For the Love of Pattern

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What's New in the Studio: Savannah Ironwork Collection

Studio UpdatesAbby Leigh EckerComment

Today I wanted to give you an update on my Savannah Ironwork Collection. Lately, I have been busy in the studio screen printing, sewing and building inventory. I've finished printing a large collection of tea towels and a first run of handmade pillows. I'm very happy with the results and have been getting great feedback so far. The tea towels are perfect for a guest bathroom and useful in the kitchen. I've been using a set of towels that I made for myself drying dishes in the kitchen and they have held up well so don't be afraid to use them. As my grandmother would say, things are made to be loved and used not to be folded and stored away. 

Hand Screen Printed Savannah Ironwork Series Tea Towels by For the Love of Pattern

Hand Screen Printed Savannah Ironwork Series Tea Towels by For the Love of Pattern

The pillows that I've made are 16" by 16" and the pillow forms are included if you purchase one. The pillow cover has a natural invisible zipper in the bottom seam so it can easily be removed and washed. I screen printed my colorful designs on white cotton for the front of the pillow and chose a coordinating solid color for the back of the pillow. The pillows can be reversible whenever you feel like a little change of decor and would enjoy a solid color. I always like to have the option to turn my decorative pillows around so if someone chooses to use it then the decorative side stays clean. 

Below are close up images of the pillows that show how the designs look with the colors that I chose for the back of the pillows. I've paired my screen printed designs with bold Robert Kaufman linen cotton blends. I love choosing color coordinates so this project has been fun and relaxing to work on. This was one of those times where my vision turned out exactly as planned which is always an extremely rewarding process.

All of these items are available in my etsy store. Enjoy!

Using Every Last Scrap

Studio ProjectsAbby Leigh EckerComment

I always find that I have this reoccurring problem. I save every last scrap of fabric and I rarely use them. I just seem to be holding on to these scraps thinking one day I'll find a use for them. I decided to take some time out of my day to finally make something with these scraps that I've been saving. Today I want to share the fun project that I've started to use up all of my fabric scraps. I'm making handmade cards. 

The finished product

The finished product

I collected the following supplies from my studio: fabric scraps, card stock paper, envelopes, and thread. I like to use my sewing machine for projects like this because it's quicker but hand sewing works just as well. 

It's a good idea to first determine the envelope size that you want to use so you can cut the card stock paper to size. Paper Source is a great resources for envelopes and they have lots of beautiful colors to choose from. I decided to purchase A2 envelopes so that I could simply cut a piece of card stock paper in half to make two cards and baby envelopes because I love miniature cards.

Once I chose my envelopes, I determined how to cut my paper and cut several cards to size with a paper trimmer. I cut the paper cards slightly smaller than the envelopes so that they are able to fit inside the envelopes without tearing them. I scored and folded the cards in half with a bone folder. At this point everything is prepared for card making and I was ready to move to the next step. To go along with my theme and business name, For the Love of Pattern, I decided to start with cutting heart shapes to decorate my cards. I made paper heart stencils and started cutting hearts out of all my different fabric scraps. 

After I had a stack of fabric hearts cut, I matched them with the different papers that I had prepared. Then I placed the heart where I wanted it to stay on the front of the card and sewed it around the edge. I did not use a pin, as this will put a permanent mark on the paper. I found that the fabric stays in place just fine so there was no need for a pin, but you could use archival double sided tape to keep the fabric in place if necessary. 

the process of making homemade cards

the process of making homemade cards

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project. It's a fun way to use up those fabric scraps you've been saving and a way to be as creative as you'd like to be with matching different paper colors, envelope colors/styles and fabric shapes to decorate the cards.

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."