Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
This week I am bringing you the Deco Candlewicking collection.
Art Deco has always been a huge influence on me. The wonderful Edward (husband) jokes that I would love him more if he was 100 years old. Most of my furniture is from this period, with the jewels in our furniture crown being the sideboard from my grandmother, and a beautiful 1920’s table that we picked up on ebay for $50.
When I saw this artwork up for sale, I immediately jumped on it. As per usual, I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I “needed” it.
It was a good couple of months later that I came up with the idea. We were on holidays up in Queensland, and one of the kid’s wasn’t able to sleep, so I was up in the lounge room of the unit we were staying in, with Emma on my lap, scrolling through the TV channels. As I was scrolling, I found the movie Victor Victoria, and the beautiful sets that were used in the movie had me hooked (this movie has been a favourite since I was about 12, and I still watch it about once a year).
I love the lusciousness of the 1920’s, and this is what I have attempted to re-create. As well as the shapes included in this collection being classic Deco, the dense satin stitches have a lustre, adding depth and richness to the designs, without overpowering. The candlewick elements give texture, and added interest.
As soon as I finished these designs, I wanted to play. Over the years I have used these designs over and over again. I have made many handbags over the years, with the Deco Candlewick designs as the feature. Working with the cream on cream theme, I have created a beautiful table centrepiece.
Probably my favourite piece of all of the creations I have made with these designs would be the quilt top. I had taught a class on these designs, and one participant had suggested that candlewick HAD to be tone on tone, and that tone should be cream. Now I am a contrary person, and naturally this challenged me. I immediately then chose to create a quilt in black with the candlewick designs. To make it more fun, I found the brightest colours that I could find. I love this quilt, and regularly receive compliments on the colours used.
Initially we gave away a Deco Candlewicking Heart HERE as a freebie with the Deco Candlewicking designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Deco Candlewicking design 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.