We did a little sketching at Anthropologie last month. It's such a great store of visual delights. If I was 30 years younger, 30 pounds lighter, and much richer, I would dress in all of their clothes. They have such great detailing to them. And the home side is full of fun items that are often vintage inspired.
Their displays are always so creative and often done with simpled, recycled materials. They had a wall of snowflakes made from corrugated cardboard and old fashioned clothespins, in a black, white and tan color scheme.
I was inspired by some of their textile pieces and drew a quick sketch of one idea. They did simple, rough applique and embroidery on top of prints.
I wanted to try a sample of that technique, but found I have very few large prints. I did have this ugly piece of fabric that would work:
I then added a little applique and some bullion and straight stitches, letting the underlying print show through. It's an ugly piece, but a fun technique to try later. I think I'd like to try this on hand-painted fabrics or maybe black and white fabrics that have been block printed.