Bohemian Fabric Collection

Bohemian Fabric Collection

The Bohemian Fabric Collection by Amy Mayen

Inspired by textile arts like blanket weaving and macrame, mixed media art and dying techniques.

The Bohemian Fabric Collection, fabric designed by Amy Mayen

Have you seen my design profile page at MyFabricDesigns?  I have lots of bohemian fabric prints, but today I’m showcasing four of my favorites.

I’ve been influenced lately by everything from home decor to lost civilizations. I realize that none of these prints exactly match, but I do think they clash brilliantly. I hope I can claim cohesive messiness;)

Bohemian Fabric Collection

Serape by Amy am ayen, The Bohemian Fabric Collection

Serape (above) is my rendering of a hand woven Mexican blanket. I then created an effect, like when you run a dry brush through oil paint. This design is the mother of several other prints in my collection.

Kaleidoscope by Amy Mayen, part of the Bohemian Collection

Kaleidoscope was inspired by encaustic painting; or pigmented wax applied to canvas or wood. This is a drip and splatter pattern, but there are also melting and shaping techniques. I pulled, stretched, and mirrored the design until I found a rhythm I liked.

Kaleidoscope by Amy Mayen; The Bohemian Fabric Collection
Here’s a digital image of one 60″ yard, to give you an idea of scale for garments.

Several of my designs in this collection aren’t truly seamless, even though MyFabricDesigns has a seamless pattern creator tool. I liked the visual breaks, so I kept them.

Manta Tejida by Amy Mayen, The Bohemian Fabric Collection

This is Manta Tejida . It’s my serape print meets Morrocan overdyed rugs. Have you seen those? It’s a re-worked vintage rug, distressed and then saturated in bright dye. They are stunning!

Gypsy Curtain by Amy Mayen, part of the Bohemian Fabric Collection

Gypsy Curtain began as a beaded macrame curtain on an old caravan. At least in my mind. It’s really fun when handmade elements meet digital processes, although I find the end product becomes something abstract and hard to define.

Bohemian Fabric Collection by Amy Mayen

The fabric is photographed in performance knit, but these prints are available in 26 different types of fabric.

The performance knit is 100% polyester. I think polyester gets a bad rap…I was a bit biased against it just because the word makes me think of the thick, itchy 70’s poly. I liked the feel of it in my swatch, so I ordered it.

When I received my prints, I was unsure what to make at first. It has one way stretch but is much more stable than a jersey. It’s lightweight and smooth to the touch. It finally dawned on me the other night what the rest of these prints need to become…

Serape by Amy Mayen shown in performance knit from My Fabric Designs

Extreme closeup of the performance knit…

I was going to tell you what I’m planning, but maybe it would be fun to guess. What would you make with this  fabric?

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About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!

3 Comments

  1. Shelly

    Love the vibrant colors! Good for you getting some prints done. Its been on my todo list, but you know how that goes. I can’t wait to see what you make!

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  2. Annie

    You are an artist! Great colors, I especially love the first stripe colors with brush effects. That is gorgeous and will make a cute spring/summer dress! Are you making something for yourself? It must feel awesome wearing fabric you designed!
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