to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Everything is Difficult....

....... before it is easy.

I'm going to Detroit on Sunday to tape the new season of Knit and Crochet Today. Quick trip to Detroit PBS where everyone is so nice and friendly. Still working on the step-outs.

This week, I put my mind to learning something new to me. I've been meaning to do this for eons. I always put it off because why? Because it was going to be hard - that is why.

It was hard - very hard but I am catching on. I've spent the past few days, when I wasn't needed at the farm, learning to design fabric repeats with Adobe Illustrator. I'm not quite there yet but it has been a fun week. I feel challenged and that is good.

My plan is to make the designs into my own fabric. They will be featured in my new book which I am working on now.

Here's the first fabric. I tried really hard to get a hand-drawn quality to it and I think I succeeded. I can print them at any scale. I still see a few more tweaks but I have to stop. It is highly addictive.

Want to learn too? I used this book which I found very helpful. I also watched some videos on YouTube by a woman named Sew Heidi.

Lots to do before my trip. Wanted to pop in before the week was over. Hope you all have had a great week.


Anne said...

I LOVE the fabric! I can't wait to see the finished product! :)

Auntie Shan said...


btw, if you still have it around, E my friend Carolyn in Minnesota - she does Fabric Designing too I believe. Don't know if she uses A.I., but she might be able to give you some insights..?

Anyhoo... have a SAFE & **FUN** TRIP!!


Caffeine Girl said...

You are always up for a new challenge. You are an inspiration!

night owl said...

OMG I can't believe this post! I have been bothering everyone who will listen for days to ask about Corel, Adobe and Photoshop. I want to do repeats for fabric with my surface pattern designs. I don't know which to use and am looking on You Tube for tutorials. And this post just blew my mind! Going to check out the book you linked right now. xxoo Jules in Beverly

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of printing your own fabric and think your design is beautiful. I could also see this printed on canvas and made into a floor cloth.

Louise Cady-Fernandes said...

I love it! I have making a video on my list of things to do and you've inspired me to take the leap. Scary though! Have fun in Detroit!

sally said...

I love the fabric design. It is soooooooo you. It reminds me of your home's decor.

ColorJoy LynnH said...

I'm 2 hours from you in Detroit. I know how busy you get, but I could drive down Tuesday night if you could have company and wanted it. Could also come Wednesday or Thursday if you're here that long.

In fabric news, WOW! This is wonderful information. I'm just starting to teach my 13 year old Goddaughter how to sew, so I love this concept.

Michele in Maine said...

I'm so excited about your fabric designs! Will you print it with Spoonflower or some other source? If you need some samples made into bags let me know!

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Love the fabric--and I'm impressed that you managed to squeeze in learning Adobe Illustrator, that is not an easy program, even for people whou're not also helping run a sheep farm in spring and prepping for a TV show taping.