Did you hear? Jenean Morrison has a coloring book out! Her designs are perfect for this application. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a fabric designer, you can try your hand at the coloring part of the process. Jenean gives you the pattern. You do the coloring. Get it at Amazon here. I already have mine sitting with my colored pencils by my chair.
We’re in the middle of things here. The boring middle. I bet you didn’t even know it. It’s true though. Lots of neat things coming up over the next month or so. I can’t share them yet and it’s killing me. Because these are fun projects and cool things. However, it isn’t up to me, so we’ll just have to wait out the boring middle.In the meantime I’m working on turning some projects into patterns. Like this one. I’m almost done with the writing and the diagramming. Two more complicated diagrams and I’ll be ready to get photos.I’ve been thinking a bit about my process lately. It isn’t something I give much thought to under normal circumstances. But I’m starting to think about it in relative terms. Mostly, because I have a tendency to think most people are like me–that they create the same way I do, get ideas the same way, etc. I suppose we all have this tendency to default everyone to our “normal”.
Some of the things need to be mulled over a bit more before writing about them. For now, I thought it would be a good exercise to show you one way that my process works. For this bag, it started with some doodling. I have several Moleskine journals for this kind of doodling and recording. I wish I could say they are all nearly full but that would be a lie. A big fat one too. They’re woefully thin on doodles and sketches. However, good things pop up in there. Like this.
I had no visual image of the bag when I started. I just began sketching lines. The lines turned into the bag. The bag took on some shape, got some personality and finally looked like something I could interpret into fabric. More sketches followed but these were the technical things–what would the pieces look like, how many, rough sizes, etc. From there, it went to the cutting table and the simple pencil lines became a three dimensional bag in colorful fabrics.
All of that is the easy part. For me at least. It’s the pattern writing part that seems to drag. Switching brains like that isn’t always easy. I would much rather get back to the fabric and discover the next project. I can hear it even now, chattering in the background.
Sometimes I feel guilty posting things I know will make you drool. Not that I mind the drool. I just feel bad knowing most of you do not have the time to replicate the projects. I want you to be inspired to do so; but I understand when you can’t.
One of my goals in setting up the website was to give you another way of interacting with the images of my projects. You don’t have to go back through old blog posts to find the big projects–you can simply visit the portfolio pages. (Those pages will continue to be updated and new pictures of old projects will show up in time as well.) Happily, that seems to be the way a lot of you are using the site.
But I felt I needed to provide one more way for you to enjoy your favorites. Now you can find items in my Zazzle store that use some of my images. Things like mugs featuring the Spiderweb Sis Boom quilt and the Crazy Beautiful Crazy Love quilt. A couple of note cards are on the product list too. You’ll even find Petey and Stinka over there.
So while you’re never going to get your hands on my Spiderweb quilt, you can get your hands around a mug with that fabulous quilt right on the side. Currently, there are only the two quilts and the kitties brightening things up over there. Be sure to let me know if you have a favorite image from the blog that you’d like on a mug, card, magnet, mouse pad, etc.