If you’ve been involved in sewing or quilting to any degree in the last decade, you’re probably aware of the creative force that is Tula Pink. A fabric designer, quilter, book author and illustrator, Tula’s fabrics – and her designs in general – are playful, magical, often nature-based, intricate and close-to-iconic. She is a definite fan favorite – and it’s easy to see why!
Her latest book, Coloring with Thread, includes 17 intricate designs for hand embroidery, based on her fabric designs. The designs are inspired, impeccably stitched and true (albeit mini) works of art, in and of themselves. However, the beauty of the collection is that it – like Tula’s fabrics and her designs…and kind of everything she does! – invites you to play. Slow down, enjoy the making and/or stitching process, experiment, travel down a creative path and see where it leads without focusing on the finished product.
Each of the designs in this collection includes a menagerie of individual motifs that can be plucked out and played with. I have many favorites in this collection so selecting one was hard. I have finally decided that I am not a florals girl (when it comes to fabrics) but (BUT!!) give me seed pods, nubby bits, twigs, berries and all the fall “leftovers” with dimension and depth and I am one happy camper. For this reason, Topiary soon rose to the top. I love the colorway of this particular sample.
I was particularly drawn to the lotus pod in this design, and decided to use that as a base for a simple applique. I enlarged the design (and enlarged it some more!), then traced the individual elements onto fusible webbing. I ironed the pieces in place on the fabric wrong side, cut out the shapes and fused them in place on a square of linen. And then played! Before I jumped heavily into garment sewing, I used to make lots of little fused mini quilt type pieces…and this process reminded me how much I miss that! What will this become? Pocket for a tote bag or a simple wall hanging? Journal cover, maybe? I’m not sure – and I’m totally okay with that!
Follow along the rest of the blog tour at these stops:
Friday, December 1st — Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design
Monday, December 4th — Sharon Burgess, Lilabelle Lane Creations
Tuesday, December 5th — Cindy Guch, Raspberry Sunshine
Wednesday, December 6th — Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Crafty Planner
Thursday, December 7th — Wynn Tann, zakkaArt
Friday, December 8th — Elise Baek, Elise & Emelie
Monday, December 11th — Ann Blalock, Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets
Tuesday, December 12th — Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, December 13th — Nancy Jewell, Free Spirit Fabrics
Thursday, December 14th —Annette Allison Millard, The Sewful Life
Friday, December 15th — Brenna Riley Gates, The Quilting Company