Pattern Design: Create a Cohesive Pattern Collection

I've been busy designing something I've never designed before - a kitchen. Our dishwasher died, which of course led to getting all new cabinets, counter tops, and appliances. I'll be doing demo this weekend and (hopefully) get the bulk of the install work done next week, while my teen "helpers" are on spring break. Spoken like a true kitchen reno novice, I'm sure. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I'm sharing some of my tested design skills in my newest Skillshare class - Pattern Design: Create a Cohesive Pattern Collection.

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Join me as I take you through the creation of a cohesive pattern collection. In this class, you will learn how to create a moodboard as well as the different types of patterns that make up a collection. You'll also learn how to create spot graphics within the theme of your collection.

This class is designed for those who want to take their pattern design skills to the next level and add a marketable collection to their portfolio. Students should have a working knowledge of pattern creating in Illustrator or Photoshop. If you're just getting started in pattern design, be sure to check out my introductory pattern design classes for Illustrator and Photoshop.

 

Happy Hour Tea Towel Calendar

Every year, I design a tea towel calendar as one of my Christmas gifts. My friends and family have come to expect them, and I look forward to coming up with a new theme each year. I knew that we were going to need lots of cocktails in 2017, so I featured 12 of my favorite grown-up beverages.

I sketched each of the drinks in pencil, and included simple recipes. I knew that the recipes would be too much text for the tea towel, but who knows what else I might do with these illustrations?

I inked my drawings and pulled them into Illustrator for finishing.

After I finalized the layout, I uploaded my design to Spoonflower for printing. The calendar is sized to fit on a single fat quarter of Linen Cotton Canvas, and a simple hem around the edge is all that's needed to make a towel that will liven up any kitchen or bar!

If you'd like your own Happy Hour tea towel calendar, you can purchase this design in my Spoonflower shop!

Now we're cooking!

Waiting is difficult. As a seasoned adult, I should be better at it by now - but I'm not. The time it takes to go from sketch to digital design goes by in a blink compared to waiting for strike offs to arrive and a collection to actually become available. By the time I have fabric in hand, I've usually moved on to the next collection. My recent wedding and honeymoon kept me (rightfully) distracted while I waited, but I'm pleased today to share that my latest collection, What's Cooking?, is now available on Spoonflower!


What's Cooking?

I'm excited to share a preview of my latest pattern collection with you. The name of my collection is What's Cooking?, and it was inspired by the hustle and bustle of Grandma's kitchen as she prepared Sunday dinners.

I also used elements of my patterns to create a tea towel calendar.

I had so much fun with this project! I knew I wanted to develop a collection around kitchenware. I'm not much of a cook, but I love kitchen gadgets and have many fond memories of helping my grandmother as she cooked and baked for the family.

Here are my mood boards.

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I sketched in pencil and then traced my drawings in Illustrator.

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Now I'm working on additional colorways for the collection, and look forward to sharing the whole line with you soon.