Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crossing Paths & Visions

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There are so many different ways that I want to share how to use the fabrics in this upcoming mini launch that it has nearly rendered me verbally paralyzed (should I just say mute there? speechless? stumped?- see I'm messed up). My heart is beating fast right now, because I am afraid that I'll forget to say something obvious or useful about them and you will be denied the glorious everythingness of this fabric. So lets go through this a little at a time from the beginning. These are what I call Loulouthi Needleworks. They are called Loulouthi because the imagery and the color palettes were derived from my Loulouthi collection. In essence they are no different than any printed cotton that I design, however they are a full 58" wide (wow Anna that's superwide! I know.) But they are called Needleworks, because the artwork printed on the cloth is comprised of tiny little X's.

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This print is called Crossing Paths and it is essentially a series of borders stretching across from selvage to selvage, each row its own little cast of vignettes, small or large, traditional or splashy. There are 3 color ways of this print. I am sure that I am not the first to print x's on cloth, but when I conceived of the idea about a year ago, I wanted to be sure that the cloth stood on its own as a lovely print design for all kinds of patchwork and sewing, but also serve as a welcome invitation to thread a needle, find a hoop, and sit down to stitch up precious little artworks- for a baby collar, a yoke of a blouse or dress, a hem line, a framed artwork or a block in your next quilt. Or maybe an invitation to take on a lifeswork of a very expansive piece- a full coverlet entirely stitched, a table cloth, a bed skirt....combined with other printed fabrics, and so on. You get it. The above is just a digital copy of the print work.

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This is me playing around with the same print. The size of the X's in this cloth compared to evenweave cloth for cross stitching -or something like Aida- are pretty large. I would say that perhaps if you know your cross stitching cloth numbers that these are about equivalent to 8ct, as in 8 X's per linear inch. You can stitch them up just like any cross stitch using either embroidery floss or Pearle cotton. So far I have only used Pearl cottons #8 for these, I just really like how they look and seem about the appropriate thickness without having to separate strands. Another little bonus to them being printed is there is no counting involved, so very little room for error. This makes it both pretty relaxing as well as awesome for kiddos to try out. Every time I come to one of the bolts to cut something off, I find them with some little square roughly cut away, snipped off by one of the girls- its like finding the boxes in your pantry mousechewed, or your hosta leaves caterpillarmunched...only sweeter. (Oh and p.s., a fine embroirdery needle will perform just fine for you, and only pre-wash them before stitching if your item will continue to be washed.)

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This is the Visions print which I think of as a collage of all the different styles of cross stitch that I love, forming a field of possibilities to be cut apart, but still a beautiful soft design with vintage sensibilities to be left as a whole cloth for any kind of sewing. I should mention that while the X's are printed in one color or another, that I have stitched using pretty different shades than the X's right over them. In other words, you could alter your thread colors to a great degree from what is underneath and the thickness of your threads will conceal any distracting difference there may be. OH! And having a length of these fabrics is like getting not just fabric to use but also several cross stitch patterns that you could translate into other works, using these prints as a guide.

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These are the 3 colorways of Visions framed up. Not stitched. What do you think I am, a factory?

I hope you enjoy these. Much more inspiration to share with them coming soon. They should be shipping to stores in just a few weeks. If you have any questions about using them for stitching I will answer in the comments section. I'm here to help. Not going anywhere. Really. I live here.

xo,Anna

71 comments:

  1. OOOH! I'm excited to try stiching! I've never done it before, and what a beautiful way to learn!

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  2. Oh my goodness those fabrics are beautiful...they manage to convey their everythingness all by themselves...so lovely I would quite possibly even cringe at the mere idea of introducing them to scissors!! :)

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  3. How pretty! I'll keep an eye out for these prints at shops near me in Canada.

    After seeing your tutorial and "Plaid Pods" pattern a couple of weeks ago, then buying a set of hand dyed yarns (for friendship bracelets, I dove right into my first embroidery project. Thought you might like to see the picture.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahquilts/6077051736/in/photostream

    Thanks,
    Sarah

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  4. Looking forward to snipping and stitching, over here! So excited for these to hit the stores! I am putting my queen sized quilt on hold for now, just waiting to add the remaining few fabrics with these Needleworks prints! Kind of like the watch pot saying......the watch pot won't boil if you sit there waiting for it. LOL Okay, so you get the picture.....I'm excited!

    Laurie~

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  5. L*O*V*E* ~ what a great idea!
    I cannot wait to use these in my quilts and collage wallhangings!

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  6. There you go, being all amazing again.

    I can't WAIT for this!

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  7. oh my!!!! my heart is beating fast just cause I want to convey the joy! the possibilities!! the beautifulness!!!!! thank you anna maria, as you continually make my little world prettier.

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  8. Oh. My. Goodness!! I want them badly! Are they being sold as yardage? Or panels like Square Dance? Either way, I love all 3 colors, and thinking it would make an awesome super long bolster for my bed!

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  9. They are simply being sold as yardage, I am so happy you like them! Oh yes a bolster! xo, Anna

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  10. Man-oh-man! I can see why you are worried that you might leave a feature of that fabric out by mistake. My mind is working overtime with all of the exciting possibilities! It really is a fantastic idea.

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  11. I haven't commented before, and I've never bought your fabric, but these are so charming. I'll definitely be purchasing!

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  12. Quiet! Hear that sound? It's the roar of drapery makers hurrahing you for making your fabric 58" WIDE ON A ROLL!!! Do you realize this opens up a whole new world to home dec sewists? Do you? Well, it does.

    Why on earth didn't the fabric manufacturers get it before now that we don't want fabric flat folded with a big ole crease down the center (that NEVER, ever irons out, ever). Thank you AMH!! Proper draperies can now be made with your fabric!

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  13. Nouveaustitch! Wouldn't that be the bomb!? I am afraid that stores can only special request for fabric to come on a roll, but without that request it will likely show up on a flat bolt. I am 99% sure of this.....the photos shown above are of my sample yardage which is always sent on rolls- BUT I am going to pass your comments along. I hate being the pin in someone's happy balloon. I guess I can just add to tell your stores to request it!

    xoxo, Anna

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  14. Oh how I love those pearl cotton #8's! And I'm eager to get some of this to cut and stitch and sew into handmade goodness. I remain in a constant state of wonder over your thread collections.

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  15. These are lovely and so full of stitchy possibilities! I especially love the Visions print.

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  16. What an idea! And I remember some mention of perle cotton in coordinating colors, which you'll be coming out with in the future, right? Will they be for use with these panels?

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  17. Lisa, those perle cottons are already available here:

    http://store.annamariahorner.com/needleworks.html

    as well as lots of other shops!

    xo, Anna

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  18. Thanks AMH. While you're at it, put a bug in their ear that drapery makers don't buy wholesale by the bolt! That's the only way they want to sell it to us and when we purchase for a specific job, we don't need a bolt, just enough yardage for the job. Just trying to help you bridge the gap...many home dec goods could be made with your product if only there was a way to purchase as we do from Duralee, Kravet, et al. The width is a good start though! :-)

    Elllen

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  19. Noted, Lady Ellen.
    xoamh
    (sorry been watching lots of Masterpiece Theater lately)

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  20. These are wonderful! Just what I would love to do right now, some peaceful quiet hand stitching. Sigh. Of course since it's back to school season and renovation, probably not going to happen. But I cant wait to stash some of this for quieter winter days. Lovely! And what a wonderful use a of printed fabric.

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  21. Just beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on them!

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  22. Oh Ms. Anna Maria, you've done it again. These fabrics are wonderful. I can hardly wait to get my hands on them. Embroidering on printed fabric is one of my favorites. I see framed artwork and a quilt block or two or three or....

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  23. damn, I loved these at market, I love them even more now they're almost here.
    I have grabby hands.

    Ooooh - I wonder if they'll ship to stores in time for me to get them shipped to Blighty and then stitch 'em up on the plane back to Houston. Ooooh!!!!

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous, Anna Maria. I can't wait to get my hands on them and stitch away. I've recently started my 2 daughters on stitching by hand, ages 9 and 7, and they love it. This will be so fun for the 3 of us to stitch together!

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  25. SO flippin excited!!!! Oh the possibilities!!

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  26. Just when I thought I couldn't love your work more than I already do! GORGEOUS!

    As always, you nailed it. Thanks Anna...keep it coming!

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  27. I see myself buying a big piece of the Visions print and stitching it just for fun of it for years to come:)

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  28. Oh, I'm glad I mention the perle cottons - thank you!!

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  29. Oh, they are just beautiful! I can't wait to try some!

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  30. YUMMY!!!!! I can't wait! <3

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  31. "What do you think I am, a factory?"

    No I just think you are
    very funny ; )

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  32. Well, I think you got it all down pretty well. Thank-you for making the X's big. That makes it all the more like a playdate waiting to happen. I like the idea of a whole tablecloth or patched tablecloth. Hmm... but I think I'd like to start with a runner. I have just the place in mind. Also glad to hear that the print will allow for using different colors so it's not paint-by-number all the time. But, then again, Aria's going to BEG for it so that she can paint by number!

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  33. Just thought I had to get on the "Anna is awesome" train-- I have been on a blog diet... but you always make me binge with your sneaky flickr pics. Great work lady!! Great work! Push ever forward with your vision! Thanks!

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  34. I adore these fabrics. I actually saw at least one of them in the window display at Textile Fabrics this week and got super excited until I couldn't find them in any of the aisles. Now I understand! I was also excited to see your cross stitch belt up close, which I'd swooned over in an early blog post. I'll definitely be getting some of these fabrics, Anna! So lovely.

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  35. Oh my gosh, stunning. i am spinning with ideas and can't to get my hands on some...and there is time before Christmas too if one should be so inclined ...

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  36. Great... another project I have to do! Seriously, Anna, your ideas keep me a busy lady! Love it!

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  37. wow these are really pretty. i used to cross stitch when i was a kid and these designs bring me back to those peaceful summer days. my hands are itching to get ahold of some! i'll look for these fabrics in my quilt shop :o)

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  38. Thanks for mentioning that these are good for kids. Once you said it, it became completely obvious to me as well. :) My daughter has been wanting to learn to embroider, but she is just starting to sew and I don't want her to get discouraged. My Mom started with cross stitch, herself. This could be just the thing! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  39. Awww! These are beautiful. Congratulations on your amazing creations. I am looking forward to these and Thank you on your ideas, and advice. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

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  40. Oh, my! We are building a new home and I have been pondering what to do about curtains in my soon-to-be sewing studio.

    I think I just found the solution! Excellent timing, Anna Maria! :)

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  41. Annie C11:59 PM

    You're so naughty! Now I need ALL those colors of perle cotton, too! Oh, goody . . . .

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  42. rbjaneite4:44 AM

    My goodness, Anna Maria, these are gorgeous. I'm looking forward to stitching some up! Your previous posts have inspired me to try some embroidery with perle cotton rather than stranded, and I'm about to start an alphabet sampler. . . Maybe some of this would border it nicely!

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  43. How fabulous! These fabrics are pretty enough as they are, but I think it would be fun to add some stitching too!

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  44. Those fabrics are beautiful...they manage to convey their everythingness all by themselves!

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  45. Wow! I'm so inspired! Actually, I want to start cross stitching right away! I'm so impressed by your work, Anna Maria. And even though there's a whole world between us (I live in Oslo, Norway, Europe) I feel so connected to your creative universe. Thank you!

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  46. Jenny1:30 PM

    I'm inspired as well! I'm thinking about making a quilt with some type of super-large-scale patchwork pieces to properly show off the cross-stitched areas. But then how to actually quilt it once the top is together? I've been making samplers exclusively these past few years, but you have me making quilts again. I love, love this. Thank you.

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  47. AM, I am so glad you posted about these. I was confused about the content of the fabric just from seeing sample pictures online, but they are cotton! I think these are fantastic and compliment LouLouThi in such a unique way. You are always on top of other designers when it comes to coming up with that new "it" thing that everyone is obsessed with. Keep being you, please! :D

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  48. Anonymous3:41 PM

    Nice!

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  49. Oh, how beautiful, how smart, how useful ... I'm excited to see them (and feel them) in real life! BTW, It's almost a little nutty how much I love your blog.

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  50. Gorgeous. Only a quilter here, but I see so much possibility in these. Nostalgia too, as my Baba was a stitcher.

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  51. I saw this blog post early this morning and I have thought about these fabrics ALL DAY!! One reason that I love to stitch is because of how relaxing it is to me. All day I have thought about how soothing it would be to stitch on this fabric.
    I can not wait!

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  52. Will any of these lovely fabrics and sewing cottons
    make it to the UK? Love your fabric designs and like the idea of cross stitching in this way. Am just getting back into embroidery!

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  53. Donna Clanton Anderson8:33 PM

    Simply. Sheer. Genius.
    Thank you!

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  54. I keep going back to look! My fingers are kind of itching to try stitching on your beautiful designs, though I have *zero* experience with needlework.

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  55. LoriJane10:56 PM

    Anna Maria, will you also have these available for purchase via your on-line store?

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  56. Prett! Pretty! Pretty!!!

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  57. I love them! My mind is racing with possibilities. Beautiful.

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  58. I LOVE them all... One word to describe you AWESOME. Can't wait to get my little hands in some of that goodness :)

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  59. This is such a fabulous idea! I used to do a lot of embroidery and cross stitch as a teenager, and in college, so I'm excited to pick up the craft again. Look forward to getting these new prints and stocking up on your needleworks sets! Really adore that crossing paths piece.

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  60. Oh my~I'm afraid I'll have to break my vow to buy no more fabric for this! So, so lovely~can't wait!!

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  61. These are gorgeous. I can't wait to stitch on them. That will be right after my knitting, crocheting, quilting, working....or I'll just drop everything and do this!! I'm in Dallas. Where will your fabrics be?

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  62. Wow, i was really thankful and happy to see that such posts still exist to help people like me. Great work.

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  63. could be a nice way to go back to non-boing cross-stitch.....can't wait !!!

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  64. Wow! such a wonderful blog ever....

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  66. This blog is fantastic; what you show us is very interesting and is really good written. It’s just great!!

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