Even Heroes Need Help

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

From an outside perspective it might look like we just create patterns that get printed on fabric or design products that sit on a shelf. We both know…

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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 Textile Design Lab Summer of Creativity

Monday, July 11, 2016
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Do your patterns always seem to fall short of your vision? Before long you start doubting your work, trying too hard to make something happen, and eventually you…

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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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Lo-Temp Batik with Maria Ogedengbe

Monday, February 22, 2016
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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 February we have been lucky to have Maria…

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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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