Author - Kristin Crane

Four Common Shibori Techniques Explained

The world of textile design encompasses a variety of skills and techniques which fall into two main categories. The first describes the actual construction of a fabric out of individual fiber and threads. In other words, interlacing yarn through weaving or knitting, or interlocking just fibers through a process such as felting. Secondly, textile design also refers to designing or embellishing onto the surface of a fabric. Often referred to as surface design, this includes such techniques as printing...

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Lisa Law Shares Her Journey with Essential Feng Shui

At all of the meetings for the Building on Hope construction project, Lisa Law exudes a calm and measured energy that pulls you in and instantly sets a comfortable vibe. Lisa is an Essential Feng Shui practitioner volunteering her time to create outdoor spaces for the Nashua PAL. We caught up with her to talk about trends in her field of expertise. At the core of her work, Lisa believes in working with people one on one to create...

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Customize Faux Leather Upholstery from LDI Interiors

Digital printing has changed the way interior designers work. For years, custom-made upholstery was reserved for big projects with big budgets. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. Today, any project can be personalized thanks to technological advances in digital printing. For example, do you want to customize faux leather upholstery? No problem! New Hampshire based printer LDI Interiors is leading the way in print-on-demand offerings for architects and interior designers. As one of our trusted partners, any Design...

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Susan Claus of VividBoard Is Talking Trends

At Design Pool, we’re a little obsessed with trends. It’s why we send out a monthly trend letter and started this talking trends series. For our entire career, trends evolved in a recognizable cycle. But, like everything else, that’s not the case in 2020. Trends that had been developing for years stopped in their tracks. (Or did they just pause?) This is what makes these trend conversations so fascinating. Companies and design departments traditionally plan their work months, if...

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Jacobean

Jacobean Design, A Brief History from Crewel to Prints

The Jacobean Age takes its name from Jacobus, the Latin form of King James I of England. This style of 17th century decor is best known for intricate carvings, heavy oak furniture, detailed tapestries and especially crewel embroideries with flowing designs. The type of patterning associated with Jacobean Design have their roots in two places. First, the English imported Flemish tapestries in great number during the 17th century. At the same time, Indian palampores were also a very popular...

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New Britain Museum of American Art presents Anni Albers

Anni Albers is best known for her time in the weaving workshop at the Bauhaus in Germany and later as a teacher at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. But that is only half of her story. In 1950, she and her husband Josef moved to Connecticut when Josef accepted a job at Yale University. Despite spending the rest of her life living on the outskirts of New Haven, many people outside of Connecticut don't associate Anni Albers with...

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Digitally Printed Glass Customized with Design Pool Patterns

Customizing elements and materials in commercial or residential interiors was once reserved for big projects with even bigger budgets. But with the rise of print-on-demand technology, that's all changed. Interior designers can now easily and affordably customize anything, even privacy glass panels. Why pick a design off the shelf when digitally printed glass allows you to create a truly unique space?Our partner Vistamatic is an industry leader in privacy glass solutions. We love working with them for a...

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Natural Dyeing with Materials from the Yard and Kitchen

Our latest trend letter is all about natural materials. Wicker, rattan and cane are catching our eye on modern pieces, geometric lighting and even with loud pops of color. Natural materials are inspiring products even in the automotive industry. But, natural materials are also extending into textiles and not just in fiber form. Natural dyes are having a moment in the spotlight. While mostly reserved for smaller brands and limited runs, it's fun to see brands as big as...

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What are the Pros and Cons of Licensing a Design?

So, you need a design for a project or product. Great! Now what? It can be a big decision whether to license a design, design one yourself, or buy one from a designer. Like everything, there are pros and cons of licensing a design. Knowing them can help you make the best decision for your business and have the best design possible.To help you make the best decision, here are the pros and cons of licensing a design.Licensing Pros:There...

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Neoconnect Color Trends 2020 & Free Color Card!

We're always on the lookout for beautiful colors, color combinations and color trends. Even though Neocon was canceled this year, we still found inspiration following along with their virtual event, Neoconnect. We already talked about the 5 big trends we saw in terms of product and manufacturing. Now we're looking at Neoconnect Color TrendsColor trends fell into two broad categories this year.First, we saw a lot of deep, saturated colors. Reds, pinks and blues were all very rich...

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