Designing Fabric Print Patterns – the first of 2018!

I’ve been designing fabric prints since 2015. To date I have 28 designs available in my Spoonflower shop. When I approve the swatch of this new “Pineapple Party” print it will be 29! I first started designing patterns in 2015 with my “pattern a month project,” although I didn’t upload them all to my shop.Continue reading “Designing Fabric Print Patterns – the first of 2018!”

My growing collection of pattern designs

The other day a swatch of my Christmas Elves pattern arrived. It’s so exciting to see my designs off the sketchbook page, off the computer screen, and printed. And even more exciting…last week someone ordered my gardening fabric. I wish I could see what they make with it! I’m so proud of my growing collection. See allContinue reading “My growing collection of pattern designs”

With Digital Design the Possibilities are Endless

As I sat down at the computer to design a pattern around my elf sketches, I quickly realized the sketches were just the tip of the iceberg. What kind of background did I want? A snowy scene? Or maybe a plaid background? When working with pens, paper, watercolor – basically any tools not on the computerContinue reading “With Digital Design the Possibilities are Endless”

Designing Patterns – important things to remember.

If I knew what I was getting into, maybe I wouldn’t have been so enthusiastic about pursuing pattern design. Ha ha. I say this because I am realizing all the aspects that go into designing for fabric, gift wrap, and beyond. My head was spinning a bit this weekend, as all I took it allContinue reading “Designing Patterns – important things to remember.”

Learning the keys to successful surface design

At the end of last year, I had just started ordering my pattern designs in wrapping paper and fabric. It’s totally different, to not only see the pattern printed, but then work with the gift wrap and fabric. As I wrapped presents in my designs and other designs, I became aware of things that I neverContinue reading “Learning the keys to successful surface design”

My 12 Surface Designs – one a month this year!

I’m really proud, and happy, that I followed through on my goal to start creating surface designs. I designed the first one in January, and decided to commit to “1 Surface Design a Month.” That goal, and the end of the month deadline, really pushed me to put in the work. 12 Surface Designs January –Continue reading “My 12 Surface Designs – one a month this year!”

Please vote for my Sandcastle pattern in this week’s Spoonflower contest! Thank you!

I would be so grateful if you took a minute to vote for my pattern “Sandcastles on Long Island.” Just click here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters_temp/new?contest_id=306 Uploading a pattern to Spoonflower is something I’ve wanted to do for years, since I first read about Spoonflower in Country Living. I used their Sandcastles contest as extra motivation to finally uploadContinue reading “Please vote for my Sandcastle pattern in this week’s Spoonflower contest! Thank you!”

Thinking of a Summer Project

Memorial Day, the unofficial start of Summer! As I figure out what my kids will do to keep busy this Summer, I realize I need a Summer project too! And it comes at a good time for me. I could use a jolt of motivation. As I look back on all the things I wanted toContinue reading “Thinking of a Summer Project”

10 things I want to try in 2015 and links to those who inspire me!

I can’t wait for 2015! (my creative resolution.2) There are so many things I am excited to try! The above image is the Christmas present I bought myself (see item #1). Things I want to try in 2015: Linocut. It seems like a lot of work but the results are awesome! I am inspired by Andrea Lauren who I followContinue reading “10 things I want to try in 2015 and links to those who inspire me!”