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Up and coming fabric designers

I am a member of a creative Facebook group which is full of budding fabric designers.  I thought it would a good idea to showcase some of those aspiring designers and their designs as you may soon be seeing them in your favourite fabric shops.  Which of these designs would you love to sew with?

Agnes Schugardt

Surface design by Agnes Schugardt

Agnes describes her design style as bright and happy folk and mid century art inspired with whimsical and sometimes imaginary characters.  She has always loved fashion and drawing but originally went into fashion thinking she would be a fashion designer.   However she found that she was more passionate about the fabric then the garment itself.

She finds the process of research, sketching, adding colour and finally putting it all together is like therapy.    She has only recently set up on her own so you can find her growing portfolio on her website: on products in her Etsy shop

Fabric designer Agnes Schugardt

Gaynor Marshall - Winberry Designs

Gaynor Marshall screenprinted fabrics

Gaynor grew up surrounded by creative people and always wanted to be a designer before she even truly understood what it was.  She had many creative pastimes including; soft furnishings, dressmaking, needlework, knitting, painting and drawing. 

She studied Art & Design at college and that's where her interest in screen printing and surface pattern design was sparked.  However it wasn't until after having her children she realised that design and printing was what she really wanted to do.  She now has her own dedicated studio and is loving every minute of it.  She describes her designs as having a clean and fresh style.

You can find out more about Gaynor by visiting or her Etsy or Folksy shops.

Screenprinted fabric by Wimberry Designs


Saskia van Cleef-Megens - Haakje Sluiten Design

Saskia Van Cleef fabric designs

Saskia describes her designs as being graphic with a freeminded twist.  She has been passionate about both fashion and design for many years and in 2012 decided to turn it into a career and started designing her own fabrics.

As well as being able to buy her fabrics you can also buy clothes and soft toys with her designs on too in her Etsy shop.    You can also find out more about her on her website:

Fabric design by Saskia Van Cleef Haakje Sluiten

Mary Tanana

Mary Tanana fabrics

Mary Tanana is a designer who is inspired by many things; art, photography, gardening, landscapes and nature. She approaches her work with a boho, edgy flair. She’s had a life-long love affair with anything patterned, and after a long and successful career as an award winning jewelry designer, she has once again embraced her first love of surface pattern design.

Mary originally studied fashion illustration, and has adapted her fascination with textures and patterns into a unique design style. Her style is influenced by the diverse art and architecture she observed while traveling and living overseas. She currently is licensing her fabric designs at Modern Yardage, and has a variety of items available at Keka Case and Society6.

Surface designer Mary Tanana

Sara Castro Monteiro

Profiles of upcoming fabrics designers

Sara's designs are colourful, bold and geometric.  She is inspired by strong and vibrant colors as they make her feel alive. She spent most of her youth searching for an artistic outlet that would just feel right.  She tried many creative things like photography, film, animation and graphic design.  She soon realised she had a passion for patterns and the world of surface pattern design was the perfect match.

Sara is launching a new website and Spoonflower shop later this year but in the meantime you can find her here or her products here.


Surface designer Sara Castro Monteiro

If you feel inspired to design your own fabrics take a look at my print your own fabric guide.


How to design your own fabric