Getting inspired by the Hawaii Life…Hawaiian inspired embroidery and appliqué designs

By on October 2nd, 2013
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This past weekend I was in San Diego for work which I thought would be a trip ripe for inspiration for this blog. Unfortunately – not so much. I actually had to WORK on this work trip, so there wasn’t a lot of time for seeking out inspiration. I did, however, get to have some beautiful runs along the waterfront and see an old college friend. But because I didn’t have a car, I couldn’t scope out fabric stores or look for beautiful, inspiring things. Oh… me and my first world problems.

Anyway – I have returned home and found inspiration from other far-off places: Hawaii. There is a new show on HGTV called “Hawaii Life” where a person (or couple or family) is relocating to Hawaii and they have to pick out a home. Of course it’s totally staged and completely contrived, but the scenery…. OMG – so amazing. Um – hey – why am I not moving to Hawaii?

Hawaii of course is beautiful and inspiring, and Hawaiian iconography seems like it would make great embroidery designs.  I am not the first one this thought has occurred to though.  There are tons of hibiscus and surf board designs but there are some designs that aren’t quite as obvious. For example, I love the “hang loose” hand symbol which seems very surfer-Hawaii-inspired and might look really cute as an appliqué design stitched out a t-shirt.

The hang loose symbol is pretty juvenile but the show provided a lot of inspiration for more sophisticated, tropical designs and patterns.  For example, many of the houses had beautiful abstract appliqué flowers stitched on pillows which would make incredible machine appliqué designs.

And there you have it, a great excuse to log more hours with HGTV.

One thought on “Getting inspired by the Hawaii Life…Hawaiian inspired embroidery and appliqué designs

  1. Palm tree would be fun, too! I love the hang loose design. How great would that be on a beach towel??

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