Hi all, Meaghan here! I've been a staff member at Hawthorne Threads for a few years now and I'm very excited to share some of my recent makes with you. When my husband and I decided on a safari in Botswana for our annual vacation, I jumped at the chance to sew with our Zambezi line. With the temperature predicted to be over 100 degrees daily, Grainline Studio's streamlined Maritime Shorts were an easy pick for a sophisticated safari look.
This being our second journey to Africa, I already had a well established wardrobe of khakis and shades of green, so our Woven Diamonds in Stone fit into the mix perfectly. The print is an ideal balance of stone and white, bringing a bit of fun pattern to a simple silhouette, while still being able to conceal the inevitable dirt and dust we would encounter on our daily game drives.
I had not sewn bottoms for several years, after experiencing some less than perfect results during previous attempts. I was happy to find Grainline Studio's detailed step by step instructions, which helped immensely, especially when it came to installing the zipper fly.
Of course, no outfit is complete without some fun accessories, so I stitched up a quick passport cover using a tutorial from Unify Handmade. I made a small modification, subbing out the ribbon tie for a snap closure. I used plastic KAM snaps, so the cover can easily be taken through a metal detector. I also made a binocular strap, so we were sure not to lose them on the bumpy drives. Ikat Bag's fantastic tutorial was very easy to follow!
I also took the opportunity to snap some pictures of our Zambezi Quilt Panel in the wild. An African waterhole comes to life, as rhino, ostrich and giraffe mingle around an Acacia tree. This quilt panel makes a great whole cloth quilt, and is an equally good choice for backing.
Thanks to our expert guides and trackers, we were lucky enough to view almost every animal featured in Zambezi, in addition to many more! Can you spot your favorites?
While looking through photos of my trip, our design team was inspired to refresh the collection with four new colors and two new prints. Botswana is known for its large herds of elephants, so it was only natural we added a parade of everyone's favorite pachyderms!
It is also not uncommon to see several species of herbivores congregating on the vast plains and near sources of water, inspiring us to create a brand new border print. Jade, Peony, Midnight and Smoke were added to create a cool contrast to the original Zambezi shades of Desert Rose, Golden Canyon, Stone and Onyx.
Of course, no animal sighting is guaranteed on safari, so we learned to appreciate the smaller creatures we found out in the wild. I was surprised as anyone to find out how much I loved hunting for different species of birds. Red-billed queleas are the most abundant bird species in the world, and the awe inspiring sight of their huge swarms inspired our new Flock Silhouette basic, available in both high and low volume options!
We're so excited about our expanded Zambezi collection, we want to give you the chance to win some of your own! Simply let us know what your favorite safari animal is in the comments below for a chance to win 3 yards of the Zambezi fabric of your choice. The winner will be selected at random on Friday, June 24th, at 4 pm EST. The contest is open to residents of every country we can ship to. Good Luck!