Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
This week we are looking back at the Coffee, Tea, Me? Collection.
The Coffee, Tea, Me? design collection is made up of 19 different coffee and tea designs.
This was the first collection that I had created in a more whimsical style, and to this day is one that I use in my kitchen.
Naming my designs has always been one of the fun parts of the process for me, and as soon as I saw these designs of gorgeous teapots, all I could think of was the line from Working Girl, spoken by Joan Cusack when she offers Harrison Ford a drink “can I get you anything?, coffee, tea, me?”
So this collection began with my seeing a gorgeous set of artwork online. After purchasing the artwork, I was trying to decide what to create with them, and I came across an article in another stitching magazine, using a set of picnic ant designs. These designs were gorgeous, and were not very large. For the first time I decided to create a set of designs that didn’t take up the entire hoop, but could be created quickly and easily, and would have a really fun style.
Each of these designs are fully stitched, and a lot of the design incorporated in each of the designs come from the stitch angles and colour weaving of the designs.
Once the designs were created, I got to work on lots of different little projects that the designs could be used with. The one that is still running in my kitchen 11 years on is the hand towel topper. This topper is created in the hoop, but is strong enough that my towels are still working after all this time. I have also created oven mitts, a clock, and for the first time I played with a new product called chalk cloth fabric, and made a fabric chalkboard for the kitchen.
One of the really great things with this collection of designs is just how easy it is to join them together to create a story. Use your editing software to join a couple of teapots, coffeepots and cups together in a pleasing pattern and from there you can customise your colours to create a style that suits your own specific needs.
Initially we gave a fantastic teapot from the Coffee, Tea, Me? Collection as the free design (still available HERE). As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are offering a second design, a lovely hot cup of tea design (chosen by darling husband Edward as he is a tea freak) as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.