I’m honored to be a part of this exciting new venture for Hawthorne Threads! I got to work with their very first design collections that they print right at their headquarters – on demand! Lindsay and Meaghan have a beautiful collection they are debuting – Bengal.
I think they did an amazing job already of showcasing this collection, just check out their blog post which shows off a huge amount of projects using Bengal. Talk about inspiration! Loved seeing this.
I wasn’t sure about working with the fabric at first. It’s seemed quite stiff. I haven’t washed any yet, but Lindsay says it softens up quite nicely, so I’m excited to try that. I also was intimidated by doing the panel prints justice! They’re really cool designs, and I wanted to highlight them in the best way I could. I chose the feathers print and cut that out first before I even knew what I would be making. I ended up not using it, but I’m sure inspiration will strike!
This gathered clutch ended up being the perfect accessory to make! Remember back in 2010 when I wrote the tutorial? Wow, things have come a long way since then. In a good way! I do want to let you know that I’m updating the pattern itself, just to make it top notch. It should be ready soon! It’s got a lot of great zipper tips and tricks to help you along the way. As well as having a mini pocket, wrist strap and rounded corner option that weren’t included in the tutorial.
Anyway, I had been wanting to add a leather strip to the front for so long!! Finally I made myself give it a try and I think the natural leather looks great with Bengal. I used a leather needle and upholstery weight polyester thread. The leather did stretch a bit while topstitching, so definitely keep an eye on that if you give it a try. A walking foot would help and a nice long stitch length (3.0mm on my machine) makes things nice and even. I’ll be goofing around with leather more I just know it.
Lastly, I’m also giving away a fat quarter bundle of this collection! To enter:
Just leave a comment on this post! Maybe tell me what you’d make with Bengal, I’d love to hear.
I’ll draw a winner on Saturday, November 8th! International entries welcome! Yay!
And for sure check out the rest of the blog hop:
Monday, November 3rd – Sew Charleston
Tuesday, November 4th – Oh, She Dabbles
Wednesday, November 5th – Everyday Fray
Thursday, November 6th – Noodlehead (hurrah!)
Friday, November 7th – Red Pepper Quilts