Friday, June 08, 2012

Have a Seat

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Details.  I has 'em, more than I can put in one post, in fact.  Thanks for all your nice words on my last post about the booth.  We were very proud (relieved) of how it all came together.  One of the comments, can't remember right now which, mentioned something about an imperfect situation giving rise to creativity.  I guess I have always felt the same, I just don't always believe it in the moment.  Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about that recently- creativity thriving on imperfection.

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One of the more talked about items was this dress.  It is a simple bias cut shape with hand appliqued feathers.  The pattern was done on the fly (always the best pattern) the night before we left.  I seamed two 44"w solid cotton pieces side by side for a x2 wider width, then cut the a-line shapes for front and back of the dress from this yardage on the bias.  The front piece lifting a little higher over the bust, the back dipping a bit lower under the shoulder blades.  It's topped with a narrow contrast elastic channel, while the waist elastic channel is wider and hidden on the wrong side of the dress.  I am trying to figure out the best way to share this pattern with you.... more on that soon.  The feather quilt - Featherbed Quilt -is all machine pieced and will be a free pattern when the fabrics launch in August, but I'll also give tips on doing an applique version to accomplish things like the above.

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The other most talked about item was my new pet panther.  Whatever wrenches were thrown into my booth planning I never wavered in my relentless search for a life-sized panther to decoupage.  Don't ask.  I can't answer.  I loved making it and I loved showing it and I love having it.  It's weeyud.

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Fabric.  Look the fussyyyyyy cutting on that pillow by Ms.Brittney.  I love it so much. The center print is Raindrop Poppies, then Mind's Eye, then Spotted in the Crowd, then two colorways of Fine Feathered.  The pillow to the right is another colorway of Mind's Eye.  I'm going to publish our full market catalog here next so you can see all the fabrics (and patterns) more in depth.

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Needlepoint.  So happy to share two new designs on their way later this Summer.  Centerpiece and Sketchbook.

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Don't know what to add to that news other than yay.  Find your favorite chair and we'll be back with those soon.

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What to do with that needlepoint other than the obvious?  These bags are a glimpse of a sewing pattern in development for fall.  A big carpet style bag and.....

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.. a clutch.  I love this pattern, can't wait to get it out there.  The sewing is very straightforward but the shapes are gorgeous and classic.  Of course the pattern is just as lovely simply with a fabric in place of the needlepoint, but just in case you have one complete by then.

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Embroidery.  This summer will see a new collection of Pearle cottons and Embroidery Floss in some yummy new palettes that are gorgeous with Field Study.

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The pearles, are lovely and pale.  A few are shown here in front of a sampler for my first embroidery pattern collection coming out this month, Love from A to Z.

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The new embroidery floss colors are deep and rich and shown here with a few pieces from the Fields Aflutter embroidery pattern collection, also coming out this month. So much to look forward to.

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I think this vase of flowers sums up my whole story for Field Study.  Gorgeously natural if not a little uneasy and exploratory.

have a lovely weekend,
xoxo, Anna


27 comments:

  1. Oh my! It all looks so gorgeous! Don't know what I'm most excited about - the new needlepoint designs or the bags showcasing the existing designs (I'm half way through making the butterfly one right now!)

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  2. "Uneasy and exploratory." LOVE THAT.

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  3. I cannot wait to make that dress!! I love that you are going to make that available somehow. The needlepoint pillows are gorgeous as well.

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  4. SO excited about that sketchbook embroidery pattern! I loved that fabric so much and made it into curtains for my living room that I am STILL getting compliments on!
    Can't wait to see more Field Study.

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  5. OMG this may be my favorite collection yet. I love butterflies, birds and honeybees in decor as reflected in my house! I ordered one of your needlepoint pillows last time and I do not even needlepoint but am learning. Now I will have to order the bird pillow!!

    Elise

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  6. I don't know what I love the most your new fabrics or your tapestries. And above all I adore the whimsical and surprising names you give everything. how do you manage to keep finding such brilliant names?

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  7. wow, it's all so gorgeous. Although I would expect nothing less from you. I really need to see more pictures of the panther. My grandparents had a big black shiny panther with red rhinestone eyes, that I was quite enamored with as a child.

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  8. One of my favorite quotes is from Debbie Allen who said, "Out of limitation comes creativity." Indeed! :)

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  9. I feel as though I've just swallowed a whole bowl of whipped cream. I know I'm greedy, but I want it all.

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  10. Oh, that pillow with the bird design on it - ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Wow, can't wait for the Sketchbook needlepoint AND the embroidery patterns! I'd love to get back to needlepoint, this looks like the perfect way to it.

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  12. I am so in love with this line already. I've loved your fabrics since the moment I laid eyes on them a few years ago, but what really has me captivated right now is your needlepoint collection. I'm working on the bolster, and as soon as I got a glimpse of your two newest tapestries, I knew that my bolster would need a few friends. Next to those beauties, I'm just thrilled to get the chance to make the feather quilt. Its really stunning with its simplicity, and yet it uses so many fabrics. Everything is beautiful! Thank your for sharing your gift with so many of us. :D

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  13. WOW! Love it, can't wait for the new needlepoint.

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  14. I am so excited about the needlepoint, and…well, everything. We are moving into a new house in two weeks & I have a feeling this new line is going to feature prominently in my decorating… xo

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  15. anna, it is all stunning. i am always amazed when you unveil your new work. there is such a sense of story and a wonderful cohesiveness to this line. i really enjoy watching you grow as an artist. xo.

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  16. Eye Candy!!! I keep going back to look at these photos again and again. I love every detail...fabulous displays.

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  17. Annie C2:26 PM

    I want to do the ruffled clutch with the needlepoint -- so, so pretty! Luxe with velveteen!

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  18. I am SO excited for these fabrics and patterns to come out!!!

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  19. I can't wait to get my hands on those needlepoint kits! They're so beautiful!

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  20. Can't wait to get my mitts on this stuff! It looks amazing!!

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  21. Oh, that lovely Feather Quilt certainly made my heart beat a little faster! Beautiful work, weel done, and thankyou for sharing the backstory: I always find a little panic brings out my creative side! x

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  22. Oh, WOW! What beautiful pictures! I could have it all

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  23. The feathers are amazing and I can't wait to try it. So are the fabric - just stunning.

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  24. Such a fun ramble through your booth. Thanks for the up close! I didn't realize when I spotted the Garden Party centerpiece in your booth that it was a needlepoint. Oh. my. goodness. That is one of my favorite creations of yours so maybe I should try that needlepoint after all!

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  25. I love the butterflies behind the chair. Love the colours.
    www.frescocreative.com.au

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  26. Absolutely Stunning....all of it!

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