Arroyo is Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax‘s debut collection for Robert Kaufman and it was inspired by the colors and patterns of her life in Los Angeles. When she first started working on collection development, she drew upon some old favorite patterns from past Cotton & Flax collections, as well as a few new patterns. There is a huge range of beautiful colors and the fabric is perfect for both quilting and lots of other projects like bags, wallets, and home accessories. The linen/cotton blend is sturdier than quilting cotton but softer than a light upholstery, so truly perfect for all sorts of projects. We are total suckers for RK’s Essex Linen — add Erin‘s screenprinted designs and we’re completely smitten!
We were thrilled to work with Erin on a coordinating thread collection — her signature palette. She chose colors that would compliment Arroyo, but many of the colors will also look familiar from their use in the classic Cotton & Flax products.
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
The Erin Dollar Collection
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
2277 – 2420 – 2312 – 5022 – 2910 – 1147
2902 – 2885 – 5008 – 2735 – 2566 – 2630
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
My mom created the most original and elaborate costumes for me when I was young, and I remember being in awe that she knew how to make something that none of my other friends would have. When I was a teenager, she helped me to learn how to customize my own clothes, and to create small projects from scratch. I owe her so much for patiently teaching me during my short-tempered teenage years!
Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
I’m endlessly inspired by the world of fine art, and I often will turn to my favorite artists for color or pattern inspiration. Installation art is a big one for me — some of the most impactful art pieces I’ve experienced are very immersive, like Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms. I’d love to find ways to work on a larger scale like that someday.
How did you first connect with Robert Kaufman and what do you love most about working with them?
I’ve been working with Robert Kaufman since the early days of founding my business, Cotton & Flax. RK sells some of the best linen blend fabrics out there, and so it’s been my pleasure to order from them, and print my original designs onto their lovely linens. When it came time to put together a collection, I already knew that their Essex range would be perfect for overprinting my designs. It was a match made in heaven.
Tell us about Arroyo. What inspired the designs?
Arroyo is a mix of classic designs from my past collections for Cotton & Flax, as well as some new patterns to compliment those designs. All are super modern and minimal in their design — I really try to simplify all my patterns down to their essence, and let the beautiful base fabrics shine through. I was influenced by the colors and patterns of living in Los Angeles, as well as my love of mid-century modern design.
Do you have a favorite project or projects made with the collection?
Ooooh, that’s tough! I have been so delighted to see what folks are creating with Arroyo so far… I do have a soft spot for the beautiful Explorer Totes that Anna Graham created. I hope to make one of my own very soon!
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
Modern Domestic, one of my favorite fabric shops in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, carries a selection of Aurifil threads, and I remember thinking that they looked so delightfully appealing in their rainbow display. When I asked a friend about them, she raved about them, saying that they were much higher quality than other threads she’s used. I’m glad I trusted her review, because she was right!
How did you go about selecting colors for The Erin Dollar Collection and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
I selected a few colors that went well with the Arroyo collection, but also shades that were just classic Cotton & Flax colors — the color of my favorite linen, the pea soup yellow green that I never get tired of. I love imagining the pieces that will be created using this thread, and I can’t wait to see how other sewers will adopt this palette that is so close to my heart.
To enter-to-win Erin’s thread collection + a bundle of Arroyo fabrics by Erin Dollar / Cotton + Flax for Robert Kaufman, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on DATE! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on DATE. Good luck!
Erin Dollar is an artist and textile designer, currently living and working in San Diego, California. Her background as a printmaker informs her work for Cotton & Flax, where Erin’s striking hand drawn patterns set her textiles apart as a blending of fine art and fine craft. Erin recently collaborated with Robert Kaufman to create Arroyo, her first collection of patterned fabric.
** Images, biographical text and interview text by Erin Dollar