3 Tips for Creating Eye-Catching Tossed Layouts

Monday, January 9, 2017

You toss a handful of autumn leaves up into the air, watching them fall to the ground. They land in a scattered pattern. Some facing up; some facing…

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The Quest for the Perfect Pattern Layout

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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Some days it all comes together perfectly. Your pattern designs flow. You are able to sketch an interesting motif, bring it into Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and then…

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Using Trends To Create Patterns

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Last week’s post shared why forecasting trends is so important to our work, as well as a few ways that you can begin dipping your toes into trend…

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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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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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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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From the Textile Design Lab: Tidal Beachcomber Tutorial

Monday, November 2, 2015
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In our latest Textile Design Lab tutorial Chelsea shares her steps to creating the textural geometrics that are trending for Spring/ Summer ’17, drawing inspiration from WGSN’s “Tidal Beachcomber”…

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Designing Textiles for High-End Interiors with Caroline Cecil

Monday, October 19, 2015

Each month in the Textile Design Lab we welcome an industry expert who offers training in their area of expertise. For the month of October our guest expert is Caroline Cecil,…

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