Skip to main content

Surface Design


 Hey guys!

I think I finally realized that I love surface design. I never would have guessed this would be something I would get so excited about.

I know it's been a minute, but I am finalizing my swatches for releasing a bunch of fabric designs at once. I don't know if I can really call it a "collection" since they all look a bit different in ways from each other, but they all came from me.



I am using the same process as I had posted about on this blog sometime in 2015.

All of my prints are hand-drawn and then thrown into Photoshop. Sometimes I color them in Photoshop, other times I color them with watercolor pencils and then throw them in for a repeat.

(Excuse the low-resolution, by the way. The actual prints are in 150 dpi and very crisp.)


For this leaves one, I hand-repeated in real life using a quadrant method. I scanned the step before cutting and then filling in white space, and then hand-filled the white space. Whatever I filled in white-space-wise I then traced and made a separate file for. I then scanned that in and used what I drew to fill in the white space on the Photoshop file. It sounds more complicated than it needs to be (maybe it is) but it's the only way I could get it to work and not have to erase a bunch of annoying lines.

So far, this is my favorite print!


Other times, I draw out motifs and then find a way to arrange them later, such as the following ones.



And then I imagine them on a garment....





And then other times, I just draw and end up with something that I color in with watercolor pencils and then scan in, figuring out a repeat afterwards.



I don't know what it is, but there is just a bunch of magic in this all for me. It's relaxing to just doodle and color and then play with color, layout, contrast, etc. It's relatively quick, has some technical skill involved but not too much, and then anyone can make a garment from it once it's proofed and ready on Spoonflower!

I am totally having the best time with this so far!

There still are plans to eventually release PDF sewing patterns (who knows when) and I still am very sewing/design oriented but this right now is bringing me the most joy in design.

Hopefully you too will love to make something soon with these prints!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Latch Hook Rug Update

A little under a month ago I received all of my supplies to take on one of the biggest long-term projects I have ever taken on - a self-designed latch hook rug.

I don't know why, but I am clearly nuts. So beginning today I am posting photos each month, (preferably on the 1st of each month) progress of this gigantic shag rug. See how I started it here (scroll down past posting of my $10 dress). 

This is a photo of it today:

 Yes, I used the candelabra for scale. Haha. 
 This rug is really soft and is fun to run your fingers through. 

It doesn't look like much was accomplished, but though the number of packages we have gone through of pre-cut latch hook rug yarn already I have calculated that  we've used over 2500 strands for this ie.) 8 packages. I also just ordered 10 more packages of lime green since that's what I ran out of first and 6 more packages of straw yellow.


There is still quite a bit to go, but you see the blue row squares? Each of those are 10 rows. We cou…

DIY Trapeze Dress

I'm a pretty big fan of tent dresses (or trapeze dresses - call it what you want). They're simple, easy-to-make and you can have many variations of them. These are a fun style to wear for spring and summer! 
See this DIY from a Good Housekeeping Crafts book from 1971 - photos at the end of my own trapeze top from a while ago! (Bear with me on the photos here - this book is quite cumbersome and hard to scan.) 



Applique patterns, in case you wanted the dress to look EXACTLY like the photo. (But why?) 


How to cut the fabric efficiently. (This is actually pretty important cost-wise for you - especially with something this big.) 



Using pattern instructions from my patternmaking book from college, I created this swingy trapeze top a bit ago. I used sweater fabric from a thrift store find for the collar of this top. 

 I also opened up the back on the pattern to have a diamond shape. 

 It can easily be belted like in this photo for a blouse-y look. (Photo by Jane Chu.)

Have fun, kids…

The Lost Art of Rug Hooking

I am totally in love with the idea of this rug! But anyone who knows me shouldn't be surprised as I like stripes, vintage, and anything remotely psychedelic looking. 
The squares can be kept separate for rearranging or sewn together for a full rug. Be forewarned: these rugs take quite a long time to hook, so do this only if you have lots of free time. Or, I guess if you want to be working on it for years - whatever. 
On the contrary, these knots don't take too long to learn - mostly just muscle memory. You only need to buy a rug hook (which is still sold in most kits in craft stores) as well as the pre-cut yarn. In recent years, I find this proves to be slightly difficult as rug-hooking is a dying art, but you may be able to come across these yarn pieces online.





Of course, the fun part is that you can do whatever colors you want. I like this little chart that explains the reasons why you would pick each colorway - a little color theory here and there.  


And design your o…