Here’s something rather special for you… a sneak peep into the life of new Brit fabric designer Lucie Summers. Can you imagine it, one day you’ve got a blog and the next you’ve been spotted and asked to produce a fabric range by Moda? That’s what happened to Lucie…
Lucie’s always had a passion for screenprinting. After having children she began to dabble again, and her label Summersville was born. She’s not short of inspiration… “Living on a farm is a massive influence to me – surrounded by space and meadows and fields. I’m a real hoarder of vintage ceramics too, so the motifs found on those are a huge influence. But equally I’m inspired by more urban images. My latest design ‘Tiled’ was inspired by a trip to Dubai.”
Even in this high-tech age, Lucie admits to be old school with her design technique. “I design with paper and pen, although I do scan the designs into the computer to clean it up ready to be transferred onto a screen. Areas of the open mesh are ‘blocked’ with the design so the ink can be pushed through the screen using a squeegee onto the fabric, creating the design. It’s a wonderful process and I’m never bored by it.”
It was Lucie’s blog that caught the attention of Moda, and they’ve now commissioned her to design a range for their collection. “I’m really excited as my hand printed designs on etsy are restricted by size. The idea of seeing all my work in yardage is too thrilling for words. I’ve just finished my second line Summersville Spring and that’s currently being sent to the mill to be made into samples, so colourways can be chosen.”
The fabrics above are from Lucie’s new range for Moda, which is due out in April, and below is a sneak preview of her next range. It’s already well under way…
This hexagon and stars quilt was made using Lucie’s handprinted fabrics..
Lucie’s hand printed fabric are available exclusively in her Summersville etsy shop. But from April, Lucie’s Summersville designs will be available in all good quilting shops. Keep your eyes open.
You can catch up and keep in touch with Lucie Summers on her blog.