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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Fabric design process

During the last weekend, when I took over the AGF instagram account, I was talking a bit about my design process, so I thought to post a few pics about that, here too.

I start by hand drawing, sketching and painting, surrounding me with inspiration and depending on the theme, it can be "real life" or some historical pictures from books and/or internet.

Very often, I use my own photographs, processing them in Photoshop, developing new images, placing them in repeats.

But, mostly I scan my original art and I make patterns with them, always in Photoshop (I don't like to use vector images), as it's giving me the possibility to work in layers, with lots of textures, preserving the "organic look" of the shapes.

After obtaining the final image, and making the repeating tile (or block) out of it, I start developing the color palettes.

I often use some pictures of nature to create the appropriate palettes and mood boards.

Of course, I make about 3 times more prints in order to obtain a good 10 prints, indispensable for one collection.

This is pretty much how I work to develop my collections.
If you have any questions, I would love to hear in the comments ;)

xo, Katarina

Thursday, 9 October 2014

AGF Instagram weekend takeover

Hello friends!!!
This is as far my longest pause from blogging. I am so swamped with all the Quilt Market preps, that it seems that my normal life has gone.
But, I will be launching my second fabric collection with Art Gallery fabrics : Recollection and it keeps me excited and in stitches.

#mistmoderknittie palette of #recollectionfabrics #artgalleryfabrics

These are only the strike offs, so the colors are still not definitive ( like yellow will be darker ) but pretty close to finals: #winterwoven palette of #recollectionfabrics #artgalleryfabrics
Detail of my #kubetaquilt top #patchwork #fabric #KatarinaRoccella #artgalleryfabrics #aurifil #quilt #pirotkiliminspired

Proudly (even that there are some obvious piecing mismatching ) presenting you my #kubetaquilt top finished!!! Now about some inspiration and name info: some prints in my #recollectionfabrics are directly inspired with my homecountry rich folklore and cos

#recollectionfabrics #artgalleryfabrics #fabric #strips #quiltmarket #preps ❤️

Swooning over the softest knits ever!!! #recollectionfabrics #knit #fashion #fabric #artgalleryfabrics

So we opened the parcel with #recollectionfabrics and she started picking her favorites and we've tried to imagine them sewn #artgalleryfabrics #knit #fashion

Here are a few sneak peaks of my current work...but if you are interested to hear or see more or even to ask  me anything about the whole process, please join me on Art Gallery fabrics Instagram during this weekend (11-12 October), as I will be taking over ;)

Hope to see you there!!!
Love, Katarina

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Indelible blog hop part 4

I am so late with the final round up of my Indelible blog hop....but I was waiting to get the links from some participants.
You can catch up with the previous posts:

part 1
part 2
part 3

So, let me show you some more stunning projects that was done by these amazing makers:

Katy Jones

created beautiful Indelible quilt and it will soon be quilted by Trudi


Jane Davidson

 created this stunning quilt with deer head appliques and it will be finished soon as well

Maureen Cracknell

made so many gorgeous pillows

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Amanda Keeys

created this adorable apron top-dress

Lynne Goldsworthy

is creating a quilt for a magazine, so it's sort of secrecy until it will be published-can't wait to see it!!!

I will update these 2 remaining Blog Hop's spots with links and projects as soon as they will be able to share them :)

Megan Bohr

Nancy Purvis

I want to THANK you again to all of you who participated in this blog hop and made it so indelible!!!
I can't be happier with all your gorgeous creations!!!
xo, Katarina

Thursday, 28 August 2014


Before the full reveal- tomorrow , I am sharing one more peek to my second fabric collection #recollection and my favourite print inspired by some #tapestry pieces and woven #textiles #agfcomingsoon #artgalleryfabrics #katarinaroccella #recollectionfabric

The first preview at my second fabric collection with Art Gallery fabrics is finally here.
And I can not be more excited to be able to share it with you!!!
This collection should have been previewed during the last, Spring Quilt Market, but it was wisely decided to hold on and concentrate on launching Indelible, my debut collection, and save this one for later ;)
And I think that it was the great decision, as it would be too much on my plate at once. And I still didn't have the way to get any of my knits and voiles, so hopefully I will be able to play a bit with them before the advanced yardage of Recollection will appear.
Let me tell you a bit more about this collection, like I did with my first one.
And if you follow that previous link, you will discover and recognize many of the elements used in the Recollection .....like on this following picture.

As you can see, this leads back to 2008 and my first attempts to recollect inspiration, color story and create patterns for my fabric collection (named "Doily" back than).
And on the following pictures (fabrics printed through Spoonflower) you may be able even to recognize some of the artwork used in the Recollection.

Doily portfolio

Doily collection 
Doily collection

Of course, the colors are changed and a bit even the designs, but this kind of ethnic appeal and elements were always very close to my heart.
I have always been attracted to doilies, laces and other vintage lovelies. I enjoy using them in artwork and like to contrast them with modern elements and materials in order to create something that embodies both fresh and vintage.

In love with the details!!!! #roses #tapestry #tradition #stitching #weaving #ethnic #dowry #inspiration #kilim #handcraft #craft #textiles #texture #heritage How amazing!!! Sorry for the reflex effect #ethnographic museum #tapestry #weaving #kilim #tradition #roses #stitching #weaving #ethnic #inspiration

Also, doilies hold a special place in Serbian tradition and culture, such as in traditional costumes which utilize various kinds of lace embellishments.  I was also inspired by kilims, which are the gorgeous shapes and patterns of Pirot, the southern part of Serbia.

Kilims are very geometric in form and in combination with floral lacy motifs and shapes create the perfect harmony for my “Recollection” line.  Culturally and historically, kilims are also used in very intricate needlepoint tapestries with beautiful roses. These have also inspired me to design some of the prints.

Additionally, with this line, I’ve tried to somehow evoke the old, fundamental textile techniques from rug weaving, tapestry, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, ikat.....something that through the centuries was passed from  generation to the generation, recollected - becoming a legacy or heritage that made our history and a history of the modern craftwork.

I must say that what helped with the textile techniques inspiration, were my classes during the first year of my PhD. I had the pleasure to be introduced to some of these techniques by my professor and hers assistant at the Faculty of Applied Arts and to learn a bit about the process of loom weaving.

When it was time to give to the collection the final name, I stumbled upon this quote by Waler Benjamin (one of the most influential contributions to aesthetic theory of the last century) and that was it!


So here are the two colorways: the first is "Deep winterwoven" and the second, the lighter one is called "Mist moderknittie".

So happy to present you the "Deep winterwoven" palette of my #recollection #recollectionfabrics #agfcomingsoon #artgalleryfabrics

This is "Mist modernknittie", curious to know which one do you like best? #recollection #recollectionfabrics #agfcomingsoon #artgalleryfabrics #katarinaroccella

Which one do you like more?
Would love to hear your thoughts,
with love,

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Kaftan sewing

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I got a few e-mails about the kids kaftan version that could be seen a lot in my last post. I know that the post was about our summer vacation in Greece, but apparently I was more interested in posting pics of my kids in theirs Indelible clothes, which is so truth-can't blame me for that :)

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I took the advantage of the beautiful Greek scenery in order to get some nice pics that could inspire you more! So if you haven't tried my kaftan tutorial, you definitely have to!!! It's beginner friendly and sews very easy!! I did the kids version with the regular quilting poplin cotton, which is great for apparel sewing and the width of the fabric will work just fine for kids. The voile is even better, because of the drape and weight of the fabric, and for adults, it's a must because of the width of the fabric. For the kids version, I did the round-boat neck, instead of the V-neck, and was much easier to sew.Another interesting note-option about the tutorial: instead of making the button holes and drawstrings, you can apply one or two rows of shirring (with elastic thread)at the front and back of the kaftan. For shirring you can read some tips here.

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And please, if you are making it, be sure to add your photos in my flickr group, so that I can see them :)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Summer vacation - Skopelos again!

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It's official-we are totally in love with the Skopelos island and this is our third time in a row going there. I am sure that it's something to do with the Skopelos Magnetism...

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Anyway, as I have written  already a lot about this beautiful island on this blog,  I will not be adding anything more, so you can eventually go to the previously written posts to read and see more about:

Skopelos city
it's most beautiful beaches
Agnondas and Amarantos
cruise to Alonnisos island
last summer post

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I am sure that, if all will be fine, we will be going there again next year, and until then I will be dreaming about Skopelos, trying to capture it's magnetism and beauty in some of my next fabric collections ;)