Design

A Closer Look at Natural Fibers & Materials

Picking the right material to use for digital printing is an important one. If you're working with print-on-demand companies or thinking about customizing materials for your next project, you know there are a lot of options out there. That's the fun of customizing! Still, it's a lot to take in if you're new to materials and not comfortable with the lingo yet. What type of material do you want to print on? Can you print on natural fibers? If...

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Community Masks Project

Community Masks Project Sews with a Mission

When recommendations were released advising everyone to wear a cloth face mask, we, like so many others, pulled out our sewing machines, reached into our stash, and started sewing. We sewed masks for our families, neighbors, and friends. With the news feeling overwhelming, it felt good to use our skills (not to mention all the fabric we've hoarded for years) to do something that felt useful. Something that protected people in this time of national crisis. It also became...

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Airstream Reproduction; Recreating a 1950’s Fabric

Occasionally at Design Pool I receive a request to replicate an antique textile and I rarely say no. In fact, I love these projects so much I usually find it hard to control my excitement. Recreating an antique textile is more than just knocking something off, it is an intense design challenge that involves research into traditional techniques and manufacturing processes. The latest request I received was for an Airstream reproduction.Airstream was in the process of recreating a 1950’s...

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Chevron: Definition and Design

In their simplest form, chevron patterns are characterized by columns of short diagonal stripes meeting in a line of Vs. In other words, not unlike the skeletons of a fish. Some herringbone prints imitate a woven herringbone, complete with uneven lines that imply the roughness of woolly threads. Others, however, loudly declare their independence of their woven ancestor through various means. For example, some set the diagonals out of kilter, breaking up the V. Meanwhile others make the V wider,...

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Coordinate Patterns Perfectly with these 5 Tips

If it wasn't obvious by now, I'm a pattern lover! I love designing patterns and surrounding myself with them in my home. (Not to mention wearing them!) As a result, I often get questions from friends and clients about how best to coordinate patterns in a room or project. I'm not an interior designer, however, during my career as a textile designer, I put many collections of fabrics together for presentations. This was usually the final step of the...

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Museum L-A is the Newest Design Pool Partner

Design Pool is excited to announce a new partnership with Museum L-A in Lewiston, Maine. Our online library now offers a selection of historical textile designs from the Museum L-A archives. These designs are available to anyone looking to license a design for a product or project. The best news? 100% of the proceeds from the use of these designs will go directly to Museum L-A to fund their cultural and educational exhibits and programs.  Ogee Flower, Pattern P1693Who...

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Design Tip: The Power of a Pillow

When friends ask me what they can do to give their space a refresh, one of my favorite design tips is to believe in the power of a pillow. Even one new pillow in a bedroom, living room, or study can suddenly make a space feel fresh and bright. Pillows don’t need to break the bank either or take up too much storage space. Pillows with removable covers are my favorite, and you can find very affordable pillow forms...

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Print-on-Demand Terms to Know

The world of print-on-demand technology is an exciting corner of the world to hang out in, and it's growing exponentially. As technology improves, the opportunities to use this technology have been opening up. Yet, it can also be a little intimidating to enter and confusing if you're not up on what all the terminology means. We put together a handy list for you of a few of the basics terms to get you started.SubstrateSubstrates are the base material...

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Talking Trends with Kathy Phillips of Springs Creative

This month we are talking trends with Kathy Phillips, Vice President Design/Trend/Curator at Springs Creative. Kathy oversees the creative process for all printed fabrics by the yard for stores that cater to home sewers, quilters, and makers, as well as the home furnishings market. She is also a talented and creative woman who has a keen eye for trends and translating those trends to the specific needs of her customers.Kathy starts off her formal trend research by utilizing her...

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Textile Design, 8 Fun & Interesting Facts

Everyone at Design Pool may have different roles, but we all have one thing in common. We all have degrees in textile design. When people ask the standard cocktail party question, "What do you do?" answering, "I'm a textile designer" is nearly always a surprise, which kind of blows our minds.We surround ourselves in fabric all day, every day. Above all, fabric protects us, comforts us, and shelters us. However, most people don't consider how it's made or...

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