I am the type of person who, no matter the time of year, will belt out Christmas songs when I hear them. There is something about the holidays that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Maybe it’s the (entire) trays of chocolate chip cookies I shamelessly consume or the hot chocolate I love to make from scratch, but nothing beats Christmas (why else would it be called the “most wonderful time of the year”?) So when I saw Connecting Threads’ new collection, Christmas Glitz, I was brought back to the times spent wrapping presents for my loved ones and the priceless looks on their faces when opening them. The mixture of mistletoe, bows, polka dots, and flakes with subtle metallic gold accents is a perfect depiction of the aesthetic Christmastime brings, making it a new favorite for many. I was able to sit down with the creator of this beautiful collection, Winthur Sempliner, to discuss her inspiration behind it, her preferred prints, and more.
The collection is very, in my mind, quintessential to Christmas. What was your inspiration for it?
“I had a stack of vintage postcards in my drawer, from the 1920’s-1940’s. They are heavily embossed and printed with metallic accents. A lot of the postcards don’t have stamps on them, and just say things on the back like- “To Mabel, from Gladys.” Hand delivered Christmas greetings between neighbors and friends. I just loved the idea! I envisioned fancy holiday parties with living rooms decked out with lights and decorations. Best linens and tableware out. Parents dressed up and mingling, while the kids watched from the stairs. Old fashioned glamour! Both of my Grandmothers were very glamorous and loved to throw parties, I think they would have approved.”
How would you say it is different from other holiday collections you’ve seen prior to this one?
“I think that the addition of black as a major color adds a bit of glam to the collection, you don’t see black as a color in many Christmas fabrics. But I think it will fit in with many home decors!”
I love the polka dot and bow prints, do you have a favorite?
“I do love the bows, too- It’s hard for me to choose, they are like my babies! I think I love Mistletoe with Verdigris in the background the most, though. It’s striking. That greenish, robin’s egg blue color (that we call Verdigris) is a fave color of mine. Twinkles is a really sweet, simple pattern, too.”
What made you want to add metallic elements to the prints?
“It was the fancy postcards! Like I said they were printed with metallic ink and so pretty. Also, my home is pretty simply decorated, but I love silver and gold and shiny things at Christmastime.”
Before you finalized the prints for this collection, did you have to narrow them down? Which prints didn’t make the cut?
“There were definitely changes, but everything made the cut! The biggest change is that Holiday Greetings was a lot busier and scenic- but it was just too much. The repeat was huge. It’s much more usable for quilting purposes like this.”