I have always wanted to design for fabric. Many years ago, when my first child was on the way, I decided to rekindle my love for sewing and create all the baby gear for her. I bought a bolt (that's about 100 yards!) of fabric I loved and began a season of sewing for my children that lasted for years. It was so much fun creating little works of art that my daughter could wear! Much of the joy in sewing is putting together beautiful fabric to create functional works of art.
Above and below are my very first fabric designs for sale! The designs are intended to be used in quilting, hence the simple squares. I am working on an exciting collaboration with Charlotte Wiggins of Bluebird Gardens Quilts and Gifts for one of a kind baby quilts.
Although I set aside my sewing endeavors the last seven years to focus on my miniature art and illustration, I continued to entertain the notion of designing for fabric. Recently my good friend Golders, who is also an artist, began designing for a great company called Spoonflower. Golders put together some really fun designs for Spoonflower. Here is her fabric collection and her blog post about her designs.
I am pleased to have the beginnings of a fabric collection on Spoonflower as well:
From the Spoonflower website:
"Spoonflower makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles. The company came about because Stephen’s wife, Kim, persuaded him that being able to print her own fabric for curtains was a really cool idea. She wasn’t alone. The Spoonflower community now numbers around 70,000 individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more."
I'll be creating more fabric designs and perhaps even sew some fun projects to sell in my Art Fire and Etsy shops!