I must admit that I have been in hibernation… in heavenly isolation. This time of year is always devoted to designing the autumn fabric line for FreeSpirit. It’s a time I look forward to. But this years biting cold, bitter wind and abundant snows have made this the wildest winter in memory. So I have been hiding in the studio and zoning into shapes and patterns.

The snowy landscape is quite stark here in the country, but every morning we wake up to new evidence of all the hearty critters that still endure despite the wicked weather. So here is a little tour of some the tracks that fascinate us anew each day.

Mouse Tracks

Teeny tiny mouse prints!

Mole Tracks

Amazing little mole tunnels.

Mole Tunnel 2

Just out for a spin?

Snow Bunny Tracks

There is one bunny who visits us every day, but we’ve yet to see him in person.

Coyote Tracks

Coyote tracks in the field and sometimes through the yard.

Mystery Tracks

We don’t know who makes these marks, but my guess is he has a long tail.

Winter Candlelight

Greg collects icicles and makes pictureque snow sculptures outside our window and lights them with candles at night, a mysterious miniature mountain scape.

Sassaman Fabric Periwinkle 72Sassaman Fabric Rose 72Sassaman Fabric Periwinkle 72

But in the studio it is spring. My pretty new FreeSpirit line, Sweet Lady Jane, has arrived in stores and it is the perfect antidote to the winter weather. There are some very satisfying jewel colored tone-on-tones in this collection. We will start sharing new ideas and projects with  in the next post. So stay tuned

3 Responses to “Hibernation”

  1. Nita says:

    Good morning! I’ve recently ” discovered” you, so to speak, lol! Melissa at 100 Billion Stars introduced me to your fabrics, actually. So much happiness! I am starting a new wish list and dreaming of the beautiful things I want to make. I read your post with a big smile on my face…jewel tones are my favourite. As for winter,how perfect that we have winter…like clearing our pallets for the other seasons. Love the little paw prints.

  2. Melissa P says:

    I cannot even imagine the bitter cold you’re enduring this year. It seems miraculous to me that any animals–whether two or four legged–can survive those temperatures.

    So happy that you are having splendid isolation in the midst of it all! And I am waiting, impatiently as always, to see what beauty you create for us.

    Stay warm and safe!

  3. KateUK says:

    We have endless, heavy rain this Winter. I’m glad we aren’t as crazy cold as you in the USA, but the heavy clouds most days make it very dark and there is little pleasure to be had sloshing though mud and puddles! Those fabrics look beautiful, so cheering. I have snowdrops out in the garden, but can’t wait to see fresh greens against a blue sky and the colours of my hyacinths in the sun- your fabric designs made me think of them and the joy of the coming season.
    Hope you get some warmer weather soon!

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