Imagine if every time you searched for an answer, you didn’t find what you were looking for. For those affected by a rare disease, this is an every day reality. On Tuesday, February 28, people all over the world are raising awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives during Rare Disease Day.
The competition was fierce this week, but in the end Innamoreva came out on top with her cheerful Underwater Party design. Can we come? Inna (hailing all the way from Riga, Latvia) will receive $250 from Bucketfeet, and a licensing agreement including royalties in the amount of $1.00 for every pair of shoes sold. She’ll also receive a pair of shoes with her design from Bucketfeet and a $200 Spoonflower credit. 2nd place winner Julie Lynch will receive a $75 credit to Bucketfeet.com, along with a $100 Spoonflower credit. 3rd place winner Timone will receive a $75 credit to Bucketfeet, along with a $50 Spoonflower credit. See the rest of the top 10!
1. 242 votes for Underwater party by innamoreva
2. 231 votes for ocean creatures by cjldesigns
3. 195 votes for Down by the Water by timone
4. 191 votes for Squids and Serpents by nuk
5. 180 votes for Mermaids and Jellyfish – Cassiopeia by ceciliamok
6. 178 votes for Sea Dreaming by fizah_malik
7. 177 votes for Sea Spirit Animals by mag-o
8. 170 votes for Spirit of the Sea by appaloosa_designs
9. 166 votes for angelfish by jill_o_connor
10. 164 votes for Catfish by lindiart [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of the Aquatic Design Challenge with Bucketfeet
Holly has been with Spoonflower longer than most of us (read her original interview from 2011 here) starting out as a printer operator and (after beating record after record for print speed and quality!) moved all the way up to overseeing the Operations department. She’s a proud, self-proclaimed “factory girl” and there’s not a soul out there who’d be better at the job than her. Holly is also an exceptional gift giver — many of us recall the years that Holly knitted hats for everyone on her team for the holidays, and the year she stitched zipper pouches for every single person at Spoonflower. She’s also responsible for the community garden out front at the Durham Spoonflower offices. Get to know our favorite garden-loving factory girl below!
The first thing I want you to know about me is: I love to garden. Every summer I swear I’ll never grow a garden again because it’s so much work, but then the next time spring comes around I’ve got heart-eyes for all of the plants again. So far this year I’ve already got my cool-weather vegetables planted, and I’m planning all of the new vegetables and flowers I’m going to grow both at home (prickly pear cactus!) and in the garden at Spoonflower (begonias).
My secret talent is my Scrabble prowess. I like to read the dictionary for fun, so that helps.
The very first thing I do in the morning is listen to my dog, Happy, wake up and flap his ears. His ears are so loud! Then he comes and stares at me until I get out of bed and take him outside. He stares at me until I’m done checking on the garden and then we race each other back inside and get breakfast. Cheerios for me, dog food for him. Here is a picture of Happy, looking grumpy because I’m delaying his breakfast: [Read more…] about 12 questions for Holly Anderson-Earls, Senior Director of Operations
Last week in part one of the Structured Fleece Sweatshirt sew-along with our friend Meg of Burdastyle , we prepped the pattern, cut the fabric, and established our sewing stitches. Now it’s time to start constructing this pullover pattern. It’s not too late to sew along! Download the BurdaStyle pattern here use use code PULLOVER50 for 50% off. Catch up on part one and meet us back here to get started on putting your pieces together.
One of our favorite custom-fabric projects of all time is the doppelgänger dog pillow. Originally dreamed up by Spoonflower co-founder Stephen, this brilliantly clever pillow was designed for Ruby, the first of the two rescue dogs that have come to live in Stephen and Kim’s home. Since then, the project has exploded — and we’ve seen everything from hedgehog to bunny rabbit versions stitched up by our customers. Get inspired and learn to make your own snuggly pet pillow!
Big congrats to first-time Design Challenge winner Chris_Jorge with her vibrantly colorful and energetic “Otomi Toucan” design, which will be made into a limited run of shoes from Bucketfeet! Chris will also receive a pair of shoes with her design from Bucketfeet and a $200 Spoonflower credit. 2nd place winner Pinky Wittingslow will receive a $75 credit to Bucketfeet, along with a $100 Spoonflower credit. 3rd place winner Nadia Petremand will receive a $75 credit to Bucketfeet.com, along with a $50 Spoonflower credit. Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit, and a discount code for 20% off at Bucketfeet.com. The entire top 25 have been made available for sale, you can check them all out here!
1. 275 votes for Otomi Toucan by chris_jorge
2. 219 votes for Rainforest Choir on Stone by pinky_wittingslow
3. 214 votes for jungle_m by nadja_petremand
4. 208 votes for Rousseau’s Jungle Large2 by sarahjean
5. 193 votes for Watercolor toucans with monstera leaves – white by mirabelleprint
6. 189 votes for Mr Snake in the Rainforest – Green by andreaalice
7. 187 votes for rainforest friends by analinea
8. 183 votes for Toucan Play This Game by jody_mcmullen
9. 176 votes for toucan-pattern_2 by michaelzindell
10. 174 votes for Hawaiian Rainforest I’iwi Bird Sighting by honoluludesign [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of Our Rainforest Design Challenge with Bucketfeet
By now you’ve met quite a few of us factory folk who print your fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap, and today we’re super excited to introduce you to the lovely Stephanie! Stephanie has been part of the Spoonflower family for about 2.5 years now, and we always love seeing her smiling face in the print room, magically turning blank white fabric into the stuff of dreams. Get to know Stephanie in our 12 questions below!
The first thing I want you to know about me is: I love doing all the crafts. I would be surprised if there was a craft I haven’t devoted all of my time and money into for at least a few weeks. I am currently getting into woodwork. Before that it was sewing. Before that it was vinyl cutting and decals. Before that it was jewelry. Before that it was….
My secret talent is: Always losing my phone. [Read more…] about 12 Questions for Printer Operator Stephanie S.
We’re so excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Skillshare, an online learning community for creatives, to bring you a new class on pattern design! Taught by designer, patternmaker and Spoonflower community favorite Samarra Khaja aka SammyK (creator of the adorable Hungry Monster Laundry Bags and so much more), this class is great for pattern makers and designers who want to explore their style and theme further- or just create a set of souvenirs representing their city!
Join Samarra as she walks you through her process of creating a souvenir set for New York City using a consistent motif to create a repeating pattern. Then, using Spoonflower, she’ll print out the design and turn it into a tote bag and a pillow that support the motif. We’ve taken the course, and can confidently say that it’s sure to get your creativity flowing and inspire you to make things that are fun and functional.
We can’t speak highly enough about this course, Samarra, or how excited we are to partner with Skillshare. So click the link below to get started and get your first three months of Skillshare Premium for FREE to access this class and 14,000 others:
What’s a surface design’s best friend? A mighty fine sewing pattern! Lately all we want to do is get cozy in fleece, so we decided to team up with Meg of Burdastyle for a 3-part sew-along so she could show us how to make one! This sew-along uses the Structured Sweatshirt pattern, which has a very on-trend, 70s retro geometric vibe to it. For the next three weeks every Tuesday, we’ll post a new installment of the Fleece Sweatshirt Sew-along, right here on the blog. Stitch with us, won’t you?!
Meg: The cold weather is here to stay for a while longer! The perfect, cozy fabric for the winter is fleece. When I was little, I remember being dressed up in lots of fleece before going outside, so I was really excited to sew something in Spoonflower’s fleece for my adult self. Before I started picking out surface designs and colors, I wanted to establish my sewing pattern and I’ve found the perfect one! I decided on BurdaStyle’s Structured Sweatshirt digital pattern. I love the paneling in the sweatshirt because it allows me to sew multiple designs together, and the high turtle neck will keep me nice and warm. Sew along and download your copy of the pattern here. Use code PULLOVER50 for 50% off! [Read more…] about Fleece Sweatshirt Sew-Along with Burdastyle
Our latest featured maker, Zoë Linn Anderson, returned to her hometown of Portland, Oregon after years of zigzagging between Massachusetts, San Francisco, New York and her home state. Encouraged by her mother, artist Carola Penn, to explore her own eye for design, Zoë began using Spoonflower to create her line of home textiles featuring tea towels, napkins and zipper pouches. Get to know Zoë more below, visit her website, and shop her wares on Etsy.
My day starts with: “the smell of coffee, the kid-size thundering of footsteps, and our dog Ollie wagging his whole body in an exuberant greeting. After scrambling to get breakfasts and lunches made, the kids to school, the dog walked, and the news read, I finally settle in to work.”