UPDATE: Llama love is real. And it’s more than just the rave reviews for fabric manufacturer Shannon Fabrics’ life-size llama in the company’s booth at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis last month. (Shout-out to Teresa Coates, pictured above, and colleague Gayle Camargo who helped make that big softie!) Llamas are a “thing,” and gently unseating the very popular unicorn, which has set loose a socio-cultural tidal wave ranging from coffee drinks to hair color and more.
Llamas (and alpacas, vicunas and sheep) are showing up in up-line arenas as they work their way down to us, the consumers. West Elm catalog, for example, showed pillows with boldly embroidered pillows at a recent licensing show.
And Urban Outfitters had a fuzzy llama pillow wearing a wee quilty blanket.
Spoonflower has a healthy llama line-up, with more than 10 pages popping up in a simple word search. There are many great choices, including Llama Light Blue by andrea_lauren. She’s a prolific llama print-maker, but we liked this one for its attitude and dash of savoir-faire.
Michael Miller Fabrics has some great llama choices, too, including Lovely Llama and Llama Navidad (llamas wearing sweaters!), respectively :
And cruise organic fabric-maker Monaluna’s site for the occasional llama print, including Window To My Heart, a lovely, quirky print. (P.S. There’s a real llama love story here between Monaluna founder/designer Jennifer Moore and husband David Miguelucci. )
Dear Stella Design captured hearts earlier this spring with its softly-hued No Drama Llama collection mixing the animal of the hour with cacti and teepees:
Not all is yardage, though, when it comes to the llama vibe. Look for the Little Llama Softie pattern by Jennifer Heynen of Jennifer Jangles. Sweet!
And designer Virginia Lindsay’s LuLu Llama Pillow pattern that uses a shaggy faux fur and Rena Dearden’s Llama Ride-On Toy Stick Hobby Horse. (Patterns available from www.makerist.com, a European site with video tutorials, course and patterns.
With the current overly-tense, antagonistic and anxiety-fraught world, there’s no wondering why this fuzzy, sweet-faced pack animal has captured our fancy. (And the trend-spotter in us asks: What next? A skully llama mash-up?)
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