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  • Design Challenge - Summer Fun

    It's time to look at the entries to this month's design challenge - Summer Fun. We had 6 entries this month, starting with the lightest, and getting darker! The lovely pastel colours of Sally Roydhouse's Vintage ice Cream Stripes.  Sally (Fabric M) said,  'Summer Fun reminds me of seaside, ice cream and stripy deck chairs. I've combined candy colour stripes with a digital illustration I did of a vintage ice cream van, scattered with ice
  • Design Challenge Themes

    As promised in last week's blog, here are the themes for our design challenges for the rest of the year.  The first date is the launch date, when, as usual, I'll give you the full details.  The second date is the closing date. Theme Date 1 Date 2   Rainbow 06-Jul 18-Jul Actual rainbows, or making use of rainbow colours, primary or pastel. Stripes 03-Aug 15-Aug Plain or patterned In the Woods
  • Design Challenge - Summer Fun

    Today's Design Challenge theme is Summer Fun. What do you think of as summer approaches? Most of our summer fun takes place outside, so almost anything outdoorsy could count as Summer Fun. Barbeques, cricket on the beach, Wimbledon, school Summer Fairs, Henley, swimming in the sea, fairgrounds, candy floss, holidays, mountain walks, sunshine and bright colours.    The list is endless. So you should be able to find something which inspires a Summer Fun design, whether it's
  • Stitch a Seam

    Regular readers may remember that, as part of the 100 Day project, I am running an open session to make an extra quilt or two for Project Linus.  They make quilts to give to children in hospital. As part of this 'Stitch a Seam' session, I will also be teaching English Paper Piecing and helping people to make a coaster from a tumbling block.  This will run from 10.30 to 12.00.  I hope that some
  • Instagram

    I love Instagram; I think it's my favourite social media platform. I like taking photos, so it's a good excuse to take more!  I enjoy looking at some of the gorgeous photos other people post.  And it's a very friendly space.  It's easy to connect with other people, and the Instagram community is very positive and welcoming.  There are also all sorts of challenges you can join in with, like the 100
  • Design Challenge - Architectural Details Entries

    Just two entries in the challenge this month - was it too challenging, or did the good weather get the better of you?! Suzanne of Heckadoodledo was inspired by the shapes and patterns I uploaded to the blog, and decided on a pattern made up of individual pixels:                   Pixel Architecture fq                                        
  • Create a Design Using Photos

    Using a photo is probably one of the simplest ways of creating a design to use on fabric.  You can see how I've used photos in the blog posts Design your own Fabric Using Photos and Make a Cushion Using a Photo .  This is basically taking a photo and printing it onto fabric.  However, you don't need to stop there.  You can use photos in other ways. I always love a view of something
  • Design Challenge - Architectural Details

    I went on a photowalk a couple of weeks ago, organised by Kate Marsden of Made by Mrs M, walking through the City of London and the Barbican. The City, of course is very old, and although much of it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, there are odd glimpses that pre-date the fire, and a great deal from the years soon after that. Part of the old  (Roman) city wall  But there
  • Basic Design Alterations

    Did you try out a design, following the Create your First Fabric Design blog post?  If so, you may well want to make changes to it.  Maybe you want the  design to be bigger, more spaced out, with a different background? Here are some ways you can make changes to the basic design. Make it bigger                      You can't make a design uploaded at 150dpi bigger
  • Amelia Tea Dress Winner

    Congratulations to Emma-Jane Stevens, whose design, Spitfire Blue, was chosen as the winner in our fabric design competition. Our judge, Amy Thomas, said, "All of the entries were really impressive and would work wonderfully with the Amelia pattern. I chose the plane design because it was a modern take on a vintage novelty print. Perfect for playing up the retro style of this tea dress." Thanks to everyone who entered - there were some lovely designs.   I hope you
  • Amelia Tea Dress Competition Entries

    Thank you to everyone who entered our design competition this month; we had 13 entries. Not surprisingly, since the brief was to design a fabric with which to make a vintage style dress, the predominant theme was flowers and the main colours were blue, green and white.  (You can see all the details of the competition here.) Because of the brief, most of the designs are also fairly small, so I'm showing them at the fat quarter size
  • Getting the Colours Right

    You've created your design and you're happy with it. But what about the colours? As most of you will know, getting the right colour is important - and tricky. You may have what looks like the perfect colour on the screen, only to find, when your fabric arrives, that it looks quite different on the fabric.  You can read more about that in the blog post Colour. The best way to see what your colours will look like
  • Design Competition - Dress Fabric

    It's competition time! As part of our 3rd birthday celebrations, we're asking you to design a dress fabric.  Everyone needs a new dress if they're going to a party, so we'll give you a dress pattern and enough fabric (2m), printed with your design, for you to make it up.  And there's the challenge - create a design for a lightweight cotton for this pattern from Love Sewing magazine: Will you go for delicate