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  • Rachna Designer interview with WeaveUp

Featured Artist: Ms. Rachna

September 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured Artists|Tags: , |

Rachna has been designing surface prints since 2004, and woven products for almost two decades before that. This woven influence is evident in her designs on WeaveUp - kaleidoscope, layered effects make her prints wholly unique. Learn about Rachna's inspirations and influences in today's Featured Artist interview. You can find Rachna's designs under the WeaveUp name RachnaDesigns. Where do you live? New Delhi, India Does where you live influence your art? Indian culture is full of color - we have many states, many languages, and many different foods. I infuse all of this richness into my art. Weaving is a traditional Indian craft, with families passing the craft down to new generations. Women in villages weave dhurries, saris, and stoles in addition to housework. There are many other cottage industry products made by women - women's empowerment has influenced my collections and designs. Tell us about your studio/workspace. My laptop with internet is my studio - I can design anywhere. When did you begin designing surface prints? What inspired you to get started?  2004 - a project to reduce the colors and put into repeat 40 designs from Italy was the start of this journey. I did almost 20 designs a month for companies in the USA, Dubai, China, Italy, Australia until 2012. My prints were also sold via agents. Before that, I was designing woven fabrics, rugs, home furnishings, and other exports from India since 1986. What advice do you have for creatives just getting started? SLOG HARD What would you love to see your print sewn into? Table cloths, shower curtains, and pillows. What is your go-to color combination? Black and white has a lot of potential, as well as beige and earthy tones. Do you have a signature design style? How would you describe it? I love to create ikat patterns, and can convert almost any design into a seamless pattern repeat. Mandala style is very interesting, as well as kaleidoscopes. Weaves, plaids, stripes, and waves in weaves. Woven patterns, which are difficult to produce, can now be created as surface prints. Tell us about your weaving experience. Dobby and jacquard looks are my forte, as well as 8 pedal weaves. I have run a handloom on my own for 2 years and can weave my own designs. As of now I also export my own handwoven dhurries. The cutshuttle dhurry, also known as the Santa Fe rug, sells in the USA, Japan, Dubai, and Indonesia. My dhurries are also being sold as yoga mats, since they are made of cotton. Thanks to Rachna for speaking with us! You can shop Rachna's designs here.

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What We’re Loving: Summertime Snacks

September 7th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , |

Remember a few weeks back when we asked you to share your favorite summertime snacks?  You answered our call, and today we're excited to showcase some of your delectable designs!

  • Make your own GOT Costume with WeaveUp

How To Create Your Own #GOT Cosplay

September 7th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, DIY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The recently wrapped seventh season of Game of Thrones proved every bit worth the hype. We were especially impressed with the costume design, which got us thinking - if we were creating a #GOT cosplay, what character would we want to be? Read on to see some of our favorite looks from the series and which custom fabric we would use to create the perfect cosplay!

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Share your summertime snack designs

August 10th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |

We're reaching peak summer here in Durham, NC. That means popsicles, tomato sandwiches, watermelon, juicy peaches, and endless lemonade. Whether it's a workday lunch or a weekend picnic, we're seriously digging summertime snacks. What are your favorite summer munchies? Show us in a surface design! Read on to learn more.

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What We’re Loving: Marble

August 10th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , |

There’s no doubt that geological patterns have been trending strongly in 2017. To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up our favorite #marble looks on Instagram!

  • Lonny Doherty designer interview with weaveUp

Featured Artist: Lonny Doherty

August 8th, 2017|Categories: Featured Artists|Tags: |

Lonny Doherty finds inspiration in the vast landscapes of Ontario and beyond. His paintings celebrate contrast, capturing light bursting through trees or bouncing off a wave. Now, his paintings are available as custom fabrics on WeaveUp. Read on to learn more about our latest Featured Artist, Lonny Doherty!

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Share your Moon designs!

July 18th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , , |

On July 20, 1969, man took his first step on the Moon. At 10:56pm EDT, Neil Armstrong placed his foot on the orbital body and uttered those famous words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Sadly, we can't all walk on the Moon. But we can all celebrate National Moon Day this July 20th! Join us in honoring our favorite celestial body by sharing your best lunar designs through the end of the month. Read on to learn more!

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Janie at Penland, part 2

July 8th, 2017|Categories: Updates|Tags: , , , , |

We're back with an update from our in-house Design Lead, Janie Woodbridge, from Penland School of Crafts. Janie has been hard at work teaching her Penland students how to weave beautiful, durable rugs on floor looms. Read on to learn more about her class!

  • How to save and organize designs on WeaveUp

How to Save and Organize Designs

July 5th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |

When browsing our Design Library, you've probably noticed two small icons appearing over designs. These represent two ways to save a design for later: Tacking (push pin icon), and Loving (heart icon). Read on to learn how to make the most of these functions!

  • fruits and veggies designs on WeaveUp

What We’re Loving: Fruits & Veggies

July 1st, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, Updates|Tags: , , , , |

Remember a few weeks back when we asked you to share your fruit & veggie designs? June is National Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Month, and the American Heart Association has been encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies all month long! We asked you to show your support and upload your best fruit & vegetable designs to our library! You answered our call, and today we're excited to showcase some of your fresh designs!