Designing Textiles for Women’s Activewear

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

One of my favorite markets is women’s activewear. Patterns need to be empowering, inspiring and feminine while also flattering lots of different body shapes. I really enjoy the…

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Upcoming Events in the Textile Design Lab

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 has started off with a bang and we have so many exciting events coming up in the Lab! Before our membership prices increase on February 1, 2018,…

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Repeat Downbeat: Holiday Gifts Part One

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Over the new two weeks we are excited to feature some of the beautiful printed products that are posted in our #patternobserver Instagram feed. We hope that you…

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Featured Designer: Erica Cizek

Friday, October 20, 2017

We are wrapping up this week’s focus on florals. Today I’d like to feature the work of Erica Cizek, a talented pattern designer and illustrator. Erica has a…

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Pattern Observer Flash Sale!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Okay, I’ll admit that I’m biased about it, but I truly love textile design and helping freelancers succeed. Creating the courses that help aspiring designers has been a…

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Upcoming Event: Home Decor Intensive

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The home decor industry consists of companies that design products for the consumer’s home environment. These companies create products such as bedding, curtains, kitchen towels, shower curtains, rugs,…

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Found Patterns: Glaciers

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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Images via: (clockwise from top)  “Mendenhall Glacier – Juneau, Alaska” by Robert Raines (cropped from original),  “Perito Moreno” by Rachel Hobday (cropped from original),  “Portage Glacier” by Antti T. Nissinen,  “Hubbard Glacier Alaska” by Bernard Spragg. NZ (cropped from original),  “Glacier Cave,…

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How to Create Movies and Slideshows to Improve Your Marketing

Thursday, May 14, 2015

One simple and fun way to create more engagement and increase brand awareness for your surface design business is to go beyond the basic static image and bring…

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Enter to win a spot in the next UGTR Workshop! (Submissions closed)

Monday, October 7, 2013
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From time to time we hear from students inquiring about Pattern Observer scholarships. Well get excited everyone…because we are thrilled to be offering a FREE spot in the…

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Pattern Observer on Elle Decor

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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I was recently asked to participate in Elle Decor’s monthly Trend Alert and it was a blast! Each month they focus on one trend in the home decor…

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