Fabricating from Florence

I had a lot of digital photos from a rainy anniversary trip to Florence, and an order for a ‘neutral colour’ cushion in Somerset / Prairie Points. I’d used almost all of  the neutral colours  as backgrounds for my last Craft Sale, so it was either spend more money than I had… or be inventive with the calico & Egyption cotton sheeting which I had in my stash.

Originally I thought I could get out the Bubblejet & print off some of the photos… but as usual nothing quite leapt out without the obligatory tweaking, and I wound up cutting out &  layering some of the stone carving to make an all over pattern in Photoshop. I do enjoy working in Photoshop – almost more than taking photos!

Fill pattern: stonework3A freebie for you:

This is the file from which you can define a pattern in your graphics program: it makes a good background for  a male birthday card.

In the end, I didn’t use the fabric in the cushion, but wound up alternating between rubber stamping and a a quick trip to www.studio39.biz in Baldock to plunder their shelves for beige fabric.

Now all that’s left is to get the back on the cushion and work out what I can charge for it – trying NOT to think about what my actual hourly rate is going to turn out to be…

 

 

 

all over pattern from stonework3.jpg

All over pattern from stonework3.jpg

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Stirring the cauldron

Going from paid work to  creatively earning a living via crafting:  I’m setting up this blog to share some of the byproducts – what in any industry would be the R&D hours spent on every activity that doesn’t eventually wind up as a product you can sell…

At the moment I’m creating fabric – both by printing photoshop creations, and rubber stamping.