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Our New Invisible Threads Collection

Our new Invisible Threads collection makes its debut at NeoCon 2022. However, Design Pool followers can get a peek at the collection early! The collection consists of ten original patterns, all designed by Kristen Dettoni. The collection was inspired by a Chinese proverb that reads, “An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break.” Kristen was thinking of this invisible thread in many different ways. It can be the invisible threads that connect us all, the chance meeting with someone that could change your life, or the threads connecting us to the people who support, inspire, and comfort us.

With that inspiration in mind, Kristen designed Invisible Threads to visually tap into our tactile sensibilities. She wanted to bring the look of embroidered cloth into spaces that can’t have actual embroidery, such as healthcare interiors. By using a unique design process, Kristen designed patterns that have the same visual interest as highly textured fabrics but are intended to be printed on flat, high-performance materials. These patterns give interior designers the opportunity to use patterns that look like embroidery in spaces that wouldn’t be able to have the real thing.

The Invisible Threads Collection

String Together began as a drawing of a flower drawn without taking the pencil off the page. Next, the lines of the flower image were manipulated to look like a thread of wool embroidered with a couching stitch. Many flowers came together to form a thread flower garden.

Sewn Up is inspired by Japanese sashiko and based on a running stitch. This versatile pattern coordinates with any fabric group and has a large colorline.

On the Mend is an organic pattern of layering fern shapes. This design brings nature and its healing properties into a space closed off from the outdoors, such as a hospital room.

Lend a Hand speaks to the action of hand embroidery. This pattern created stylized flower shapes based on satin and couching stitches. The name honors the many people working to lend a hand to others in their time of hardship.

Jumping Through Hoops is a nod to all the healthcare workers jumping through hoops to assure people are comfortable and well cared for. The tossed leaves have the look of embroidery and a lot of movement.

In the Loop is a classic geometric that would make the perfect coordinate in any grouping. The pattern looks like rich, textured embroidery.

In Stitches makes circles with lines of stitching to look like an actual embroidery of chain, running, and couching stitches. The circles add playfulness and movement to the design.

In Good Hands aims to use stylized natural elements to bring nature inside. This pattern uses lines that look like embroidered couching stitches to create leaf shapes.

Common Threads is a fun stripe pattern that combines three types of stitches arranged next to each other to create a highly textured stripe. This pattern makes a great coordinate in a grouping or can stand alone as a feature.

Pattern A Stitch in Time full color line.
A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time is a modern leaf pattern with shapes resembling couching and chain stitches. There is a lot of ground for an airy feel.

If you’re planning to be at NeoCon, stop by Booth 7–3050 to say hi and see Invisible Threads in person. Kristen and Kristin will both be there. First time attending? Whether this is your first time attending, or you’ve been coming for years, we hope you have a great time and leave feeling inspired and informed.

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Kristin Crane

Kristin Crane has designed jacquard designs for the home furnishing and residential jobber market for many years, with mills in the US and in China. Today, she writes about pattern and design trends for Design Pool from her home in Providence, Rhode Island. When not writing about fabric, she can be found weaving in her home studio or hiking along the Rhode Island coast.


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