Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It's Raining Doll Parties Hawk Family Spoonflower Fabrics


I have been having so much fun with my "It's Raining Doll Parties" website, products, and fabric designs.      They are just so colorful and cheery.  I can't help but smile every time I look at them.

There are 30 fabrics in my new Doll Parties Fabric Collection.  Some are cut and sew doll ornaments fabrics, some are individual Hawk family members square fabric designs, and some are designs including all the members of the Hawk family, like those shown above and below:


  

  

  

    

We're working on all sorts of surprises for you and suggestions for using our new fabrics so stay tuned.  There's more "It's Raining Doll Parties" fun to come.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Too Much Fun With Fabric!


I really do need to get more focused and stop playing.  I just can't help myself when I'm having so much fun.  Of course, nothing else gets done when I'm having fun, but life isn't all about work - now is it?

Have I got you wondering what I've been doing that's so much fun?

Well, I've been designing new fabrics for my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower Custom Fabric Store.

I've been designing fabrics for three years now and so far I've designed 159 fabrics. To say I LOVE designing fabric is putting it mildly. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

Designing the fabrics is the easy part.  Making items out of the fabrics I've designed is the time consuming part.  I've been toiling away and have made many, many baby shower decorations and gifts out of some of my baby shower fabric lines.  I'm still working on that line and will have several new fabrics to share with you.

Next on the agenda for making items is the Babies In The Pumpkin Patch group of fabrics I designed.  They just happen to be Fall themed and just happen to be filed with all my favorite Fall colors.  It's FALL - my favorite time of the year so what else can you expect? My creative juices for everything FALL, babies, and pumpkins will be in overdrive.

So stay tuned.  The "dollies" and I have lots and lots to show you.

Graphic - Courtesy of Denise Bailey KKL Primitives

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What Size Fabrics Can You Order?




If you're wondering what size fabrics you can order from in our "Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs" Spoonflower.com fabric store they are as follows:




Basic Combed Cotton, Kona Cotton, Cotton Poplin, and Silk De Chine
Test Swatch (8" x 8")
Fat Quarter (21" x 18")
1 yard (42" x 36")


Cotton Voile, Linen Cotton
Test Swatch (8" x 8")
Fat Quarter (27" x 18")
1 yard (54" x 36")


Cotton Silk
Test Swatch (8" x 8")
Fat Quarter (20" x 18")
1 yard (40" x 36")


Organic Cotton Knit and Organic Cotton Sateen
Test Swatch (8" x 8")
Fat Quarter (28" x 18")
1 yard (56" x 36")

Heavy Cotton Twill

Test Swatch (8" x 8")
Fat Quarter (29" x 18")
1 yard (58" x 36")



What Kinds Of Fabric Are There To Choose From?


If you're wondering what kind of fabrics you have to choose from in our "Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs" Spoonflower.com fabric store they are as follows:

Basic Combed Cotton

100% combed cotton fabric, made from ring-spun yarn
42" wide printable area (107 cm)
3.2 oz per square yard
Thread count: 78 x 76
Appropriate for quilting, appliqué, shirting, dresses, children's clothing, and home decor.
Estimated shrinkage: 3.5% in length and 2% in width
Machine wash warm or cool using phosphate-free detergent.

*NEW* Kona® Cotton: Premium Quilting Weight

100% cotton fabric with a soft hand, easy to sew
42" wide printable area (107 cm)
4.5 oz per square yard
Thread count: 60 x 60
Appropriate for quilting, appliqué, shirting, dresses, children's clothing, and home decor.
Estimated shrinkage: 2%
Machine wash warm or cool using phosphate-free detergent.
See more on the Kona® Cotton page

Cotton Poplin

100% cotton fabric
42" wide printable area (107 cm)
3.7 oz per square yard
Thread count: 133 x 72
Appropriate for quilting, shirting, skirts, dresses, pajamas, and home decor.
Estimated shrinkage: 3%
Machine wash warm or cool using phosphate-free detergent.

Cotton Voile

Semi-transparent 100% combed cotton fabric, with a delicate, gauzy texture.
Please note that this fabric replaces cotton lawn, which was discontinued on 11/30/2010.
54" wide printable area (142 cm)
1.4 oz per square yard
Thread count: 70 x 70
Appropriate for dresses, blouses, lingerie, scarves and handkerchiefs.
Estimated shrinkage: 3%
Dry clean or hand wash gently, warm or cool, using phosphate-free detergent. Air-dry.

Cotton Silk

55% cotton / 45% silk fabric with a soft sheen on the printed side
40" wide printable area (102 cm)
2.4 oz per square yard
Natural white
Luxurious hand and drape of silk, benefits of cotton
Appropriate for dresses, blouses, pajamas, lingerie, lining, quilting, and home decor accents.
Estimated shrinkage: 2%
Machine wash warm or cool using phosphate-free detergent.

Linen-Cotton Canvas

Sophisticated light-weight canvas woven from 55% linen and 45% combed cotton.
54" wide printable area (137 cm)
6.2 oz per square yard
Thread count: 100 x 48
Natural white [We have observed that the material may appear slightly cream colored prior to washing.]
Appropriate for table cloths, tea towels, dresses, bags, and pillows.
Estimated shrinkage minimal.
Machine wash warm or cool using phosphate-free detergent.

Organic Cotton Interlock Knit

Very soft, natural off-white knit, made from 100% organic cotton.
56" wide printable area (142 cm)
5.6 oz per square yard
Interlock knit stretches along the crosswise grain about 25%
Estimated shrinkage: 6% length, 4% width
Certified organic cotton by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
Produced in the USA
Appropriate for many kinds of children and adult apparel items, including t-shirts, dresses, baby clothes, and more.
Machine wash warm or cool using phosphate-free detergent.

Organic Cotton Sateen

100% organic cotton sateen with a glossy finish and soft hand
56" wide printable area (142 cm)
3.8 oz per square yard
Thread count: 142 x 80
Certified organic cotton by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
Peroxided white [Note that prior to 3/25/10, we printed on natural rather than white.]
Appropriate for clothing and pillows.
Estimated shrinkage: 3%
Machine wash warm or cool using phosphate-free detergent.

Heavy Cotton Twill

Sturdy 100% cotton twill with an optic white finish. [Formerly described as "upholstery-weight twill."]
58" wide printable area (145 cm)
7.2 oz per square yard
Thread count: 112 x 53
Appropriate for upholstery projects, home decorating, pants, tote bags, banners, coats and jackets, window draperies, tablecloths, and place mats.
Estimated shrinkage: 4%
For best results, dry clean only. We recommend using GreenEarth Cleaning or any other dry cleaning method that does not use the solvent perchloroethylene (perc).

Silk Crepe de Chine

Semi-sheer 100% silk with a delicate texture and beautiful drape.
42" wide printable area (107 cm)
16mm, 2.2 oz per square yard
Appropriate for dresses, blouses, pajamas, lingerie, and lining.
Estimated shrinkage: 3%
Please note that the texture of the silk means that printing will not always be 'on grain,' and dark colors may bleed very slightly along the edges of design elements.
For best results, dry clean only. We recommend using GreenEarth Cleaning or any other dry cleaning method that does not use the solvent perchloroethylene (perc).

If you'd like to see what the fabrics look like before you order Spoonflower has a fabric sample pack that they would be happy to send you. Each Sample booklet contains a 4" x 4" swatch of each of the fabrics listed above. For more information on their fabrics and sample pack please CLICK HERE.


Monday, March 18, 2013

My NEW Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs Shop At Spoonflower.com



I've been playing again! This time it's with fabric designs. Actually, I've been playing with fabric designs and new websites/blogs.

I've been thinking about designing fabric for some of my doll pattern lines using graphics of my dolls for quite sometime and last month was finally able to complete one of the lines. Of course, that required a new website and a new blog. You know me - anything new requires a new BLOG!!!!!

I've had many baby shower doll centerpiece patterns and baby shower ornament and/or favor patterns for many years now and have wanted to expand upon that to create decorations for planning an old-fashioned baby shower. I wanted to have not only centerpiece dolls that could be used as decorations, but e-printable ornaments and/or favors, easily sew-able doll ornaments/favors, and fabric that could be used to make baby banners, tablecloths, quilts, pillows, decorations, etc. As a result my "It's Raining Baby Showers" website was born.

If you're planning a baby shower and would like to host an enjoyable, old-fashioned shower where you can make all the decorations then "It's Raining Baby Showers" can provide you with print patterns, e-patterns, e-printables, fabric, handmade dolls, books about baby showers, a baby shower merchandise store, some baby shower ideas and some freebies.

My "It's Raining Baby Showers" collection has 59 different designs to choose from in 6 collections.  All of the designs compliment each other so you can mix and match with our doll pattern centerpieces, e-printables, baby shower store items, etc. My "It's Raining Baby Showers" fabric designs collection has 9 "Cut and Sew" ornament doll fabrics as well as 50 traditional fabric designs to choose from.

In order to create my fabric designs I decided to utilize the resources of Spoonflower.com which offers independent designers a way to have their custom designs printed onto fabric and then sold to the public.

Here's what Spoonflower.com had to say about their website on their "About Us" page:

Spoonflower makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles. The company came about because Stephen’s wife, Kim, persuaded him that being able to print her own fabric for curtains was a really cool idea. She wasn’t alone. The Spoonflower community now numbers around 150,000 individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world. The site has appeared in the New York Times, Associated Press, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Make, CRAFT, ApartmentTherapy, Photojojo, and many other terrific publications and blogs.

Spoonflower is a start-up and a work in progress. Its growth has been made possible by the enthusiasm of a worldwide community of people who are passionate about fabric, design and making things. Along the way it has also received help, support and advice from lots of friendly people and organizations, including [TC]2, NCIdea.org, North Carolina State University College of Textiles, and Expand Systems. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome and appreciated.

Spoonflower.com seemed like a perfect fit for my fabric designs. So, I designed my fabrics and then set up a Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs  shop at Spoonflower.com. All of the fabrics mentioned and posted about on our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs website/blog are sold and serviced through Spoonflower.com.

Please note that Linda Walsh and/or Linda Walsh Originals is not liable for any problems that may occur between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com. We only provide the graphics for our line of fabrics at Spoonflower.com.

I've only had a chance to develop my "It's Raining Baby Showers" line of fabrics so far.  However, if you know me, you know that there will be many, many more coming down the pike.  So, stay tuned.  We're designing fabrics and LOVING IT!  I do so love to play!

Please CLICK HERE or click on the button above to visit our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs Spoonflower shop.