Back in 2004 I decided to spray paint some canvas with this little paddle shape cut out of card. I’ve always wanted to print this shape but I wasn’t quite happy with the composition. After months of fiddling about and head scratching I decided to loosen up the design and move the shapes around at angles. I’ve been playing around with colours and overlaying sections, i’ve also forced myself to stop using pink for a while. I made some purses and pencil cases from this fabric, all of which are available in my etsy shop! They’ve been really popular in the West Norwood Market as well. I had real fun playing with this design and plan on a bigger version this year.
The last printing session should have been fairly simple. The plan was to make a two colour print. The first colour went down fine but as soon as I started the second colour it just wouldn’t line up. After measuring the fabric I released that the fabric had actually shrunk by 5mm. Hopefully they will be finished in time for the November market.
I will be at the October Feast Market in West Norwood on Sunday 4th October from 10-4pm. See you there!
Last September I discovered a website called Spoonflower that lets you upload your own textile patterns and print them onto fabric. The website is full of hints and tips on getting the best patterns and is perfect for any beginner who wants to teach themselves. The only downside is that it’s based in the U.S.A and I live in the UK. I would have to wait a month for my fabrics to arrive and then pay a hefty charge at the post office. I decided to look around at alternative digital printing companies based in the UK and came across BeFabBeCreative, who are based in Edinburgh. I ordered their fabric sample, uploaded my designs and chose to have it printed 100 x 140cm on plain cotton.
It took about a week to arrive and now I’m super excited to get started on some sewing. I’m planning on making three tote bags out of the first run but my mind is already thinking about the next design to send them and all the other possibilities such as cushions, scarves (yes they do a nice silk and satin options too), purses, rucksacks, umbrellas, the list is endless.
I’ll let you know as soon as they’re made and photographed all beautifully. Thank you BeFabBeCreative, expect some more designs soon.
Whilst teaching myself how to design textile patterns I have also dusted off my sewing machine and have been making some bags of my own. I just love a good tote bag and am enjoying putting them together myself. I recently bought some beautiful fabric from Ebay and have made a few totes for my new etsy shop. These are the first of many I think.