Custom Window Seat Cushion: Carrie’s Kitchen
This was a fun custom fabric project, tweaking the colors of my Pointillist Stripes pattern for a kitchen window seat cushion.
Pattern Design, Camouflage Fabric and Freedom
These fabric patterns were originally inspired by a Spoonflower camouflage design challenge, but have continued to evolve. I was looking for a way to express the feeling of freedom in a way that explores some alternate paths we take to create it.
The original pattern was a bit simpler. I like […]
New Fabric Patterns: Pastel Stripes, Sorta
I just got a bunch of swatches from Spoonflower (on premium quilting weight cotton), many of them exploring stripes. A few of them continue this lavender-plus-mint pastel theme I originally tested with a series of Mini Argyles. Today’s photo session began a […]
Fabric-covered Concertina Books
At a Craft & Folk Art Museum CRAFTlab Workshop this weekend, I got to try out some of my fabric patterns on these little accordion (or concertina, because it sounds fancy) books. Printed at half scale, the patterns looked really good on these little books (the square book […]
New Fabric Designs: Heartwings
Here are three of the palette experiments I’ve been doing with my Heartwings pattern. It was originally inspired by a camouflage design contest on the Spoonflower website, but has long since sparked intriguing color ideas.
Photos are of samples on quilting weight cotton. Available on fabrics from upholstery weight twill […]
Cooperative Projects: Wake a Sleeping Dragon
Bringing ideas to life is now my #2 high.
Helping others feel that feeling has become #1.
With my most recent volunteer creative project, I’d say a close third is learning that the project giftee has reaped profound meaning and sustenance from the gift (which happened, and it was heart-melting). However, keeping in mind […]
New Fabric Designs: Love Chain
I keep coming back to this simple concept, with more ideas for color and stripe widths. It’s turned out to be super popular.
Photos are of samples on quilting weight cotton. Order these patterns on fabrics from upholstery weight twill to super light cotton voile, at Spoonflower.
New Fabrics Available: More Tiny Argyles
Having photographed these on a black backdrop, I am reminded how much I love the black and lavender combo, which I did explore some last summer. I show off those in a previous post. To purchase (or just to see how they display on Spoonflower), click on […]
Fabric Design Online: Marketing Lessons from a Few Outstanding Independents
Creating and selling surface design work online is a side project I’ve been exploring since last summer. Can it become a viable business?
There are a number of sites now that allow you to sell your fabric designs and receive a small commission. They are:
Spoonflower (US based, international shipping) […]
Contemporary Surface Design: Trois Miettes
Today’s post features surface design insights from an interview with Isabelle Kunz, perhaps better known as Trois Miettes. Her clean, upbeat work can be purchased on Spoonflower, Etsy and through her site, as well as at specialty shops in Zürich and Bienne, Switzerland. Her responses exceeded my […]
Custom Fabric Prints: Chrysanthemum Pattern
Ahhh… Now I like them! Spoonflower did a fantastic job of capturing the nuances of the pencil work.
I tried a few different palettes with these outrageous mums, and what you see here are the happy successes. It’s time to pull together some photos of these in use—on upholstry as well […]
Tiny Argyles Fabric: Palette Tests
I’m documenting my newest set of test swatches. Many more successes this time, and this trio of blacks and whites is my favorite:
This set is a close second. It shimmers in the sun (a break in some otherwise grayish weather), and on the humblest of weaves:
I threw […]
Surface Design: The Evolving Oak Motif
I’m continuing to explore surface design on the Spoonflower site, and just received new fabric samples for an oak motif I’ve been developing over this past summer.
The quilting weight 100% cotton fabric in these photos is $18/yard. Some other fabrics they carry are sateen, knit, twill and canvas. Click here […]
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