Using Layers to Bring Your Patterns to Life

Saturday, July 8, 2017
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Buyers are looking for the unique, the special, the spectacular. They want depth, dimension, and details. As designers, when we close our eyes and imagine our piece-de-resistance, we…

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The Sellable Sketch Workshop: A Sneak Peek!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Update! This class is now sold out! Click here to register for the wait list of the next session. Hello there!!! Registration for The Sellable Sketch Workshop closes…

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The Textile Design Master Class

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for The Textile Design Master Class! The class begins March 19th and there are only 20 spots available,…

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Illustrator Tip: Resizing Pattern Swatches

Thursday, February 2, 2012
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In this tutorial I explain a quick and easy way to scale your pattern swatches in Illustrator. This technique is perfect for filling products with your patterns. Enjoy!…

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Q&A with Kim Kight, Author of The Field Guide to Fabric Design

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim Kight from (website now defunct.) In this interview we discuss her new book, The Field Guide to Fabric Design,…

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Q&A: Should My Portfolio Be Varied or Focused?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

If the video is not loading, you can watch it here. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below. Enjoy!

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The Power of Layout

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If the video is missing please check it out here. I hope this helps you down a more profitable print path! -Michelle

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Pikaland Class. The Sellable Sketch: Developing an Irresistible Surface Design Collection

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

There are a few spots left in my new course, “The Sellable Sketch: Developing an Irresistible Surface Design Collection.” This is a 5 week intensive course in which…

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The Ultimate Guide To Repeats

Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy Friday!!!! I am so excited about my upcoming course, The Ultimate Guide to Repeats, that I could not help but share the introduction video with all of you lovely…

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Step Five: Five Steps to a Butt Kickin’ Portfolio project

Friday, July 22, 2011

I am thrilled to release the final step to creating that Butt Kickin’ Portfolio Project! I mention a few upcoming classes in the video, but be sure to…

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