One of the best parts of my life is meeting interesting artists as I travel around teaching workshops. Last year (or the year before?) I met Kim Andersson, when she took one of my workshops at A Verb for Keeping Warm. This year, at the Makerie, there she was again. We had so much fun sharing meals and catching up, and talking about our shared love of California.
I was so happy for her when she told me she was nearing the finishing point of her first line of fabrics, and eagerly said yes when she asked me to design a project for the look book.
Fast forward to July, when a stack of fabrics came in the mail for me to work with. Her debut collection, Tidal Lace, is beautiful.
It's partly inspired by the beautiful California coast that Kim lives on. My favorite prints are the sea gems and tide pools, both of which are waiting, just waiting, to be embroidered. Those sea gems seem to be loudly asking for wheels of blanket stitch, and the star fish seem obviously in need of french knot embellishments, which is just what I did.