Colors Speak To Me

Colors Speak To Me, © 2014 J. Thomson

Colors Speak To Me, now available for purchase at Spoonflower.com. Shown above printed on Spoonflower’s new fabric, Performance Piqué. Also available printed on other fabric types, as well as custom gift wrap, wallpaper, and wall decals.

Laser-cut acrylic templates for making bow-ties [v2.0]

Note: this post now redirects to: http://shop.lavaguy.com/laser-cut-acrylic-bow-tie-templates/
7 laser-cut acrylic templates for making shaped bow-ties. © 2013 J. Thomson
These heavy-duty acrylic cutting templates make it a snap to quickly and accurately cut fabric for making bow-ties. This suite of seven templates are laser-cut out of 4.5mm thick clear acrylic, making them durable and easy to use.  Continue reading

Spoonflower features my ‘Word Game’ design

 

Word Game fabric featured on Spoonflower welcome page

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.)

Word Game Border fabric © 2011 J. Thomson Word Game fabric, © 2011 J. Thomson

 

Laser-Cut Bow-Tie Templates

Acrylic templates for cutting 7 different bow-ties from fabric. © 2013 J. Thomson All rights reserved

Note: This post was originally published in 2013, as I was developing the first set of templates. They have been updated since then, and are available to purchase at shop.lavaguy.com now.

I finally received my first-ever set of laser-cut acrylic bow-tie templates for cutting fabric (available from Ponoko here).  (Please excuse the crappy smartphone photo.)

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Big Dots (New Fabric Design)

Fresh off the digital presses: my new collection of fabric from Spoonflower… Big Dots!

Big Dots Dark Blue © 2012 J. Thomson

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New collection of fabrics: BASEBALL

Just in time for Opening Day… here’s my new collection of baseball/patriotic-themed fabrics, now available from Spoonflower:

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Eclectic Cut & Sew Bow-Ties

Encouraged by all the positive comments I’ve received recently about the bow ties I’ve been designing and making (and wearing), and my Spoonflower fabrics, I’ve been diligently working on some new designs these past few days. The first two shown are available for sale now, and the others will follow later this spring.

Nine Eclectic Bow-Ties cut and sew pattern

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Adjustable Bow Ties (Updated Tutorial)

[NOTE: As of 7/26/2013, links to this post now point to http://shop.lavaguy.com/diy-bow-tie-tutorial/ ‎]

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!

"Cleaver" finished bow-tie. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

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Adjustable Bow Ties (Original Tutorial)

[Note: As of 7/26/2013, links to this post now point to http://shop.lavaguy.com/diy-bow-tie-tutorial/ ‎]

These are the detailed instructions for sewing any of my Adjustable Bow Ties cut-n-sew fabric designs, available only from Spoonflower. For less than the cost of just one name-brand bow tie at a department store, you can get a bunch of ties printed on cotton silk from Spoonflower, designed by me. (The number varies, depending on the design, and the width of the fabric you choose. The ones shown in this tutorial come 5 ties per yard. Some of my other designs have up to 9 ties per yard of fabric.)

Simple sewing instructions are included when you purchase the fabric from Spoonflower (they’re printed right on the fabric), but here you’ll find detailed step-by-step instructions, pictures, and links to suppliers and other helpful information. There’s a link and a QR Code right on the fabric that will bring you to this page.

This is an easy, beginner-level project… I swear you can do it even if you’ve never sewed before!

 

5 Baroque Bow Ties, © 2012 J. Thomson - Lavaguy.com

Each yard of fabric will have five bow ties (as seen here) or more on it. This is my “Five Baroque Ties” pattern. Scroll down for a closeup view of these designs.

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Trailer Trash Toile – Voting NOW OPEN!

The polling place is NOW OPEN! Spoonflower’s weekly contest is up, and I am one of 82 artists competing in this week’s “Your Town Toile” contest. (By comparison, last week’s bicycle design contest yielded over 200 entries).

Polls close on March 7th. You can vote for as many entries as you like (but please vote for mine, pictured below). VOTE NOW.

 

Trailer Trash Toile by J. Thomson © 2012 All rights reserved. Available at http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/14219 Continue reading