Romantic Victorian Inspiration

I have been having fun taking my watercolor paintings and turning them into fabric designs.  I call this one French Script, Butterflies and Roses.

 A customer asked me to design the repeat so that she could create crib shoes.

I created a small repeat design with a Blush border.

One Beginnings and Borders, which measures 7 x 6 inches in a repeat.

The other design is called French Script Butterflies and Roses small.  It measures 5.26 inches by 4.50 inches in a repeat.

I am going to use this larger one printed on Quilting Cotton fabric for a pillow.

Of course, it's always a good idea to have an inspiration board to go with the designs.


My watercolor painting was one of my first paintings, which I created while I was pregnant with my first daughter in 1988.


The original hangs in my in-laws home.  The little one is a print of the original.

Spoonflower will be having another contest. The next contest will be tea towels created for 2012.

 I created this one to be reminiscent of those old Victorian Valentine's.

As you can see, I used my French Script, Butterflies and Roses to create the design.

This design has been submitted for the contest.  I call it A VICTORIAN TEA TOWEL CALENDAR.

A Victorian Tea Towel for 2012
If you can use a calendar for 2012, please take  this one home as my gift for stopping by.

Just click on the image of the calendar and it will lead you to my flickr gallery.  Click on the photo again and click on VIEW ALL SIZES at the top righthand corner.  Then choose what size that you would like to download.

You should see the gorgeous tea towel calendar submissions for this week's fabric on Spoonflower.  Have a peek, cast a vote.

The cute black and white Victorian sewing images are from the lovely Karen, from The Graphics Fairy.

The song for this post is A Victorian Romance.

Have a lovely day.

Blondie's Journal said...

It's amazing that you can make fabrics from your paintings!! Beautiful. I love your early painting...your in laws must be very honored to have it hanging in their home.

Good luck with the contest...I think you have a winner with that gorgeous tea towels calender!!

Have a great day, Karen!


Vee said...

I have a former one of your calendars hanging in my sewing room...just saw it in there somewhere...balloons as I recall. Thank you, you're a sweetie and I will print one off as soon as I have a nice clean home for it.

That water color is beautiful!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH this is just fabulous Karen! AND I AM FINALLY putting to use that magnificent fabric I got from you last year! WONDERFUL PAINTING!! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anita

Richard Cottrell said...

These are all divine, how clever you are. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What a beautiful fabric Karen!

Cynthia Eloise said...

beautiful design for fabric. i can think of many things that could be made with this print.

Anonymous said...

You are certainly talented! I adore your water color paintings!

xo Abby


Thanks so much for your recent visit and lovely comment on my blog...I sincerely appreciate it.

Elyse said...

hi karen,

it's always so fun to visit and see the many beautiful artistic endeavors you have going on!

happy creating ~


Kathleen Grace said...

I love that painting and your fabrics are so beautiful! I saw the tea towel contest on Spoonflower. I don't know how you come up with so many great designs so quickly!

Riet said...

I love love your blog and post Karen. I am sure that teatowel wil win. It is gorgeous

Cinner said...

Hi Karen, I did download your calandar, it is so beautiful. love the romantic pillows. My Mom just gave me her sewing machine, I have many ideas running around in my head. I think you will be a winner with the tea towel calendar. got my fingers crossed for you. Have a great day.