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.

 

Take it or leaf it

It's the last day of February and I'm fairly certain that we'll be having snow again soon. But right now it's 60 degrees and the tulips have started sprouting so I'm in a spring mood. And a change in the seasons means it's time to change my wallpaper. Today I'm sharing this leafy patterned wallpaper to help you get in the springtime mood, too. This design is from a mini-collection I've been working on as part of my upcoming Skillshare class about creating a cohesive pattern collection. Stay tuned for more details and, in the meantime, download this wallpaper for all of your devices!

Spring Desktop Wallpaper

Kismet Trinket Boxes

This weekend, I sewed up some Kismet Trinket Boxes by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. I'd been wanting to give these a try for some time - I had so much fun making her Crimson & Clover train case pattern, and this set of itty bitty cases was just too cute to pass up.

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I made the large and small versions of the square case using some of my upcoming fabric, Let's Play House.

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This fat quarter-friendly project was easier than I expected. I had to take my time on the small curves, but the boxes came together pretty quickly, and I'm really pleased with how they turned out.  

 

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Dreaming of a Hawaiian Vacation

We're going hiking in the Utah desert this July (yes...we know it will be hot), but that hasn't stopped me from daydreaming about one of the two remaining states we need to visit before we can say we've hit all 50.

Every week in June, Spoonflower is hosting a contest with Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki to find patterns that embody island life at the property. Here are the designs I submitted for each week's theme.

Rainbow Tower

 

Mid Century Modern Hawaiian Village

 

Blue Hawaii

 

Friday Night Fireworks

Post Haste

I've finally wrapped up my snail-mail themed collection, Post Haste!

This collection makes me want to send, receive, sort, and deliver mail. I had so much fun designing all of the elements.

I've done these patterns up in two color ways - the classic shown above, and a more lively, modern scheme shown below.

Next up? I think these are crying out to become coloring pages. Stay tuned!

A love letter to snail mail

I'm working on a new collection of patterns and spot graphics inspired by old-fashioned mail.

After all, who doesn't love receiving a beautifully hand-addressed letter that we're sure doesn't contain a bill?

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And stamps...stamps are a source of never-ending inspiration and delight! I've loved digging through photos of old stamps from all over the world - such beautiful, whimsical artwork at such a tiny scale!

I'm having so much fun with this one, and can't wait to share the final product with you!

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Summer is for Sno-Cones!

...and bomb pops, and twin Popsicles, and push pops, and now I'm just making myself hungry!

Last month, a friend and I were talking about tasty treats for summer time and decided we needed some fabric featuring our favorite cool desserts for summer. I came home and set about sketching, and before you know it we had our wish!

Ice Ice Baby is now available on Spoonflower, and was also the inspiration for July's coloring page!

New Month, New Fabric, New Coloring Page!

The garden is in full bloom at Casa Hersey - tulips, begonias, spinach, kale - it runs the gamut! I can't take any credit for the lovely and delicious things growing in our yard...I have a brown thumb when it comes to plants, so I stick to drawing flowers that can't die and leave the gardening to my green-thumbed, botanically-gifted husband.

Speaking of flowers I've drawn, my latest collection of patterns - Acadia -  is now available on Spoonflower.

Acadia Quilt

This collection was inspired by our visit to Acadia National Park and our wide-spread exploration of Maine a couple of summers ago.

Acadia Pattern Collection

As frequent visitors to the western United States, it was quite a change to spend time along the northeastern coast. The flora and fauna are so different from what we're used to, either at home or traveling. In this collection, I've tried to capture some of the unique beauty found in the Acadia region.

The artwork from this collection is featured in this month's coloring page. I hope you enjoy it!

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.

Nature's Sketchbook

I recently shared my Seeds Gone Wild pattern. I used that pattern as a springboard for a collection of 6 patterns.

I sketched in pencil, and then traced some of my drawings in Illustrator using my Wacom tablet and inked some of them using a lightbox and pen.

Here are close ups of the individual patterns.

I'm now awaiting the arrival of strike-offs, and the collection will soon be available in 4 colorways in my Spoonflower shop!

Seeds Gone Wild!

I'm working on a collection of patterns celebrating the garden. I drew inspiration from vintage seed packets and flowers from our yard.

I usually use a lightbox and pen to get my drawings ready for scanning, but I was encouraged to use my Wacom tablet, so I just scanned in my pencil drawings.

I traced my sketches in Illustrator, and applied 4 different color schemes that I've been working on.

Here's the final version of this pattern in repeat.

And here it is on a dress, because...well, why not?


Hidden Gems

I have the month off from MATS Bootcamp, and am excited to use some of my 'free time' to catch you up on what I've been working on. I love the format of MATS Bootcamp. During the first week of the month, we get a mini assignment – an assignment that centers on a single theme, and involves research and sketching the subject without really knowing where you're headed in the main assignment. By the time the main assignment is revealed during week two, I've already fallen for the subject matter and I'm ready to go!

January's mini assignment was Edwardian brooches. When I received the email, I went into instant panic mode. I found the subject completely unappealing, and couldn't see how it would work with my style. Nevertheless, I began my research. I found some interesting shapes, and began to latch on to the facets of the gems.

 

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Before long, I had 6 pages of sketches and I was hooked!

When the main assignment came out the following week, I had lots of icons ready to pull together. The main assignment was journal covers for the gift market, and the brooches were a perfect fit!

I typically draw using paper and pen, and scan my drawings into Illustrator to digitize and color. I decided to stretch myself further on this assignment, incorporating watercolor into my work. I'm really pleased with how the textures came through, and will be using this method again.

By the time my project was submitted, I was so infatuated with Edwardian brooches that I decided to translate them into a repeating pattern for fabric as well, now available in my Spoonflower shop!



Under the weather

It's a gray day here, and I'm a little under the weather. All things considered, it's a good day to share my new umbrella-themed pattern with you.

This pattern is called Bumbershoots, and was submitted in the weekly design challenge on Spoonflower. You can vote for your favorite umbrella-themed fabric here, or purchase my design on fabric or wall covering in my Spoonflower shop.

Hope you have a sunny day!

 

Market Fresh!

I recently signed up for a SkillShare membership. For those of you who don't know, SkillShare is a website where designers, artists, programmers, and the like offer self-paced classes in an online community where you can get advice and feedback on your projects. It's an inexpensive ($9.95/month as of the time I signed up) way to get inspirational, expert advice and direction on your own schedule.

The first class I signed up for is Pattern Design: Creating Inspiring Repeats, taught by the AMAZING Elizabeth Olwen, a surface pattern designer from Toronto. While I have been creating patterns on my own for a while, I wanted to get some guidance on how to improve my skills. I found Elizabeth's class to be engaging, inspiring, informative, and entertaining. I can't recommend it highly enough to those wanting to work on their repeat pattern-making chops.

As my class project, I designed a farmer's market-inspired pattern called Market Fresh.

This is a seamless, repeating pattern and I don't mind saying that I'm really pleased with how it turned out. If you'd like to see more about the class and my process designing this, check out my project page on SkillShare.

I've also posted this artwork to my Society6 shop on tote bags, wall clocks, and mugs.


Hankie Panie

I've just published a look book of my latest collection of patterns - Hankie Pankie. This collection of modern patterns was inspired by my love of vintage handkerchiefs.

I hope you'll check them out and let me know what you think!

Select patterns from this collection are available on fabric, wall paper, and gift wrap in my Spoonflower shop and on a variety of products in my Society6 store as well.

A new home!

I'm so excited to be blogging here on my new website! I've been working on this for a while and, while I love my Wordpress site, I need something with a little more oomph for my design work. It may not seem like a big deal, but this is a big step for me! On this new site you can check out my portfolio and various products that feature my designs. Don't worry - I'll still be blogging about sewing, creating, traveling, and whatever else comes to mind.

Thank you for visiting me in my new home - please come back soon!

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