Design and color inspiration featuring September’s Swatch of the Month; The Swing Skirt Kit; Studio Bundle #3; The New Leaves Corset Kit; Fabric Swatches in Abstract Concrete with Metallic and Tonal Textile Paint; New Leaves Stencil.

Following our Studio Bundle #3 launch is the arrival of new DIY kits and colorways to complement September’s Swatch of the Month and the bundle.  

This month’s swatch showcases New Leaves Stencil design featuring Backstitch Reverse Appliqué technique with an exclusive Embroidery Floss Sampler. Subscribers can join the monthly subscription service at any time.  

Design inspiration featuring Mary Crovatt Hambidge, 1923. Image courtesy of the Hambidge Center; Variegated Embroidery Floss; The New Leaves Corset Kit; Rabun Studios Weaving Sample #16 – Color 28. Photo by Rinne Allen.

The design and color palette of the swatch and the new Studio Bundle #3 are inspired by Natalie’s monthlong residency at the Hambidge Center in the north Georgia mountains during the summer of 2018, and the work of Mary Hambidge—who created the center in 1934 to establish an artist enclave and sustainable farm and whose life’s work was weaving.  

Design inspiration featuring The Swing Skirt Kit in New Leaves Dove/White; You Are What You See: A Trilogy of Books Based on the Library of Mary Hambidge by Elizabeth Lide, 1995; Fabric Swatch in New Leaves Black/White in Backstitch Reverse Appliqué; Studio Bundle #3.

New kits include The New Leaves Corset Kit available in Black with a White appliqué layer. New  colorways with the New Leaves Stencil design are available for The Swing Skirt KitThe Pencil Skirt Kit, and The A-Line Top and Tunic Kit. These new colorways include Dove/White, Black/White, and Black/Dove. 

Design inspiration featuring Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns by Natalie Chanin; Hambidge archival material at Mary’s Weave Shed during “Process in Work,” an exhibition between Natalie Chanin and Rachel K. Garceau. Photo: Rinne Allen; The Pencil Skirt Kit in New Leaves Black/Sand; Facets Stencil.

Subscribe to Swatch of the Month to learn more about the Hambidge Center and receive a free download of the Extra Small New Leaves stencil. Instructions, inspiration, and other exclusives are also included in the newsletter.  

The Studio Bundle #3 includes 2-yard cuts of Black, Concrete, Dove, Lilac, and White fabrics with optional thread and floss add-ons in complementing hues.   

Find our New Leaves kits—the corset, swing skirt, pencil skirt, and A-Line top and tunic—among recent designs and favorites in our Featured collection.   

Learn more about Hambidge and their programs here.  

Design and color inspiration featuring The A-Line Top + Tunic Kit; Embroidery Floss; The Baby Doll Corset Bundle in Dove; “Seven Area Design Motives. Basic and Infinite Dynamics” from The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry by Jay Hambidge. Photo by Rinne Allen.


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