Textile Design Lab

TDL News 1/9/22

Upcoming Event: The Sellable Sketch 

We will kick off 2022 with our popular Sellable Sketch Group Study. The course begins January 10th and it will continue until February 25th. From sketch to collection! By the end of this course you will thoroughly understand what elements lead to a successful print collection, the importance of staying true to your artistic style, how to pick appropriate trends and inspiration sources for your target market, and how to develop a print from sketch to digital file in both Illustrator and Photoshop. This course includes access to WGSN.


Sign up for the Sellable Sketch Group Study here


Chelsea’s Challenge: The Great Outdoors

For our first Chelsea’s Challenge of 2022 we will be focusing on nature-themed patterns for kids’ apparel for the A/W 22/23 season. The outdoors is a HUGE theme on WGSN right now for children, and encompasses camping, hiking, foraging, gardening/farming, and the idea of exploration and adventuring. Get started here!





New Repeat Feat Released

Every month a Lab member’s pattern will be chosen to demonstrate different repeat techniques. January’s Repeat Feat features artwork by the talented Dora Font!

You can find previous Repeat Feats under “All Tutorials” in The Learning Center Tab of the TDL.



Click here to submit for February’s Repeat Feat. Please use this form as well when you upload your artwork so we have extra information about your file.


Upcoming Event: The Brave Yes! With Creative Entrepreneurial Coach Shawn Fink

On Tuesday January 18th at 2pm Eastern Shawn Fink will be our January Guest Expert and will present on brave moves we need to make as business owners and CEOs. Shawn is a career coach, podcaster, writer, and online creator.  For 10 years she has worked with business owners and creative entrepreneurs seeking help with their business mindsets to have better strategic planning and fierce courage to be successful CEOs.  During our time together, Shawn will walk us through her Braver Leadership Model: BRAVER (Blueprint for Your Future Life, Resilience, Assert & Activate, Values + Vision, EmPOWER Yourself, Reclaim Your Courage) A link for the zoom presentation will be sent out next week and the presentation will be recorded and posted. This should be an uplifting and inspiring presentation to jump start your success for 2022!


Recording Posted: Chelsea’s  LIVE One Hour Challenge

Chelsea’s one hour live event was Wednesday December 28th.  If you want to participate please collect some paper (computer paper is fine) scissors, a stapler, and an X-Acto Knife if you have one. You can find the recording here.





Recording Posted: Photoshop with Sherry London 

This December Sherry went over resolution and transformation in Photoshop, a very important topic for anyone using the program. You can find the link here.

Sherry’s next presentation will be on Monday January 17th at 11am Eastern.

Have a topic that you would like discussed in an upcoming presentation? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.

Recording Posted: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

Laura’s December Illustrator Live session was held on December 14th.

She demonstrated the new motion and vector jitter brush features in Adobe Fresco and showed us the fun and simple ways you can animate your drawings using Fresco.  The recording is here.

Laura’s next presentation January 25th at 11am 

If you have suggestions/questions for future sessions, please add them to this thread.




Recording Posted: A Successful Spoonflower Shop with Sharon Turner of Scrummy 

Sharon Turner of Scrummy held a live Q&A on December 15th to discuss using the popular print on demand website, Spoonflower. Sharon is one of Spoonflower’s best selling artists and it was so informative to find out some of her selling secrets. You can check out her website here.



The recording is posted here. 



Upcoming Events

Here are some of the live events happening this month. All times are Eastern and all events will be recorded.

1/10/22- New Repeat Feat Released

1/10/22- Sellable Sketch Group Study begins

1/13/22- Art Critique with Lise Gulassa 1pm

1/14/22- Coloring Hour 1pm




Weekly Art Critiques. Please join the TDL community on THURSDAY at 1 PM Eastern for a live art critique. Our art critiques are fun events where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing, and sales. A registration link will be emailed the morning of the critique and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

January 9, 2022

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