Stamp it like you own it.

Hey hey, happy Tuesday over here! Its quite rainy at the moment. I don’t mind the rain, it sounds nice on the tin roof!

Still playing catch-up post on all the things I want to post about. This sounds like a perpetual problem. :p

First off, I love me some linoleum carving. BUT it makes my hands so tired and it takes awhile to get to the “sweet” spot carving layer… I know, sad story. And then I came across this glorious stuff. Moo Carve. Sweet, glorious Moo Carve. Its smooth and soft to cut into and doesn’t get all “grainy” when you carve deep. It holds up to detail very well (in my experience).

One afternoon I made a vector shape in Illustrator, sized it to my block, printed it out and then transfered it to the Moo.  I happily spent the evening carving and ended up with this:

Then I ironed out some muslin and mixed some Speedball Waterbase Ink (left over from wedding crafts) and began to stamp away. I purposely did a square because I’m too lazy to really pay attention to where the repeat starts and ends. Also I tested the pattern in Illustrator before I printed it. My house is very very dark inside, and my iphone was handy, excuse the photos…

I finished it up, let it dry and hung it up at work behind my computer. I have the greyest shade of grey cubicle walls to look at, so this helps!

I love doing these little quick projects, probably took me all of 3-4 hours from start to finish. There’s something really satisfying about making something and FINISHING it. I did a similar project to this awhile back and I was so pleased with myself for printing on my own fabric, my hubby got me a whole screen printing kit for my birthday. I haven’t tested it out yet, but I look forward to figuring it out with him!


Surface Pattern Design- Module 1 Highlights

Hey y’all! Happy Monday! It is indeed a happy monday because this is a 2 day week! Hooray for Holidays on a Wednesday! Well here we go!

One of my obsessions is with all things textile. I love the way prints look on fabric. There’s something about the texture of the weave and all the colors that is really interesting to me. I can appreciate hand printed fabrics and well as commercially produced fabrics sold by the bolt. After college I went the corporate route and worked for a children’s clothing company for a year, then moved on and started working for another company doing product development for housewares. Love me some home decor, but my heart has always been with prints.

I stumbled upon “The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design” with Rachel Taylor. Its an e-course offered in 3 modules. The first on creating, the second on branding and the third on monetizing your designs. I signed up for all three and couldn’t be happier! We are about half way through the 2nd module. I say “we” because there’s a community of about 200 some odd people participating in our flickr group. Its like being in art school again! So many people from different parts of the world coming together to share their work and talk about patterns. Hello, awesome!

I wanted to share some highlights from things I did during the first module.

From the sketchbook (I miss keeping a regular sketchbook like in college, my old one was epic):

Moving sketches around:


Sketches put in photoshop then AI:

Scarf design:

Scarf design 2, because I like orange right now:

A quick collection based off the elements from one of my previous sketches:

I like being sketchy! With a little refinement! Soon I’ll update with some work from the 2nd module. So fun. Some days its a stretch to get things done with a regular 9-5 and life in general, but I can save lessons and workshops to return to later if I want. We are not graded and its pretty much you get out what you put in. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about this business. Although I know quite a bit from work, I’m learning lots of things I didn’t know! Pretty sweet yo. Whew!


Snack Wagon

 Well here’s another one of my creations. I plan to let these guys evolve all over this blog so you best better get acquainted with them! The little pink guys are called Meebles but over the years its been shortened to Meebs. Yes years. Ben (the Husband) and I have been creating and making up stories about Meebs for about 3.5 years. This drawing basically sums them up. Happy, mischievous little bundles of love. More on Meebs another time. The green thing pulling the wagon is a Pomelo. Yup. There he is.

 Pomelo’s live in Pomelo trees and harvest the Pomelos (fruit) for the healing properties of Pomelo juice. As this guy is doing here:

Pomelos are a recent development to the Meeb universe. His legs are a bit wiggly, but he doesn’t mind… this was a quick sketch one afternoon, he makes me smile. Bound!

Ink & Spindle Quilt

Hello! I’m playing project post-catch-up! Gotta start somewhere! There’s lots to say about this quilt. First off, its the very first quilt I’ve ever *finished*! I’ve always wanted to do one and I figured this was a good size for the first. A bit of back story… .

I spent about 2.5 months in Melbourne, Australia with my Husband (then boyfriend). I didn’t know it at the time but, Melbourne is like THE capitol of hand screen-printed fabric. We went to a craft fair and I stumbled upon this wonderful company, Ink & Spindle. These girls are AMAZING and so friendly. I only bought a few fat quarters at the time but wished I had bought more when I got back to the states. Luckily my Mother In Law lives in Melbourne and sent me this kit for a little kid’s quilt.

After I cut all my strips, I used some test fabric to practice the “quilting” part. I intended to quilt the whole quilt this this way. 

Well after I pieced everything together my multi purpose machine did not want anything to do with a bulky quilt. Don’t get me wrong, I have a GREAT machine (Baby Lock-Sofia 2) its just meant for sewing not quilting! Eventually I just sewed big, wiggly lines and called it done :p

It was hard to pick a good backing… the kit didn’t come with the same linen cloth the border was made out of. I *think* this is a print by Henry Glass & Co called ” Summer Time”, I liked it and that was good enough!

I must say that sewing with the organic, hand printed fabric from Ink & Spindle was GLORIOUS! I think that was my favorite part of the whole process was piecing everything together… oh and learning how to use the bias tape maker! So clever!