Hello Clothworks fans! My name is Jamie Wood and I am a new designer with Clothworks. My first collection is called Farm Friends. It will be shipping in October 2011 and you can check it out on the Clothworks website HERE. I am so excited to introduce you to this collection because it is near and dear to my heart. The inspiration for the prints in the collection is found right in my own backyard…literally!
I live in the heart of Texas with my husband, Don, and our two sons, Benjamin (5 yrs old) and Maxwell (2 yrs old). We live in a relatively small town, out in the country. It is a short ten minute drive to ‘town’ but we definitely live in the boondocks! We are very lucky to live on family property that has about 180 acres total. We are able to enjoy the outdoors with our boys and not worry about busy streets or being too loud for the neighbors.
We have taken to the country like a fish to water. We own about two dozen chickens and we enjoy the farm fresh eggs they provide. The property is also home to a herd of cattle. The cattle are owned by a third party but we get to enjoy watching the calves feed and the cattle graze. The boys really like our little ‘farm’. Thus the inspiration for Farm Friends!
Our chickens get to free range during the day which means bug control for us. Yay! Living in Texas means the ratio of bugs to humans is about 5 to 1. I wish I were kidding! The chickens will go to great lengths to get their dinner…even if that means destroying a few flower beds. (I am not that great at growing pretty flowers anyway.)
The chickens are trained to go into the pen at night. We have too many critters that come around at night so we cannot leave them out. Coyotes, raccoons, and skunks really like to get chickens. We do not butcher any for the meat. We only use them for the fresh eggs. I don’t think I could eat Henrietta or Henry.
The cattle are fun too. They are not super tame but they are curious, as are the boys. We can walk around in the pasture with them and they will usually just see what we are up to and go about their business of grazing.<img src="http://www.clothworkstextiles.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/cow2.jpg" alt="cow2" title="cow2" width="560" height="373" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2827" /
There you have it. The inspiration for Farm Friends is all around me. From my little farm to your home, I hope you enjoy my first collection with Clothworks. I hope there will be a lot more to come! Visit me at wakeupsusie.blogspot.com and leave me a note. I really like hearing from you!
PS–Check out Farm Friends mocked up in some really cute Figgy sewing patterns…
On the left is Ofelia and on the right is Vien and Rue. Also be sure to check out the free pattern…this is just a preview, but we’ll put the instructions on the website in October when the fabric comes out. Cute, huh?!