Heimtextil 2016 – First time exhibitor experience – by Elena Belokrinitski

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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I’ve been dreaming about the Heimtextil Fair for ages. Ever since I was a Textile Major at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, I’d been hearing a…

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Do you have Bossy Boots?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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We are proud to present this guest post from Michelle Hunter of Michelle Hunter Creative.   Someone recently asked me to take a look at her website. She…

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Designing for Kitchen Textiles with Laura Olivia

Monday, December 21, 2015
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Each month in the Textile Design Lab we welcome an industry expert who offers training in their area of expertise. For the month of December we have been honored…

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The Pattern Observer Book Club: January 2016

Saturday, December 19, 2015
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Do you want to explore books of all types in a fun, design-oriented community? Then you are in the right place! Here are the details: STEP ONE: Each…

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How My Computer Skills Landed Me A Job in Fashion

Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Guest post by Sew Heidi When I was a little kid, being a fashion designer seemed comparable to being a Hollywood actress – something that isn’t very practical…

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Show Off Your Surface Pattern Designs with Stunning Photos

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Dari Design Studio guest post on Pattern Observer

We are so excited to welcome back Dari Design Studio, who we recently featured here, to share this fantastic tutorial on how to photograph your surface pattern designs to…

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Inside The Studio: Expanding your Business with a Balanced Portfolio

Monday, December 14, 2015

When you’re first starting your textile design business it’s important to focus your business in some way. Perhaps you want to tailor it to a particular artistic style,…

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Creating Art for Digitally Printed Quilting Fabric with Kim Gann

Monday, November 23, 2015
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Each month in the Textile Design Lab we welcome an industry expert who offers training in their area of expertise, and for the month of November we have…

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Customized Garments from 3rd Rail

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Over the years we’ve heard from many up-and-coming designers who want to start their own clothing line featuring their pattern designs but don’t know where to turn for…

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Instagram Challenge: Paper Play

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Several months ago a client requested that we develop a realistic map of a mountain, much like the hand-painted masterpieces that you see in vintage atlases. I am…

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