Pursuing my goal to have more fun and take more risks with my creativity this year, and inspired by working with the lovely people at Prinfab (custom print your own fabric in the UK, yay!), I’ve decided to have some adventures in designing my own fabric. I had a go last year, when I created some Spode china pattern names-inspired fabric:
Working with the text was pretty straightforward, and I loved the unique-to-me results, but I’d really like to take it further, and learn how to turn artwork into fabric, how to make pattern repeats successfully, learn more about vector graphics and lots more.
My first step has to been to sign up to the Creative Bug and use the free 2 week trial (although am so impressed will probably move on to paid membership!) to take this awesome course How to Design Fabric taught by Denyse Schmidt, Heather Ross and Lizzie House (three of my design heroes – how could I resist?). I’ve watched the first couple of parts now, and it’s so interesting and inspiring (and I am a little bit in love with Lizzie House who has just such a brilliant approach to creativity – she says she wants to give us ‘permission to fail’ because then we can work out how to fix it – brilliant!). Can’t recommend this highly enough.
I also have a reading list underway:
(Book links are to Wordery with whom I have an affiliate link – buying from Wordery supports my work here at Very Berry)
I’ve also been collecting some great web resources to give me inspiration and information:
- How to create surface pattern: 10 expert tips
- How to create fabric from drawings
- DIY Landscape pillows
- How to print your own recipe teatowels
- Turn your Instagram photos into an iPad case
- Learn how to design fabric without spending tons of money
- Create selvedge fabric
- Custom recipe fabric for pot holders
- How to make a repeat pattern in photoshop
- Make a ‘shelfie’ cushion
And that’s just for starters… So many ideas whizzing round my head right now. Hope you’re feeling inspired too! It’s nearly the weekend….!