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Summer Fabrics 2014

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Hello ! Today I’m so excited to share with you my new fabric patterns for Summer 2014, you’ll find prints inspired by the coastline and the casual vibe of this season, and all are available in bright colors. Designing fabric patterns is a passion of mine, and the ultimate DIY project from concept to completion. Thank you so much for following along on this adventure, some of you even purchasing some of my prints, I so appreciate it !

When we took a trip to Hawaii last year I was so inspired by the islands they influenced many of the designs including Balmy and Aloha and I took yards of fabrics with me to photograph them on this year’s trip to Kauai. It was fun to photograph on location! :)  I colorized some old favorites from the Winter collection too, find the new prints and older ones all in my Spoonflower shop.

kate riley summer fabrics

This process is a labor of love for me, from the original sketch to final colorization, then comes printing, sewing and styling, I enjoy it all so much. I poured my heart and tons of hours into this recent collection, I hope you enjoy it !  View the Summer  Lookbook below or follow this link to read it on Issuu.

 

 

I set up a Kate Riley Porfolio website, the larger images from the Lookbook are all there, just visit the Fabric Designs tab, pin your favorites and spread the word! 

kate riley fabrics portfolio

I’m going to tackle a children’s collection next, I have a kids’ bedroom to decorate so I’m inspired by that opportunity! And of course I do so love the holidays so look for new Christmas prints and gift wraps in November just like last year. If you have any ideas for new patterns, I’d love to hear about them, perhaps I’ll design a new one inspired by YOU!

Enjoy the new collection!   .

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Digital Fabric Printing + Spoonflower Tour

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Thanks so much everyone for the positive feedback on yesterday’s post about my fabric and gift wrap designs! I chose Spoonflower as a company to work with because they offer an amazing innovative service: the ability for anyone to design their own fabrics, wallpapers, decals, or gift wraps and share them with the world.

I was in North Carolina earlier this year and spent a few hours with the people at Spoonflower in Durham, touring their facility and asking them all about how the process works. With their permission, I took a few pictures while I was there and Allison was kind enough to answer my questions.

spoonflower headquarters slipper chairs

 

1) How long has Spoonflower been in business, how and why did it start?

Spoonflower was founded in 2008, just as the US economy was entering a recession. Surprisingly, the recession did not actually turn out to be our greatest challenge. The idea for Spoonflower came from Stephen’s (one of our co-founders) wife Kim. Kim asked Stephen if he knew of a website where she could print fabric to make curtains from her own design. It turned out that one didn’t exist, despite the fact that interest in sewing, fabric, design and making things by hand had exploded on the Internet.

2) How do the printers work and how much fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap do they print in an hour/day?

We print using large format inkjet printers, similar to the printer you have at home or in your office, just much bigger! We print around 1800 yards per day.

spoonflower printing

 

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