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COLOR PALETTE 2021 INSPIRATION: EARTH AND SKY

Clockwise from top left: “Magpie” from the In Flight series, 2020 by Mark Harvey; Swatch of the Month 2021 Subscription from The School of Making; Graffiti Painted Tee from the Alabama Chanin Archives; Black Bugle Beads from The School of Making; The Keyhole Dress Kit in Baby Blue from The School of Making; “Structural Constellation” by Josef Albers via “Josef Albers’ Intimate Visual Relationship with Music”


Feet on the ground. Eyes to the horizon. Reach for the sky.  

– Christine Smith — (1920–2015), Natalie’s Grandmother 

Inspired by the deep connection between earth and sky and the liminal spaces between, explore our newest color bundle from The School of Making. Learn more about our Swatch of the Month here and subscribe for exclusive content. Explore our most beloved DIY Kits here, featuring a few of our newest Faded Fabric.  

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Clockwise from top left: February 2021 Swatch of the Month; “Holon”, 2014 by Manuel Ferreiro BadiaThe Faded Maggie Long Skirt Kit from The School of Making; Fabric detail of Beaded Couched Large Paradise in Black from The School of Making; Faded Magdalena Apron from the Alabama Chanin Archives; Wheat breeder Stephen Jones, photographed by Yaroslav Kryuchka for “Joining the Stay-at-Home Bread Boom? Science Has Some Advice”

“I’ve come to believe that craft, making, and creative endeavors toward producing sustainable products will create an enduring future for our community.” –Natalie Chanin 

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Clockwise from top left: Fabric detail of Backstitch Reverse Appliqué Magdalena in Sand from The School of Making’s Embroidered Swing Skirt Kit; “Pavillon de L’Esprit Nouveau”, 1925 by Le Corbusier in Bologna, Italy via Commune Design; Fabric swatch in Magdalena Black from The School of Making. 

Clockwise from top left: Photograph of Bruce McCandless II during a 1984 Spacewalk taken by his fellow Challenger crew members via “NASA Celebrates 50 Years of Spacewalking”; Fabric swatch in Magdalena Sand from The School of Making; Fabric detail of Beaded Stars in Black from The School of Making. 

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Clockwise from top left: “Untitled, plate 6 of 8”, from the puritan, 1990 by Louise Bourgeois via The Museum of Modern Art; Black Armor Beads from The School of Making; Fabric detail of Medium Polka Dot Appliqué in Sand from The School of Making; Beaded Pleated Ruffle Appliqué in Black from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design; The Wrap Top Kit from The School of Making; “The False Mirror”, 1929 by René Magritte via The Museum of Modern Art. 

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Clockwise from top left: The Geometry of Hand-Sewing, 2016 by Natalie Chanin; Wrap Dress Pattern from The School of Making; “Untitled Blue Sponge Sculpture (SE 161)”, 1959 by Yves KleinThe Studio Bundle #1 from The School of Making; The Faded Stars Car Coat Kit in Peacock from The School of Making; Beauty Everyday, 2013 by Rinne AllenKristen Bach, and Rebecca Wood

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Clockwise from top left: Fabric detail of Beaded Stripe in Black from The School of Making; Hand-Sewn Corset from Alabama Chanin ArchivesPatti Smith. Before Easter After, 2020 by Lynn Goldsmith via TaschenLimited-Edition Faded Bloomers Fabric from The School of Making; Fabric detail of Anna’s Garden Inked in Sand from The School of Making; The Cropped Car Jacket Kit in Tartan from The School of Making. 

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