While working as a blanket designer for Pendleton, I had the privilege of traveling to Santa Fe New Mexico for the first time with the design team. As anyone who has visited the region themselves can tell you, pictures hardly do justice to the incredibly beautiful colors, textures, and natural geography of the desert. Ever since that first trip to the Southwest I have been inspired to create this collection.
Color-wise, I was captured by the contrast between the chalky, reddish-browns of the rock formations and the clear, teal blues of sky and water. But throwing this infamous color combo together again and again just felt boring. Pretty… but boring. Lingering a little while longer over the images I really loved of the Southwest landscape, I realized that it was the pale, custard-like yellow that piqued my interest! As soon as I added the butter yellow to the palette I knew I was on the right track. Sometimes it pays to just sit there and stare at something long enough.
Just to give you an idea about how much this collection evolved from its original designs, here are a few of my original watercolor paintings and sketches at the start of this collection:
And here are some of my favorite projects that were sewn with Sedona Sunrise:
I cannot wait to see what you make with this fabric collection. Please share your works in progress with us by tagging us in your pictures on Facebook and/or Instagram, using hashtags #sedonasunrise and #connectingthreads. I love to see what becomes of the fabric I design–best part of the job!
Happy Sewing! -Winthur