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September 28, 2017

The Making of a Block Print | My Process

For about a year and a half, I've been designing my own custom block print designs that are made into textiles for my store.  I have them stitched into cushion covers and table linens.  I also have some fabric left as yardage so you are able to have any item custom made for your home projects.  I get so many questions about how this process works, so I thought I'd show you.  

Each season I pull together swatches, photos, paint chips, tags, anything that is speaking to me.  This is my current board in my office right now.  I'm getting ready to launch the Harvest Collection full of browns, greens and burnt oranges.  That collection will also transition into Holiday in the month of November.  I always like these two collections to merge well, since the seasons are so close.  I don't like to do exclusively orange in October, then red in December, I want each to work together so you are able to just add/change a few items for each season to really change the feel of your home.

The Harvest Collection will come out October 4th (next Wednesday).

The Block Print Fabric by the Yard is currently on sale, $36 for 3 yards : )

This paper is the original that I sketched these little prints on.

I take a photo of the sketches I like, then crop them out so I have a rough jpeg.
I lay out the design as a pattern for a 6" wood block.  I send this document to India and my producer has  a wooden block made from my design.  In the meantime, I work on sending her colors.

I love neutral based, in-between colors.  They feel most natural to me.  I created a collection of Benjamin Moore paint swatches for my producer in India to keep on hand.  I give her the swatch color number to match the dye.  

I wanted this Berry Sprig to remind me of the Rose Hips that I find this time of year - a muted umber with brown stick/stems.

The final colors were Greenfield Pumpkin + Whitall Brown.

The wood blocks are hand printed on 100% cotton.  About a month later, I receive a sample of the block and paint colors.  Often times we go back and forth several times to get the colors perfect.

This is the newest Berry Sprig with autumnal colors that will launch with the Harvest Collection next week.

This is the topiary print that I introduced last month.  I like this pattern because it is more saturated in color so it gives the appearance of all over color.  It will be a great essentials to use in different color each season.  The next color in this design will be a deep brown, which I love to use Nov-Jan.

The Hydrangea Print is one of my favorites, too.  It is so elegant, yet clean and graphic.  Last month I featured it in a deep blue and cream.  

Shop all of my Block Print Fabric Collections >

Shop all of my Block Print Fabric Collections >

This season I had a mossy green made that will transition perfectly from autumn to holiday.

As I mentioned, I also carry unfinished yards of fabric for you to create your own projects.  I have some for my own home planned in the next couple of weeks.  I've gathered up some inspiration photos to help me design them

The Block Print Fabric by the Yard is currently on sale : )

A lamp shade is going to be 1st on my list - well, two actually.  I'd like to make a pair for our master bedroom that will go with a matching pillow in the center of our bed.  I love a pattern repeated at least twice in the same room.  

I LOVE this roman shade made out of a print.  I might try to fashion some fabric trim bands that I would run along each side of our existing cream linen roman shades in our room.  

See how the fabric is repeated in this room?  I think it is so chic.  

Here too, the drapes match the sham and the bedskirt.  It is a perfect way for a white wall and bed linens loving person to add a coziness and level of finish to a room.

I love how a clean, simple piece turns into something really special with this fabric.

Again, another repeating pattern (but a plaid - you get the point). 

Of course, I'll document my projects here.  I'm thinking the lamps are going to be first.  Wish me luck!

Shop all of my Block Print Fabric Collections, here.  The Block Print Fabric by the Yard is currently on sale : )

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