May 23, 2013

Going A Little Stripey

I was playing around with stripes and came up with this design that I really liked. Except the colours didn't go with my original design but I really liked them. So I thought I'd try and lighten the motif. Love that aqua! When I was little, my mum bought me a Rocky and Bullwinkle colouring book along with a giant pack of crayons. I coloured every single picture a beautiful shade of aqua. 
This is definitely not the finished arrangement. I was just trying to put something together fast to check the colours out. With a little more fiddling it could work for a baby print. Summer hat, little dress. T-shirt onsie.
And here's a stripe with stronger colours. I think this would be cute as a reversible beach bag with a white, cotton rope cord woven through large silver grommets. Could maybe lose some of the red. It's been really fun experimenting and learning how to use my Adobe Illustrator program although designing is much harder than I thought it was going to be. 

May 21, 2013

Summer Fun!

I'm taking The Ultimate Guide to Repeats Workshop, taught by Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer.  She's a marvelous instructor and I love the class! Anyway, here's what I've learned. This type of pattern is called a tossed layout. It's supposed to look random but it was hard, hard, hard, because my little inflatable seahorse was... I'll say randomly challenged. But if you know me you'll know that's not what I said. It began with four days all to myself. The first day I worked for 16 hours. Pah! Then had to start all over again the next day and the next day after that. So glad my family wasn't here to witness this. I would have never heard the end of it. OCD comes to mind. The finished repeat is 11 x 11 inches square and here it is in four colour ways. I'll be spending the next week working on some coordinating fabrics to go with it. I think I got this.  

See you soon!