Alexia Abegg —Hatbox Fabric Collection
First-time fabric designer Alexia Abegg has a background in painting and fashion design and is an avid quilter and the author of Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics. Because she sews, Alexia gave lots of thought to how people would be using the fabrics she designed for her Cotton + Steel fabric line, the Hatbox collection.
Alexia's work usually begins with watercolor and brush, or pen and ink. The Hatbox collection-featuring playful painted tigers, a plaid inspired by antique steamer trunks, and hand-painted florals-plays on vintage style and mid-20th-century fashion.
Despite their different inspirations-their fabrics all work wonderfully together. Hear Alexia talk about how Cotton + Steel all came about on this video.
Melody Miller —Mustang Fabric Collection
The new Cotton + Steel fabric company is the brainchild of creative director and designer, Melody Miller. Prior to founding this new fabric company, Melody had been well known for her vintage-inspired fabric designs and as the author of Ruby Star Wrapping, a book about handmade, reusable gift packaging.
The fabric selvages of her new Mustang collection read, "Leap and the net will appear," referring to her idea of approaching RJR about Cotton + Steel in 2013. She believes that, when there isn't an opportunity available, you can always create your own.
Melody decided to name her first Cotton + Steel line Mustang, since 2014 is the Chinese year of the horse. The line includes horses, along with a wonderful mix of other prints, which coordinate well with the collections by the four other Cotton + Steel designers, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight and Sarah Watts.
Hear Melody talk about how Cotton + Steel all came about on these videos.
Kim Kight—Homebody Fabric Collection
Kim is well known in the sewing and quilting community for the blog she wrote for five years devoted to fabrics. She is also the author of A Field Guide to Fabric Design. Though she has helped shape and influence the modern fabric and quilting scene, at heart she is a traditional quilter, and vintage fabrics and feedsacks have always been her main interest.
Her debut fabric collection with Cotton + Steel is called Homebody. The collection is an assortment of feedsack and vintage reproductions reassembled, recolored and rescaled for today's audience, with a wonderful quirkiness that will set them apart from other mid-20th-century reproduction prints.
Kim's Homebody line was designed to work well with the collections by the four other Cotton + Steel designers, Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg and Sarah Watts.
Rashida Coleman-Hale — Moonlit Collection
Designer Rashida Coleman-Hale, who says she's been making things ever since she can remember, has previously designed six fabric collections and written books on sewing. Her work has become known for its modern interpretation of traditional Japanese motifs, a result of spending much of her youth in Japan.
Her first collection for Cotton + Steel is a slight departure from her typical Japanese motifs, but still delivers the strong design and whimsy to which her fans have become accustomed. The Moonlit collection is a gentle nod to warm summer nights and an evening stroll in Little Italy. The collection, though uniquely Rashida's, works wonderfully with the collections by the four other Cotton + Steel designers, Melody Miller, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight and Sarah Watts.
Sarah Watts—August Fabric Collection
The work of Sarah Watts is all about story telling. She uses her vintage-inspired pen-and-ink illustrations to tell those stories. Her illustrations have not only been in books but have also been featured on fabrics, kitchen linens, stationery, gifts and more.
Her first fabric line for Cotton + Steel includes lions and gazelles and motifs that depict her playfulness and love of animals. The August-collection designs, which were inspired by thoughts of good fortune, freedom and survival, appeal to both youthful and sophisticated audiences. The designs and colors mix and match wonderfully with the collections by the four other Cotton + Steel designers, Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg and Kim Kight.