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  • WeaveUp share your veggie designs

Share your fruit & veggie designs!

June 12th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , , |

Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month? That’s right – all month long, the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies. That’s a message we can get behind! Let's show our support by filling the WeaveUp library with fresh fruits and veggies! Whether they're sweet strawberries, artful artichokes, colorful carrots - we want to see them! We'll feature our favorites at the end of the month on the blog.

  • WeaveUp's guide for bedding fabric

Our Guide to Bedding Fabrics

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, Design Basics|Tags: , , , |

For some, the term “bedding” simply encompasses those basic necessities to get you through the night: a sheet set, a couple pillowcases, and a comforter or blanket of some sort. However, if you enjoy spending more than just your sleeping hours in this cozy haven, it’s worth it to take your bed to the next level. Today on the blog, we’re exploring the accents that can elevate the style and function of your bedware. Read on to learn all about our fabric recommendations for these transformative DIY projects!

  • Margaret Juul Designer interview with WeaveUp

Featured Artist: Margaret Juul

June 6th, 2017|Categories: Featured Artists|Tags: , |

Today's Featured Artist, Margaret Juul, has an incredible talent for capturing the beauty of water. Light bouncing off ripples, the curl of a crashing wave, a shell sitting just below the surface - Margaret captures these moments in large scale paintings. Now, she's turned some of her paintings into surface designs, available here on WeaveUp! Read on to learn more about Margaret & shop her designs.

  • WeaveUp high point market 2017

Our Favorite Trends from High Point Market 2017

June 1st, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , , |

This past month, the “furniture capital of the world,” High Point, NC, hosted home décor's largest annual trade show. For interior designers and furnishing companies, High Point Market represents an opportunity to showcase fresh styling and introduce new products. As you can imagine, there is a lot going on within the 11.5 million square feet of exhibition space. Today on the blog, we’ve highlighted our top five favorite trends. Read on to learn about #HPMKT!

  • Use the public domain for creative assets

Using Public Domain Art to Create Patterns

May 19th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, Design Basics, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

Today on the blog, we’re exploring how you can use public domain artwork within your own pattern designs. For many of us, the thorny territory surrounding copyright can be a little confusing and downright intimidating. However, once you understand the basics, you’ll appreciate that the public domain is brimming with potential inspiration and design resources. Read on!

  • Kawakubo Design Inspiration WeaveUp

Inspired by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons

May 6th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |

Here at WeaveUp HQ, we love the Met Gala. It's our favorite fashion holiday. We were glued to Instagram on Monday, watching A-listers take avant-garde looks to the red carpet. This year we are far more enamored with the exhibition itself than the celebrities playing dress up. For the first time since the 1983 Yves Saint Laurent exhibit, the Costume Institute's exhibition will profile a living artist—Comme des Garçons’ very own Rei Kawakubo. Read on to learn more about Kawakubo and see our favorite Comme des Garçons looks!

  • Op design and art WeaveUp

What We’re Loving: Op Art

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , |

Last month, renowned optical artist Julian Stanczak passed away. To honor his memory, we're delving into Stanczak’s journey and the story behind the resurgent optical illusion design trend. Read on!

  • Create colorways with WeaveUp

A Colorway Collection!

April 18th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |

If you're familiar with WeaveUp, you've probably heard about our color customization technology. Most designs in our library can be color edited to fit your exact needs. To showcase the power of our customization technology, we thought we'd flex our creative muscles and create a unique collection - a single design in lots of colorways. Read on to see the whole collection!

  • Textile Design Guide for Stripes

Textile Design Guide: Stripes

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, Design Basics|Tags: , , , |

Spring is in full bloom and here at the WeaveUp office we’ve got sun, sand, and sea on our mind.When creating our latest seasonal collection (inspired by said sun, sand, and sea), we began to ponder - how did the stripe pattern first came to be associated with nautical endeavors? Today, our Textile Design Guide picks back up with an investigation into the surprising backstory behind the simple stripe! Read on!

  • How to simplify designs on WeaveUp

How to Simplify Patterns

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |

The WeaveUp customizer allows for the color editing of designs with 12 colors or less. Some designs will have more editable colors than others, allowing you to create multidimensional layers of detail and color. But - the more colors a design has, the more colors you have to hand pick, right? Wrong. You do not have to pick a different color for every single color swatch in a design. You can repeat the same color across multiple swatches, reducing the number of colors and in many cases, simplifying the design. When you're in the customizer tool, hover your mouse over a color swatch. You will see a small eye dropper icon. Click the eyedropper to "copy" the color. Now, you should see a small tear drop icon. Click the tear drop to "paste" the color. You can paste this color to all the chips in a design.