We’ll take any chance we can get to highlight the work of Aurifil & Moda Designer Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic. We have been working with Brigitte for years and truly adore her. She has impeccable style, with cool colors, clean lines, and modern accents. She is an absolute sweetheart, hard-working, dedicated, and we pretty much just want to have her redesign our lives;).
Breezy Mending, Brigitte’s latest collection for Aurifil, is a sweet lineup of floss, designed for one of fashion’s hottest new trends — Visible Mending. These days, there is an increased level of focus on reuse, encouraging people to find new uses for old items, or to find ways to extend the lifespan of an item. Visible mending is on the forefront of the movement, giving worn or used clothing new life with the artful addition of sashiko style stitches. The practice isn’t necessarily new, harkening back to the 70s (at the very least), but it’s been elevated with clean lines, curated colors, and a whole new modern appeal. We adore Brigitte’s take on this trend, full of class in the form of dark denim and sleek lines.
The featured Aurifloss of Breezy Mending plays off the colors of Breezy, Brigitte’s upcoming fabric collection with Moda, due in stores in November 2019. The collection features denim hues paired with a perfect white, a pale pink, and a rich gold. We love that the patterns in the fabric pick up on the trend of slow-stitching, incorporating those organic lines with a more modern layout. In true Brigitte fashion, the fabrics are shown to be incredibly versatile, showing up in quilts, mending, accessories, and more!
We met up with Brigitte at International Quilt Market in Kansas City, MO last month and she was kind enough to give us an inside look at the collection in addition to some invaluable tips for getting started with our own visible mending.
We left feeling inspired and empowered to fix up some of our own semi-shredded denim, armed with a mini charm pack and a delightful collection of Aurifloss.
Breezy Mending is available in stores now! We’ll be back this Fall with more of Brigitte’s inspired stitching. <3
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
10 Small Spools, Aurifloss (18yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2021 – 2415 – 5007 – 2730 – 2775
2784 – 2430 – 5022 – 2326 – 4667
Brigitte Heitland was born in Germany and grew up with her three siblings. They were a funny “gang” and her grandma sewed a lot of clothes for the children. Brigitte often sat down next to her old PFAFF and felt so comfortable. Her grandma once told her: When you are tall enough to get your feet down to the pedal, I’ll teach you sewing too. It was, perhaps, one of the best things that anyone could have given her.
Brigitte started sewing at the age of six, mostly clothes, and loved to have unique things to wear. When it was time to choose a profession, she knew it would be something creative. She decided upon Interior Design but was drawn to all of the students in the room next to her working with needles and thread and so she ended up as a student of Textile Design.
In her mid age, it happened that she stumbled upon a wonderful pictured quilting book and was hooked at once. She had to try it herself and became hopelessly addicted to patchwork. Of course, she needed fabrics, lots and lots of different fabrics to dive in. She started her own little online shop with quilting fabrics and eventually worked to create her own collection. It led to her roots in Interior Design: when developing a fabric or even a design for a quilt the entire impression of a room was considered. She sees the light, the furniture, the color concept, the style and her quilts become a natural element of this scene, fitting in harmoniously. Brigitte loves having clarity in a room, an environment of simplicity where you are surrounded by only the things you really need and love, where you can relax, find your inner peace and balance. Her quilts are take on this concept, reduced, pure, and clear.
**All images by Brigitte Heitland. Please visit her Instagram for more visual inspiration!