Because I am a lady of my word… Here are a few more answered questions plus some handy visual aides!
Step 1: Draw it out
Step 2: Outline and fill. I usually work in black and white at this stage but to make the post look pretty I colored it all up.
Step 3: Add darks to define depth
Step 4: Add lights
Step 5: Repeat and fill background.
Kim: I would love to know more about how your designs get from graph paper sketch to fabric.
Tula P: See Above. I draw and redraw and redraw… I work out the whole design on paper first. I think there is more fluidity in the hand than going straight to the computer. It is a useful tool but it is just that , a tool, much like a pencil or a fancy ruler. It will only do what you ask it to do so you better have a darn good idea of what that is.
Scott: So you are a sales rep and a designer?
Tula P: Actually I am NOT a sales rep. I work for moda as a designer as my day job and then I work on my fabric independently. When market time comes around they pull in non-sales-rep-types to handle the overflow, double booked appointments and new accounts. So I keep pretty busy but it is not my job. The sales reps are infinitely more talented at it than I am. I only do it twice a year so I start to get the hang of it about 2 hours before market closes.
Happy Zombie: Since you’re from SoCal… who would you most like to see wearing something made from your fabric… Frosty, Heidi or Frank?
Tula P: I would like to see all three of them in a Camel costume. Frosty can be the back side, Frank can be the head and Heidi can be the lump in the middle. If only the world bowed to my very simple desires… sigh.
Holly: How long from drawing to fabric availability?
Tula P: It’s about a year from when I start conceptualising the group to store delivery. These drawings that I have been showing you were started about 7 months ago, finished in July and the fabric samples have been in my possession since August. The advanced yardage should be arriving in the next week or two (for sample quilts and swatches for the sales reps) and will debut at Quilt Market in October. This collection should start arriving in stores sometime around March.
The timing is really hard to get used to especially when you have a real time blog. This blog is usually about 6 months behind what I am actually working on.
Rosemary: Can I request some anchors in the line?
Tula P: There is a whole print dedicated to anchors!
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