My fabric is finished! | How About Orange

January 18, 2008

My fabric is finished!


I'm thrilled to pieces to reveal my freshly printed fabric collection, Modern Flora, created for J. Caroline Designs. Remember that sneak peek from ages ago? It has finally materialized! I just returned from the print run in Massachusetts.

Sprig, Peapod, and Leaflet are printed on 54" wide 7 oz. canvas, perfect for home dec projects like cushions, bags, upholstery, shower curtains, you name it. Herb is printed on a 54" wide mid-weight cotton sheeting, good for linings and projects where you'd like a lighter weight fabric.

How did this collaboration with J. Caroline Designs come about, you ask? Caroline stumbled upon my blog, decided to take a crazy chance, and hired a girl who had never designed fabric before. In other words, we met online and it was a match made in heaven. Countless hysterically funny emails and one face-to-face meeting took place over the course of several months, and here's the result.

The finished product should arrive in Caroline's store, J. Caroline Creative, in 10-14 days. Get ready!

188 comments:

Carrie said...

How exciting! Congratulations! Just love your designs.

Anna van Schurman said...

I see a few bags in this fabrics' future. And I'm going to love carrying them!

Ashleigh said...

Beautiful! Congragulations, I can't wait to get my hands on some of it!

Emily and Frank said...

That's amazing! You should be very proud of yourself!! I've been a lurker on your blog for a while now, but this post led me to finally post a comment.

Sarah said...

Oh, how beautiful! I LOVE every single one!

Andi said...

They are lovely, congratulations!!

Jess said...

Thanks, guys. I'm pretty excited. Never done anything like this before! Firsts are always very thrilling.

E&F, thanks for saying hello!

gkgirl said...

congratulations!!!

Tara said...

How totally stinking cool! I too see some bags in my future. Maybe a shower curtain and a whole new spring bathroom, hmm??? Fun fun fun all around! (Though I'd still be on the bandwagon if you ever decided to make patterned papers, too.)

CONGRATS!

jen said...

this is jaw-droppingly lovely stuff. Congratulations. Green is my thing kinda like orange is yours, so I'm really loving the greens you've chosen! And I just got a sewing machine for Christmas…how handy!

Grandma G said...

Needless to say, Mum is VERY PROUD of you!!

Natalie said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats -- you do such wonderful things!

Lynn said...

This is FANTASTIC! I was just complaining to someone that it was hard to find cute printed canvas!

Wendy said...

Wow! Congrats! That's awesome. Your patterns are really cute!

Jenmomof4 said...

That is fantastic! Congratulations. How cute would that be for little zipper bags for purses. I am already thinking of what I could make!

Jen

Pat said...

Congratulations! Beautiful fabrics. Great job!

stephanie said...

wowee! those are absolutely gorgeous!

JHAYNE said...

how very exciting, congrats! i'm already envisioning sprig in green guest room/office!

that's so cool that you got to go "on press," it's always so exciting to see this thing you've been staring at on the computer for hours as it's finished product.

planetjune said...

Wow, your own fabric range - congratulations! I especially love Sprig and Herb.

Jen said...

So pretty! Congratulations!

maryse said...

congratulations! what fun fabric!

megan said...

good for you!

Leslie said...

wow, what a thrill! it looks gorgeous!

Go Amie said...

Congratulations! They look great. :)

breezily said...

Well done!

Leah said...

wow! congratulations! those are absolutely beautiful fabrics, all of them.

bettyninja said...

Nice work. I will so be scarfing this up as soon as it is out.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I love it! Must have some soon.

beki said...

Congrats! Love the colors!!

valerie said...

It's gorgeous. I can't wait to order some. Like someone else said, green is my color, too. I will be covering my favorite chair in Sprig. Love it.

ros said...

Fabulous - I like these versions even better than the earlier ones you showed us. Is there any chance they might appear in other colourways? Hot pink and orange, perhaps?

misschris said...

Wow. Just wow. That's so exciting!!! And love the prints. I'm gonna by me some...

shares said...

so cute! can't wait to make some pillows for the baby room with them.

Jess said...

I must defer to Caroline on that one. But I'd say there's a good chance of more colorways to come, if these start selling successfully.

Brie said...

Oh they're beautiful! I'm so happy for you! :) I'll definitely be buying some.

AnnieB said...

awh thats great - beautiful fabrics, lovely colours. Well done, must be so exciting

Katie said...

Hi Jessica...been reading your blog for a while and now I can't wait to buy your fabric! Congratulations on this new venture :-)

Foofanagle said...

AWESOME> I'm buying each print! Congrats - it looks just gorgeous!

Ashley&Joshua said...

This is awesome! I love them all! Congrats!

Angela said...

"Leaflet" is adorable! I am taking up sewing again and will keep you on my radar!

Julie & Captain said...

Congratulations - How exciting!!
I really like the fabrics. Perhaps I will get some for my next sewing project!!

Oh and btw, we just rented "Lost in Translation", which we started at your house, but never finished!!

OIJOY PHOTO - the blog said...

I'm so excited for you Jess!! This is awesome! It looks great and I can't wait to make something with YOUR fabric.

MARICHELLE said...

Congratulations Jessica! I love Leaflet, Herb and ... heck I love them all!!

Bloom said...

Congratulations on the new fabric. The start of a new career I'm sure of it! Love your style. So fresh & bold & crisp. But no orange? Very restrained of you. Perhaps you're saving orange for the second print run! Best wishes from Australia, Bloom.

kickpleat said...

amazing!!! congratulations, nice work.

laura_s said...

i adore these fabrics - i've gotta reupholster something!

JaimeM said...

It's fabulous! I just can't wait!

mlesnapshot said...

wow! Congratulations!! I've loved stopping by your blog this past year, I've commented here and there, but this post warrants a comment and a big cheer! So hurray for you and anyone who sews! ;)

I love the greens... ^_^

rebecca said...

They are BEAUTIFUL! Congrats!

Lisa said...

How could these not sell successfully? I predict a sell-out and I hope your blogging friends get first dibs!

They are GORGEOUS, so my style and color. I'm going to have to add a sewing machine to the list of things I must master.

Congratulations!

Pomegranate said...

Congratulations :) Its great to see the birth of new ideas & hard work. Well done ;)

LA Blogger Gal said...

that's so cool! Congratulations. I could definitely see some pillows out of those.

Lemonsweet said...

Fantastic fabric Jessica! Great job! I am impressed. I will be excited to hear when it is available!

lovely lindsay said...

um...are you serious??! CONGRATS! this is huge!

Keli said...

I love your designs! Congratulations! But where is the orange?

Bela said...

They're all so pretty! Congratulations! :-)

Bela said...

PS. When I was a child, the kitchen table at home was always covered with oil cloth in cheerful patterns. These designs would suit that kind of thing so well. Also you can make tote bags with oil cloth.

Mama Urchin said...

Peapod - I love it!

Megumi said...

Jess, I'm so happy and proud of you, because I believe you can change your country's fabric scene! It is amazing that the girl who didn't like on-line relationship before started some business like this:)

Cindy Is Crafty said...

I lvoe them, Jessica! How great those patterns are. And that they are on canvas, all the better!

Grandma G said...

You're right, Megumi... and to think she used to HATE computers! ;-)

studiosmith said...

Congrats! My wife just started making purses with her new sewing machine. Great timing! Love your fabric!

Leslie said...

Wow, those are all beautiful! I love them.

Crystal & Co. said...

aak! This is sooooo cool! ( The fabric and the serendipitous blog stumbling)

Ashley said...

Love it. Congrats!

night+owl said...

Wow! Congratulations! Can't wait to buy these. I am seeing some great bags from them.

Now that you have that under your belt, I would love to see some great patterns in your "signature" color. I would love to see the pod pattern that you have in the wallpaper.

Again, congrats!

megan's mom said...

Simply fabulous...congratulations! I've looked at the pics on the JC blog (Megan put me onto that), so I've gotten a glimpse into the fabric-making process, too. And green is MY favorite color!

Belle Femme. said...

These are so cute. Congrats!

monkeymoo said...

fabulous!
I need to pull out the sewing machine and dust it off. I'm not the greatest seamstress, but oh would I love to make something with that fabric!

Jane said...

Beautiful! Congratulations!

Glassford Hill Girl said...

Serious congratulations are in order! I LOVE the sprig print!

Anonymous said...

Well done! love your blog, and love these fabrics too. Can't imagine how cool it must be to pick up a print run of your own fabrics!!!
Lisa - www.countrychix.wordpress.com

pam said...

I can't wait to get my hands on these! yeah-ya!

Kristie said...

Jess, you are rock star . . . this is a exciting new adventure!

chronicler said...

Love them! Very nice. I see a bag in my future!

ester said...

those are awesome! i can't wait to buy! you did a great job! :)

Michelle said...

Yay! I feel so excited and proud of you (even tho I don't even know you!) I'm thrilled to see you turned them into fabrics, I'm sure they'll go over very well....how fun it must be to see your own designs out there! They look really good! Congratulations!!!!!

Cathy said...

Congratulations - I love them all. LOVE LOVE LOVE them all. I might have to dust off my sewing machine and make something!

Larissa said...

oooh! love it. I KNEW it was fabric. :-) JCaroline is my favorite fabric site too.

Annie said...

I was just reading about this on j.caroline's blog, I didn't realize you were the one! How exciting, congrats! I love it :)

Florence said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic news and your fabrics are gorgeous! x

paperseed.wordpress.com said...

Fabulous! How fun and fresh!

pintoo said...

u r simply awesome.. u rock. waiting to buy it :)

La Ballena Elena said...

From Barcelona

I follow your blog.
Love the fabric, congratulations

Laura

Jesse said...

Congratulations! They look wonderful!

kate smith said...

These are fabulous!

The colors are very fresh and up-to-date; and I would know :-)

The patterns are classic yet since the current trend is towards prints with leaf motifs rather than floral it seems your fabric has "best sellers" potential.

Well done!

Terri/Grand Prairie, Texas said...

I am excited for you! The designs are beautiful!!

Ambre said...

those look fabulous! congratulations, jess!

Jess said...

Oh my gosh, you guys! I can't believe how many comments there are here! This is SUCH a confidence booster, since of course we worry a little... what if nobody wants it? What if it doesn't sell? What if Caroline and I are the only two people in the world who like it? :) Kate Smith, your words are music to my ears. Thanks!

Carrie S. said...

Jaw-dropping gorgeous! Congratulations - what an accomplishment! I can't wait to get my hands on some of it!

peggy said...

I love your blog, and now I love your fabric. I hope they're doing a large first run. Your readers are forming a long line to buy it. I admire your talent.

melissa@yummygoods said...

wowiee! congratulations! It looks great. I have to wait till AUGUST for my line to come out! I'm jealous!

Jan said...

Congrate. Hope you saved those emails, they could be another project.

Lola...again said...

Yeah! Your fabric is great! I see it in my home in the very near future! Congratulations!

Renee said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting for you and it turned out absolutely beautiful!

Leanne said...

Jess, just stumbled onto your blog and love it! Beautiful fabric, congratulations

rachel said...

that's amazing! your fabrics are beautiful. so fresh! I can already think of things to make with it :)

congrats!
rachel

Gisele Schoene said...

So beautiful! Congratulations! I love your blog.

Nathalie said...

WOW ... i love them ! Congratulations, this makes me love the blogger world even more to know that anything can happen...

Michonne said...

Wow! That's great!!! The patterns look like they turned out really well!

Lisa Boyer said...

LOVE the fabrics! Oh wow...I think this is just the beginning for you. You will be a sensation!

Susan said...

Your designs are wonderful - They are on my list of must haves! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess... it's me, JE! Tanya showed me the email you sent so here I am checking out your blog. CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so excited for you. The fabrics came out beautiful and by the looks of it they'll be a hit. Can't wait to hear about the trip. See you Monday (?)

BB said...

AWESOME

Hanna said...

congratulations! The fabric is lovely

LobotoME said...

Love it! Can't wait to get some!

inkstitch said...

Oh. YUM.

With a Flourish said...

Wow - what an exciting announcement... congrats!!

KathrynS said...

Wow! They are beautiful!!! So fresh and clean. Nice work!

Craft Fairy x said...

This is so exciting. Lots of lovely kisses to you.

SY said...

I love them!! Very nice.

anna said...

How exciting! Oh, it feels like spring is on the horizon.... but wait....?! No Orange?

emily said...

congratulations! it's really beautiful!

christi said...

You're the third person I've seen online within the past week or so that has designed some awesome fabric. It's so inspiring. I want to get some of my designs on fabric but haven't a clue where to begin looking for a printer (or the cost of it). Time to research!

I can totally envision some of your fabric on the yoga mat bags that I make... it's so cheerful. I think it will sell with no problem... good luck!! :)

kate smith said...

I'm glad you were encouraged by my comments. They are well deserved.

I thought it might be fun to share your latest creations with my readers so -- ta-dah!-- "How About Orange..." is now the featured blog on the front page of our lifestyle blog www.LiveInFullColor.com

Check it out and stay tuned this week to see more on the trends for green and blue.

Cruze said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE them so much! Congratulations!

Gayathri Sharma said...

Hi Jessica, Congratulations! Great work! I love your blog and its become a habit to read your blog everyday!

The fabric designs are very vibrant and beautiful...but am waiting for your fabric design in the mighty orange color!! Keep up the great work!

lsaspacey said...

Congrats! I just might have to buy some of that pea pod fabric though. Oh and yes I want some in orange too. Why not do your holiday card design and that cool design you painted on your curtains? Those two would be so lovely.

Holly said...

They look spectacular! Well done. Hope this leads to more fabric for you. Perhaps something Orange!

Island Girl said...

That is so awesome. Congrats. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Lori said...

Beautiful! I <3 Sprig!

Jess said...

Kate, thanks for featuring HAO!

JE, see you Monday. :)

Everybody who wants orange: I would love to. I'm not sure many people actually decorate with orange, so I played it safer with greens and blues this time (the favorite color of the greatest number of people is blue, all surveys say.) But of course I would love to do orange!

Creature of Habit said...

Holy Shit! I am a long time J.Caroline shopper - this is wonderful! I didn't realize ANY of the textile mills were still up and running out here.

I will be ordering, for SURE!

Congratulations!

boltandfrolic said...

What a fun project! Love your designs. I'm sure they'll be a hit!

Concha said...

Let me tell you for the 125th time here that your faric is fabulous!! I really love it!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congrats!! Isn't the internet fantastic!
Beautiful fabric...can't wait to see what people do with it!

Miss*Laurence said...

Congratulations! It's exciting for us as well! I hope I'll be able to find them in the UK!

Colleen said...

That is so exciting for you! Fabric design always seemed so mysterious. But it is nice to see all of these talented bloggers (like yourself) creating their own unique designs, and sharing the process with their readers. Thanks! And by the way, I just painted my family room orange, so you should stop by and take a look!

persephonesawakening said...

woo hoo! congratu-ma-lations!

Oliver Rain said...

Congratulations! The fabric is absolutely beautiful. I hope I can get some here in Canada some day. Is J. Caroline online?

Jess said...

Yep. The link is at the end of the post. I'll give it again when the fabric becomes available.

Julie & Captain said...

Hi Jess,

Um, I'm comment #132, I think. If that's any indication, I'm guessing people will love your fabrics :)

Anyway, Lost in Translation. It definitely was perfect to watch at night before bed - we did both times we watched it. I think it really conveyed the whole being out of sync in another country pretty well. I think I'm still processing it...

designdna said...

HOW FANTASTIC! good for you and the very best wishes for your venture. very very exciting.

i enjoyed my visit today and will be heading over to print out a 2008 calendar on your recommendation. thanks!

Caitlin said...

This is great! My husband and I would like to see it in boxers. And pajama pants. And small curtains. And our shower curtain. And anything else we can think of - nice work!

allthebestideas.blogspot.com

inara said...

gorgeous, aren't you a talented girl???

Melissa H said...

Congrats! What a great accomplishment--the fabric is lovely.

Making it Lovely said...

Oh! How exciting! Congratulations.

Pina said...

Simply beautiful. I love the colors!

Clare said...

Remember when you covered a canvas with fabric? That's exactly what I'm going to do with your gorgeous fabric for my dining room! Only problem is - I'm on the wrong side of the Atlantic so I'm gonna have to wait even longer!

Deana said...

How Exciting and I love the fabric!! Wow!

Jane who? said...

I, for one, am not at all surprised. Well done!

mj

virtuallori said...

Congratulations!

Kate said...

that is soooooo amazingly cool! congratulations - i am already dreaming up things to make with your gorgeous designs!

Cheryl A said...

Gorgous! I have new nursery inspiration...
Do you know if it will get produced in a quilting weight cotton?

Lisa said...

These are gorgeous! I can't wait. And the greens are my fav greens. Perfect!

Julie said...

I absolutely love it! I am already thinking up projects for your fabric!

Flibbertygibbet said...

Utterly fabulous! I hope she will ship to the UK...

Brooke said...

That is so exciting--I love the designs! Congratulations!!

Dallas said...

Ooh, they turned out great! I can picture using them on some tote bags and crafty projects.

scottishquilter said...

Fantastic - I can see plenty of uses of this in our house.

Avril in London

robyn's nest said...

I love your fabrics so much I had to blog about them! Hooray for you!
Robyn's Nest

talktothewind said...

beautiful works!!!! i love your blog!!!!!!! will definitely come back and read again!!!!!!!

also, thank you for sharing all interesting ideas!!!!

patricia said...

They look wonderful. Congratulations!

bowiechick said...

Bravo!

Stacey said...

They are beautiful, I especially like the pea pod pattern.

{Jenna Lou Loves You} said...

yippy!! congrats!

Candlemas said...

WOW! LOVE THEM!
They are great! I would love to make my bags with your fabrics! Really amazing!

suzanne b. said...

Oh my stars. I'm so excited. :)

Robyn said...

Oh my goodness, I'm already in LOVE!! I have a project picked out already for the loveliness!

Sheila Doherty said...

Big Congratulations! I actually plan on painting some of the leaf patterns on my bathroom wall; so fun! I'm going to have to get me some of this fabric for a mod quilt!!

Alison said...

I definitely LOVE your fabric designs! I can't wait to get my hands on them! Yes...they would make great bags, quilts, etc., etc., etc.

LOVE IT!!!

nd said...

Congratulations! I'll be waiting to buy some to cover my exercise mat. I love your blog. At the end of a tiring day its really nice to see your cheerful, creative messages and the orange background.

kelly said...

congratulations!!! that is gorgeous :)

upstateLisa said...

beautiful fabrics! beautiful colors!

KC said...

This is beautiful! Any chance of carrying it in my local shop? Congrats on a perfect blog!

AMR said...

How VERY exciting! Fabric design - so cool. Your designs are very lively and unique.
Wowsa, you're good.

KiWi said...

That's so fantastic! I love that shop, too. I've bought plenty from JCaroline.

sara said...

wow, SO pretty!!

Allison said...

Fabric diet be damned - where do I get myself some of this!?

Sarah said...

Love the fabric and love your blog!

tania said...

OMG CONGRATULATIONS!!!
that is gorgeous fabric-
:) i am so getting some!
wow!

Mel B said...

Wow! Long-time lurker now inspired to clear my crap so I can dust off my sewing machine. How fun! Congrats!

Jess said...

Flib, she does indeed ship to the UK.

The Mouse said...

Big, big congratulations!!!

Mean Mommy said...

Just gorgeous! I love it.

Cicada Studio said...

Yay for you!! This has got to be SO exciting. I wish you much success!

sallyent said...

oooh I really really want some, but just looked and if I understood it correctly, shipping internationally is about $40 + insurance
:-(

that's a LOT! I buy fabric from the US all the time and it's never even been close to that.

Is there some other way we can get hold of it in the UK? puleeeeez?

Jess said...

Sallyent and everyone else interested in international shipping: J. Caroline Creative tries to find the lowest possible international rate for shipping, and you get charged exactly what they get charged. If you email her your address and how many yards you want, she can let you know an exact price instead of the $40 estimate. I know Caroline wants to help as many customers as possible, and she wants to give you the best rate.

I know from experience that the US postal service rates for shipping a package overseas STARTS at $16. I can't tell you how many times I've mailed something that cost me $8 but the shipping was $20. It's horrible. The letter rate is less, of course, but fabric generally doesn't fit into a commercial business envelope. Unless it's a MICROfiber. Just kidding.

Solveig said...

I've been enjoying reading your blog - very inspiring! And these fabrics are just fantastic!!! I'm a graphic designer and self confessed fabric junkie and it would be my dream to be allowed to design fabric patterns... oh well, I can dream! ;)

shouldhavezagged said...

Check out Perdoozy's apron made from your fabric: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9837630

Isn't it great?!

Jess said...

It's so great! That's a hot little number.

Little Bitsys said...

oh my how gorgeous, I just love it! I'm off to order some!

Joyful Abode said...

Jessica, I fell in love with your fabric collection the first time I saw it! It totally fits my textile/jewelry "taste" of "modern lines inspired by organics". Well done!

I recently bought three of them (all but the all-blue one), and today I covered my dining room chairs... half with the pea pods, and half with the circles on blue. I'm going to use the ferny one to make curtains for the dining room, and I know it will look fantastic thanks to you! I'm really thrilled that your designs will finally be in my home, so I can enjoy them every day.

I hope you continue to design textiles... I'm sure I'll be your biggest fan. :)

(PS Watch my blog for photos of the chairs and dining room as I finish! ... we have to wait for our new dining room table to come too.)

Jess said...

Wow, thank you! I can't wait to see!

Joyful Abode said...

I have photos of my chairs in my blog now (http://www.joyfulabode.com/ ) and today we got our new table, so I just have to make the curtains and then photos of the almost-final setup will go up (I still want to do some coordinating art too).

Dianne M. said...

I love the graphic element in your designs, Jessica! I discovered a store in Mpls. that sells the peapod fabric... it really stood out while browsing thru the many bolts of fabric. I can't wait to make a tote bag out of it (and I'm sure to rake in some compliments with the beautiful, bright colors).

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nerd1 said...

i love the Leaflet and the herb so much.
i think u are amazing!
geetings from germany

Dennis
aka nerd1

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