Anybody who knows me at all knows that I have more ideas than I know what to do with.Those people also know that I love words, letters, numbers, alphabets, and everything of that nature. I am a right type geek, with emphasis on the geek…

I’ve had all these ideas for fabric floating around that haven’t quite fit into collections, or wouldn’t work for Andover for one reason or another. So, I’ve finally just started doing them over on Spoonflower ’cause I just want to play with the designs and see where they take me. There is something about actually putting it on fabric that really forces the designs to go beyond just a sketch; that possibility of making something like a quilt or a skirt or a whatever just changes things.

And since I am making them anyway, I’ve decided I might as well make them available to everyone. I’m in the process of proofing and revising all of the designs, but some of them are available already. If they are up in the shop that means that I’ve indeed proofed them and made any subtle changes that needed making. I gotta say Spoonflower really does a pretty darn good job; I’m loving some of these colors…

Here’s just a few of the designs in the shop, but you can head on over and see more there. My first project is to make a quilt for Baby Rabbit out of all of the Aileron Dots, which come in fifteen colors in each of the two sizes…

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[left: Inscrutable in Grey (IRS text), right: Broken Compass in Purple]

thomas-knauer-sews-intertessellation-orange thomas-knauer-sews-binary-ikat-green

[left: Intertessellation in Orange, right: Binary Ikat in Green]

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[left: Go Make Shit (Braille Tiles) in Blue, right: Aileron Dots in Red/Yellow]

I hope to have the remaining prints proofed in the next week, and really can’t wait to play with them. There is something about embedding codes and hidden texts in my designs that is really exciting me these days. Up next: machine embroidery and perhaps some computerized quilting. Huzzah for using technology to pull off impossible things…


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5 Responses to Spoonflower…

  1. 1

    Kudos to you for using technology for good. 🙂 I love the possibilities and paths it allows.

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    Jane B says:

    This is so cool! Love the hidden messages.

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    Mary Ann says:

    Can’t wait to sit down and plan something with many of these. I probably will just end up buying with out a plan..that’s the way I usually roll. It’s also why my stash has taken over sewing room and guest room closets.

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    ldpaulson says:

    Oh my! Can’t wait to see the entire group of these. Your designs are always both intriguing and fun, Thomas. It would be interesting — based on the Braille tile and wonky compass fabric — to see how you might reinterpret Mah Jong tiles in fabric.

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    ldpaulson says:

    And, p.s. … Is Inscrutable the same IRS-based fabric you’d shown in a previous post? This may seem like an odd question, but the brown-cream example you had shown before seemed to be from the gas tax code and the zoom feature isn’t working on Spoonflower. — ldp

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