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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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Inspired by Block Print

Monday, April 21st, 2014

I’ve been crushing on the look of block print textiles in the home for awhile, I love the repetition found in these global patterns, and as summertime approaches breezy colorful cotton fabrics are welcome! I tried my own block print inspired stamped tea towels two years ago and it continues to be one this blog’s most popular DIYs to date (I used large rubber stamps instead of blocks but the method was similar.)

Block printing dates back thousands of years to China, India, and Japan. Patterns can be simple or ornate, the technique involves the application of ink to paper or fabric via hand carved block print stamps made of wood, rubber, or linoleum. This article shares the detailed process of creating authentic block print fabric.

indian wood block prints

block printing process

india pied-a-terre / oh so beautiful paper

Browsing through catalogs, you’ll find several major brands that are offering their versions of the look too, from bedding to table linens. 

indigo block print viva terra

block print runner

blockprint tablecloth wisteria

viva terra indigo bedding / pottery barn runner / wisteria tablecloth

John Robshaw’s brand of textiles feature predominantly block printed fabrics inspired from his travels through India but these beautiful prints are sold at a higher price point.

john robshaw duvet

john robshaw bedding

 

Saffron Marigold offers authentic block print textiles that are beautiful and affordable.

saffron marigold block print

 

If you want to try your hand at DIY block printing, you can invest in a block print carving kit, or search around online for many of the premade block print stamps from Etsy vendors. Grab an inexpensive cotton window panel, some fabric medium, and craft paint to create a fabric version, or apply stamps with craft paint to cardstock for unique stationery.

indian block print stamps

 tree / circle medallion / branch / paisley / pie floral / flower

 

I’ve been so smitten with the repetition in these motifs I came up with a block print inspired pattern of my own for the summer collection, it will be available soon in my Spoonflower shop in the three softer colorways and the seven brighter versions below.

kate riley designs summer print

This print is really lovely as a tablecloth, napkins, or window treatment, I can’t wait to share the other patterns with you next month – I’m working hard to finish them all before May!  

Are you a fan of textiles with block print motifs?

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Winter Fabric Collection

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Well I’m pretty excited everyone, I’ve released seven fabric patterns as part of a winter collection now available in my shop. For me, designing fabrics is the ultimate DIY project, from the inspiration that strikes to the execution and digital design that occurs in Photoshop or Illustrator, followed up by colorization, printing, and styling.

It’s the middle of winter and where I live in Northern California, the colors are pale and earthy as we await the blooms that will arrive in April. Nature’s neutral palette inspired a winter collection of seven patterns in gray and driftwood colorways, also included are paler hues from blush pink to mint green and icy blue. 

There’s a giant oak tree that lives up the road from my house that has lived there for decades and its sculptural branches speak to me even in the gloomiest months. 

kate riley winter fabrics

 

I had to include the grand tree in the Lookbook I put together as I styled the various fabrics around the house and in my small studio – you’ll find patterns I’ve featured in the past . . .

krd sprig tablecloth

 

. . . and a few new patterns I’m just introducing. 

kate riley dewdrop fabrics

 

See all seven patterns by browsing this Lookbook.

 

 

I’m working on many more new patterns in vivid hues arriving in the Spring, meanwhile enjoy this latest collection!

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