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4 hand drawn fabric swatches

Robert Kauffman Fabrics and Spoonflower have teamed up again with a Fabric 8 contest around the theme of Pen & Ink. With well over 700 submissions they managed to narrow it down to 8 finalists and these are just 4 of them. I have no idea how you would approach such a task but I think the eight finalists are really worthy choices. You can read a little more about each designer over on the Fabric 8 website.

I was really taken by the theme they chose because I think it really highlights a current trend in design (not just fabric design) to bring the truly handmade look into digital design. I have seen this trend emerging over the last couple of years and there are some wonderful designers out there who do this well – I will share some with you in the next week.

It’s made me look at my own designing a little differently and in a couple of weeks. I’m going to embark on a screen printing refresher course at Megalo in a couple of weeks and I want to use the time there to find a way to cross over between screenprinted fabric and digital. I have an idea brewing for my designs that I hope work as well in actuality. I’m looking forward to sharing the process with you.

The four fabrics are clockwise from top left: Butterflygarden by mahoneybee, Watercolor blooms by sberrens, Red poppies by Valley Designs, Water flowers by snowflower

May 28, 2012 \ fabric \ 2 comments

Fabric :: vintage small prints

Collection of small print fabrics

I stumbled across a collection of vintage feedsack clipart that I’d downloaded from Pugly Pixel (which I wanted to link to but couldn’t find it on her site) and I seem to have been pondering small print fabrics ever since.

I first became aware of feedsack fabrics when we moved to Atlanta, which also coincided with the beginning of my love of quilts and quilting. Original feedsacks were so sought after then (and probably now) and it still amazes me that their intended purpose was for packaging goods like flour and grain. They are so petite and can only become apparent on very close inspections. I really love the imperfection of the printing and the unevenness of colour.

I think this might be my next pattern project, I always tend to go for large scale but it might be fun to attempt some small scale patterns. I’ll let you know how I go.

My vintage selection are all from NORDICARTFABRIC Etsy store.

February 11, 2012 \ fabric \ 0 comments - be the first

A little bit vintage

Vintage fabric from Retro Age Vintage Fabrics

Happy New Year friends… I know it’s the 3rd today and I’m a bit late but I’m really not a fan of January 1st. I’m not sure why that is but I’m always happier when the 2nd rolls around. I’m going for a few changes on my blog front – nothing too drastic but I’m sure before the year is out there will also be a redesign in there somewhere.

So why not welcome in the new by talking about the old. I seem to be seeing vintage fabric everywhere at the moment. How do these people find such well preserved vintage fabrics? I went online (as you do) for a Google search and came up with Retro Age Vintage Fabrics – an Australian website that has the most, dare I say, nostalgic range of vintage fabrics. I am convinced that we used to holiday in a house with curtains made from #5 fabric. It’s funny how music and smells can instantly bring back memories I had a similar experience with this fabric.

I have specifically chosen fabrics from the 70′s and 80′s but you probably guessed that right? I’m having a hard time calling it vintage because I equate that with calling myself vintage.

1. 3581a. Retro mod 70s cotton orange rust sheeting 2.  3906. Retro mod 1970s minimalist brown floral 3. 4075. Kitsch 70s 80s orange strawberries cotton blend 4.  1537. Large scale bright florentine ogee 1970s cotton 5. 3632. Gorgeous Scandinavian 1970s super graphic sampler

January 3, 2011 \ fabric \ 2 comments

Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner

Innocent Crush fabric by Anna Maria Horner

This is a very small selection from the latest collection by Anna Maria Horner. Please look closely at these and tell me you don’t see a paisley influence. I’m seeing paisley everywhere I go at the moment. I run hot and cold when it comes to her fabric but I’m loving the red and turquoise. You can buy it from most fabric sellers but my personal favourites are Hawthorn Fabrics (biggest selection) and Sew Love Fabrics on Etsy (best customer service).

October 11, 2010 \ fabric \ 1 comment

My fabric designs on Spoonflower

I was waiting until I received the swatches before I shared this with you. Here they are – fabric of my design direct from Spooflower. I’m really please with how they turned out, it was a giant learning curve for me to create a repeating pattern but it seems to have worked. Also trying to work out how the colours would translate from screen to fabric was an uncertainty. I went with a familiar design in three colours plus a complementary stripe. I think I’m done with my medallion now, although I do still like it. If you want to purchase any yardage you can see it on my Spoonflower profile. Any purchase you make earns me some Spoonflower dollars and if you end up using it make sure you send me a picture. I’m thinking my green medallion on an upholstery weight twill to cover a chair would look just lovely. What do you think?

August 7, 2010 \ fabric \ 6 comments

Can You See Something Ticking?

Do you ever become aware of something e.g. a word, a colour or a concept and then you see and hear it everywhere you go? This is me and striped ticking at the moment. I am seeing it everywhere I look. Is it more prevalent than it used to be or am I just more aware of it? Being the person I am I thought I’d do a Google search for French Ticking and here’s what I found. The eBay store – Antique Vintage European Textiles has the most breathtaking range of truly vintage French ticking… some of the yards are complete with holes and other flaws. I also love the rustic accessories in their product shots. The second I found is The Linen House – based in the UK they source fabric from northern France that is mostly ticking, checks and plains. The also deliver to Australia!

February 11, 2010 \ fabric \ 1 comment

More about fabric

I am becoming increasingly interested in learning how to print my own fabric. I recently stumbled across some inspiring Australians that are doing some lovely work. The top picture is a fabric pack from the Ink & Spindle online store. They are a group of three textile designers based in Melbourne that hand print their own designs. Their blog is worth reading and their store site has templates to help you design your own reapeating pattern. The bottom is from the of paper and thread esty store. Danielle, the designer, is based in Western Australia and has her designs printed. Both stores practice environmental printing techniques.

June 8, 2009 \ fabric \ 0 comments - be the first

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