Meet Gleaned, my newest fabric collection for Robert Kaufman.
This collection is a merry mix of patterns and textures gleaned from nature.
When designing this line, I became very interested in patterns that already exist in nature. I was inspired to learn more about how they work, and then I felt challenged to make each one of them my own. In looking at motifs that have already been around, I loved rethinking of them in a way that felt personal but could also serve many different types of projects well.
Coloring a collection is always a really fun and important part of the fabric-design process. With this collection, there was a richness that was on my mind, but I also wanted some fun pops as well. In the end, there’s a boldness as well as a softness that creates a workable range that can do its own thing OR mix in nicely with my other collections and other stuff. It’s fun to spice things up, don’t you think?
Gleaned is a 24-piece collection, which feels big enough, but also not too big to be overwhelming. It’s super mix and matchable–always my favorite thing to explore when I have new fabric in hand.
In addition to a big mix of colors, there are several designs with special selvage treatments. (I think those are super fun to make and play with!)
In addition to Gleaned, there are also some new coordinates from my architectures collection–both the text print and crosshatch print.
And I’ve also put together a set of Gleaned coordinating solids. This group is a mix of Kona cottons, Essex and Homespun linen/cottons. It’s a textural and colorful delight! (Or, I least I think so…)
Maybe you notice some new Konas in there? Robert Kaufman has a new batch of colors, and I am beyond stoked about many of them. Of course, several of them made it into this bundle.
Here’s a look at 2 of my new patterns (to be released this fall). There are 2 more in the works, but you’ll get to see those later.
First up is a paper-pieced project called, Russell.
Russell is a super-fun project that plays with color, planning and story. Included in the pattern is a coloring page and ideas for how to map your colors and placement. In this version, I’ve used all of the new architextures coordinates plus some of my favorite new konas.
(On a side note, you might recognize this project from my contribution to Glamp Stitchalot last summer. Ever since that adventure, I’ve been wanting to turn the idea into a complete quilt.)
The other project that I’m ready to share is called Wainwright. Wainwright is new to my appliqué line, and this version uses all of the new stuff–gleaned and the architextures coordinates. It works with fat eighths, and is a perfect project for playing with color, composition and fabric. Plus, it’s one where the blocks are sized to be addictive…but more on that later.
That’s a look at 2 of the new patterns. Stay tuned for more to come in the next few months–including a couple more new patterns.
I hope you like the new stuff, and I cannot wait to see what you make!