In Memory of Jane Lewis

Monday, September 18, 2017

On August 24, 2017 we lost Jane Lewis, one of the most talented and knowledgeable textile designers in the quilting industry. Jane had been battling lung cancer since…

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Using Adobe Bridge to Prepare for Pattern Presentations

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

We’re preparing for an exciting week at Pattern Observer. We’re going to be taking a trip to Portland, Oregon. During this time we’ll be meeting with clients who…

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The Adobe Capture Pattern Trap

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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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5-Day Design Shake Up

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Like many of you, I find that the business aspects of my work can take over my creative explorations if I am not careful with my time. I…

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Critiquing Your Pattern Repeats

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

You’ve spent a lot of time working on your repeat. Your eyes may be feeling buggy, and your thoughts may have drifted to that caution zone of “I…

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The Right Way to Repeat

Monday, April 3, 2017
The Right Way To Repeat

There’s a trend emerging in the textile design industry, and as much as I’d tried to, I just don’t like it. Over the years the industry has become…

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How Photoshop for Designers Will Help You Be a Better Designer

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Adobe Photoshop can open up a world of opportunity for designers. It enables you to create artwork that is more authentic and representative of your true artistic style….

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5 Tips for Working with Your Sketches in Photoshop

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Photoshop is wonderful resource that allows us to do many of our favorite parts of designing in it. We can: Manipulate photos Draw and design directly in Photoshop…

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3 Ways to Overcome Digital Artwork Frustration

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Digital Tools

Diving into the creative process with paints, charcoals, pencils, or other mediums is one of the most rewarding parts of our craft. This creative freedom is exciting and…

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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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