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a feedsack inspired terrarium fabric

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Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun doodling so I wanted to share what I made for this week’s Spoonflower contest. The theme is Terrarium and I almost didn’t enter anything because the subject matter seemed way too “out there” for what I typically like, but I love natural things so that sparked some further research.

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photos via The New York Public Library and Flickr member Josh Le0

I found this terrific post by Design*Sponge on the history of terrariums and that really got the juices flowing. Terrariums are pretty vintage as it turns out! Nature? Old things? That’s me after all! So I started sketching out some ideas and it slowly all started coming together.

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Once I had my idea solidified in my sketch book I drew out a larger version in pencil (then traced it in Sharpie) to finalize the motif that I would make digital.

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I’ve been using Photoshop for years and years, so that’s usually my go-to program when it comes to any kind of digital art, but I’m learning that Illustrator is truly the best option for certain things. It was so easy to scan in my motifs and then click the magical image trace button to make my designs into a vector that I could add color to. It’s brilliant I tell you.

It took me longer to try and figure out a repeat pattern than anything else. That’s definitely the hardest part! I had one particular vintage feedsack print in mind that I was trying to emulate but it just wasn’t quite laying out as easily as I had hoped so I went for more of a tossed layout instead. I was on a serious time limit since I discovered the competition really late in the game (I had just a few days to meet the deadline) so I’m not 100% happy with the layout I chose, but I’m definitely proud of the overall print!

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I had originally picked a much different color scheme but right as I was about to submit my design I noticed many other people had come up with the same colors! At first I was a little upset, but I’m really glad that happened because I love the new colors so much better. It makes the print look MUCH more vintage and feedsack-y (lol) and that’s what I wanted from the get-go.

There are so many other incredible designs that were submitted (I think I voted on 9 favorites total!) but if my design happens to be one of your favorites, please consider voting for me!

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Follow this link to the voting page and select any number of favorites that you like. The voting system couldn’t be easier! You don’t have to log in or make an account. Just click the check mark to select your favorites and push submit (the order of entries changes with each page refresh so it might take a few moments to find me). …but you kinda have to hurry since the voting ends soon, sorry for the late notice!

I’m waiting on my color swatch to arrive in the mail so I can make this print available for purchase regardless if I win or not, but it would sure make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside if my design was a top pick!

I’ve added a few more designs to my Spoonflower shop recently and have many more planned for the near future. I’m having so much fun exploring this new medium and can’t wait to push myself and see what I can create :)

xo
Rochelle

 

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  • Laura

    I’m really impressed by your fabric designs – I seriously want every one! This is something I’ve dreamed about doing as I love pattern and you’ve inspired me to start sketching. Good luck, you;ve got my vote x

  • Jessica Cangiano

    I completely adore both the fabric and the real terrarium. It’s equal parts elegance and adorable, just as I like as many things in my world to often be. Awesome job, dear Rochelle!

    ♥ Jessica

  • Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly

    GAH! I hope you win, I love, love, love your design! There are some really cute ones but I think yours is the best… and no I’m not biased, I really do. ;-)

  • JJ

    That was the best voting method ever! I had so much fun picking out my favorites, of course I voted for yours! :o)

  • stgilbert

    Of course I am voting for you! I feel in love with this print the first minute you showed it. I must have some of the turquoise/purple flower colourway for a skirt. MUST!

  • sewcialwarrior

    It’s gorgeous and I just voted for you (amongst a few others. The light bulbs and the cute little monsters) fingers crossed for you.

  • Victoria

    Cool fabrics! Spoonflower interests me but the prospect of figuring out how the pattern repeats intimidates me.

  • misscrayolacreepy

    I needdddd that fabric!!!

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A Blog By Rochelle New

I'm a fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for quilt industry cottons, bygone eras, and natural things.

i.e. I mostly do nerd things like pretend I'm a wizard, collect moldy books, and spend too much time picking up acorns in the woods, all with my spirit animal (a dog named Lucille), my personal photographer (a man named William), and a few literal fat cats in tow.

Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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