Friday Flashback – Tribal – New Freebie Design

Thank you for joining me on another Friday Flashback.

This week I am bringing you a beautiful collection of African Animals – Tribal.


Tribal began, as many of my collections do, with an amazing set of artwork.  I am often inspired by what I see others do, and I had been admiring some animals from a digitiser I am inspired by, in a wirework style.  When I saw these animals, I thought I could create my own collection of African Animals, with the focus being on simplistic style and an old world look

It was early 2010 when I began this collection, and what I had seen in the marketplace, was that there was a shift in the types of designs people wanted.  Instead of craving heavy, fully stitched designs, the market was looking for lightweight, quick to stitch designs giving texture and dimension, without the heavy stitching.

Design2I attempted to create that style with the Tribal Collection.

Tribal is a collection of 10 different Animals, including Giraffe, Elephant, Emu, and Lizard, in a very “dreamtime” tribal stitch look.

I have never particularly seen myself as an animal person – I told the children we chose to have them instead of pets, not as well as.  However having said that, I cannot stand cruelty to animals or humans, and love the majesty that many of these animals display.  One of our family’s greatest outings was going on a feeding tour of our local zoo, getting to feed and learn more about all of the animals.

Design3When I began working on these designs, I remember feeling inspired by the indigenous art which we are so proud of here in Australia.  Whilst I certainly don’t want to copy that art, or say that mine is in any way equal to that art, I have attempted to give a cave drawing appeal to these designs.

Each design begins with background stitching, using different types of fill stitches, to create the base of the animal.  Once the base is complete, detailing is added in different colours and stitching types to give dimension and style to the design.

Design7When I first created these designs, I made them up into a quilt, and backed it with my portraits of Africa quilt.  I have also had great success using these designs around the bottom of a mans apron, and I have had a customer tell me that made kitchen curtains, and used this collection to stitch on the bottom of the curtains for added detail.


Design6Initially 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 Tribal 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.


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