Interview with Carolyn Friedlander about Kona Solids

It’s no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers! 

Carolyn Friedlander’s use of color and solids in her work always inspires us to branch out and try something new. Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid. 

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How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don’t have a specific project? What’s the best size to stash, etc?)

I keep solids together in their own section that I have organized by color. This makes working with them super easy. Having a couple of color cards is a must for me. I have one that I cut up and one that I keep intact. The intact card is always a great reference and overview, whereas the cut card is perfect for project and palette planning

What colors do you gravitate towards?

Pickle, Orangeade, Wasabi, Leather, Lingerie, Cantaloupe, Astral–there are so many good ones!

How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)

I use solids any and everywhere. They’re handy!

What do you love about Kona Solids?

I love the wide range of colors and the overall quality. The weight and hand are perfect.

What’s one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?

Kona solids are great and easy to work with. I don’t usually pre-wash, but if you are using them in a way that will get handled a lot (i.e. handwork), I’ve found that pre-washing can help limit fraying. This tip isn’t limited to Kona solids, it’s handy for prints as well!

Thank you Carolyn for your tips and tricks! If you’re interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here

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