Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Intrigued by large scale fabric prints? A class is brewing.

Do you like large scale fabric prints? Those bigger-than-life compositions... lush with bold, exuberant color? In whose shapes and subject matter you see the brushstrokes and marks made by the hands of the artisan?
Artisan cotton fabrics from Frond Design Studio.
While at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis this past May, a quilting friend and I accepted an invitation from Stephanie Brandenburg to an Open House event at her DelveMIY storefront and showroom for Frond Design Studios' fabrics. Frond Design takes original, hand-painted art and re-creates it in fabric. Their mission is "to create hand designed art in fabric." 
Open house at Frond/DelveMIY near St. Louis, MO.
The "showroom" is much like a quilt shop—only with fabric from one company: Frond. And, oh what a fabulous space it is! 

Walk in... 
     and then catch your breath. 
Colorful quilts on the walls at the Frond Design showroom.
Anywhere the eye rested it found shelves, tables, and walls with bolts of fabric, fabric bundles, pattern inspiration... and glorious projects made with Frond fabrics. (Yes, I now carry Frond Design fabric lines as a fabric rep. Please ask for Frond at your local quilt shop.) 
Pillows made with Frond's blender lines rest atop of a quilt
made with large flowers from the Flower Power collection.
There were quilts and home furnishings...
Frond Design showroom: bots, kits and project ideas.
... garments and accessories. And Frond also supports the global community with its Do Good program, which you can read about here.
The mannequin displays a wrap and dress made with artisan cotton fabrics.
Bolts of fabrics line the shelves and fabric bundles are tied up with satin ribbons.
At the open house, there were a bunch of cool, quilty people hanging out, too. Fiber artist, teacher and lecturer, Catherine Redford was in attendance. Here is Catherine (below, right) chatting with my friend, Sue. Check out the color wall of blenders behind them!
Catherine Redford (right) and friend, Sue, at Frond Designs open house.
I also met Susan Stearns, the owner of Rain Baby Gear. She is a fabric representative for Frond Design in the northwest. It was a great evening.

A New Class
I couldn't walk away from this event without being inspired by what these fabrics have to offer quilters and sewists. A bag of select Frond fabric pieces came home with me and I'll soon be offering a class for using these wonderful large scale artisan fabrics. Watch this blog for an announcement on the date and time.
New Art Weave class! Create fabric art with large scale fabric prints.
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