Sunday, December 03, 2006
Flannel and fleece!
I've got my own line of flannel and fleece!
On Thursday, following my conversation with an editor, my doorbell rang. I could see the brown UPS truck from my studio window, so I dropped everything and sped to the door. A huge box sat on my front porch, and judging it's large size, I figured it was a Christmas present, probably for K. I was a little disappointed; he always gets the good stuff.
I sat the box — bursting at the seams — on the floor, and noticed the label: David Textiles. That meant just one thing — samples from my first fabric line!
Of course, I tore it open like a child at Christmas. Inside I found nine 5-yard skeins (is that the right textile lingo?) with my designs printed on them. This was as exciting as when I've received printed book samples. Almost.
This time last year, to the date, DT presented about 30 of my designs to Walmart, and I was lucky enough to have had several motifs chosen. One design features African American girls jumping the double-dutch and playing hop-scotch. Another is a pattern featuring my Sunrize Kids. This pattern matches one of my wallpaper designs sold through Montomery Wallcoverings. Other motifs include safari animals, Latino children (with Spanish words) playing soccer and construction vehicles.
At first I was a little shocked by the fleece patterns; they looked blurry. Worried, I immediately called Suzanne. But she assured me that fleece normally prints kind of blurry. I'm used to sharp printing on slick paper, but imagine printing an intricate design on the back of a furry dog. That's kind of what it looks like. Last night, I visited Hobby Lobby to see other fleece designs, and, yes, they were all sort of blurry.
I have a few other ideas as well. I noticed that Mark Teague now has pajamas that match his book, HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT. Incidentally, my construction vehicles from the book, ZOOM, are the same used on the flannel material. So, I'm seeing matching pajamas!
Anyway, these designs are — or soon will be — available through Hancock Fabrics, Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, Walmart fabric department, and at independent specialty stores.