Posts tagged ‘How-To’


It’s a mini-meme! This week has seen a handful of talented surface pattern designers posting about their design process. If you follow along you’ll see that the tools are a little different, but the process (basically, of futzing around till you’re satisfied) is largely the same. Betz White takes us from doodle to Illustrator finished [...]

How to Create a Seamless Pattern in Illustrator

This tutorial on Digital Arts shows step-by-step how to create a repeating pattern in Illustrator. I know how to do it manually on paper and in Photoshop, but the Illustrator method has eluded me till now. Related posts: How to Make a Repeating Pattern Adobe Illustrator CS6: Pattern Creation Tool More Illustrator Pattern Repeat Tutorials [...]

Quick Links

Urban Burp: all vintage fabric shop in San Francisco. Laughing Purple Goldfish Design‘s no-join method of cutting fabric into looooong strips to make “fabric yarn” for knitting, crocheting, or weaving. (via Whipup) Michelle of Cicada Studio is doing another linen swatch giveaway! Enter by this Sunday, 6/29/08, 9pm EST. The Sew Mama Sew blog interviews [...]

Handprinting with Lotta Jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotter shows Etsy and the rest of us how to print onto fabric with stencils and yams (via the CRAFT blog). I like the nice bit about idea cultivation at the end. Related: Scientific American Mind article on How to Unleash Your Creativity (via Three Buttons). Related posts: Preview: Echo by Lotta Jansdotter Lotta [...]

Directionality in Fabric

As Spoonflower and other digital textile printing services make custom fabric accessible to the masses, I thought it might be helpful to talk about fabric design basics. Since I am not a fabric designer by trade, I called in Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cicada Studio to help write this. She graciously obliged. Thank you SO [...]

How to Care For Vintage Fabric – 36 Tips

A vintage quilt square in need of some TLC The following was written by Nan Jaeger on the Revival Fabrics blog. She gave open permission to reprint the article, and it’s a topic that I’ve had brewing for a while, so I was happy someone did the work for me! Vintage fabric care is important. [...]

How to Fold Fabric

In this classic post, the Happy Zombie shows an extremely easy way to fold fabric for storage. Just fold selvedge to selvedge, then roll it around a narrow quilting ruler. It’s one of those things about which Brini Maxwell and say, “Why didn’t you think of that?” Her before/after pictures. I could only hope to [...]

How to Make a Repeating Pattern

Surface pattern designer extraordinaire Julia Rothman is guest-blogging at Design*Sponge this week. Today she shared her method for hand-drawing repeating patterns. Just draw, cut, reassemble, and fill in the blank space! Well, not “just”; there’s much more to making attractive patterns (technical drawing skills, artistic voice, and color savvy to begin with), but if you’ve [...]

Friday Quick Links

Cicada Daydream shows us a little of her process of designing pattern repeats in this post. Martha Stewart gives us ombre fabric dyeing instructions and other ombre crafts. (Via Craft Magazine Blog.) I definitely do not have enough ombre in my life. I will forever associate it with Santino from Project Runway Season 2, both [...]