Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Work in Progress: Atomic Fabric

My very first original fabric design is well underway. I'm still working on it - I'm still playing with the colours and that. I also want to experiment with different effects (I'm going to play around with giving the lines a bit of 'distressed' texture, to emulate the brushstroke look of a lot of vintage barkcloth prints). I'm pleased with how it's going so far, though.

I took inspiration from various atomic-era vintage barkcloth fabrics. I've got ideas for a couple more currently buzzing around my head, which I'm thinking to produce in a few different colourways as a co-ordinating set with my recent cocktail party fabric.

What do you think?

* Edited to add: picaropicara left a comment asking to see more of the process involved in creating a fabric design, and/or a tutorial. Is this something many people would be interested in? I should add that any tutorial won't be software-specific since I don't use Illustrator, so it'll be more about the principles involved than a step-by-step.


  1. Gorgeous--I just adore the bright colors!!!

  2. I really like the atom age motifs. I'd love to see more of your process, will you ever do a tutorial on this?

  3. ~ * ♥ * ~

    This is cool Charlotte ~ did you know that Spoonflower is having a free swatch day on the 18th? I'm trying to decide what swatch I want to try out...

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

  4. Ooh yes, I'd seen that Spoonflower is having a free swatch day - must remember to place the order! I have several fabric designs already in my queue to get swatches (to check the colours).

    Picaropicara, I could do a tutorial, if there's any interest - I'll add a note to the post.

    xx Charlotte

  5. I'd love to see a tutorial! ^_

    And a free swatch day @ Spoonflower? I'm there! Thanks for the heads up, y'all.

  6. Yes-yes-yes! A tutorial would be amazing. As I was reading the main post, I was thinking, "How does she design that? What software is she using? What about the repeat?"

  7. Although this type of pattern isn't my cup of tea..it's too modern, for me!....I would be extremely interested in finding out more about the process. Not that I can use software to save my life, even if we had it.

  8. Yes please! A tutorial would be splendid!


I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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