About the process of designing fabrics with a print

17/11/2021
By Merely Susan

I think we are all starting to look for more value in the items we buy. We mainly choose those that are produced in an honest and environmentally friendly manner. We prefer high-quality, natural materials, thoughtful details and careful workmanship so that things that support our everyday life can stand the test of time.

For me, a thoughtful approach to textile design is more than creating visually attractive patterns and fabrics. Through my projects, I want to encourage more conscious (pro-ecological) choices, i.e. choosing natural, certified and locally produced materials, timeless aesthetics and products that, instead of following trends, can become irreplaceable elements of our everyday life.

It is important for me to share stories with my studio and information about my products. In this article, I want to tell you more about the fabrics that were made by Merely Susan. You will learn what characterizes and distinguishes them, and how to properly care for them so that they can be used for longer than just one season.

 

The beginning of the design process

 

Many ideas and beautiful designs are the result of organic development of my brand. I can say that this is exactly what happened with Merely Susan fabrics. One day a linen fabric came into my hands. The experience of this material and the absolute passion for it made the linen fabric my favourite canvas.

I have worked for a long time to design a product that will be consistent with the values that I believe in and based on which I want to develop my brand. I wanted to create unique fabrics for sewing enthusiasts who want to introduce my patterns to their projects, as well as textiles for customers who want to see my work in the space of their home.

 

Fabric design process

 

I started the fabric design process by learning about production methods and digital printing technology to learn how to best translate my hand-painted patterns onto fabrics. I decided on local production and cooperation with Polish companies.

Lots of fabric samples passed through my hands before I made all the decisions. I focused on natural materials, safe printing technologies and thoughtful finishing methods. Not all printing attempts looked right at first, so I spent many months patiently learning how to choose the right colors in my pattern designs.

 

Selected materials for printing

 

Why the linen was caught my attention? It is a natural, durable and noble material. I was curious to discover how various methods of finishing linen fabric can affect its specification, e.g. make it exceptionally soft and pleasant to the touch.

The choice of cotton is a desire to support environmentally friendly production methods, i.e. printing with certified water pigments. In this technology, the print is fixed with warm air, and the entire process does not require the use of water and additional chemicals.

I can say that my fabrics are a combination of traditional pattern design techniques – by hand, on a sheet of cotton paper and in real scale and new technology – digital printing instead of the more artisanal screen printing technique.

 

How to care for printed fabrics

 

Products made of printed linen and cotton fabrics can be enjoyed for a long time, if they are properly cared for. Choosing the right – mild detergent and program for delicate fabrics is the key to keeping the printed fabrics in good condition.

Many detergents available on the market contain optical bleaching agents, which are not suitable for washing printed fabrics because they can cause discoloration. I recommend ironing the printed materials at a temperature no higher than 200 ° C.

You can air dry the fabrics, but avoid direct sunlight. It is also worth remembering that in places of folds on colored fabrics, discoloration may appear, so it is better to hang washed fabrics on a piece of fabric, e.g. a towel, instead of directly on a rope.

 

How to wash printed fabrics

 

Finally, I have some tips for you on how to wash digitally printed linen and cotton fabrics. These tips will also work for products that will be sewn from them. If you sew to order, I encourage you to share this information with your clients.

 

  • Completely unfold the fabric before washing
  • Soap or a mild detergent is best for washing
  • I recommend using detergents without phosphates in the composition
  • I advise against using bleaches (especially those with chlorine)
  • I advise against using stain removers
  • Freezing and rubbing wet prints is not advisable
  • The program for delicate fabrics, e.g. wool, is the best for washing
  • Make sure the detergent does not come into direct contact with the fabric
  • I recommend washing at 30 ° C (maximum 40 ° C)
  • I recommend spinning at low speed (up to 400 rpm)

 

Despite the fact that I still have a long way to call myself an expert, I feel that the acquired knowledge and experience have helped me make more conscious (I hope also better) design decisions, both when it comes to pattern design and fabric production with their imprint.

I think that today I can say that Merely Susan fabrics are unique products designed with passion in a small studio and carefully made by Polish companies, and my brand specializes in natural materials printed with delicate patterns inspired by colors and organic forms straight from nature.

I hope that despite the higher price, my thoughtful approach to designing patterns and fabrics will make Merely Susan products more and more chosen by customers. I am glad that I was able to share this story with you.

 

 

 


 

Zdjęcia przedstawiają: Tkaniny lniane z nadrukiem moich ręcznie malowanych wzorów z kolekcji Romantyczny Ogród: Tkaninę lnianą – Poranna Mgiełka, Tkaninę lnianą – Romantyczny Ogród i Tkaninę lnianą – Rożane Marzenie.

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