Archive for the ‘Fabric Study’ Category

Daily Swatch: Seersucker

The Daily Swatch features a piece of vintage fabric (almost) every day. Themes change periodically. Please add your own examples of the theme to the True Up and/or Vintage Fabric Flickr pools. Seersucker gets its characteristic puckered texture from a special weaving process. Some warp yarns are put on the loom with regular tension, while [...]

Daily Swatch: Terry Cloth

The Daily Swatch features a piece of vintage fabric (almost) every day. Themes change periodically. Please add your own examples of the theme to the True Up and/or Vintage Fabric Flickr pools. Terry cloth is a uncut-pile weave fabric. Pile fabrics (which also include velvet and corduroy) are made with an extra set of yarn [...]

Contemporary Bicycle Prints

To go along with this week’s daily swatch theme, a roundup of bicycle fabrics you can actually buy! (I know, I should do this more often … )   Phillipa by artist Grayson Perry, part of last year’s Liberty of London Art Collection. Spotted at Purl Soho in three colorways. I like how the bikes [...]

Digital Fabric Printing Comparison Chart Updated!

Update 12/3/10 — This chart is already a bit outdated in terms of what the American printers offer! For Europeans, there are two printing services for you to consider, Stoff-Schmei.de (reactive dyes) and Stoff’n (pigments). Hopefully I’ll have an updated chart finished in the next couple months. Last summer I tested out four digital fabric [...]

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Half-Drop Repeat

Unlike the floral print I showed you on Friday, you can actually see both the horizontal and vertical edges of the repeat in this one(from the vintage collection of chickadee nest on Flickr). First, we isolate a motif and connect the dots. Triangle = half-drop. (I screened back the fabric a little so you can [...]

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types — One-Way

It’s a little trickier to find geometric one-way designs but I think I’ve done it. Although this print could be turned upside down or sideways and still work, it wouldn’t look exactly the same — the pink/orange/brown rainbows would be frowning and the yellow/black rainbows would be smiling. From Robotic Kid on Flickr. Related posts: [...]

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types — One-Way

Just because it’s one-way doesn’t mean everything has to sit straight up-and-down. This Americana print feedsack on eBay (ends in five hours! hurry!) has the feel and flow of a tossed print, even though you can only turn it one way. I’m thinking the designer intended this to be transformed into an apron. Related posts: [...]

E-Book: How to Enter The World of Textile Design, by Lizzy House

Lizzy House, designer of adorable fabric lines Lizzy Dish, Red Letter Day, and the upcoming Castle Peeps (all for Andover Fabrics), recently spilled about a book she’s written (well, an e-book, but a book’s a book in my book) called How To Enter The World Of Textile Design: For The Quilting Industry. Since I started [...]

Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – One-Way

Sometimes prints are layered, and one of the motifs or layers will have one direction and the other(s) will have another. Think of tossed flowers over a plaid background. The final determination, though, is based on the most restrictive directionality. In this print from the collection of mannagryn design on Flickr, the hearts are pointed [...]