Project: Collaboration with Botanica Tinctoria

Project: Collaboration with Botanica Tinctoria

This fall, I collaborated with Botanica Tinctoria to create a sewing pattern! The pattern includes step-by-step instructions and diagrams leading you through both sewing and handwork details to add this collar design to a round collared shirt. Patterns are designed for use with Botanica Tinctoria’s organic Cotton Voile and linen threads.

This project was inspired by pressed leaves of Prairie Smoke plant specimens found in the Wisconsin State Herbarium and also by vintage lace collars. Created with contour and line drawings in mind, this project is placed on a round collared top or dress, creating an embroidered wreath-like design. The embroidery uses simple couching stitch to create a stitch “sketch” and can be placed on any found or favourite garment.

I’m so excited to collaborate with Botanica Tinctoria, a company that focuses on Naturally dyed trimmings and threads offer designers, sewers, costumers and makers of sustainable textiles and fashion a wide range of beautiful and fast colours. The curated collection of trimmings includes ribbons, eyelet lace, rick rack, and hand-crocheted lace edgings as well as cotton, linen and lustrous Eri silk embroidery threads. The harmonious and luminous palette of 14 natural colours is sourced from traditional dye plants such as indigo and madder. All our processes work with the rhythms of the natural world, and our textiles are created in a holistic relationship with our earth.

Botanica Tinctoria materials are created by designer Rachel MacHenry.  For more details on her work in developing craft + design projects with artisans around the world, please visit Handwork Studio

Modeling by Zoe Edwards

Photography by Celine Kim

You can find the pattern for purchase here.