There were a lot of steps involved once Windham Fabrics said yes to an UPPERCASE collection. Here are the highlights of the process.
The first part of the process is to whittle down two dozen spine patterns into a more practical number.
Next, I survey the typical UPPERCASE colours and create a representational palette of hues used most often.
I go through lots of ink cartridges printing off swatches and designs. I pair each design with the others to make sure everything is cohesive.
Getting the colour just right takes a lot of comparison. It’s so subjective as well as being at the mercy of technology.
Once the designs and colours have been approved, Windham creates handprinted strike offs so that I can approve the colour and printing registration.
How exciting and fulfilling to see my name and logo on the selvedge! Shown here on the fabric strike off samples.
I design quilt patterns and select existing sewing patterns and projects that will best show off the beauty and versatility of the UPPERCASE collection.
It’s really real!
Weeks later, and 29 rolls of fabric arrive at my door. It’s still top secret. I have to create a look book that will be used by sales reps to sell the collection to fabric stores.
Sew, sew, sew.
Time to set up my sewing machine (and enlist the help of some friends and my Mom) to start sewing the samples.
Make (and admire)
Some of the projects combine paper and fabric, like these recovered sketchbooks in all sorts of enticing patterns. I can’t wait for the collection to be out in the world!