Kim Andersson’s Folkloric Stitches…
Wanderlust. What a wonderful theme!
One pattern. Oh the pressure!
While varying ideas popped up in my mind with this theme challenge, I decided to go with one close to my heart and very much on my mind recently. At Andersson HQ we are planning a trip to Europe during the Summer break. Europe! I haven’t been to Europe for 20 years so it will be great to explore it again.
Wanderlust to me is exploring new places and experiences. Half the fun is in the planning, mapping and research. In this way it’s very much like exploring a new design.
Thinking about exploring Europe I couldn’t help but envisage folk pattern. I love Folk pattern, it’s whimsy and naiveté are so uplifting. It’s good to see Folk pattern and design coming back into popularity. Doing a search on Pinterest makes for some wonderful sights! (Explore here).
Some other exploration I’ve done recently happened while taking a class in embroidery, taught by the wonderful Rebecca Ringquist. I had a ball trying out many different embroidery stitches: French Knots, Cross Stitch, Running Stitch….
Blending these two ideas led to the fruition of my Challenge One design, Folkloric Stitches. Combining folksy flowers with some feathery leaves, some buds and birds you have my take on folkology. Stitch Style!
I chose a palette that is light and fresh, one that makes me smile. Because of the small scale of the stitches I made my motifs larger in size, that way you get to enjoy all the stitchy goodness.
While going through this design process, I remembered a comment that talented quilt designer, Sandy Klop made recently, she mentioned that when she is putting together a collection. She will cut up her designs into different arrangements, to see how they sit with each other. Brilliant!
I know this is just one design and three solids, but I couldn’t resist seeing what would happen when they are cut-up into hexys and rearranged.
I love it! I hope you do too.
If you’ll excuse me I have some hexys to sew : )