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We were very excited to take our new Anu fabric collection on the road, having the pick of perfect locations here in the Hudson Valley of New York. With its verdant landscapes of rocky hillsides and rolling vistas, in many ways the land is not unlike the emerald isle itself.
And much like Ireland, we do get our fair share of chilly weather as well. And so, this collection offered the perfect opportunity to sew up some new ponchos.
Using the Popover Poncho Pattern from April Rhodes, we made up a couple for my daughter and her friend. Having had her say in the actual design of the fabric (she smartly suggested the little moons) my daughter went right for the mystical Celtic Stripe.
And for her friend, we knew the Daybreak Damask in Lake would make for a lovely and very wearable piece.
While being sized for an adult, the small fit these two 9 year olds comfortably, with ample coverage yet short enough so their hands still poked out.
At once bohemian and functional, the poncho has a a nice drape with a handy pouch for warming your hands on a chilly afternoon.
We lined the ponchos with this Snuggle fabric, a wonderfully cozy fabric from the assortment of Faux Fur available in our shop.
A bit of cording finishes off the adjustable neckline for a snug fit against a crisp fall breeze.
Now, it wouldn't be a proper afternoon without a sit down on a freshly sewn quilt, would it?
This one sewed up particularly quickly as the top is our cheater Hourglass design. We quilted over the triangle "seams" to give it a pieced look, puckering wonderfully after a wash. For the backing we chose the Lucky Ewe, all over sheep print.
The low volume design offers a nice contrast to the faux pieced front.
Now here's a perfect spot for a couple of girls that have recently taken up finger knitting!
The large pillow makes great use out of our Anu Panel, as does the center of the log cabin patchwork pillow. You can also get a peek at a larger repeat of the Mystical Forest design, our take on the tree of life and Anu herself, the Celtic personification of Mother Nature.
Some of the yarn came right from the farm itself, the Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company, a fact that the girls really appreciated.
The girls didn't waste any time putting those lovely yarns to good use, with more than a few curious sheep wandering closer and closer.
Each time we put together one of these shoots I wonder how I'll ever top it, and this time proved no different; these best friends share a love for crafts and the outdoors, making our time at the farm a perfect choice.
We hope you're feeling inspired to do enjoy some sewing with Anu, as well as perhaps trying your hand at knitting!
Please tag your projects with #AnuFabric and #HawthorneThreads so we can share! And we hope you enjoy this behind the scenes VIDEO celebrating this charming line of fabrics!