Textile Design Lab

TDL News 11-19-18

2019 Schedule

Hello! We are pleased to release our schedule for the first six months of 2019! All events listed here are free for Textile Design Lab members. In addition to the group-studies listed below, we will also be releasing new challenges, tutorials, and guest expert training throughout the year. Remember, all of our courses are available to work through at anytime. Our Group-Studies are a chance for us to work through one course together as a community.

January 7, 2019: Surface Pattern Design Mastery Group-Study

January 28, 2019: Photoshop for Designers 1 & 2 Group-Study

March 4, 2019: Ultimate Guide to Repeats Group-Study

April 15, 2019: Art of Portfolio Curation Group-Study

June 10, 2019: Print Studio Workgroup

June 17, 2019: Summer of Creativity Group-Study

August 5, 2019: Collaboration Group-Study



Upcoming Pattern Planning and Goal Setting Group-Study

Mark your calendars! Our Pattern Planning and Goal Setting Group-Study starts on Monday, Dec. 3rd and is FREE for TDL members.

In this Group-Study you’ll clarify what you hope to achieve in 2019 and create an action plan that is broken down into quarterly tasks to get you there. At the end of this course, you will feel focused and in control—ready for this upcoming year!

You’ll know exactly what steps to take and how you can use The Textile Design Lab to achieve the goals you’ve laid out before you.

Members can register here.





It’s that time of year where we are beginning to prepare for upcoming trade shows…exciting!!

To kick off this busy season of marketing the Pattern Observer Studio collection, we are releasing two sets of briefs that are open to all TDL members.


SURTEX briefs

We just published our second round of briefs, which you can find here. December 3-9th is the submission period for these briefs. We will only be accepting submissions for these briefs during this week, not before or after.

Please post any questions to the studio forum, here.



November Design Challenge: Micro Ditsy

For our November challenge we will be switching gears to experiment with super small-scale dots and florals. Very small scale patterns are called “ditsies.” Ditsy patterns usually consist of motifs that are about half an inch in diameter or smaller, so I recommend leaning to the smaller side for this “micro” trend. It can take a lot of time to fill a canvas with teeny-tiny motifs, so you may need to develop a repeat in order to fill the canvas, but be careful that the repeat is not too obvious–it can be tricky to disguise with a ditsy pattern! Half-drops are a great option to play with.

For the Micro Ditsy trend you can go with: Micro Florals, Micro Dots or surprise us with another interesting motif! Motifs can also be arranged through layout or color to form larger motifs or areas of color, almost like a patchwork. Typical ditsy layouts are often tossed or all-over but feel free to play with another layout style such as a border or a freeflowing pattern for a unique spin on this pattern style. Learn more here.



Growing a Product-Based Business with Yetunde Rodriguez

Are you interested in launching a product based business? Please take a moment to watch this recent guest expert presentation with Yetunde Rodriguez. Yetunde launched her Etsy shop in 2007 and continues to grow her business, both online and through local craft fairs. It was highly inspirational and very informative!Members can watch the recording here.







Weekly Art Critique. There will be no Art Critique this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you!
November 18, 2018

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