Philippa Adams

A brief biography


Philippa is the co-founder of Crafty Retreats and Workshops Ltd. She was awarded a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design and Photography at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication before moving to the USA and getting MFA in Design from Boston University.

Philippa has taught diploma and degree level courses in the USA and Singapore, where she also had her own design agency with clients such as Raffles Hotel and Hewlett Packard.


Since returning to the UK Philippa has designed for Dartington Crystal followed by running another of her own businesses Keynotes Education Resources Ltd. She has graphic design in the blood, be it on fabric or


Digital textile printers are large-format inkjet printers specially modified to run fabric. Unlike conventional textile manufacturing, digital printing entails very little waste of fabric, ink, water or electricity. Spoonflower prints using eco-friendly, water-based inks on natural and synthetic fiber textiles. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process. This type of printing has the added advantages of showing greater design detail than screen printing, as well as allowing designers the ability to use as many colours as they like in their designs.

Design & Print your own Fabric Collections


Private Course. Date to be requested by yourself...


Learn how to create a textile collection from start to finish followed by printing and selling those designs online. Find inspiration, design colour schemes, develop ideas into design elements and learn how to do repeating patterns manually and/or digitally.


For this course we shall be using to print the fabrics. Although there are other companies doing fabric printing Spoonflower has the edge on customer service and prices.


Spoonflower make it possible for individuals to print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks — Gart and Stephen — who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles. Five years later, the Spoonflower community now numbers over a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world.


Day 1 
• Critique of fabric collections - what works and what doesn't!

• What makes a good fabric collection?

• Finding inspiration

• Deciding on a theme

• Sketching out ideas


Day 2 is an outing day to the Puces de la Cité in Limoges. You should use this time to search for inspiration and take photographs for later reference. The workshop will be open all day and in the evening if you wish to work late!


Day 3
• Final sketches and design ideas

• Deciding on a colour scheme

Answer the following questions about your designs:

• Will the designs appeal to my audience?
• Does each design stand on it’s own as well as within the collection?
• Do the colours work as a collection and in the individual designs?
• How well do the sizes of the elements in the designs relate to those in
   the other designs? Are any designs too big or small?
• How well will the size of the elements work on a sewn item?
• Do I have a good variety of “main theme” vs. “supporting” designs?
• How does the collection feel overall? Do I need to add a design
   anything to make it more fun or sophisticated?


Day 4
• Repeating patterns - all the different kinds of repeats!

While we work on the repeating patterns in your collection you can use either hand drawn illustrations or computer illustration - the processes work for both. Don't worry if you are not familiar with computer illustration, everything can be done by hand also!


Day 5 is an outing day to either the Tapestry Museum at Aubusson or the Porcelain factories in and around Limoges. (Destination to be agreed by yourself). Again, the workshop will be open all day and in the evening if you wish to work late!


Day 6
• Finishing your repeating patterns

• Printing samples in our workshop

• How to open a Spoonflower account

• Uploading designs from your collection for printing



This is an intensive course and you may find that you will want to continue to add designs to your collection(s) once you get home. By then you will be fully confident with the process though!


We have iMac computers in the workshop and 2 PC laptops but if you would rather work on your own laptop please bring it with you. If you work on one of our computers please bring a pen drive with you. We have a Ricoh GelJet printer for doing test prints onto fabric before sending your files to for printing.


There are costs involved by printing at Spoonflower, however you can spend as little as or as much as you like. Printing on Kona Cotton is £11 per yard. Swatches 8" x 8" can be printed for as little as £1 each if printed as a collection.

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