Hello, and welcome back to another Friday flashback. This week we are looking the first collection I created of realistic looking animals – Out of Africa.
Out of Africa was created back in 2010. I had recently returned from my first trip to the Houston Quilt Festival and Market, and I came home so inspired. I had purchased fabrics whilst I was in America, and I knew that I wanted to do something “animal like”.
I began scouring the internet to see what was out there, and I immediately fell in love with a beautiful set of artwork by one of my favourite artists. This artwork came in two series – one showing the beautiful faces of these majestic animals, and the other showing the animals in full body. I loved that the artwork was in the Sketch Stitch style that I love working with so much, and I immediately began work.
I can remember that at the same time I was creating these designs, I was also sending Cameron off to his first day of school. (I can still remember wondering why some of the mothers were crying – I can understand crying when you collect them, but upon dropping them off???). Edward was over in India working for a few weeks, and I had his parents down with me so that I could concentrate on the first day of school, and they could take care of the girls.
The Out of Africa collection contains 21 different African Animal designs. I can remember being intimidated when I began this collection, as I had never attempted a realistic animal collection before. When I look back on them I have to smile, because I am proud of the way they turned out. I love that each design has a limited colour pallete, containing on aver 4 or 5 colours each. I also like the way that I layered the designs so that there truly are minimal jump stitches.
I can remember the girls (who would have then been about 4) walking around that summer/autumn in jeans and a t-shirt with an African Animal on them each (unfortunately I cannot find pictures of them in these).
I also created a quilt using the designs – which also used the fabric that I had purchased over in America.
I think one of the great things about this collection is the unisex appeal of it. It can so easily be used for embroidery for men or women, and works across all age groups as well.
When it came to naming the collection – I had to go back to my movie roots. I am a huge movie fan and book worm, and Out of Africa is such a lovely movie, that I had to use it.
Initially when I created this collection, we gave away the beautiful elephant face, as a freebie. You can access this design HERE. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Out of Africa design as a free download. We have decided to give the beautiful Rhino face. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
We are also offering for the next two weeks the Out of Africa collection at a 30% discount – simply use the code FRIFLASH.
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.