Design

Using the Design Pool Library, Tips for Digital Printers

At Design Pool we're excited about how quickly print-on-demand technology is growing. We see its potential to change the way manufacturers and designers have traditionally done business. Using our expertise and industry knowledge, Design Pool connects interior designers directlyto both a rich library of patterns and the latest in print-on-demand technology through our partnerships. If you have a digital printer but no design staff, becoming a Design Pool partner is an affordable option to give your customers lots of...

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Batik Fabrics & Different Resist Techniques

In our previous post about resist dyeing, we focused on the 4 most common techniques for creating shibori patterns on fabric. We talked about binding, stitching, folding, and pole wrapping as ways to add pattern to fabric. In this article, we're going to dig deeper into the world of resist dyeing and discuss different types of fabrics created by applying material to the surface of the fabric to create the resist. Whether wax or paste, the resulting fabric falls...

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The Design Pool Terrazzo Collection, Now Available

This month, we are excited to announce the release of our new Design Pool Terrazzo Collection. This collection of 9 patterns includes 3 allover textures and 6 patterns created using the textures as design elements in tile looks. All patterns work well on their own and also coordinate perfectly when used together in a residential or commercial interior.Inspired by the beautiful tiles and floors seen on travels through Italy, Kristen Dettoni designed this collection to bring the look and...

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Animal Skin Prints and Where Our Love Affair Started

Whether chic and elegant or wild and punk rock, animal skin prints are seemingly always on-trend. In fact, it's almost as if our affinity toward them is in our collective DNA. Animal skins and hides were used around the world to clothe people for hundreds of years out of necessity. Some cultures even believed the skin gave the hunter the power of the animal. Think cheetah for speed. Eventually, humans began primarily using fiber to clothe themselves. Yet we...

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Using the Design Pool Library, Tips for Product Designers

Even the best product can fall flat if the pattern and color are not right. You just spent a lot of time and energy into designing the coolest and best farmers market tote, but it's not going to sell if it's plain and boring, no matter how crisp it keeps vegetables. Product designers have access to more pattern designs than ever. The internet has made it easy for surface designers to get their work in front of a huge...

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Plaids and Checks, Do you know the Difference?

Plaids and checks. These two words often show up together, but they are not actually interchangeable. They refer to do different types of patterns. Before we get into the differences between a plaid and a check, it's important to know both words traditionally describe a woven cloth.So, let's start by talking about weaving.Plaids and checks are both designs historically made as woven cloth.  And to understand woven cloth patterns, you need to know the basics about weaving. Weaving is...

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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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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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Ikat: Definition, History & Design

Ikat fabrics are beautiful, intriguing and always in style. While other types of patterning come in and out of fashion, there is something about ikat that manages to always stay relevant. It's nothing new. This has been the case around the world and throughout history.What exactly is ikat?Ikat (pronounced: E–cot) is a method for coloring fabric in patterns by resist dyeing. The pattern is not applied to the surface of a finished fabric, nor is it woven into...

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Create a Texture Library & Enhance Your Print Designs

As a textile designer, one of the best tools in my designer toolbox is my texture library. Designing patterns digitally, I sometimes felt the patterns looked a little flat. To breathe life into a pattern, I add texture to a design instead of a flat color. This technique optimizes a pattern by adding depth and dimension. Where it previously felt flat or sterile, the pattern now has the illusion of a woven fabric, regardless of the material on which...

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