Marimekko inspired flower appliqué design

By on June 9th, 2013
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Do you remember Marimekko prints that were popular in the 1960s and 70s? Oh man, I do!  And they still make me swoon!

Marimekko is a Finnish design company that emerged in the 1950s and became internationally known throughout the late 1960s and 70s. Their bold, graphic flower graphic prints are simply iconic.

Marimekko gained recognition in the United States after Jackie Kennedy purchased eight Marimekko dresses on a trip to Finland and started wearing therm in public. In the mid 1960s Marimekko prints got even more exposure when Crate and Barrel licensed their designs for some of the textiles sold in their store.   After falling out of favor for a while and nearly going bankrupt, Marimekko experienced a bit of a Renaissance when Carrie Bradshaw wore a Marimekko dress and bikini on Sex and the City.

Marimekko is still in business. They have a clothing and home decor items for sale on their their web site. They also have several stores throughout the United States and the rest of the world. A few years ago when I was visiting Vancouver, BC, I happened to be staying right next to a Marimekko store!

Shortly after that visit I was inspired to digitize a Marimekko flower – which turned out great – but a lot of stitching as a pure embroidery file.  This week I finally remade this design as an applique file and I stitched it out on some white denim.  I was very happy with the results, so I posted my design on the Machine Embroidery Geek Etsy store  – in two sizes.   And for this week only – it’s just $2.  Enjoy!

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