A few weeks ago I shared a sneak peek at my new fabric line “I Love Puppies”.
At that point, I only had the cad drawings and have been anxiously awaiting the strike-offs (where the designs are printed on actual fabrics). The second set of strike-offs have arrived and I have gone through them and made some notes on a few more tweaks.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this process, the plant does a few practice runs on fabric before they print the real goods. This way we have a chance to get the colors just right. I compare the strike-offs to my artwork or the cads and make notes on what I want changed. I email these changes to my design director at Henry Glass and Co, who then sends them to the plant overseas. This is where I imagine some interpreter trying to explain my notes – such as “The designer wants the pink to be a little less mauve in tone, and a little more coral.” I often wonder if those colors mean the same thing to me, as they do to the person running the ink mixing machine??? I need to ask my design director about this sometime. It sounds like a challenging process!
My list is usually long and detailed, as I am trying to get things just right, if possible. Then when the fabric comes, I often have to let a few of the details slide. I remind myself that I notice things that other people won’t and they won’t have the original to compare it to. It’s hard not to be critical of your own work, but usually within a few days, I am playing away with the new fabrics, minor differences forgotten.
I am getting off track – so back to the point of this blog post! Here is the sneak peek at those strike-offs:
The brown and orange prints -
The grey prints, including the panel -
The aquas and the cream background print-
The navy and green prints -
And one last shot of how nicely the grey and aquas play together.
It will be a few more months before I get the actual fabric. In the meantime, I already have a quilt pattern picked out that I want to make with the fabric. It’s always such a long wait!
So what are you playing with today?