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Fabric Friday

Wow, how to start this Fabric Friday post, except by saying that I am oozing with excitement and inspiration. I had decided earlier this week to feature the fabrics of Denyse Schmidt. She is a designer that has been creating beautiful quilting fabrics for a while now. I have used a number of fabrics from all of her collections from the beginning of klt:works. She just recently came out with a new collection and it seemed fitting to chat about her. However, before I get to all of that, I need to tell you about about a lovely creative coincidence that changed my slant a bit. 


Yesterday, I got my absolute favorite magazine in the mail called Uppercase. I have mentioned it before in an earlier post (Inspiring Prints: what makes me smile) because I truly love everything about it. The magazine comes in its own cardboard envelope and the anticipation of its arrival starts weeks prior to receiving it- it is that special. So, I frantically opened the enveloped and started flipping through the pages (even the ink smells great). My eyes immediately fell on an article written by Karyn Valino  called, “perfectly pattterned careers: textile design”.  This article focuses on the “small independent creatives” redefining the world of textile design. Denyse Schmidt was  the first interview, then Lara Cameron (from Ink & Spindle), and Michelle Engel Bencsko (Cloud 9 Fabrics) was the last. My socks were knocked off. It was a gorgeous layout and I admire all of the designers and use their fabrics because of what they stand for. Timing is everything (which is Sayer’s phrase of the week) and I hit the inspiration jackpot yesterday.


So, back to the fabric. When I choose fabrics for klt:works, I am very selective. Initially I gravitate towards a textile because of aesthetics, but I research a lot about a designer and their process before I become a loyal fan. Denyse Schmidt caught my interest because of her lovely quilting but it was that she was bringing something fresh and new to the fabric scene that I really appreciated. I find that my style is very modern, but I love nostalgia. I think that is why I respond so strongly to her designs. I also enjoyed reading about her background and that she came from a family of makers. Chris went to Rhode Island School of Design (and went back and taught there a bit after grad school). Both of his parents also went to RISD. So he comes from a family of makers too.  I actually found Denyse’s work through an RISD alumni page. Needless to say, I have been loyal to her designs ever since. I used fabrics from her Flea Market Fancy collection, for some of my first Flights of Fancy Mobiles in 2006. When that was all gone and sold out everywhere, I moved on to her Katie JumpRope fabrics. Now I am excited to play around with her new Hope Valley collection. Here is a little peek into my Denyse Schmidt fabric stash (what is left anyway). Pictured: Hope Valley, Katie Jump Rope, Flea Market Fancy (left to right)


I wrote a bit about Ink & Spindle in my first Fabric Friday post because I love that they screen print their fabrics themselves. They are very aware of what being eco-friendly means and they use environmentally conscious inks, fabrics, and  practices in their Australian studio. So, I was not only impressed by their designs, but their philosophy as well.  I became familiar with Cloud9 Fabrics because they use eco-responsible inks and dyes too. Being that I make things for children, I am particularly looking for organic and eco conscious fabric options. You can read about these designers in the 5th Uppercase Magazine. Pictured: My stash: Cloud9 and Ink & Spindle (left to right)
Oh, inspiration is so sweet. After I finish reading the rest of my Uppercase Magazine, I am hoping to dive into my fabric stash. Happy Fabric Friday!

13 Comments

  1. Chantale
    10 April 2010

    I love your fabric choices! I must admit, I haven't always been conscious about choosing eco-friendly clothing/fabrics. I've gone that route because of necessity: my daughter has eczema and if I'm not careful, the fabrics of her clothing flares up some pretty awful and painful scratching. I didn't realize there were alot of choices out there made of cotton + style! Thanks for opening up my eyes to that! Nice to see the basis of your beautiful products!

  2. Chantale
    10 April 2010

    I love your fabric choices! I must admit, I haven't always been conscious about choosing eco-friendly clothing/fabrics. I've gone that route because of necessity: my daughter has eczema and if I'm not careful, the fabrics of her clothing flares up some pretty awful and painful scratching. I didn't realize there were alot of choices out there made of cotton + style! Thanks for opening up my eyes to that! Nice to see the basis of your beautiful products!

  3. Chantale
    10 April 2010

    I love your fabric choices! I must admit, I haven't always been conscious about choosing eco-friendly clothing/fabrics. I've gone that route because of necessity: my daughter has eczema and if I'm not careful, the fabrics of her clothing flares up some pretty awful and painful scratching. I didn't realize there were alot of choices out there made of cotton + style! Thanks for opening up my eyes to that! Nice to see the basis of your beautiful products!

  4. KLT
    10 April 2010

    Thanks! Sayer had eczema when he was a baby (it is better now) so that is when I became extra aware of fabrics too. It is great that there are so many more choices. I also like that a lot of them are made from small businesses & mom/artists. I appreciate that you read the post! πŸ™‚

  5. KLT
    10 April 2010

    Thanks! Sayer had eczema when he was a baby (it is better now) so that is when I became extra aware of fabrics too. It is great that there are so many more choices. I also like that a lot of them are made from small businesses & mom/artists. I appreciate that you read the post! πŸ™‚

  6. KLT
    10 April 2010

    Thanks! Sayer had eczema when he was a baby (it is better now) so that is when I became extra aware of fabrics too. It is great that there are so many more choices. I also like that a lot of them are made from small businesses & mom/artists. I appreciate that you read the post! πŸ™‚

  7. Dottie
    15 April 2010

    Fashion Fridays! What a terrific idea! I am completely head over heels for Denyse's stuff. And thank you for hipping me to Uppercase magazine–I'm going to buy an issue on my lunch break right now.

  8. Dottie
    15 April 2010

    Fashion Fridays! What a terrific idea! I am completely head over heels for Denyse's stuff. And thank you for hipping me to Uppercase magazine–I'm going to buy an issue on my lunch break right now.

  9. Dottie
    15 April 2010

    Fashion Fridays! What a terrific idea! I am completely head over heels for Denyse's stuff. And thank you for hipping me to Uppercase magazine–I'm going to buy an issue on my lunch break right now.

  10. elSage
    18 April 2010

    Awesome post. Love the flower stand photo!

  11. elSage
    18 April 2010

    Awesome post. Love the flower stand photo!

  12. Anonymous
    4 May 2010

    Hi, I'm wondering if you're aware of http://www.Spoonflower.com It's a site I joined to digitally print my own designs. They're based in North Carolina, USA and have some organic fabrics available. There are quite a few designers there that create fabulous prints. Very worth looking at.
    Best, dentednj or Denise Tedeschi

  13. Anonymous
    4 May 2010

    Hi, I'm wondering if you're aware of http://www.Spoonflower.com It's a site I joined to digitally print my own designs. They're based in North Carolina, USA and have some organic fabrics available. There are quite a few designers there that create fabulous prints. Very worth looking at.
    Best, dentednj or Denise Tedeschi

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