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  • Donna Skupien Designer Interview with WeaveUp

Featured Artist: Donna Skupien

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

Working in the Colorado mountains, Donna Skupien creates her surface designs surrounded by nature - just the way she likes it. Donna's firm, Bridgewater Moss Designs, has delivered stellar surface patterns for clients large and small. Learn more about Donna, her inspirations and her obsession with prints in this week's installment of our Featured Artist series.

  • The power of WeaveUp's mirrored repeat

The Power of the Mirrored Repeat

April 4th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

One of the coolest features of WeaveUp's customizer is the ability to change the repeat style of a design. WeaveUp offers four repeat styles: basic, half-brick, half-drop, and mirrored. Today we're going to talk about the mirrored repeat. In the screenshot below, you can see where to find the mirrored repeat button in our customizer.

  • Sheila Hicks Interview with WeaveUp

Textile Design Guide: Sheila Hicks

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |

This week we continue our Women's History Month series with a closer look at the incredible work of fiber artist, Sheila Hicks. While Hicks is not strictly a textile designer, she helped pave the way for a more open-minded investigation of the arbitrary divide between traditional crafts and those deemed professional arts. As such, we honor Hicks for her role in bringing a greater understanding and appreciation to the genre of fiber and fabric as a whole.

  • Armi Raatia design WeaveUp

Textile Design Guide: Armi Ratia + Marimekko

March 21st, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |

In honor of women’s history month, our textile design guide will be profiling some of the fundamental female figures in the fabric/fiber trade. Today, we put the spotlight on Armi Ratia, the brainchild behind iconic Finnish design house, Marimekko.

  • Paris Fashion Week designs WeaveUp

Inspired by PFW 2017

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, DIY|Tags: , , , |

The fashion frenzy of Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear has finally drawn to a close! Rounding out the season, the Paris runway shows brought high drama, incredible production, and some major designer talent. One of the most intriguing trends on the catwalk this past week was the use of patterned sheer fabrics. Read on to see our favorite picks PLUS a quick DIY for creating your own sheer look!

  • Brenda Houston Designer interview with WeaveUp

Designing in the Digital Age with Brenda Houston

March 15th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|

When designer Brenda Houston approached WeaveUp about printing her stunning photographs on fabric, we nearly fainted. Brenda Houston is a renowned designer, known for her uniquely stunning gemstone photographs, furniture, and accessories. We picked Brenda's brain about the state of the industry, what keeps her driven, and how digital printing is changing everything. Read on!

Inspired by MFW Fall 2017

March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: |

Don't worry if you're not keeping up with Fashion Month. We've got you. The Milan runway shows have officially wrapped. One of our favorite trends on the Italian catwalks this past week was the preponderance of applique details. We love how these refined “patches” looked when superimposed upon other patterns, textures, and colors. We'll show you how to create your own chic custom patches, but first let’s take a look at some of the MFW runway shows for designer inspiration!

  • Textile Design Guide to Quilter's fabric

Textile Design Guide: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend

February 28th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|

This past weekend, our Textile Design Guide featured the inspiring stories of two 19th century textile entrepreneurs. Today we’ll spotlight the modern success of the black quilting community of Gee’s Bend.

  • Elizabeth Keckley

Textile Design Guide: Elizabeth Keckley & Harriet Powers

February 25th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|

The past few months our Textile Design Guide has been delving into the complicated and fascinating stories behind the fabric industry. In honor of Black History Month we’re spotlighting two of the many black artists, craftspeople, and laborers who have made contributions to the textile industry. Today, we explore the historical legacy of two of America’s premier black textile artists. These two incredible women were born into slavery in the American South. Their work is on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

  • London Fashion Week and WeaveUp

Inspired by LFW Fall 2017

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|

The London Ready-to-Wear shows have positively sped by and we have seen an amazing array of fabrics! These designer looks got us thinking: how can we reinterpret our vast Design Library to incorporate some of these trends? Read on to see our looks!