The Striped Sophisticate Collection

The Striped Sophisticate CollectionThe Striped Sophisticate is a collection of seven different hand-drawn stripes in colors inspired by classic sit-com television fathers like Ricky Ricardo and Ward Cleaver.

Available previously only as a collection of DIY bow-ties, the entire collection is now available printed on giftwrap, wallpaper, and fabric by the yard from!

See samples of all seven designs after the jump (click image for details and ordering info.)

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The Patriotic Collection: 7 Star-spangled Bow-Ties

The Patriotic Collection: What could be more American than Stars, Stripes, and Baseball? This collection includes seven different DIY cut and sew bow-ties on one yard of fabric. Instructions included. Best suited for Cotton Sateen (makes 7 bow-ties) or Cotton Silk (makes 5 bow-ties). See this, and all of my DIY Bow-Ties at Available now. Continue reading

Stripey Dotty Giftwraps

My Stripey Dotty Collection is now available as custom printed giftwrap! Each roll is printed on premium, heavyweight paper that is 26″ wide x 72″ long. $15 per roll. The collection consists of a pattern of hand-drawn diagonal stripes in bright “desert” colors, and five coordinating colors with hand-drawn polka dots. Also available printed on a wide range of fabric, wallpaper and decals. Click the image to order.

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Aggressively Argyle: 14 Days of Compliments

Aggressively Argyle: 7 Double-Sided Cut & Sew Bow-Ties for 14 Days of Compliments. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.Seven double-sided bow-ties for two weeks’ worth of compliments… all on one yard of fabric for less than what you’d expect to pay for just one bow-tie in the department store. Continue reading

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Fabric

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties, fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.The Big Dots Collection is a cut & sew pattern designed to give you seven bow-ties on one yard of fabric. Each bow-tie has colorful dots on one side, and coordinating stripes on the other.  Continue reading

Fits and Stripes (or, How NOT to design a striped pattern!)

Aslan Stripes © 2012 J. Thomson. All rights reserved.

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

Stripes & Paisley (fabric design)

Stripes & Paisley © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reserved

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