As a creative, I’m always itching to try new things. As a business owner, I need to reign in that part of myself, as it’s not realistic to design, develop, manufacture, photograph, market, and launch all of the ideas you have. I’ve always been interested in wovens but never studied them in college or made them myself, other than simple structures on a handloom (a project in my book). My Mom had a loom for a long time and wove scarves, dishtowels, and placemats. Texture, and the fibers and weave structures that create it, provide a whole new toolbox to play with. All of this is to say that I am very excited to introduce new techniques to our line this year. It’s been a long time coming.
Pattern isn’t just about the surface, but can be developed through the structure.
To move beyond print, we partnered with a local mill in Pennsylvania and produced jacquard woven designs. Fresh colors in cottons and linens weave together to create these designs. For our first collection, I wanted to create a few basics that could provide a great layer when mixed with print.
This process began by going to the mill to see their facility, talk with their team, and understand their capabilities. We talked design, reviewed quality samples, toured the mill, and the beginnings of a collection started to come together.
The first step was approving the artwork in a woven quality sample. There’s a bit of magic that happens in this process as the yarns and weaving structures give new life to the original concept. Once that sample is approved we moved on to color. I pitched colors for several different options and then we discussed what was achievable and where we could use stock yarns versus custom. For our ombré stripe I received small samples just for color to make sure we were hitting the right hues.
Then it’s on to the color blanket, which is essentially yardage broken down into rectangles with varying options on the warp and weft. The warp threads run vertically in the fabric, running the entire length, where as the weft threads run horizontally and are inserted over-and-under the warp. Some of the color options are very similar and it’s about finding the perfect one. Then there are also the unexpected moments where yarns from one color option intersect with those from another option creating something you hadn’t imagined. One of my favorite combinations was a result of this with the Gridded Ikat in Blue Pink.
Editing the assortment may have been the hardest part as there were so many good color options. Our final assortment was designed to be mixed, layered, and lived with. Our Ombré Stripe has a subtle color shift that makes a traditional stripe feel fresh. Our Textured Geo has a three-dimensional quality when viewed up close, but reads as a cozy surface from a distance. Our Gridded Ikat references abstract pencil drawings, and it’s woven with hand dyed yarns that give it a painterly feel. See more of the collection below, and then head over to the shop for more details.