A few weeks ago, I shared that my second quilting fabric collection with FreeSpirit Fabrics wasn’t going to be produced. (You can find that post HERE.) Thanks for all of your encouragement on that, by the way! The brief feeling of failure that comes with any news like that quickly shifted into excitement. This means I can take my designs and what I’ve learned and translate them into the world of home decor fabrics and papers.
I am in the very beginning stages of reworking my existing designs and putting some plans together for new collections and colorways. Once the designs are ready, they will be for sale on Spoonflower.
One of the challenges with designing fabrics (or anything, really), is finding a way to communicate the ideas and concepts that live in your head with other people. That sounds like a no brainer, but it’s more challenging than you might expect. A simple sketch isn’t enough. You have to use a common design language. When I was working with FreeSpirit, they helped me with this step.
Now that I’m on my own, I need to make sure I’m speaking Spoonflower’s language. To do this, I ordered their design tools. This included a box of fabric and paper swatches as well as a huge color chart printed on cotton.
The colors on the chart each have a code that can be used in Photoshop and ProCreate, the two design software programs I use. I create the design in ProCreate and then Heidi puts it in printable repeats for me in Photoshop.
It is so nice to be able to see the colors on a piece of fabric in person since what I see on the screen isn’t necessarily an accurate representation. I feel like my colors will be closer to the vision in my head.
I can also create a palette from these color charts, so that my designs have coordinating and consistent colorways. If I want to work with paints and a brush to create designs, I can mix custom paint colors to match these little squares as well.
Since the color chart is enormous and a little difficult to maneuver, I cut it into more manageable pieces with pinking shears.
I’ve also purchased a few books on patterns and design. There is so much great historic inspiration for rhythm, scale, color combinations, themes, and design elements.
This book is massive and a feast for the eyes…
I’ve ordered a couple of other textile and pattern books, so I’ll let you know how they compare and which one is my favorite (in case you’re interested!)
Anyway, I’m excited to get some of these reworked designs out into the world and I’m to dust off some of the “rejects” that I loved as well.