Behind the Scenes of My Flower Shop Fabric Collection

Behind the Scenes of My Flower Shop Fabric Collection

Today I wanted to share a little bit of the behind the scenes of the creation of my latest fabric collection, Flower Shop.

My Flower Shop Collection with Blend Fabrics is a pen and ink study of botanicals where bold black and white blooms pop against a pink and aqua canvas.  Watercolor details adorn ikats and iron-gate prints in pink, grey, lime, blue and black, coordinating effortlessly with darling dots and stripes.  These hand-painted patterns capture the lovliness of a corner flower shop.

Happiest of Holidays to You!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!! May you be surrounded by love & joy this Christmas.

Thanks to all of you for swinging by in 2014 and for your support of my work. It’s been such a pleasure and encouragement to have you.

I don't know about you, but I'm so excited and ready for 2015! I hope it's an exciting year full of optimism and new adventures for you!

My Holiday Paper Tableware with Design Design

Josephine Kimberling's "Warm Wishes" Paper Tableware collection with Design Design!

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to share with you my paper tableware collections with Design Design that are gracing shelves this holiday season. I absolutely love how these designs translated to these products, with the coordinating patterns and use of metallic ink - they just look exquisite and full of festive fun!

Josephine Kimberling's "Warm Wishes" Paper Tableware collection with Design Design!

My sweater patterns and decked out deer make up the "Warm Wishes" and "Warm Wishes-Deer" paper tableware collection which also includes coasters, magnets and list pads.

Josephine Kimberling's "Warm Wishes" Magnets, Coasters & List Pads with Design Design!

My "Poinsettia Blooms" paper tableware collection features gold metallic ink which adds a beautiful elegance.

Josephine Kimberling's "Poinsettia Blooms" Paper Tableware collection with Design Design!

My"Happy Holidays"collection allows you to celebrate in style with a fresh take on type - and the silver metallic ink adds an extra special touch!

Josephine Kimberling's "Happy Holidays" Paper Tableware collection with Design Design!
Josephine Kimberling's "Happy Holidays" Pillow Shaped Gift Box with Design Design!

These collections are available to purchase online with the links above, or you can find them in stores such as Papyrus in your area.

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!



My Turkish Delight Fabric Collection with Blend Fabrics!

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

I'm excited to share with you today my photos from my Turkish Delight fabric collection photo shoot!

Turkish Delight launched in July of this year with Blend Fabrics and has 6 prints and 2 gorgeous colorways: a blue & green combo and a coral & lavender combo, both set against charcoal grey as a neutral. There are a total of 14 fabrics in the collection.

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!
Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

For this collection I was really inspired by Turkish and Islamic ornamentalism from the 19th century. The architecture, tile work, and pottery from that period are absolutely stunning and provided an exciting challenge to create something with a modern vibe. For the photo shoot I wanted to bring some of this inspiration and culture to the photo's, and I did this by building this enormous card wall which had a combination of my artwork from the collection and photo's from Turkey sprinkled throughout.

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

I worked with a wonderful team of sewers to create 7 garments, so you could see how wonderfully the fabrics play together and how well they can work for your wardrobe! The sewing patterns I chose this round are from a handful of independent designers who had wonderful, modern patterns that can easily be worn today.

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

I'd love to share with you a few of the projects and the sewers who made this vision a reality!

First up, my absolute FAVORITE of them all is this stellar "Ailakki Cross Front Jumpsuit" by Named Clothing. When the model came out in this number, all of us just gasped and said we want one just like it! Word to the wise though - my dear friend sewed this for me and she is an expert. Like, she can make wedding dresses out of satin using no pattern and have them form fit the bride with no ripples at the seams, expert. She said that this sewing pattern was a nightmare, unfortunately, because they should have provided more markings on the pattern itself to make putting it together easier. Also, the instructions were very confusing (and she could put it together without instructions). So if you decide to take this one on, please be prepared...and maybe even make 2 copies of the sewing pattern because the pieces overlap and otherwise you will just need to trace everything. I would also say that it runs a little small. We made a size 4, and it came out more like a 0-2. But it's GORGEOUS isn't it!?!?

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!
Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

Next we have "The Riding Party Dress & Peplum Top" by April Rhodes. Jill from LoveJill on Etsy made both the dress and the top for me out of this pattern, as I absolutely LOVED both! What's even better is that they fit well and looked absolutely gorgeous on. I've had so many people ask me about this dress! It's a definite winner for your closet for sure, and pretty simple to make.

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!
Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!
Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

Another sewing pattern that we used was "The Clover Top & Dress" by Brooke Tyson from Papercut Patterns. Another 2-in-1 sewing pattern! I really loved the inset lace at the bust for a unique pop of texture and color. Jill from LoveJill on Etsy sewed up these 2 lovelies for me too!

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!
Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

My friend Brittany sewed up this cute tunic "Roxanne" by Victory Patterns. We made the back panel a different fabric to add some interest, which made the top really pop!

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

Last up is the "Polly Top" By Hand London, sewed for me by the amazing Jill of LoveJill on Etsy, which is a free sewing pattern! For this top I combined it with chambray denim for a fun mix.

Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!
Josephine Kimberling's "Turkish Delight" fabric collection with Blend Fabrics!

I invite you to swing over and watch the Turkish Delight slideshow for more images from my photo shoot to be inspired for some fun projects!

Be sure to head over to my Resources/Sewing Inspiration page to get all the details of the sewing patterns and fabrics used, so you can add some lovelies to your wardrobe!!

I hope you had fun seeing some fun sewing inspiration this morning! Happy Monday to you!

All photography by the amazing Natalie G. Photography.



Pattern Camp with Jessica Swift!

I wanted to poke my head out of my creative hole for a moment to share with you Jessica Swift's upcoming e-course "Pattern Camp: Learn Pattern Design in a Weekend"!

If you are an aspiring pattern designer and are ready to take your passion to the next level, and learn the skills you need to create beautiful patterns, this course is for you! What I love about it, is that it is a weekend long. An intensive focus on pattern design where you come out with the skills you need.

I had the wonderful opportunity of having dinner with Jessica back in January and we completely clicked. Instant friends. Wonderful human being. I also had the immense pleasure of being interviewed by Jessica for her Pattern Camp course. This was my first video interview ever (the things you do for friends!!) where I share how I got started as a licensing artist, my creative journey, developing your style, and why everyone’s unique voice matters. We had a BLAST chatting!!

*Please note that the links I am providing are affiliate links. I don't normally do this type of thing but really want to help promote Jessica and all of her skills and passion for teaching aspiring pattern designers the ropes!

HERE ARE THE DETAILS ABOUT JESSICA'S PATTERN CAMP:

When: Saturday and Sunday October 11-12, 2014  //  8am – 4pm PST each day

Where: the course takes place online, at patterncamp.com

Price: $189 USD

What: Pattern Camp is a virtual, online weekend-long pattern design workshop taught by full-time artist and surface pattern designer, Jessica Swift. Participants will leave the workshop with the confidence and skills to create their own beautiful repeat patterns using both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

How it works: Pattern Camp is designed as a 2-day intensive online workshop. The course will take place in a private classroom area on the pattern bootcamp website. Throughout the 2 days, lessons will be released at specific times, leading course participants to work on the same lessons at the same time. You'll share your work in private Facebook and Flickr groups, meet up in live Spreecast check-ins to get questions answered, and Jessica will be on hand and available for email support for the entire weekend as well as in the Facebook group.

You’ll be part of an active community of people learning how to create gorgeous pattern designs all at the same time, sharing your work as you go!

If you have more questions or want to find out more about Jessica's Pattern Camp, visit her FAQ's page.

Doesn't that sound like a blast?

If this course is calling to you in any way, I highly recommend you invest in yourself and your passion and sign-up so you can take your pattern designing to the next level. Even if you are not available that weekend, you can still access all of the videos and information at a time that is convenient for you.

Doesn't it sound like fun?!



Introducing My Latest Fabric Collection "Blown Away"!

Josephine Kimberling's latest fabric collection "Blown Away" with Blend Fabrics
Josephine Kimberling's latest fabric collection "Blown Away" with Blend Fabrics

I'm so excited to share with you my latest fabric collection with Blend Fabrics, "Blown Away"! This fabric collection has 6 prints in 2 colorways (pink and blue) for a total of 13 fabrics to choose from.

When creating Blown Away, I was inspired by the power of wind and the different ways it invisibly impacts our world. Hot air balloons and their graceful floating through the sky. Birds soaring to their next destination. Seeds being scattered effortlessly to bring about new life. Kites floating higher and higher up into the sky. Clouds hanging gracefully yet powerfully bursting with rain. Still water turning into powerful waves.

This collection was so inspiring to work on and create! Once I got the theme down, the ideas kept flowing. I really enjoy how the collection comes in a pink or a blue combo – perfect for a little one's room! And of course, not ONLY for kids!

It's really hard for me to say it, but after years of doing fabric collection photo shoots, I am needing to take a little break with this one. I've been doing photo shoots since I started designing fabric collections, back in 2008, so this has been a really hard decision to make, as I really enjoy expressing my vision and creativity through them.

Things with my business have been so busy that I need to make some tough decisions to make my plate more manageable. Busy is good news though! And I'm excited to share some new things coming down the pike in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

I have so many ideas for what I wanted this fabric collection photo shoot to be and hope that perhaps I may be able to do a photo shoot later in the year. We'll have to see. But I wanted to share this with you in case you were wondering where the gorgeous photo's were. I'm hoping this isn't a long term decision and with some of my latest business decisions, that I'll have time to do them again!

I'm hoping that I can get a chance to see the gorgeous and creative things YOU make with my Blown Away fabrics! It's my first conversational collection, besides my Holiday collection, so I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I invite you to post your creations on my Facebook page or send me a link to your blog post or Etsy site as I'd love to promote you!