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.


Kim said...

WAY cool! Hey, that double dutch print ought to be really popular come January. Disney Channel is doing a new movie about a jump rope team! Judging by the previews, it's gonna be HOT!

Congrats! So, they're at Walmart? When will it be available. Gotta get some of that!

jj said...

Is there anything better than creating good books for children? You've worked hard and deserve the attention of your editor. May your efforts bring you a just reward!
Making money on pajamas doesn't come close - but a man has to make a buck....

Lisa Yee said...

Your own flannel and fleece???!!! That has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever heard of.

cloudscome said...

Wow that is so cool! I want to make some PJs for my boys with the trucks fabric and maybe a quilt.... can't wait to see it in the store!

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Congratulations, Don! I can't wait to see all this in person.
Warmest Wishes,
(although with flannel and fleece, you're probably already cozy)

rindawriter said...

Yay, for you, Don! I will be looking for your fabric, fabric collector that I am! Yes, the fleece prints will look a tad blurry; your buyers/sewers will expect it, so don't worry about that! Your designs are sharp and clear in the original, which is probably partly why they were chosen to be printed on the fleece. Fleece is hot stuff among sewers these days! I love workign with it and love wearing it, too, and the kitties ADORE the stuff! They'll knead it and purr away if they find some in the house that they can get at!

Will you be doing a kitty print soon? Kitty motifs seem to be pretty hot stuff among the quilters/sewers.

ShellyP said...

This is too cool!

Roz said...

WOW, many congratulations!!
So many wonderful things coming your way this year. =o))
Is it in stores right now? It's the ideal time. Many families make fleece throw blankets as xmas gifts. Royalty cha ching!
Adorable designs btw.

Karen said...

My mom called me from G Street Fabrics in Potomac Mills Virginia about the double dutch fabric. She couldn't believe it. When I saw it, I asked her if they had more of the flannel. Anyway, she called the store, had them hold the fabric. We bought the whole bolt. I found this website because I was looking for more. It will make blankets and I'll probably do a hat and scarf for my daughters and others. LOVE IT!!!!!!!! Thank you! It's fun and it's an esteem builder.

MonsterBug Blankets said...

Wow--what great fabric! Congratulations--you must be awfully proud!


rmgales said...

Congratulaions! I'm in search of your flannel fabric.