A New Design Challenge for January: “Meander”

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Our Chelsea’s Challenge for January in the Textile Design Lab is “Meander,” a theme inspired by very sinuous, winding line work. By including flowers and motifs from nature, this theme can be interpreted…

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A New Design Challenge for December in the Textile Design Lab: “Storytelling”

Thursday, December 7, 2017

This month’s Chelsea’s Challenge in the Textile Design Lab was inspired by one of our wonderful guest experts, Maria Ogedengbe, and the idea of telling our family story, or the story of our…

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New Design Challenge in the Textile Design Lab: “Romantic Fall”

Monday, October 30, 2017

Back to school is over and as Fall starts to set in and things slow down there is much inspiration to be had. For this month’s Chelsea’s Challenge…

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The Repeat Downbeat

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Spring 2018 runway shows are in high gear and my Pattern Observer head is delightfully spinning with ideas. There are always so many trends to pick up…

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“Back to School” – Our Latest Chelsea’s Challenge in the Textile Design Lab

Monday, October 2, 2017

This month in the Textile Design Lab we are challenging our members to design around the theme of back to school for the Fall 2019 season. The overarching idea for this trend…

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A New Challenge for September in the Textile Design Lab: Conceal/Reveal

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

For our latest Chelsea’s Challenge in the Textile Design Lab we are diving into the theme of camouflage in its many forms. The goal for our members this month…

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New Chelsea’s Challenge: Creating Patterns Around the Theme of “Light”

Monday, August 7, 2017

Each month Textile Design Lab members have the opportunity to take part in our “Chelsea’s Challenge” design challenges. This month, the challenge is based around the theme of light, and includes sub-themes on prisms,…

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A New Activewear Challenge in the Textile Design Lab

Monday, July 17, 2017
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Each month in the Textile Design Lab we post a Chelsea’s Challenge with the goal of helping our members build their pattern portfolios. We provide a trend to focus…

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Build Your Portfolio with Our New Design Challenge “Bloom”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This month’s design challenge “Bloom” takes its cues from the amazing floral patterns in the Spring ’19 season. Three inspiring textile design trends for florals are featured in…

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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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