People have often asked me if I make neckties (in addition to the bow ties I’m already known for), and why I don’t make them.
The truth is, I’ve never had an interest in making them since I rarely wear them. However, lately I’ve been wanting to make a few neckties because I had some gorgeous fabric that isn’t suitable for bow ties: it’s either too thick, or the pattern is too large to make an impact in the relatively small area of a bow tie. Continue reading →
My Word Game fabric featured on the Spoonflower welcome page (on the right) as one of the top-selling “Alphabet” designs.
For several weeks now, one of my best-selling designs on Spoonflower has been featured prominently on that site’s homepage (see screenshot above). Although Spoonflower is featuring it as a wallpaper design, sales of my fabric have been off the charts since it happened. (There’s a link on the product page to switch from wallpaper to fabric design.)
Who would’ve thought that designing a simple repeat pattern of hand-drawn diagonal stripes would be so difficult? Certainly not I. But more than almost any other design I’ve done so far, this one has given me fits trying to get it just right. (And if you think this looks familiar, you’re right… I first made a version of this pattern for Zazzle last year. But I needed to create a new version of it for fabric on Spoonflower.)
Why does it matter? Well because I wanted to see if I could do it. And also because there are lots of striped fabrics on Spoonflower, but none of them have a wavy, hand-drawn line like my stripes do, and still repeat seamlessly. It ended up being quite a challenging learning experience for me, and it makes me wish I’d taken some surface design courses in art school. Continue reading →
These are the detailed instructions for sewing any of my Adjustable Bow Ties cut & sew fabric designs, available only from Spoonflower. For less than the cost of just one name-brand bow tie, you can get a bunch of ties printed on fabric that you can easily sew with just a few basic sewing skills.
This is an easy, beginner-level project… I swear you can do it even if you’ve never sewn anything!
I designed these ties a few weeks ago as a cut & sew pattern (ie, all 9 ties appear on one yard of cotton sateen fabric). I’ve received the fabric and made all nine of the bow ties. Here’s what they look like finished: