Saturday, June 10, 2017

By Design, My Design

I have taken a big step out on a limb and designed some fabric on Spoonflower... my design features several major landmarks in the Trinidad, Colorado area.

Spoonflower has made it super easy to design!  I snapped a few pictures and borrowed a few (with permission from the photographers) of the landmarks that I wanted to feature, played with them in a photo editing program on my tablet to turn them into sketches and sketch/photo combination.  I then uploaded them the design page.  They offer several layouts and options of repeat, size, etc. and when I was satisfied with the look and the size of the photos for the projects I have in mind, I ordered them.

I have three fabrics in the collection...

This one is a sketch/photo combination featuring Simpson's Rest and the Trinidad Sign atop Simpson's Rest, Fishers Peak, the Spanish Peaks and the Bloom Mansion.

The Trinidad Brick is also a photo/sketch combo to offer a rustic, worn look... much like the brick-lined streets of Trinidad... (note: the brick does have TRINIDAD stamped in the center)

The sketch offers a simplistic look that features the Spanish Peaks, Fishers Peak and the Trinidad Sign.

I think the combination of these fabrics will be perfect for the "souvenir" type items that I offer, such as the wine bottle gift bags, bibs and pot holders.  

I am super excited to receive them and start creating!  But I have to wait a couple weeks for the order to arrive.... **sigh**

In the meantime, I will be working on another fun little heirloom project.  My customer wants to use an embroidered tablecloth turned into a lap quilt.   

Have you ever designed a custom fabric?
If so, what was your subject/theme?
What sort of items did you use the fabric in?

If you had to design some fabric, what sort of collection would you create?

Be Creative, Be Happy!



  1. Oh, my goodness! You are a fabric designer. I love the brick one. Fabric designer is one label I'd like to attach to my name, too, but all the good designs are taken. I will have to put on my thinking cap.

  2. The thought of being a fabric designer for a career holds no appeal for me at all. I wouldn't mind designing something just for fun though. Good for you for taking the plunge!