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which one do i choose?

Which one do I choose???

The time is here. Thursday, I have to decide which fabrics will make the cut for the première of the Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection. I wish I could just spread all of the options out on the floor and have each of you vote for your top 10. Or better yet, someone just come do this for me.

So many decisions to make. Which pattern on which ground? Linen? Cotton? Silk? Wool?



This or That

this or that

That this is just how I feel. LOL

To push, or not to push this creature... That is the question.

arghhh. See you Monday after all of this is behind me.

Just be cool.

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What artist wouldn’t be happy with a post that opens with a picture like that!

This was not planned to happen this fast but when a client sees your designs for fabrics,  flips and says,

“I want to use it”

you find a way to make it happen- right?

It was a case of right time, right place, and, God’s favor.

One of the plants that prints for Duralee is experimenting with digital printing as opposed to hand printing and they needed a guinea pig. I had a mountain of fabric designs that had so many colors they HAD to be printed digitally and I needed a printer. God put us together.

I warn you, this is going to be a long post so I will break it up into bite size pieces but I think you will find it fascinating.

hand screen printing

Traditionally, fabrics have been made a couple of different ways. The oldest method and most expensive is custom, hand screening where two people walk opposite each other down a long table filled with fabric and drag a wooden squeegee over screens made of silk to push dye through the silk. There is a different screen for every single color. For instance, if the pattern has red flowers with brown stems and green leaves, the guys walk the length of the table applying the brown first, one repeat at a time, for the entire 60 yards of fabric. Then they remove that screen and get the one with the flowers on it and do the same thing applying the red, then grab the third screen and apply the green etc, etc, etc.  It is very labor intensive and one little mistake can ruin an entire run.

silk screens

fabric ready for screening

rows and rows of screens for different fabrics or papers

Then some amazingly smart person figured out how to cut the patterns onto large drums and have a machine do the work of the sqeeggee men.The color is laid simultaneously as the fabric passes along the conveyor belt.

This is what the drums look like. This would be the “screen” for one color.

rotary printers

The bolt of washed fabric, called grey goods at this point, is feed onto the conveyor belt very carefully so that it is precisely timed to arrive at the next color station after the previous part of the pattern has been printed.

Now this is where it starts to get really fun. Can  you see that each tube or drum has a different part of the over-all design on it? One has the tree trunk, another the branches, another the leaves, then the birds etc.

You can literally just walk down the ramp and watch the pattern come to life right in front of you.

I have always loved factories. They fascinate me.

In person, you can look through the end of the tube and watch the color squirting through the openings.

first one color

then another

until finally

you have the finished deal

Doesn’t that just make you want to cheer???

final product

I think this is a Schumacher pattern but I am not sure. This machine squares the fabric up and heat sets the dye.

yuk, it’s stiff

As it rolls off the belt it is inspected for appropriate color, pattern match etc and adjustments are made. The fabric is very stiff at this point. You would not want to sit on it.

This machine is called a calander and it adds finish. Two rollers, one with heat and pressure and one with cold, squeeze the fabric as it goes through. To make a chintz the skids shine it like a spit-shine.

being prepared for sizing

It will next be sent basically to a VERY hot steam bath where any excess dye will be washed away and sizing will be added to make the fabric soft and pliable.

We will continue our lesson on how fabric is made tomorrow.

If you would like to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at


I feel as though I should begin this post,

” Dear Diary, I have missed you.  Please don’t be upset with me for my neglect of you.” haha

The middle of this week I did, indeed, feel like that steam engine I left you with last post ran over me but I am feeling like my old self again and ready to begin the process of catching you up on the great adventure called the month of May.

Two of the small kitchen renovations have been completed except for accessorization.

This was kitchen number one showing several before and afters:

cindy barganier interiors

Cloverdale kitchen before

cindy barganier interiors

Cloverdale kitchen after

The above wall is awaiting a series of framed architectural prints ceiling to floor.

And one final over-all view..

While this was taking place in week 1 kitchen #2 was undergoing its minor renovations which I haven’t even seen yet so pictures of that will come later this week.  Kitchen number 3 is all picked out and about to begin major demolition.

Watercolor house #2’s furniture began to arrive on the heels of this.

Here is a look at how that project is coming along.

These pictures are actually pretty far behind. They are moving in this week. It’s looking great!

Tomorrow’s post gives me chills….. my own fabric line is actually happening.

Details tomorrow! Stay tuned.

Whew! Did you miss me? Sorry for the absence but we just did 5 cities in 3 states in 6 days which means some exciting posts are headed your way!

The first part of the week featured a seminar for fabric designers who want to license their work- ME!

Have you ever heard of this show?

If your answer was “yes!” then you know who Martyn Lawrence Bullard is– “everyone’s favorite Brit”.


 He is perfectly delightful and I loved spending some time with him but he reminded me  of one thing….people with a huge platform (name recognition) do a lot less of the actual work than I do. LOL

I ACTUALLY draw all of my designs, then scale them, color them, put them into repeat etc. etc. He walks in with a box of “inspiration” in the form of old textiles, ceramic tiles, pottery , jewelry and Shumacher’s design team designs the collection. hmmmm I need a bigger platform. haha

Here are some shots from a recent show where he and his assistants are preparing for and having an initial meeting with Daisey Fuentes.

       They look a little intense to me.


Here she comes.


So I’m thinking this lovely……



  I love these next two pictures because they show his cute little wit and playful personality.


Well guys and gals another successful meeting! Great job


On the way out-of-town we stopped by here

in order to see this

If you don’t understand go here. 🙂

And if you would like to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at


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