Hello, and welcome back to another Friday flashback. This week we are looking at one of the most controversial collections I have created – Enso Circles.
Now I have to begin by saying how much I love these designs. I had a great time creating them, I love how it feels when my fingers run over the designs, and I can feel all of the different bumps and grooves – however never have I had such a strong reaction to a collection.
I created enso circles after I had seen a graphic illusion quilt at the Houston Quilt Festival in 2009. I was inspired by the black and white colours used – I brought home a selection of black and white fabrics myself, and began looking for the perfect artwork.
I found a set of artwork that would work perfectly, on a site that focused on designs in the japanese style, dedicated to the art of black and white illusion.
I love the interplay between red, black, and white, and knew that I wanted to create the collection in red. The creation of the collection came together really easily – it only took me a day or two to create all 16 of the Enso Circle designs. Each of the Enso Circles measures 10cm, or 4” square.
After working on the designs for a few days – I was still so chuffed and in love with them, that I began stitching them out, and I could not believe how easy they were to stitch (single colour). Because of the satin stitch, the ripples in the design give a really tactile feel, making them so much fun to run your fingers over.
At around the time I was stitching things out, I took some of the samples to a class that I was teaching, and the response was startling. The first words out of one of the students mouths was “that’s horrible”. I was shocked.
Over the years I have come to realise how much I love the honest response that these designs provoke. In most cases, people will tactfully tell you that the designs are not “their style”. However with the Enso Circles, perhaps because of their starkness, people feel totally happy telling me how much they dislike these designs.
Personally I still love them. I have used them on the bottom of wide legged pants, on towels, and as their original wall hanging.
Initially when I created this collection, we gave away the first design in this collection 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 Enso Circles design as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
We are also offering for the next two weeks a special on the Enso Circles Designs – use the code ENSOFLASH for a 40% off special.
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.