Yes!! Primitive Threads is my next collection for Marcus Fabrics!!
Actually, primitive is not out of character for me at all when you know from where the inspiration for the collection came.
The book above is a favorite of mine. American Country is a series of books published in the 1990's by Time-Life publications. (I've found the books at antique shows and shops, and on eBay.) This one is all about American folk art and I just love browsing the pages. The cover is a lovely collection of hand made and hand painted items of true Folk Art. The colors are dark but soft and warm. I'm smitten!
I am fortunate to own a few true handmade pieces of American folk art....treasures to be sure. I am smitten with the makers desire to create beautiful things from ordinary everyday items. They dipped brushes in paint, carved wood, cut paper and put needle and thread to work to make a truly unique class of art, although I don't believe they thought of it as art the same we do now.
Items such as nineteenth century game boards, whirlygigs, Tole and Fraktur painting, wood carved and painted toys and banks, Sgraffito pottery, painted furniture, samplers, homemade dolls and pieced and pictorial quilts all serve as inspiration for this new primitive collection.
In my next post, I'll show you the fabrics in the collection and some of the original nineteenth century antique fabric prints that I chose to replicate. I'll also share the quilt I designed featuring the entire collection. I'm so jazzed for you to see it!!
In the mean time, you can click here to visit the Marcus Fabrics website for a sneak peek at the fabrics!!
I am very happy to honor our American Folk Art heritage with the Primitive Threads collection!