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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Hidden Details: Connecting With Buyers Through Stories

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

As a society we have grown to a point where we naturally demand more. We want to go deeper, we want to explore, and we want to be…

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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 2017 Summer of Creativity

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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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 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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“Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns” by Keiko Nitanai

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns is a 300 page treasure trove of pattern inspiration, featuring kimono and other elements of traditional Japanese dress, both old and new….

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Taking a Break: Creating A Visual Identity That Works For You

Saturday, May 6, 2017

We all need a break from time to time. Life cannot be all work anymore than it can be all play. And emergencies happen. Thankfully, regardless of why…

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Create a Portfolio That Works When You Are Not

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My feelings about marketing change on a daily basis… There are times when I love being out there, telling people about my work and my passion for this…

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10 Reasons You Should be Taking the Ultimate Guide to Repeats

Monday, April 10, 2017

There is a rising trend for agents and studios, and that is the trend of requiring repeats. Because of this, it has become increasingly important to learn how…

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