Michelle Fifis

Hello! I’m Michelle Fifis and welcome to Pattern Observer!

At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and our private design community, The Textile Design Lab.

Members of our tight-knit community are continually improving their craft, learning new techniques, staying informed with the most up-to-date styles, and making their artwork more profitable.

If you’re new to the site let me help you Turn Your Artwork into Textile Designs that Sell. It’s my free gift to you.


My Story

In 2010 I founded Pattern Observer as a way to stay informed on the latest trends in the textile design marketplace. I had recently left my corporate textile design job and was concerned that I was going to lose sight of emerging pattern trends in the market. I soon began writing about my experiences as a designer and discovered a new passion: supporting, inspiring and promoting those in the design community. I began teaching online classes in 2011 and since that time I have helped thousands of designers improve the professionalism of their artwork and grow their businesses through our e-courses, virtual workshops and private design community.

Over the past ten years I have worked with manufacturers such as Lucy Activewear, Columbia Sportswear, Jantzen Swimwear, Perry Ellis and P&B Textiles, developing custom textile design collections and have had the honor of being featured on Stylesight.com, Elle Decor, Nordstrom’s Blog and Print Magazine.

Click here to shop from our library of patterns and join our boutique design studio experience.


Meet The Team

Chelsea von Hasseln is a freelance textile designer who loves living in the sweet little mountain city of Missoula, Montana. She studied Textile Surface Design at FIDM in Los Angeles, and prior to that earned a BFA in Dance at the University of Montana. When Chelsea is not working on patterns or helping manage The Textile Design Lab community, you can find her enjoying Montana’s numerous outdoor activities with her husband, Zach.


JamieKalvestran128pxSq (1)An accomplished product designer, published illustrator and with three design patents to her name, Jamie Kalvestran is bringing her inspirational print designs into textile, quilting, home fashions, sporting goods and personal accessories to name a few. She currently markets original sewing patterns under the Scrap-bags™ label, is a licensed artist in children’s products, quilting and home decor she also has apparel prints for sale on her website.


sherryLondon2Sherry London took a college aptitude test that suggested she should be a teacher, a writer, and an artist—and she has done all of that. She has written over a dozen books on Photoshop, Illustrator, and Painter, taught Photoshop, Illustrator, prepress, history, systems design, ballet, and knitting, and been a fiber artist, digital artist, graphic and surface pattern designer. In her spare time, she spins, creates off-loom seed beaded jewelry, and knits. She has a BA with honors in Tudor history and an MS in Information Systems. She is based at the Jersey shore and is delighted to be able to share her love of Photoshop and her eclectic skills with you.


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27 Comments on “About

  1. Thank you for creating such a beautiful and inspirational blog! I’ve already begun referencing your color and texture plays into my commercial designs. I appreciate your clean and uncluttered approach in showcasing some of the most exciting print, pattern & color trends of the season. Keep ’em coming!

  2. I LOVE your collections of prints, patterns, inspirations and colors! Beautiful stuff! I will definitely be coming back often to see what’s next. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Loved it!!!!! Great to see you are enjoying your work!!

  4. Hello Michelle
    Your beautiful blog is both useful and inspiring!
    Can I link your blog to mine?

  5. Hi Michelle
    my name is Ayelet from “all-overprint” studio
    Im a printed textile designer(20 years) Im teaching textile design for home at Shenkar college and I’m selling my artworks for many companies
    allover the world via Heimtextile.
    thanks for visiting my blog and leaving supportive comment.
    you can blog my prints (if you like) direct from flicker:
    if you need more imeges
    grate blog,Like!

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  9. I participated in your webinar today – and I was so glad I did!
    Your approach to creating an irresistible surface design collection made so much sense – and really helped me clarify where my creative process and business model could do with some fine tuning.
    My Sincere Thanks,
    Melbourne, Australia

    P.S. I just love patternobserver.com – well done!

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At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and private design community, The Textile Design Lab.