From a 1960’s silk swatch a needlepoint grows

The original silk swatches with my needlepoint in pink and green 

Collins Street

The latest studio stitches design has a particularly interesting story which started in the 196o’s.

Uncle Dean

My friend D had an uncle who was a wholesaler of high quality silks in the 1960’s.
He sourced fabrics from all over Europe and his clients included Georges of Melbourne and David Jones in the days when department stores had haberdashery.
When uncle Dean died he left behind all his sample books and my friend had the job of sorting through boxes of these fabric swatches. There were hundreds of them, too beautiful to throw away but hard to know what to do with as they were only small samples swatches.

A viewing

Friends were invited to see these vintage gems and take away whatever we wanted.

On arrival the fabrics were neatly piled high on the dinning room table and in boxes all around the walls. There were swatches in every colour imaginable. For a fabric junkie it was heaven!
By the time we all left, the table was a lot less tidy and many of the boxes were empty!
I clutched my prized stash knowing I would certainly find new ideas and colour combinations for needlepoint projects, and I have!

The first of many

This large cushion is the first of my designs inspired by Dean’s silk stash. I have called it Collins Street, as my tribute to Melbourne, his home town and always home of Australian style and innovation.
Collins Street features just four colours, blue, white, the feature colour with a tonel highlight.
Here are the colour schemes I’ve painted so far: Teal, Ochre, Pistachio and Gold.

Why this design?

  • it appeals to men and women
  • the bold shapes and clear colours make it an excellent design to take on your travels
  • the variation in shape, line and pattern means it’s fun to stitch
  • like so many mid-century designs it will fit effortlessly into a wide range of interiors.

A design for everyone

Lots of men enjoy needlepoint. I often get asked for designs which will suit men and women. This is certainly one for the boys too.

I hope the Collins cushion inspires you to take a trip back to the 60’s and stitch this thoroughly modern design for you or someone special.
Enjoy your stitching!

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