Scott Hansen’s (Blue Nickel Studios) debut collection for Banyan Batiks for Northcott is a bit of a masterpiece. Tie One On is full of rich & bright colors, unique patterns, and a clever lineup of color stories. At the center of the collection, however, is the story of a young fashion designer with a rich back story and a hefty dose of inspiration from the places he’s traveled. You can read the full story right here and can learn more about the individual patterns here. We absolutely love Scott’s creativity and applaud his visual story-telling.
Scott curated a collection of 10 small spools of 50wt thread to accompany his fabrics, further adding to his young fashion designer’s journey. The spools are a terrific lineup of bold and versatile colors, perfect for adding to and spicing up your own creative journeys!
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Blue Nickel Studios
10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2132 – 2440 – 2860 – 5006 – 2615
1154 – 2250 – 1125 – 2568 – 4652
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
I made my first quilt when I was 14 because I wanted something old-fashioned – it was the late 70’s and the US Bicentennial and Flower Children seemed to reawaken the crafting world. Didn’t make anymore until the late 1990’s when I started collecting a few vintage quilts and realized I could make my own as well as collect them. What I love most is the history, the color, and the patterns.
Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
I think what really inspires me most is the creativity of others. I have many friends who design their own fabric and quilts and we all look at color and pattern differently. Their outlook inspires me to use their fabric and look at the world around me with a creative outlook.
Tell us about Tie One On. What inspired the designs?
Tie One On is loosely based on a story about a young fashion designer named David Kingsley Morris. The colorways of the line follow his life journey from Venture, CA to Sedona, AZ and Nashville, TN landing In Manhattan, NY. The tjap (pronounced “chop”) designs are based on elements I discovered while studying mid-century neckties and menswear.
Do you have a favorite project or projects made with the collection?
Oh yes, I am in love with my new project coming out this fall called Dapper Dave. I loved using a traditional bow-tie block in a new way I haven’t seen before. I was also very happy to have a camp shirt made out of one of the prints. My helpers for Quilt Market also made MANY types of bags which are something I just don’t make myself.
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I first heard of Aurifil threads about 12 years ago or so. My wife loved them in her sewing machine. I tried them in my old machine, but the two did not play nicely. But I loved them for handwork still. Now I have a newer Brother machine that LOVES Aurifil and I have had to get rid of the old stuff I used to use. I also am very happy with Aurifil floss as well.
How did you go about selecting colors for Blue Nickel Studios and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
The Blue Nickel Studios Aurifil Collection is based on the colors in my first line of fabrics Tie One On with Banyan Batiks. The colors are strong and bright, but just a little more tertiary than the normal bright colors you see out there. They will long outlive the fabric collection that they have been birthed from.
In addition to the locations found in Tie One On, what locations do you find most inspiring for your designs?
I live in the Pacific Northwest, so naturally that is a major inspiration, But I can go ANYWHERE on the internet, so the whole world is pretty inspirational.
Where can we find you this year?
Mostly in the studio! But traveling plans for the fall include The Valdez Quilt Festival – teaching for four days in Alaska, right after Labor Day in September. After that, it’s Fabric Depot in Portland in November. I have a hard time keeping track myself. Check my website, It is fairly up to date.
If you could be any Aurifil Color, what would you be?
1125 from my collection – an elusive blue.
Song: Dead Man (Carry Me) by Jars of Clay
Book: James in the New Testament of the Bible-there is much in there that applies to being kind and living well with the people around you.
Color: Red (not Blue!)
Summer beverage: Raspberry Lemonade for Non-Alcoholic, Creamsicle (Orange Juice and Marshmallow Vodka) for Alcoholic
Fabric Designer: Besides myself? I am friends with so many! This is difficult to choose. I would have to say Jennifer Paganelli or Anna Maria Horner. Not only are they talented, but their hearts are golden and their passion for color and design fierce.
Quilt Pattern: Log Cabin, I could make those forever.
Notion: Clover Seam Ripper (except now my buddy Rob Appell is making hand-turned wooden ones, so those are becoming my favorite.)
We are giving away 1 Small Blue Nickel Studios Thread Collection and 1 bundle of Tie One On by Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios for Banyan Batiks/Northcott Fabrics. To enter-to-win, please click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page. 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 Friday, August 10! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, August 13. Good luck!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Cheryl Sinnott!
Scott Hansen has been playing with color as long as he can remember. About 20 years ago, he discovered that fabric, needle, and thread were the makings of his favorite paint box to play with. He hasn’t seen fit tp look for anything else since. Be sure to follow him for adventures in his Urban Folk Style in the Blue Nickel Studios.