Swatch of the Month inspiration featuring (from top left): Bead Mix in Natalie’s Mix; Fabric Swatch in Large Paradise Ochre with Couching and Accent Beading; Stars Alabama Sweater Tunic Kit; “Interior detail of Natalie’s kitchen”, 2019 by Rinne Allen; July’s Swatch of the Month featuring Beaded Satin Stars in Forest; “Andrea”, 2010 by Sissi Farassat via The Eye of Photography.
Satin Stars originated as a way to add beaded details to T-shirts, but quickly migrated to dresses, skirts, and coats. This embroidery technique is introduced in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design and is featured as July’s Swatch of the Month.
Swatch of the Month inspiration featuring (from top left): Stars Alabama Sweater Tunic Kit; Black Armor Beads; “The working vintage telephone connects to the local pack station. A custom side cabinet was inspired by Gerrit Rietveld” from Off the Grid Cabin, outside Los Angeles, California, 2019 from Design Commune by Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht (page 175); “Quilted window panes” from The Art of Embroidery: Inspirational Stitches, Textures and Surfaces by Françoise Tellier-Loumagne.
The Stars Alabama Sweater Crop Top and Tunic and Cropped Drawstring Pant Kits are relaunching in the iconic Stars stencil as a way to explore beads and embroidery techniques.
In our subscriber-exclusive newsletter, we explore the Satin Stars, share our love for beads, and learn more about slow living with this month’s partner, Lady Farmer, a sustainable apparel company that celebrates beauty and simplicity.
Swatch of the Month inspiration featuring (from top left): Fabric Swatch in Anna’s Garden Forest featuring Inside Beaded Reverse Appliqué; Beads and Sequins; Stars Cropped Drawstring Pant Kit; Eames: Beautiful Details by Eames Demetrios (pages 50–51).
Find our new DIY Kits—The Alabama Sweater Crop Top and Tunic and Cropped Drawstring Pant—among recent designs and favorites in our collection.
Swatch of the Month inspiration featuring (from top left): Stars Alabama Sweater Crop Top Kit; Bead Mix #1; “Untitled (S.693, Hanging Six-Lobed, Two-Part Complex Form within a Form with One suspended Sphere in the Top Lobe)”, 1956 by Ruth Asawa from Ruth Asawa by Robert Storr and Tiffany Bell (pages 32–33); “Green”, 2014 by Sissi Farassat.
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