Q: Tell us about the Wanderer Collection. What was your inspiration?
April: My inspiration for Wanderer was based off my dreams of travel and adventure. We all dream of an escape from time to time. I wanted to compile a collection that felt discovered over time: searched out. I used many images and items from my own little collection and past. All of the photographs in the Wandering Lands prints were taken over the last 8 years while exploring with my family. Serape Dream is based off some of my very favorite possessions, my vintage Turkish Kilim rugs and the Temple print is a collection of my sketches and embroideries. Also, the Crocheting print is based off a crochet blanket my mother gave to me.
Q: What is the best part about being a designer?
April: Definitely being a part of other people's artistic process and seeing them create with my own artwork. That is by far the best part!! Knowing that my fabrics are inspiring others to make things they feel proud of is a huge honor. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what it would be like to have people sew with my fabrics.
|Bucket Basket Tote by Very Shannon|
|Sew Together Bag by Holly Gets Quilty|
April: Oh my. It's hard to choose a favorite! A few come to mind: I made a quilted rug that was a lot of fun. I gave it a fringed edge from yarn and the mix of textures makes me feel so happy! I also made a bag with Sylphs Freedom Flower. It's a single sided border print and I placed the border on the top so that it flaps down. That combined with leather and big gold hardware, makes me feel pretty proud.
But by far, my favorite things is a little Sally Dress I made for my daughter in my Sacred Seeds Brittle print. I designed this specific print just for her, because golden yellow is so perfect with her blonde curls and she is my planter. She loves to sprinkle the zinnia seeds in our garden and I can't wait to fill the pockets of this dress with seed packets and plant with her in the Spring!
April: That's another tough question, but instead of rattling off all of my faves and why I love them, I'll say that Wandering lands is my number one! I came into this industry as a buyer from my mother's shop, Sew To Speak. I still hold that title and I love looking at collections and searching for unique fabrics for out store. That being said, I always try to ask myself, whether designing fabric or sewing patterns, "What haven't I seen yet?." I strive to offer the industry something new and inventive with every collection I design.
|Zippy Top by Delia Creates|
|Knotted Pillow by See Kate Sew|
|Downtown Tunic by Sew Caroline|