Inspiration: The Living Coral Collection was inspired by a combination of Victorian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau themes all mixed together. I wanted to create a kit that was summery , fun and easy to stitch.
Kits are available for preorder at www.jennyhenrydesigns.com and will include a hand painted needlepoint canvas, tapestry wool, Kreinik metallic thread, 2 tapestry needles and basic stitching instructions.
Inspiration: Ever since I designed a t-shirt inspired by a quote by Sir David Attenborough in ninth grade, I have created colorful, naturally driven art to provoke discussions about the fragility of our ecosystem. This piece in particular was inspired by the work of Dr. Sylvia Earle, a female oceanographic pioneer. Using colorful threads paired with subconsciously placed stitches, I allowed my materials inform an imaginative and tangible way to emulate coral reefs, kelp canopies and whale sharks- my favorite underwater creature.
This design will be available through my website this summer as a kit. Portions of proceeds from each kit will be donated to Mission Blue, an organization started by Her Deepness herself in order to educate the globe on the importance of our oceans and take initiative.
Inspiration for his piece comes from a time on the island of St. John for spring break. Over the years while we spent time there we were fortunate enough to see some many wonderful turtles. I thought the pattern would lend itself to a cool representation of the color challenge – something a little unexpected. I changed the first design I worked on to make the piece more visually interesting and to allow for more stitching options.
I will be adding this to my wholesale line so people can reach out to their local needlepoint stores to place an order. It will be available later this summer and will make her first official appearance at Destination Dallas in Septemner. You can also check it out on my website www.annefisherneedlepoint.com and Instagram @annefisherneedlepoint.
Inspiration: Living coral was not the easiest task for me. I usually see something out in the world, take a mental picture, and stitch. I realized I hadn’t experienced something for living coral, so I thought. I dug in the archives of my brain looking back to all the horse shows waking up early and catching every drop of a sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. In a matter of minutes I was ready to stitch.
Inspiration: I have been totally obsessed with creating a design that was pixelated after seeing an amazing mural in a magazine using that technique. This challenge just felt like the right time to finally apply it to a canvas as the bright color of the challenge brought to mind the vibrant flowers that light up Manhattan’s apartments, storefronts and restaurant flower boxes, terraces and parks at the start of Spring. My hope is that my interpretation of the challenge brought the color to “life” through my design!
Shannan’s Living Coral Choker is a one of a kind piece. For sales enquiries, please contact Shannan via her website or Instagram.
Inspiration: I started by looking at photographs of living and fossilised coral. I focused on mark making and used the marks I made to build patterns I could interpret in stitch and embellish with beads. My colour palette includes Pantone's Colour of the Year, Living Coral, alongside softer pinks and greys to create a dramatic yet feminine lace-like design.
Inspiration: As soon as I saw this photo I knew exactly what I wanted to create for the Living Coral Design Challenge. Coral is a bold color that works well with something cooling and calming, hence the turquoise, sage green and khaki. The white is a natural against coral.
I plan on stitching this and making it into a clutch bag.
The canvas can be purchase from Doolittle Stitchery through any local needlepoint shop.
Inspiration: As this is the first challenge of the group, it was a real learning curve. I made a false start by trying to be too literal with the brief. I adore the shapes that coral make but to apply it to needlepoint was not working for me. In hindsight I would work with them more as an embroidery project.
In the end I stripped everything back to basics and stuck with my love of graphic flat design and bright colour, using a coral tone for the background. Meet Celine. I originally designed her to be hung landscape but have gone with a portrait design which is so great for those little areas of wall in my house that are too narrow for a picture.
This was a very organic process for me and I look forward to the next challenge!
Celine will be available as a downloadable pdf from my website: EmilyPeacock
Inspiration: I knew I want to do something a bit different so started to explore the time elements involved in Pantones. Each year they treat us to a new colour to sum up the year. And every year designers rush to incorporate it in to their catalogues.
I loved the idea of a big paint brush coming in painting Living Coral over last years Ultra Violet Pantone. Around the edges you get hints on Greenery from 2017 & Rose Quartz from 2016.
Although I am not planning to sell this design as a kit, might explore the paint brush motif again in the future.
This piece will be exhibited at my local textile festival this summer.
Inspiration: When we were given the brief of designing our needlepoint based upon Pantone’s colour of the year – Living Coral – it was right up my street. My designs are generally driven by colour combinations and by geometric pattern.
When I started to consider my design, Welsh blankets kept coming to mind. I knew that these beautiful, traditional blankets were based on geometric pattern, and I had the feeling they had squares in their designs. It might sound strange, but I didn’t want to look at any images of Welsh blankets while working on my needlepoint design. I knew I would be too influenced and I didn’t want to inadvertently copy an existing design, as it’s so easy to do with geometric pattern.
Even though most designers are influenced by other designs, I generally try not to study existing designs too much. Even though, subconsciously, I’ll have designs I’ve seen stored away in my memory, I want to know that mine are all my own – initially scribbled in my sketchbook, then drawn onto graph paper and ultimately worked out on computer.
So, going back to the Welsh blankets, I started to think about squares. I knew I wanted to do some kind of interlocking design, but not with straightforward squares. As a child I was fascinated with origami, so I decided that I wanted the effect of a strip of paper that had been folded, to make a square. The imaginary strip of paper would have a different tone (of the same colour) on each side, to create a two-tone effect when folded.
For this challenge, I have started with a mini kit, where a portion of a larger design can be glimpsed. In the coming weeks, I will develop the full design and turn it into a large kit.
My mini kit can be purchased in my Etsy shop: bit.ly/marinashome
Inspiration: Inspiration for my design came from a large rug that I have in my home. It was my grandparent's rug and I remember playing on it as a child. It means a lot to me and like needlepoint, will continue to be passed down for generations.
The canvas can be purchase through any local needlepoint shop.
Inspiration: The inspiration for the Mother Nature series grew from the classic, Grecian style of Jasperware, a subject I’ve wanted to adapt to needlepoint for some time. When I learned of this challenge, I immediately thought Living Coral could brighten the traditional Wedgwood Blue; the theme of Mother Nature soon followed, as what is more alive than nature and the creatures within it?
Anyone interested in stitching this series may order one or all from their favorite needlepoint shop; design information, including item numbers, dimensions, and mesh, will be available on the Web site, ThePlumStitchery.com
Inspiration: I’ve never seen coral in the wild I’ve only seen it in museums laid out flat on velvet in boxes, so my inspiration came from this. Many museums are being encouraged to use VR to show how the objects would look if they were where they were taken from. Seems quite strange, why not put them back?
This classic Bargello design is normally stitched with colour fade threads in contrasting colours so that you can see the rope design more clearly. By limiting the pallette to three colours the illusion is created by the colour order and reminds me of sea washing over coral (I watched a YouTube video fir that!).
This design is available as a full kit to stitch up an A4 size design or as a downloadable pdf pattern which gives you the correct order and colour range. (It’s the order that is key).
£5 from the pdf download or full kit will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society