January in the Textile Design Lab

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year! We are so excited to kick off 2019 in the Textile Design Lab and have lots of fun events on the agenda this month. To start off,…

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New Design Challenge: Land, Air and Sea

Monday, June 4, 2018

One of my favorite events in the Textile Design Lab is our monthly Chelsea’s Challenge, which we share with the goal of helping our members grow their pattern portfolios. We provide a theme…

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“Recycle” – Our Latest Chelsea’s Challenge in the Textile Design Lab

Monday, February 5, 2018

This month’s design challenge in the Textile Design Lab is all about recycling–reworking old prints or creating patterns to be pieced together and used in unexpected ways. While we typically let our…

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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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