Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My New Spoonflower Shop

Yesterday I mentioned that I designed all of the fabrics for my divided Easter basket project...


I've been studying and playing around with the idea of fabric design since last summer. At first I thought I wanted to carve stamps based on my sketches, but that has proven to be a very difficult process for me (with the exception of the tooth stamp I carved for my daughter's tooth fairy pillow). Spoonflower never really seemed like an option I was interested in... until I read the Heather Ross Prints book in January. Then I went back into all of the fabric design books I had amassed over the past 8 or 9 months...


and went through them with the goal of designing a little Spoonflower collection. (By the way, all of the books pictured above are excellent. I love them all for different reasons, but you really can't go wrong with any of them.) After fumbling my way through Photoshop Elements, lots of trial and error, and many late nights, I finally did it.

It's amazing to me that my little pencil sketch of a bunny has turned into this...


and this...


and this...


I also sketched a little cloud...



Then I put together a polka dot and a stripe pattern to round out the collection.



Its been a lot of work, but I have learned so much, and it's so rewarding when you get that fabric in your hands and know that it's all yours. If you've ever toyed with the idea of designing fabric on Spoonflower, go for it. It's so worth it!


I have a little Spoonflower shop set up now. If you're interested in any of my fabric designs, check it out :)



10 comments:

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Love all of your fabrics! How cute!! Great job!

Tricia said...

Great job Gwen. I've always wanted to give it a try, but haven't had the guts. This might be just what I need to get out of my creative rut, and get sewing again.

Debra Hawkins said...

Wow! Truly amazing! They look great!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I adore the bunnies. You are going to go places with this- just wait and see.
xoxo

Lorene (just Lu) said...

Gwen! This is BIG!! So awesome! Of all of my creative talents (patting myself on the back ;), doodling and drawing is not one of them... Your sketches are adorable! I love the colors you chose.

Vanessa said...

These are awesome!!! I've been meaning to give fabric design/Spoonflower a try but haven't gotten around to it yet. My sister got me a few of the same books you have for Christmas so I suppose I'm all set to dive in! Seeing your fabric is a great motivator!!

Danielle Bartran said...

These are amazing!! I love them all!!

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

they are gorgeous!!

Sarah said...

Amazing. They are beautiful! Congratulations!

AnneMarie said...

Congratulations! What a fun side project - or maybe designing fabric will become your new obsession! The prints look so fun. What did you think of the fabric quality? I heard Spoonflower upgraded since I last ordered from there...

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