Thursday, April 26, 2018

Winter Work - New Fabric Designs from Kristin Nicholas with Spoonflower

I'm not sure if you noticed but I was a bit absent from this blog during the winter months. The reason for that was that I was trying to better my skills by really working on surface pattern design using my MacBook Pro, Adobe Illustrator and Procreate (on an iPad). It was super time consuming with hours spent looking at my computer screen. I made a lot of patterns and now I feel much more confident that I can design more surface patterns in the future. 

So here is the cool thing - at least I think it is cool. You all know about my new book Crafting A Patterned Home. It is packed with 35 projects that you can make yourself. Techniques include painting, fabric printing, stamping, knitting, crochet, sewing, ceramics and embroidery. There are a whole mess of projects that feature fabric printing with blocks. 

I am realistic and I know that not everyone is going want to spend time printing fabric themselves but they also might the look of hand printed and handpainted fabric. During the winter months I translated many of the hand printed fabrics into digital files. It took a whole mess of time but I did it. I scanned handprinted images and then brought them into Illustrator and built repeat files.

I uploaded those files to Spoonflower and now all of the designs that are featured in my new book Crafting A Patterned Home are now available as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. There are almost 30 different types of fabric that you can order these designs on. All have been tested to make sure they print correctly.

Many of the handprinted designs translated into digital repeat files
Here is what the collection looks like on their website. 

Spoonflower prints fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap. Here are a couple of screenshots showing my designs as wallpaper in their "room setting."

This is the handpainted wallpaper that is featured on the cover of the book.

This is the wallpaper version of the fabric featured on the chair in the kitchen.

Spoonflower also has a sister company called Roostery. They will take any of my fabric designs and make them into all kinds of products - table linens, bed sheets, duvet covers, pillows, throw blankets and more. It really is pretty amazing. I can't say that Roostery is very easy to navigate for my surface design patterns. I have to work harder on figuring that out. But here is their version of my block print tablecloth on a cotton sateen fabric. This project was featured in my kitchen and I hand stamped all the cotton canvas fabric. 

It really is amazing what technology is making available to us. If you can figure out the computer programs, etc. 

You can check out all my fabric designs on Spoonflower on my shop here
This is the link to only the fabrics from Crafting A Patterned Home

If you were to order any of the products, I highly suggest getting a sample piece before committing to lots of yardage. I order a sample of each design to check it before making it for sale. Each fabric or paper will print slightly different. 


Auntie Shan said...


BTW, that last wallpaper pic... I couldn't help but wonder, if you were to put your chair with the same pattern in front of it, would it "disappear"..?

Sojourner Design said...

Seeing this post makes me wonder if at some point you might take up weaving!

Lee said...

Wow! That is super exciting!

d said...

These are just beautiful; thank you for sharing your talents with all of us.

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