Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Lofty Goal to Accomplish

My goal this week is to talk about a goal. If you're wondering about the weekly challenges they come from 52 Weeks of Blogging Your Passion; eBook and forum from the lovely Tara of Scoutie Girl. My ultimate goal and one of the reasons for the return to study is to print my own fabric. To most maybe not a lofty goal but up until recently I've struggled with where to start? I had a few serendipitous moments this week, remember my cleaner (the lovely Lana) who asked me to make her a sakura design? Well in preparation for this I decided to teach myself the art of creating a repeating pattern. That's my first attempt at the bottom - I'm not in love with it I think it's too symmetrical but I am pleased that it repeats. Then I discovered Spoonflower and my goal suddenly had a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I'm hooked and again, by way of experiment, I did the sakura tree (top) and turned it into a repeating pattern on Spoonflower. As a single image again I'm not crazy about it but as a repeat I think it has potential - do you agree? The repeat for this by the way is showing what a yard would look like. So right now I feel like I'm on the base of a big mountain that I definitely have the energy to climb - wish me luck!
P.S. It may be a little quiet on my blog front next week. We are off to the beach and staying in a spot that has no mobile coverage... nice.


Ivy9 said...

I really like the bottom designs! Not too symmetrical, but very pleasing to the eye. Good luck with this!

Brandi said...

What a great goal - best of luck to you with it!

I'd love to know, how does one print their own fabric? Is it like screenprinting?

Wendy Edsall-Kerwin said...

I actually prefer the tree as a single image and the bottom pattern as a repeat. I don't think that it's too repetitive at all. I like that there are different sized flowers in the pattern, it helps to keep interest for me. Keep up the momentum with your goal!

Eileen said...

Libby! I love Spoonflower ~ though I've never designed any fabric, it sure looks fun! I agree, I love the tree as a single image and the sakura as a repeat...oh, but I do like it larger, too! These are beautiful! Will you be selling your fabric on Etsy? {I hope, I hope!}

Donna said...

Your designs are lovely. I've always been curious to how fabric is designed and printed. Keep us posted!