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<a href='http://www.spoonflower.com/explore/1344404-fiddlehead-swirl-red-by-fireflower' title = 'Fiddlehead Swirl -red by fireflower on Spoonflower - custom fabric'><img src='http://s3.amazonaws.com/spoonflower/public/design_thumbnails/0134/4404/rr10jun05_3a_hex_of_hexes_tile__600ppi_shop_preview.png' alt='Fiddlehead Swirl -red'/></a>
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Collection: Fiddlehead Swirl
On the basic cotton, the red comes out a bit lighter and a bit less orange than seen on this page.
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Posted about 2 years ago.
Oh so classy. Beautiful.
Lovely design. I see the versality of design, the curlicles tends to form a six-petal floral, while looking like a wave in various direction. Nice fill of the background with the design. Well done. I love it.
Posted over 2 years ago.
Thank you, Audra! I keep on learning .... ;-)
Posted almost 3 years ago.
These are such beautiful prints with so many potential applications.
Thank you, Jan! isn't it funny how some designs just seem to ask to be presented on fabric of a particular weight or stiffness? I have some that want to be seen on crisp fabrics, but this one wants something soft.
All the colorways you've posted are lovely! Thanks for the interesting and informative rayon discussion, too. Bamboo rayon would be a wonderful addition to Spoonflower's fabric offerings (Spoonflower folks, what do you think?), and this design would make a beautiful test fabric!
Thank you for the kind words, Ottomanbrim and Victoria!
Lovely in all colors.
Really lovely in all the color ways!
Thanks, Moira! You can see the other colors that I've finished so far on the Fiddlehead Swirl collection page. There's slate blue, pine green, mustard, mauve, rust, and gray, in addition to the red.
Oh yes! Love the way the swirls form flowers. It's a strong design with great movement and force! Corel would be fantastic for the spring and have you done a mossy green yet? I love the thought of that.
Thanks for the encouraging words, Amy, Su, and Rhonda! I get to thinking how design is like the Never-Ending Story, in that there is always another variation on a theme to pursue, and one thing leads to another. While I was working on this design last week, I accidentally hit the wrong 'button' and got a brilliant pastel coral, instead of the muted colors currently shown in the collection, and it wasn't too bad, so I've filed it away as a possibility for later.
This beautiful design has a timeless elegance! It would be lovely made up into a retro-style blouse or chic suit with a peplum-detailed jacket.
Lovely in these colors - and it makes me think of those vintage designs too (on rayon dresses, back when...)
Posted over 3 years ago.
Thanks, Deborah. Other than the blue and green versions, and a solo motif for decals, I haven't got anything under way for this one right now. But it's always possible!
Posted almost 4 years ago.
Very 60s or 40s but new. It is begging for more offshoots. Good job!
What a conversation on Rayon and fibers and history! I have fiddleheads in my front yard and i like how you have swirled them in your design.
My understanding of the main differences between cheap rayon and the good stuff has to do with the chemical processes used to transform the celulose and the lengths of the fibers involved. For instance, in the '40s, silk simply wasn't available (the U.S. was at war with Japan, and the Vichy government of France, which governed the area that had produced most of the European silk for centuries, were our enemies). As a result, some amazing domestic viscose rayons were produced using long-staple fibers similar to linen and what is now known as Egyptian cotton. Since these fabrics were considered to be part of the "war effort" -- in much the same way that women were encouraged to wear bright lip stains instead of previous lipstick formulations -- yeah, there were some seriously fabulous rayons out there that were, presumably pretty much organic (except for the chemical transform that changed the cells from cellulose-based to protein based). IMHO, bamboo has nothing on the rayons I've inherited. Regardless, Bamboo rayon is the best stuff I've seen in ages, so I don't want to discourage Spoonflower, if they would be willing to consider it. I've got about a dozen yards of bamboo rayon, just waiting to become clothes -- and those are all plain, boring designs. I'd love your Fiddlehead Swirl in a bamboo rayon (either knit or woven, I don't care, 'cause it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that...) you know!
Hah! I just looked it up, and they use the same process for the organically-touted bamboo, as for viscose rayon!
OK, I will aim for the slate blue before the green, then. ............... Yes, a good rayon crepe would be quite nice, wouldn't it? I'm not sure I've ever heard it discussed, in what way is a cellulose fiber like rayon not organic ? Are pesticides and other destructive chemicals used in it's growth or manufacture? Or has cheap, shoddy rayon ruined it for the quality versions, somehow, and organic/not organic doesn't have anything to do with it's non-acceptance these days?
My grandmother had slate-blue eyes, and so slate-blue prints always remind me of her beauty and of her love! (Spruce-green always reminds of Christmas in her house...). But I've bought the linen-cotton before and don't just think of it as dress fabric (unless I were to think of it as wear-it-just-once-to-impress) fabric for the reasons you mention. Linen just doesn't take dye in a stable way....
But a lovely rayon challis, or -- even better, a rayon plain weave or crepe as fine and swirly as the ones I inherited (I admit -- I'm too sentimental to cut holes in these fabrics, but I have dreams, yes I do!) would be amazing. No matter how committed Spoonflower to organic fabrics, some rayons can be greener than many cottons....
I'd get a swatch of the linen-cotton before buying yardage. And I'd wash-test it. There has been a good bit of discussion lately over it's fading and showing fold marks excessively ................... Yes, a nice rayon challis would be most welcome, but rayon does have to be pre-washed, as it often shrinks in the first washing. It is one of my favorite fabrics for skirts, though. There is nothing inherently wrong with poly-cotton (except for folks allergic to the poly) ... it wears well, and drapes well, and holds it's shape well, but I have no idea how well it takes to being printed upon.
I am, in fact, working on a blue version ... sort of a slate-y blue. I'll let you know when it's ready.
(also working on a sort of spruce-green version)
BTW -- you're right! It's perfect for church.
I don't suppose you'd consider making in in shades of blue (her favorites?) so I could bask in the joy of sentimentality?
Oh, how I wish Spoonflower offered a rayon like some of the vintage '40s ones I inherited from my Grandma! This would make one serious Swing Dress.
I'll be honest, though. When I first saw it, it reminded me of flowers hiding behind flowers, ad infinitem. It reminded me of the (probably poly-cotton) dresses my grandmother wore in the '70s, and made me want to make a simple princess-line dress like she often wore myself.
Maybe out of the linen-cotton?
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