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{Hand-Printed Textiles} Getting Resourceful


When we were first told to “Stay Home and Stay Safe” due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I spent a lot of time organizing & cleaning out my studio spaces. As I was digging through stacks of fabric that I printed years ago, I was continuously asked if I was going to make masks. So, I thought utilizing all of my new found stacks of printed fabric might be a good idea. I started making masks with a tutorial that my doctor’s office recommended- one that has a pocket for a filter and has adjustable elastic that go over the ears. I made 25 and gave them away to local nurses, front line workers, and vulnerable folks in the valley. I saw it as a way of giving a hug or a little extra kindness. However, the demand was so big that I found myself making more and having to get creative when sourcing elastic. It slowly became all I was doing.

Chris and I came up with a system- he cuts, & I sew. I offer up curbside pick-up and found that it was my favorite part of the process. I get a little hop in my step when I know people are going to come pick up their masks. I love all of the conversations that I’ve had with people and it fills me up that my masks are making people smile & feel a little safer. The social worker, bleeding heart part of me eats this project up. It’s nice to feel like I’m helping just a little bit- it’s been giving me a new purpose.

However, I ran out of fabric.

I decided to start printing fabric for more masks, which means I’ve committed to doing this as long as there is a demand. As I print, I’m coming up with more projects and ideas – ebbing and flowing in that creative bubble. I’m so grateful to be able to do this – it’s filling me up at a time that is a bit deflating. I printed a little variety of fabric on one yard, randomly. It was just a way to save time, but I liked how it looked before I cut it up. It made my wheels turn…

I decided to list a these in my shop for those of you that aren’t local – I’m having a difficult time organizing all of the requests from my various social media outlets & texts so maybe this will help. If you have questions, could you email me (kltworks@icloud.com) rather than message me on IG or FB?I’m afraid I’m losing track- which stresses me out. I’m also putting a limit of two masks at a time so that I can get to more people.

*I have to update this post.

I had an accident – it was a dumb mistake- I was rushing. If you are a chef, maker, seamstress, or just a go getter, you may have done this too. I cut off the tip of my finger with a rotary cutter. While I don’t care that I won’t ever be asked to be a hand model in my lifetime, I do care that it will slow me down for a little bit. It’s affecting my ability to print fabric & sew quickly. I’m doing the best I can and appreciate your interest. I does make me happy to offer these to you but I can’t accommodate special orders right now.

I hope all of you are doing well and finding new creative projects to keep you happy. Be safe out there… (& beware of the rotary cutter).

{Textile Tuesday} Anticipating Spring

Back when I was in college, I took my first serigraphy class (screen printing). I was completely hooked & took three more serigraphy classes before I graduated. I really love all printmaking, but there is something about the aesthetic of screen printing that I gravitate towards. Two summers ago, Chris helped me set up a little screen printing studio and I’ve been honing my craft ever since. I’ve been getting more proficient at printing textiles and last spring printed my first collection of scarves at the nudging of the ladies of a great design shop in Bellingham called Ideal. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying making a new line of scarves for this spring/summer that are heavily influenced by my surroundings. 

We live among the beautiful tulip fields in the Skagit Valley and I wanted to create a mid century inspired tulip textile. I was playing with fuchsia and yellow in the anticipation of warmer weather and the fields of color that on the way. 

After printing this weekend, my guys indulged me in heading out to take some photos of my scarves among some of the landscape that currently inspires me. The river is a bit high right now due to all of the rain and I love the reflections and bare trees on the river’s edge. 
I’m pretty lucky that my family indulges my creative whims. I think deep down they enjoy the adventures that we find ourselves on in the pursuit of a that perfect photo that I’m always seeking. 


This is one of the things I’ve been up to lately. How about you? What is keeping you creatively interested?

{Fabric Friday} Earth Day Favorite…

 
Happy Earth Day! On this Fabric Friday, it seemed perfect to feature one of my favorite eco- conscious fabric designers/makers, Umbrella Prints. I discovered this lovely fabric last year & it continues to be on my top 5 list. Amy & Carly’s gorgeous fabric is printed by hand  on hemp & organic cottons, with water based, solvent free inks.

The palette & imagery used, is beautiful & truly able to inspire any sort of project. There is also exciting news for you quilters out there. Umbrella Prints has some new quilting weight fabric called “Oasis” that will be out in May! You can pre-order it on the Umbrella Prints Etsy site now.

Pop by Amy Prior’s blog for more inspiration & beautiful photos here. It’s one of my favorites. All photos used for this post are from her blog & etsy shop. Happy Fabric Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful Easter Weekend! 

{Fabric Friday} Earth Day Favorite…

 
Happy Earth Day! On this Fabric Friday, it seemed perfect to feature one of my favorite eco- conscious fabric designers/makers, Umbrella Prints. I discovered this lovely fabric last year & it continues to be on my top 5 list. Amy & Carly’s gorgeous fabric is printed by hand  on hemp & organic cottons, with water based, solvent free inks.

The palette & imagery used, is beautiful & truly able to inspire any sort of project. There is also exciting news for you quilters out there. Umbrella Prints has some new quilting weight fabric called “Oasis” that will be out in May! You can pre-order it on the Umbrella Prints Etsy site now.

Pop by Amy Prior’s blog for more inspiration & beautiful photos here. It’s one of my favorites. All photos used for this post are from her blog & etsy shop. Happy Fabric Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful Easter Weekend! 

{Fabric Friday} butterflies by hand…

{Abigail Brown Butterflies}

{Maja Backstrom – Butterfly Fabric}

{Greenolive Textiles– Flutterby Fabric & Modgreen Pod Fabric}
Ever since Sayer announced that he loved “butterflies & firetrucks”, I’ve been on the lookout for unique butterfly fabrics. I’m particularly drawn to fabrics that are made by hand & found these lovely examples while cruising through Etsy. On my search, I also ran across some beautiful fabric butterflies by Abigail Brown. Butterflies have a way of calming me down & making me feel rather hopeful, how about you? Thought it was a nice way to end the week- Happy  Fabric Friday

*Be sure to stop by next Friday for the 5 bundles Creative Competition – submitted photos. 
Have a great weekend!

{Fabric Friday} butterflies by hand…

{Abigail Brown Butterflies}

{Maja Backstrom – Butterfly Fabric}

{Greenolive Textiles– Flutterby Fabric & Modgreen Pod Fabric}
Ever since Sayer announced that he loved “butterflies & firetrucks”, I’ve been on the lookout for unique butterfly fabrics. I’m particularly drawn to fabrics that are made by hand & found these lovely examples while cruising through Etsy. On my search, I also ran across some beautiful fabric butterflies by Abigail Brown. Butterflies have a way of calming me down & making me feel rather hopeful, how about you? Thought it was a nice way to end the week- Happy  Fabric Friday

*Be sure to stop by next Friday for the 5 bundles Creative Competition – submitted photos. 
Have a great weekend!

{Fabric Friday} vibrant color & simple designs…

I just recently discovered the textile designs of Hitomi Kimura aka, Kalla Designs via her Etsy Shop. I was immediately was drawn in by her gorgeous color & bold, clean, timeless designs. Cruising through her shop made me smile and start dreaming up what I would make with her lovely hand printed textiles. Hitomi is a designer & screen printer who works out of her home studio in Ibaraki, Japan. Upon further snooping, I also found she had a website, blog, & Kalla Design FB page. Happy Fabric Friday everyone! 

{Fabric Friday} vibrant color & simple designs…

I just recently discovered the textile designs of Hitomi Kimura aka, Kalla Designs via her Etsy Shop. I was immediately was drawn in by her gorgeous color & bold, clean, timeless designs. Cruising through her shop made me smile and start dreaming up what I would make with her lovely hand printed textiles. Hitomi is a designer & screen printer who works out of her home studio in Ibaraki, Japan. Upon further snooping, I also found she had a website, blog, & Kalla Design FB page. Happy Fabric Friday everyone! 

{Fabric Friday} vibrant color & simple designs…

I just recently discovered the textile designs of Hitomi Kimura aka, Kalla Designs via her Etsy Shop. I was immediately was drawn in by her gorgeous color & bold, clean, timeless designs. Cruising through her shop made me smile and start dreaming up what I would make with her lovely hand printed textiles. Hitomi is a designer & screen printer who works out of her home studio in Ibaraki, Japan. Upon further snooping, I also found she had a website, blog, & Kalla Design FB page. Happy Fabric Friday everyone! 

{Fabric Friday} p’s & q’s…

My appreciation for typography and textiles often morph together. Helen Rawlinson is my all time favorite textile designer that combines these two loves of mine. Sayer has a wonderful drum shade in his room with her ABC design and it’s one of my favorite fabrics to use in the klt:studio. But it’s always fun to discover additional designers who appreciate typography and  I just found the screen printed textiles of  Melbourne’s Spin Spin. Wow, they are gorgeous as well. 

The Spin Spin Etsy shop has more than fabric- you can find kid’s clothing, pillows, & stationary too. My eyes immediately fell on the stunning tea towels though. I love the retro, clean patterns, and beautiful, rich colors. When it comes to textile shopping you really can’t go wrong visiting either shop for handmade lovelies!  Both designers really know their design p’s & q’s! Happy Fabric Friday