When I first contemplated designing my own fabric a couple of years ago I was very hesitant as I have no art background and aren't particuarly skilful at drawing. But I really wanted to design my own fabric, so I bought some drawing implements, which mainly included a drawing pad and sharpies! This design was a very early one which has sat in my drawing pad for a couple of years. Working out how to make the repeat pattern in Illustrator was putting me off.
The design itself isn't based on anything. I love Art Nouveau style, and living near the William Morris museum has been a bonus for understanding how he made his designs. I love patterns with lots of florals, stylised, bold repeats and plenty of colours. This was my first attempt at that. After designing the Cotterell Cottage design (see blog further down), I found some time to have a go at the Vines (I did try and come up with a more imaginative name but this does sum it up!). After drawing the basic pattern and scanning it in, I used Adobe Illustrator to develop the repeat and worked it into a design. I am sure there are quicker ways of doing it, and I still find Adobe Illustrator difficult - mainly because I don't use it very often and when I do I have to try and remember what to do. Once the design is made I sent it to be printed - both onto fabric and other merchandise.