs my palette concepts, and gives me tangible things to play with in my mind in terms of form.
Truth be known when I very first etched out a few drawings for some of the elements in this collection it was called Licorice Lollipop and was intended to be all black and white. With a shot here and there of color. Isabela asked me what I was making so I told her the title and she said 'eewa, I don't like lick-arush' Then she told me she'd rather have a chocolate lollipop. I complied.
It was that simple gesture of her preferences that got me going on thinking of this in a childlike way. I remembered what the little flowers on my wall and my bedsheets used to look like. Pure colors. I thought about what it felt like to walk into a candy store when you were little. Do you remember? Remember those very few times you got candy from a whole store devoted to just that and not from pestering your mom as she wrote a check for groceries at |insert your grocery name memory here|? I don't know about you guys, but my heart would jump a little and I would get bamboozled with a flurry of indecisiveness. The only time I still get that gleeful and hurried feeling anymore is when I go to the fabric store. For real. I don't know what direction to go in first, and I don't want to look at my watch and I want to have a bite of everything. Make that a fatquarter of everything. Yes, and a sprinkle of ribbons and buttons too please. Thank you.
I will likley share my ongoing thoughts on these little fancies and all the ideas I have for each an every fabric as the weeks roll on. I'll be busy sewing up my quilt that will be a free downloadable pattern from Free Spirit. I do want to say thanks for your sweet anticipation of this line for me. What a lucky lucky girl I am. I hope it's a treat for you to be here as much as it is for me.
Oh and fair warning, I would suspect the very earliest these goods will hit stores would be around April or May. I ofcourse will keep you updated. Now I need to go do some situps. You know that thing I do when I'm hard at work? I had quite a delicious photoshoot yesterday.
Happy Valentine's Day!