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ann darling: non-stop irresistible

ann darling: non-stop irresistible

By Patricia Belyea  

TACOMA WA  Ann Darling charmed me from the moment I met her at the October meeting of Surface Design Association. Tall and stately with a trace of an Australian accent, Ann radiated an exotic aura. Once I got to know her, Ann seemed more like an overgrown kid full of curiosity and creativity.
Ann Darling, StashFest PresenterA StashFest presenter, Ann is sharing some of her global fabric collection with Northwest quilters and textile lovers. On Monday I ventured down to Brown’s Point to see what Ann is releasing to this fundraising event for La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum.

My visit started in Ann’s studio filled with sewing machines, memorabilia from around the world, fabrics galore, and now boxes of treasures for StashFest.
Ann Darling, StashFest PresenterAnn’s appreciation for handiwork and folk art drives her collection. From Guatamala to SW China, Ann has purchased precious pieces over a lifetime of travel. Some of the fabrics will never be made again because the women’s work has now been replaced by machines.
Ann Darling, StashFest PresenterBox after box revealed more handmade delights as well as specialty fabrics, yarns and threads.
Ann Darling, StashFest PresenterCheck out this two-yard piece of vintage cotton twill with a playful bear. On the selvedge, it reads: SHRUNKERIZED.
Ann Darling, StashFest PresenterWhat does Ann do in her studio? She makes custom designer clothing. As a gangly child who couldn’t fit any department store clothes, Ann learned to sew her own from a young age. Some of Ann’s garments include fabrics she designs and prints at Spoonflower while others feature embellishments from her global collection.

Ann will be bringing a rack of her creations to StashFest!
Ann Darling, StashFest PresenterMy visit finished with a tour around Ann’s home that’s filled with more visual and textural gems.
Ann Darling, StashFest PresenterA wonderful lunch was served upstairs in the all-purpose living room overlooking Puget Sound and under an arched ceiling painted with a blue sky. Ann’s husband, Peter, joined us for a thoroughly pleasant meal.
Ann Darling, StashFest PresenterAs much as Ann’s eclectic wares will contribute greatly to this year’s StashFest, it’s her energetic and generous personality that will boost the experience of StashFesters.

StashFest :: One-of-a-Kind Fabrics and Designer Wearables
Sat, March 29  11-5  /  Sun, March 30  10-3  FREE

Preview Sale  Sat, March 29 10-11am  $12
Get first pick of everything!
Click here: to buy a Preview Sale ticket

La Conner Civic Garden Club
622 South Second Street, La Conner
Across the street from La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum



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  1. StashFest says:

    […] are eight fabric presenters this year: Ann Darling —Eclectic global fabrics and designer clothing Ako Shimozato—Japanese textile reinvented […]