We are thrilled to introduce Amy Sinibaldi of Nana Company, a new designer for Aurifil threads. Her debut collection, Sweetly Stitched, is a gorgeous selection of colors inspired by her book of the same name and Playground, her next fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics. Amy features Aurifil 28wt & 50wt threads along with Aurifloss in her collection to accommodate all of her needs, whether she is working with appliqué, embroidery, quilting, or sewing bags and accessories. Sweetly Stitched is now available in both large and small boxes!
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 12 colors, Large Spools
50wt spools, 1422yds each: 2800 – 4129 – 2930 – 2479 – 2220 – 1310
28wt spools, 820yds each: 1285 – 2835 – 2415 – 2815 – 67302 – 4654
Small – 10 colors, Small Spools
50wt spools, 219yds each: 2800 – 4129 – 2930 – 2479 – 2220
28wt spool, 109 yds each: 2815 – 6730 – 4654
Aurifloss, 18yds each: 1285 – 2835
How did you first come into the world of sewing & quilting?
I started sewing felt play cookies by hand and then came up with the brilliant idea of getting a sewing machine. I taught myself to use it. I sewed little girl aprons. And when those sold quickly on Etsy, I was encouraged to learn to sew more things, like pillows and blankets, and those sold quickly too. So there was like a snowball effect, and before long I’d taught myself to sew very well and I’d built myself a name, of sorts.
What inspires you to create?
In general, it’s a detail that inspires me. A color combination, or a combination of materials that looks great together. I’m not much of a planner, so I tend to start with something small that I want to do, and then I build from there and hope I’m still in love with the project once it’s finished.
What do you love most about the business that you’ve built over the last 10 years?
I’ve never really thought of what I do as a business. It’s been a really long, public, learning process and I’m nowhere near the end.
What is your favorite thing to sew?
My favorite things to sew are small and unplanned, and built on an organic process of putting fabrics and elements together that seem to go well as I go along. So, in a way, you’re not making something, it’s making itself.
How did you first become interested in fabric design and what drew you to Art Gallery Fabrics?
After years of working with fabric, the idea of designing your own dream line of fabric is a natural progression, I think. Actually doing it ~ starting with a completely blank canvas and creating that “dream” line is much harder than I thought it would be. I was so excited to design with Art Gallery Fabrics because I’d always loved their beautiful LookBooks and how they’ve always understood that a fabric design house should be artistic and pay attention to detail in all that they do, not just in the fabric alone.
We are in love with your debut collection, Paperie, and were so thrilled to see that you have a new collection due out in July called Playground. What inspired the collection? Do you have a favorite print?
I love Playground so much because I feel the collection is quite cohesive. It is inspired by my early early days spent at playgrounds before those massive elaborate “playscapes” hit the scene. So there had to be a tire print, which is possibly my fave, and a hopscotch print, some jump rope, ring around the roses, and just lots of references to innocent “old school” playground days. Think sunshine and daisy chains, the sandbox, and Fruit stripe gum.
Your debut Aurifil Thread Collection was released earlier this year and coordinates with the prints in Playground. What first drew you to Aurifil and how did you go about putting your collection together?
I love the beautiful spectrum of Aurifil colors and it was so much fun creating my own collection. Actually, choosing the spools for my thread collection was the very last thing I did at Fall Quilt Market in Houston, 2015, before packing up my booth and heading home. Pat brought me over to the Aurifil booth and I buzzed around choosing colors and we wrote the numbers down and I snapped a pic of the thread spools all together. I used that pic as the wallpaper on my phone for the longest time, because I loved these colors so much and I knew I was going to use them as the basis for the color palette of my next collection, which is now Playground.
What is your go-to thread weight and why?
I absolutely love using 28 wt thread for quilting and top-stitching. I love how substantial it is and how it adds so much to a piece.
To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Saturday, May 7! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Sunday, May 8th. Good luck!
Update (5/8): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to BethAnne (@Amoseymom on Instagram)!
LEARN MORE ABOUT AMY
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Amy Sinibaldi lives in a small house near the ocean in Los Angeles with her four children and sweet husband. She sees a lot of beauty in her “everyday” and she loves sharing that as she designs, creates and sews.Always writing and drawing since she could hold a pencil, Amy didn’t begin sewing until Father’s Day 2006. That day she was at Target and convinced her husband to buy her a sewing machine. They bought the second cheapest machine available that day ~ a Shark (it was sooo loud!) that she used until Christmas 2011, when she switched to a Singer.
In 2007, she launched nanaCompany on Etsy and it tickles her that people sometimes call her Nana. Back then, her daughters Olivia and Mia were not yet born and she decided on the name “nana” Company as an acronym…
“N” is for Nick, her husband
“A” is for Amy
“N” is for Nicholas, her son
“A” is for Anne, her oldest daughter.
Completely self-taught in everything, Amy is a “see it – do it” kind of girl. She loves trying new techniques and still feels that she is finding her style.
[text adapted from nanaCompany, all images courtesy of Amy Sinibaldi]