Our Changing Industry, And How To Become A Hero

Monday, July 18, 2016

The textile design industry is changing rapidly, just like most industries do. That’s what happens with time, growth, and in the spirit of progress. Budgets are tweaked to…

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The Adobe Capture Pattern Trap

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Textile Design Lab designer recently posted a series of beautiful patterns which all had a stained glass look and layout. You couldn’t help but take note of…

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Free Live Training: Start Designing Textiles for the Women’s Activewear Market

Monday, May 23, 2016

Join me this Wednesday, May 25th for a new FREE live training event! We’ll be discussing the women’s activewear market and how you can start designing for this…

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Instagram Updates and Your Design Business

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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You’ve probably noticed a lot of chatter recently about the changes to Instagram that many users thought would happen today, March 29th.  The good news is that users…

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Jane Lewis in the Textile Design Lab

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

For many long-time Pattern Observer readers, the name Jane Lewis is a familiar one. Jane is the former Art Director and Creative Project Coordinator at P&B Textiles. She…

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How to Communicate your rates like a Pro

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

As a freelance textile designer it often makes sense to charge by the project or pattern. But there are other times when it makes sense to charge by…

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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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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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