Maybe you noticed my latest video announcing my Languid fabric collection for Robert Kaufman. (If you haven’t, you can see the video here.) I thought I’d share a few highlights in a post as well.
As I mention in the video, some really basic, everyday things have inspired this collection. But basic never means simple or boring to me. Sometimes the things we are most familiar with can be exciting to explore.
I love going on walks around my house, and in seeing some of the same things everyday you start to think about them in new ways, especially if they change and transform throughout the year. In this new collection, I drew a lot of inspiration from the clay roads and groves I see super often.
It’s a mix of earthy and man-made shapes that together are loads of fun to work with.
This is an exciting collection for me, because we’re using a new fabrication technique. If you are familiar with Kona Sheen, this is a similar process, and the shine-factor is incorporated in two different ways.
Some of the designs feature a screen-printed motif on the fabric under an allover-shine on top.
Other designs in the collection are made up of motifs created by the metallic sheen itself. I love the variety in the applications and how they create such rich interest in the group. Plus, there’s something really fun to me about fairly simple and grounded sources of inspiration re-interpreted in a fancy light.
I see this collection as one that will mix and match easily with many things. I love throwing a little bit of shine into a project alongside other non-shiny pieces. Use Languid alongside my print collections as well as with other solids and textured fabrics like Essex linen.
The color palette for this group is both grounded and earthy but also with some exuberant pops. I recognize that there is a balance needed when working with shine, and so it was important to me to create a mix that was both embracing of the technique but not too heavy handed with it either. Color is such a great way to balance these things.
Of course with new fabric comes new projects. I’ll share bits of the projects here now, but I’ll wait to share all of details until these are released in the coming couple of months. I do have a couple of new projects that use my Long Leaf acrylic templates, new appliqué and a revisited favorite (Mini Eads).
There are 18 pieces in this collection. Quilt shops are able to place their orders now (you can ask your local shop about it), and the collection starts shipping July 2022. I know that July seems like a long way off, and it both is and isn’t. Either way, that gives you some time to start thinking about what you want to make!
Other Kona Sheen Projects
To check out some other projects that made me fall in love with the shine, here you go.
// Ray grey