Many years ago , I fiddled around in the world of textile design. I freelanced for months at a time. I sold some patterns independently. Some of which I still see on occasion and point out to my kids - "Look! I designed that print!" others I see, and think to myself "enh, I got paid." ( think, Vermont Country Store night gown prints and TJ Maxx old lady Nighties )
When I was asked to do my very first Croquis for one 'fashion house' I panicked. I had no clue how to make a pattern that, when repeated, created a continuous pattern. Again, this was "many years ago", and we weren't using Photoshop to "define the pattern".
Or at least not in the art departments where I worked. So I turned to amazon and purchased every book I could find on the subject.
Anyway I figured it out eventually, and have forever had a special place in my heart for textile design. Sometimes, when I need a bit of inspiration, I like to stroll through the pages of illustrators who have pages devoted to their beautiful designs.
Among my "textile design" tagged bookmark sites, is Danielle Kroll's.
I love her quirky, vintage inspired patterns. The above being my favorite.
I'd take any of them in a nice Lawn Cotton blouse, a little girl's pinafore or as Wallcovering. They're simply lovely and totally inspiring.You can see more here.