cool cords for fall + giveaway

September 21, 2011

Look what I found on my doorstep. New fabric! 100% cotton corduroy. It is so, so soft. It feels nothing like the stiff, uncomfortable corduroy I used to wear that would make a “swish, swish” sound as I walked down the school hall as a kid. Oh, the horror! No, this is nothing like that. It’s light and soft. Much better. It starts shipping to stores next month. But, in the meantime, I’d be happy to share some with you, if you’d like. All you have to do is leave a comment sharing what you’d like me to talk about on this blog. I may do a survey at a later time, but for now I’d love to hear your ideas. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, September 26 at midnight EST. Winners will be selected randomly.

(photos by Ann Kelle)

posted by kelle at 10:09 am
(124) Comments


  1. Andrea C L says:

    I would love to learn more about your thought process as you design!

  2. Amy says:

    Cords?? AWESOME!! I have 2 girls-they’d DIE to have something made from this. Purses, skirts, endless possibilities.

    But what would I like you to share? Simply more pictures. LOTS AND LOTS of pictures. I don’t follow patterns, but I steal bits and pieces from many many other places. Something will strike me at the oddest moment. For instance, the blue and pink octagons need some appliqued bumblebees! It reminds me of a honeycomb!

  3. Katie Nelson says:

    I hate to admit that I haven’t spent as much time as I’d like checking out your blog…but I’m always interested in what inspires people and how they come up with their new ideas!

    And I LOVE the new fabric! It would be perfect fo me to work with since I’m going to be an Aunt next year 🙂

  4. Kristin says:

    Gorgeous fabric!!! Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to hear more tutorials, maybe some womens clothes too. Oh and color theory. Thanks!

  5. Laurie says:

    Ohhh! Love this corduroy and the colors! I like your thankful lists and would love to hear what inspires you.

  6. AnnaLucia says:

    I’d like to have some thoughts from you and others (readers) re. “re-purposing” clothing/household items (textile) and combining them w/ new fabric to re-create whole “new” goodies. Doing this w/ lots of pictures would be fun and inspiring. I have kind of been on a “binge” doing this and it has been so much fun lately!

  7. Nancy B from Many LA says:


  8. Are you willing to share any more of your home design ideas? Like photos of areas of your home or yard that you put together and like the look?

  9. Matilda says:

    Love them !!! I would love to know , how did you get started , what inspires you , and what makes you going everyday creating amazing fabric designs,for most of us who have shops , we a beautiful print and we just grab it , but where does that inspiration comes from ,the story behind each print line is what exited me and would love for you to share ..


  10. RP says:

    – new fabrics
    – tips & tricks
    – fun, quick projects

  11. Donna Kirk says:

    I LOVE it! I love all your designs! I would love for you to share what you are currently working on. What designs we can expect to see and when. Thank you so much 🙂

  12. Colleen nori says:

    We love your fabric and actually use some of it! We would love to hear more about design inspiration! Also the 1000 gifts. We do that too. 😉

  13. Andrea Franklin says:

    I can second the request for more pictures…especially in a tutorial for a creative project. I also love behind the scenes personal stories. The corduroy is sooooo yummy!!!

  14. Jan says:

    Beautiful! I love the photos, too. Maybe share ideas of things we might make using these fabrics and what inspires you. Thanks for the opportunity:)

  15. Brigette says:

    Along the same lines of other people, points of inspiration.

  16. Amanda says:

    SUPER cute cords!!!! Would love some of those.

    I think it would be fabulous if you could do some designer interviews. Maybe some posts on choosing the right fabric for your project. (Colors, print sizes, type of fabric.) 🙂

  17. Patty Ojeda says:

    I with everyone else! More pictures, and a tutorial! Love the cords!

  18. Lisa says:

    I would love to see projects that you are working on! Holy delicious cords too! 🙂

  19. Wow, gorgeous! My nieces would love something in that for fall and winter. I always love to read “process” posts. I just love to hear how other people go about things.

  20. Becky says:

    I always love tutorials!

  21. Tabatha says:

    I don’t know if you’ve covered this already but I’d love to see how you turn sketches/paintings into fabric designs!

    Please include me in your fabulous giveaway, I’d walk a mile in bare feet for some of that cordie goodness!

  22. Tanya says:

    I love to see what your coming up with for fabric and I’m also a big fan of tutorials.

  23. BEAUTIFUL!!!
    I didn’t get to make it to the event you were recently at in Nashville, I had hoped to. So, I would love to hear more about how you got started designing fabric and where you find your inspiration for all your playful prints! (just ordered some of the Birds in Bermuda from the Zoologie 2…too cute! Can’t wait for them to get here!)

  24. Holly says:

    Beautiful fabrics! I’d love to hear more about where you get your ideas for your fabric designs, and how the whole process works from idea to actual design.

  25. Caroline says:

    As we are moving i love any home ideas especially fab DIY fabric ones!!!

    I need some of that cord it looks beautiful!!

  26. Kacey says:

    Tutorials from other readers/bloggers using your designs!

  27. Leigh says:

    I always love to see ideas/tutorials for things other people have done with a fabric collection!

  28. lisa says:

    more about what inspires and attracts you. Decorating/crafting ideas and projects either yours or ones you like, or other peoples (tutorials?)

  29. Jane Poh says:

    I’d love to see what are the different things you could make out of 1 fabric.

  30. Denise says:

    I would like to see some of the design process going into your fabric collections. I have been drawn to your designs ever since I first was introduced to the awesome Urban Zoologie Owls and now there is no going back!

  31. Barbara M. says:

    Nothing says Fall to me like corduroy. I love to see your photos. I am a big fan of tutorials. I think I’m a tutorial hoarder!

  32. Jan says:

    I love reading about family, and design inspiration. I always want to know what’s coming up.

  33. Cassie says:

    Oh my those are cute! I would like you to talk more about color and using it and pairing it and inspirations and things like that. I love color and I love your use of it 🙂

  34. Paula B. says:

    I would love to hear about your designing experience and see more tutorials!!!

  35. amy says:

    fabric sightings!!

    love love love your designs, and the new cord prints are so cute!

  36. Melinda says:

    Are you still taking sewing lessons? I don’t think we’ve heard how that is going for awhile! So rare for a fabric designer to not sew!

  37. Kris says:

    Wonderful pieces of corduroy. I have been watching for some new pieces to make overalls for the babies I watch. I like reading about new techniques and hints to get things done in a quicker and more efficient manor.

  38. Melanie T says:

    Beautiful! I can imagine an awesome quilt out of this. I love these fun new fabrics. Thanks for the chance.

  39. Margaret says:

    What they all said. No, really, I’d love to hear more about your design process–where your inspiration comes from and how it turns into your fabulous fabrics.

  40. Beth says:

    What is the inspiration behind your fabric? What are some interesting things you see and think, you could design some fabric.

  41. Debra L says:

    I would like to hear more about color trends! Whenever i get my mind on a color I can never find it.

  42. Ana says:

    I have been a follower for some time and I love what you share here on your blog. I am also a great fan of your fabrics. I love what you create and I would like to see some more of your creative process, where you get your inspiration, how you translate your thought to the paper (or in this case the fabrics).
    Hope I helped a bit and thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Lisa says:

    I’d like to hear more about your design process and the process it takes from idea to delivery of fresh bolts!

  44. Cindy Lammon says:

    Love the corduroy! I really like seeing the projects that people make with your fabric.

  45. Missy says:

    I LOVE your fabric…would love to see projects you’ve done with it!

  46. Alex Duenkel says:

    As a new follower, I would like to read about your background… Where you went to school, how you got here…
    The new cords are gorgeous!

  47. radiya says:

    love to hear about the fabric design process… how an idea makes it to the bolt 🙂

  48. Sunnybec says:

    Just talk about fabric, or fabric, or fabric with a few pictures thrown in. Linda

  49. Audra says:

    Hmmm… Maybe interviews with other designers that delve into what got them started in textiles, their projects and in what other directions they hope to grow. Tutorials are also terrific, along with maybe project challenges for charities.

  50. Audra says:

    Hmmm… Maybe interviews with other designers that delve into what got them started in textiles, their projects and in what other directions they hope to grow. Tutorials are also terrific, along with maybe project challenges your fans can work on for charities.

  51. Anita says:

    Pretty, I would love to see holiday gift project ideas.

  52. Lee Ann L. says:

    Wow. Those are the nicest cords I’ve seen. Never seen anything like these before. But then, I really haven’t looked lately. 🙂

  53. Kimberly says:

    Beautiful! I really loved the printable paper cones you did recently. Love that your blog spans the fabric and art worlds. As a middle Tennessean, I selfishly would love to hear more about your local favorites.

  54. Tammy says:

    Love this stuff!!

    I love the pictures of things made (by you or others) with your fabrics. I also love tutorials or even simple general instructions (not very detailed) for projects to give me a step in the right direction.

  55. Helen G. says:

    I would love to hear more about the inspiration behind your work, and how you envision each print being used. It’s always interesting to see and hear about the work behind the work… Thanks!

  56. Carla G says:

    I would love to see some tutorials for kids or purses/bags! And just some inspirational photos of what people make with your fabrics! 🙂

  57. Mimi says:

    I would love to see projects for smaller gift ideas… with Christmas fast approaching, this would be awesome! Thanks for the chance!

  58. Sarah Craig says:

    Fairly simple gift tutorials using your fabrics would be a great thing in the upcoming holiday season – and I’d sure like to be making some with some of that beautiful corduroy! Thanks for the chance!!

  59. Newbie Quilter says:

    I am a new quilter and would love to see more easy project ideas.

  60. Mary says:

    Wow those are so beautiful, I love cord and ‘need’ to find some for my girls for winter – think this would do wonderfully although being in the UK I might have to wait until next winter!
    I’d love to hear more about your creative process and inspiration, it fascinates me how you always come up with such delightful prints!

  61. Susanne H says:

    Lovely, lovely fabric – do you think it’s possible to use corduroy to make quilts with, or is that just too weird?? I also enjoy seeing pics on your blog of things made with your fabrics, so more ideas and inspirations would be fab!

  62. robin says:

    Love the cord fabric! I like tutorials.

  63. Lori Ann says:

    Beautiful fabric. Hard to believe it is corduroy. Love corduroy to make winter dresses for my great nieces. It would be an extra special treat to win as today is my birthday!

  64. Hannah says:

    I love micro cords! These are so pretty and would make great ukulele straps (what I make). I remember my first pair of pants as a girl…burgundy cords 😀 I like what you talk about on your blog. Just keep doing what you’re doing.

  65. shannonB. says:

    Oooh pretty! I love using corduroy for fall bags.
    I’d love to see some easy Holiday projects!

  66. michelle says:

    I would love to see a tutorial on a bag or purse. Love the fabrics!

  67. JustJenny says:

    Love tutorials ♥

  68. Allison says:

    Holiday projects would be good.

  69. cindy says:

    These cords could go right into spring. I am looking for more simple and quick gift projects.

  70. DebbieKL says:

    I love seeing projects and tutorials!

  71. Jermaine D. says:

    I would love to see more fabric projects, maybe of the non-traditional, no-sew kind?

  72. Cathy Good says:

    so cool! Used to love to wear cords when I was young, but they were never like these!

  73. Robyn says:

    Don’t you just want to dive into this delectable pile of soft fabric? I’d love to read more about your design processes.

  74. Amy McAllister says:

    I would love to see more tutorials and more of what inspires you to create your designs.

    I’d also be really interested in the things that you are making or the things you like that others are making.

    I am constantly inspired by others inspiration!

  75. Alexandra p. says:

    I would like to see Works in Progress, Tutorials and crafty christmas-ideas. And how you design your beautiful fabric…

  76. definitely tutorials and inspiration for sewing!! Stuff people make with your fabrics too!

  77. starjumper says:

    i love this trend towards different fabrics – like cords! i want to see you doing amazing things with your fabrics 😀

  78. Kylie says:

    I love your free patterns and instructions using your fabric. Some more of them would be great 🙂 you have some wonderful ideas.
    Love this new fabric !

  79. DianeH says:

    Definately tutorials for smaller and gift projects. Love this line. thanks.

  80. LeAnn says:

    Maybe some quick and easy stocking stuffer or gift ideas using fabric?

  81. Betty Ayers says:

    I have always been a sucker for corduroy, love it, love it! And now with grandnieces and nephews on the scene, it would be perfect for little dresses, pants or even a handbag for me! And you could talk about books forever and I’ll be there – maybe something like Traveling with Promegranites. Many thanks for the giveaway chance!

  82. Bea Langeweg says:

    good afternoon

    The fabrics are gorgeous…mmmmm What a great give a way to win.

    Bea Canada

  83. Rebecca says:

    Oh, those fabrics are gorgeous! I would LOVE to create for my girls with them! I’d like to see some more projects made with your prints, especially gift ideas 🙂

  84. Isabelle says:

    Love it all! 🙂
    I would like to get a pattern for a Poncho with a hood for my two little ones. In corduroy with flanel inside or cotton…
    And more of the small gifts ideas for teachers.
    Thank you!

  85. Annik says:

    Your design inspirations and your design process would be lovely. Congrats on the cords – the designs are so sweet. RK corduroy is always so soft and fabulous!

  86. joey says:

    Tutorials and small projects

  87. Patty D says:

    I’d love to see simple gift ideas. Thanks. I Enjoy your blog

  88. Pat S says:

    I love these cords – the designs and colors are so appealing! I’d love to see projects made of your fabrics, including bags and quick to make gifts. would love tutorials for these items. Thanks!

  89. Erin says:

    I’d love to hear about your design/inspiration process. Creativity seems so mystifying to so many of us, while our own ideas seem so obvious to us they seem completely novel to others. I always love hearing how creative folks come by their creativity!

  90. Melanie says:

    These fabrics are so pretty and colorful for the fall. Thank uyou for having this giveaway. I would love to see some more tutorials on projects that we can give as Christmas gifts, as well as hear about how you select fabrics and color variety in your quilts.

  91. Mary Ann says:

    I love tutorials and photos of cute ideas for gifts. These cords are amazing, I’m seeing matching outfits for my granddaughters!

  92. Hueisei says:

    Since Christmas is coming, I am hoping to see some gifts idea from this blog.. Thanks 🙂

  93. Chelley says:

    I love these! So cute! I would love tutorials for small gift items!

  94. Marisa says:

    Darling new fabric! project ideas would be fun!

  95. Jqluo says:

    I would love to see more photos of your new fabrics and crafts… 🙂

  96. Eva says:

    Beautiful fabric! I love the prints and the colours! 🙂 I love reading about inspiration and behind-the-scenes peeks. I really like your pictures and 2011 things, because they are full of colour and happy stuff. 🙂

  97. VickiT says:

    I have been wanting to get my hands on some of the awesome courderoy after feeling a pair of pants made from it. LOVE IT! And those you’ve just posted the picture of are awesome. They are so pretty.

    I would love to see tutorials for the holidays but mostly I’d love to see tutorials for kids clothing that are somewhat easy and don’t start out with ‘take a piece of clothing that fits now and trace that for a pattern’!!! I LOVE so many of the awesome tutorials but when you haven’t got any of the clothing that fits because you are sewing for a granddaughter that lives over 3 hrs away it’s frustrating.

  98. Theresa N says:

    I love sewing so I’d love to see any thing that’ll keep my creative juices flowing, holidays are big right now.

  99. Karen says:

    The cords look lovely! I would love to hear about where you get your inspiration from, and colour choices. Also more tutorials would be great!

  100. Colette says:

    I’d love to hear you talk about quilts…i.e patterns with your fabrics and coordinating solids to use for them!

  101. Linda says:

    Oh those colours are so scrumpcious! I can envision cute jeans, skirts and tops made of that fabric for my grandbabies or some cute cudly toys. I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the great blog.

  102. Erin M. says:

    I already love your favorite things posts! Would love this corduroy for some cute pants for my 1 year old little girl!

  103. I’d love to see step by step tutorials of Clothing, Quilts and Bags 😀
    Thanks for the sweet giveaway, they look awesome!

  104. Arlene says:

    Gorgeous cheery prints to brighten even the hardest of winters!!!

    I love tutorials of any kind & home decor ideas:-)

  105. Stefanie says:

    Since you mentioned at our guild meeting that you want to learn to quilt, maybe you cold start another ‘series’ on you blog (similar to favorite things) where you share your journey in learning to quilt with readers.

  106. I think you are doing a good job with the blog so far… I like a little of everything! Tutorials, seeing what ppl make with your fabrics. The ideas about simple-ish Christmas gifts sounds like a good one. I haven’t even started thinking about that yet, so I know I will need simple!

    I would so make a quilt out of these cords!

  107. Erin M. says:

    I would love for you to talk business to us. I know that it is not always acceptable to do so, but you seem to be on the right track with business. So talk to us about future planning, pricing, and other such economic issues. We (I think there are others) dream of making money by doing textile stuff but don’t know how to start or how to make a success out of it.

    Courderoy is something I wouldn’t wear as a child because of the funny noise it makes, but now I find I enjoy the softness of it.

    Yours are beauitul.

  108. Kristin Orth says:

    I would love to see fun project tutorials using your fabulous fabrics!

  109. Em says:

    Please talk about your creative process. How you go from getting an idea to manifesting that onto fabric.

  110. Claudia says:

    These fabrics would be just awesome for little girls dresses.

  111. Stephanie C. says:

    I can’t think of anything that you haven’t already covered!

  112. Maggie says:

    I would love to hear you talk about clothing and accessory ideas for this beautiful cord fabric. Love it.

  113. beth says:

    Lovely colors and prints.I never knew such material cotton corduroy existing.

    I love your blog. always come here for my color fix. So write everything and anything which involves colors (You are already doing it :)).

    I love love love your designs

  114. Callie says:

    Your designs + cool cords fabric = genius idea. I can’t wait! I really like the fabric sightings feature and would like to see more of your designs (drawings, etc.) Thanks for the giveaway!

  115. Randi says:

    Beautiful!! Honestly … I just really enjoy your blog the way it is. Whatever you talk about, I’ll read. 🙂

  116. Nancy D. says:

    I would love to see tutorials or projects that you’ve used your fabric on. Sweet cords!

  117. julie Barnes says:

    I’ve been making winter capes and this would be AMAZING!!!!!

  118. Laurie says:

    Hi! I would love to see more of what people make with your fabrics to give me ideas. I love your collections and scoop them up as quick as I can and always love to see inspiration of stuff that I can make out of them. Featuring normal, average quilters and sewers is great too – makes it feel more doable!

  119. robin says:

    I envision little girls’ dresses with those cord fabrics. As for your blog – I like tutorials. 🙂

  120. Alina Rodgers says:

    Anything regarding fabric, I will love it. Thanks for the chance. They are lovely!

  121. Nancy J. says:

    I’d like to see you talk about how your fabrics can be used–especially baby and toddler dresses, tops, etc. Love these fabrics!

  122. Grace says:

    I’d love to see tutorials on things you’ve made with your fabrics. thanks for the chance!

  123. Alexandra J says:

    I’d love to play with these colorful cords!! I want to make a stuffed bunny for my niece for Christmas and they’re exactly what I’m looking for! I’m new to the page, are we able to buy from here?

    • kelle says:

      Thank you, Alexandra! I have listed online stores that carry my fabric on my website. You can also do a simple search online for “Ann Kelle Cool Cords” or “Ann Kelle Izzy Cords”. This collection is from 2011, so there may be a limited amount available! I have new cord fabric coming out this year, so be on the lookout!