Setting Boundaries Within Your Design Business

Monday, October 23, 2017

Setting boundaries and following through on those boundaries can be extremely difficult in such a competitive industry. It’s difficult to find clients, so when you do it can…

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Guest Expert Interview: Chris Olson

Monday, October 16, 2017

This month we have the privilege to welcome Chris Olson, experienced surface pattern designer and marketer, to the Textile Design Lab as our guest expert. Chris partners with…

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Surface Pattern Design Layout Chart

Friday, October 6, 2017

When your pattern designs are flowing you feel great. Things click. Everything aligns and you are completely in sync with the rock star that you are. Then there…

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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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