Among the rolls of wrapping paper getting ready to go out the door, we've spotted some amazing and unique designs. Among our favorites? This brain wrapping paper, which might be just the thing to use on gifts for your little zombies.
Archives for November 2012
We're big fans of the One-Yard Wonders books from Storey publishing,
which offer readers an array of projects that require just a single
yard of fabric. For this contest one of the authors, Rebecca Yaker,
offered a pattern for the Riviera Tee, a kid's shirt. Spoonflower
designers were invited to customize the pattern using their own designs
and an Under-the-Sea theme. The result is a gallery of shirt patterns
that would be a blast to sew. The winner will be featured in the next
book in the series. Vote for your favorites and we'll report back next
1. *Colors under the sea* by
2. A Jellyfish Ballet by seasparkles
3. 1 yard wonders childs t-shirt
pattern by delsie
4. 1,2,3….Walruses Are We….Under
the Sea by joojoostrees
5. A Colourful Green Sea with little
fish by nezumiworld
6. An octopus under the sea by
7. Anchor's Away *Complex* by
8. Anna Nemonee by resdesigns
9. beach huts by the sea by
10. Blondfish forever by blondfish
For this contest we asked competitors to create textiles that might look
at home in the Matisse paintings currently on exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Entries had to use a specified color palette. Our winner turned out to be Ewa Bursztyka, a very talented designer from Poland. Congratulations to her and to the rest of the top ten!!
The final voting results were:
1. 347 votes for matisse inspired by ravynka
2. 336 votes for pattern_matiss-1 by smalty
3. 329 votes for Rose Garden by acbeilke
4. 314 votes for Matisse_Final3 by ridley
5. 288 votes for paperflowers by sydama
6. 287 votes for Matisse_Pomegranate by yvonne_herbst
7. 274 votes for jungle birds by dennisthebadger
8. 249 votes for HenriM2 by antoniamanda
9. 239 votes for jolies fleurs no. 1 ~ Matisse citron by retrorudolphs
10. 236 votes for Les Cerises au Matin by cynthiafrenette
Regular Spoonflowerers are probably very familiar with the Kona® cotton we purchase from Robert Kaufman. It is, in fact, our most popular fabric. That's why we want to bring your attention to a small change to Kona starting on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Orders for Kona placed on or after Tuesday morning will be printed using a slightly brighter shade of white Kona cotton. The difference is fairly subtle (see the photo above), but will be important for anyone who is trying to match a previous order on Kona with great exactness. While we'll be retiring the old Kona cotton, we will continue to make it available for a period of time to customers who have ordered it previously. For those existing Kona purchasers, that option will show up in your fabric choices as "Retired Kona®". If you have questions about the switch, please feel free to write to our help team.
Guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shows us how to sew a reversible bolster cushion cover.
Oversize pillows can make a bold design statement whether they are placed on the bed, a wooden bench by the front door or across the back of a sleek, modern couch. Large pillow inserts (or body pillows) are readily available and are pretty inexpensive (I think mine was around $20) but finding the perfect cover can be much more challenging, which is where making your own wins out!
This one has the opposite fabrics on the back, which is a great way to switch out the look of this pillow.
My pillow measures 54” x 20” and this tutorial will show you how to make a cover using one yard each of two co-ordinating fabrics. I used one yard of Grey and White Diamond Linen and one yard of CrossCriss by Holli Zollinger in Kona Cotton. You will also need a 14” zipper and 42” of contrasting piping.
To start, we are going to name your fabrics A and B. It doesn’t matter which is which, but it will make the instructions clearer.
1. First, we are going to start cutting Fabric A. Cutting across the yard, cut 1 piece of fabric 42” x 20”. Make sure to remove the unprinted, excess borders around the edge of the fabric. Turn the fabric 90 degrees and cut one piece of fabric 12” x 20”.
3. To make the cushion front, cut one piece of piping measuring 21”.
5. Place the smaller cut of Fabric B on top the edge with the piping. Pin and stitch through all layers.
9. Clip all 4 corners and turn the cover the right way out.
About Our Guest Blogger
I'm an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they're not absolutely perfect. And though I'm no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.
Things are really hopping in the Spoonflower shop these days! The printing and shipping crews are working almost non-stop to get orders out the door before our shipping deadlines. Then it's home to work on hand-made gifts with the whirr of sewing machines and the click of knitting needles replacing the sounds of printers, fabric rollers, humidifiers, and packing tape dispensers. This time of year is busy–and for us, noisy!
Continuing on last week's giveaway theme of whipping up beautiful hand-sewn holiday gifts, this week we're giving away a copy of Jenny Doh's wonderful We Make Dolls book plus two yards of your choice of Spoonflower fabric with which you can make up a doll or two. My personal favorite doll in this book is Mimi Kirchner's Tattooed Man which uses a toile fabric to replicate the look of a tattooed torso–brilliant!
If you've got a special little person in your life–or even a not-so-little one–who would appreciate a lovingly sewn doll, just leave your comment below or on the corresponding Facebook post, and do include your Spoonflower screen name so we can track you down if you're our winner. Entries will close next Wednesday, 12/5 and we'll announce the winner on 12/6. Good luck to everyone, and please note that our regularly scheduled Wednesday giveaway will not be happening next week. Instead, stay tuned on the blog for the kick-off of our 12 Days of Giveaways beginning 12/7!
Last week, we gave away the winner's choice of a downloadable Noodlehead bag pattern plus two yards of Spoonflower fabric to make it up in. The winner was Alfa García. Congratulations, Alfa! We hope you make something amazing and much-loved with your prize.
The Spoonflower Welcome Pack is the perfect way to share your love of
Spoonflower with other crafty, creative people in your life. Each
Welcome Pack includes a $35 gift certificate that can be used for
anything on Spoonflower — including fabrics, wallpaper, wall decals or
gift wrap — a book full of inspirational projects by one of our
favorite artists called Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started,
a sample pack of all our base fabrics, and a lovely package that
includes free shipping anywhere in the world. For $60, it's a great
introduction to the world of Spoonflower fun.
We know that for many of you, getting presents to loved ones by Christmas is important. To make sure that anything you order from Spoonflower for delivery before December 25th arrives in time, we've put together a table with our holiday ordering cut-offs for each of our shipping options, standard, guaranteed delivery, and rush.
Here are our 2012 Christmas ordering deadlines. Orders placed using the listed shipping methods by these dates are expected to arrive before December 25, 2012.
Important Note: The last day our special, limited-edition gift wrap will be available will be December 20th!
|Fabric, Wallpaper, Decals, Gift Wrap||
|Spoonflower Welcome Packs||
|Guaranteed delivery before Dec. 25th using standard shipping (which is free!)||
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
is in the middle of a Matisse exhibition based on the art collection of
the Cone sisters of Baltimore. These two women, apart from having been
friends with Gertrude Stein, also had an interesting connection with
North Carolina and our state's textile history. In honor of the
exhibition, and in partnership with the museum, this week we challenged
designers to create fabrics that would look at home in a Matisse
painting using a restricted palette of colors. Vote for your favorites,
and we'll announce the results next week!
The participants this week are:
1. Fabrics trader by milenagaytandzhieva
are always flowers… by artgarage
Bouquet for Henri' by tscho
inspired by Matisse's Pasiphae by licoricelove
for Matisse* by akwaflorell
Fauvist's Garden – on Green Lattice by rhondadesigns
floral tapestry by kerryn
la Matisse by yellowstudio
10. a room by kociara
Happy Thanksgiving to all our peeps in the US! The theme of our contest this week was
Flights Of Fancy, which produced both the expected — lots of bird
fabrics, for example — but also the unexpected: the winner, Roz
Robinson, based her design on the wistful flight of dandelion seeds.
Designers were also asked to restrict their use of color to a particular
palette. Roz's winning fabric will appear in a photo on the cover of an
upcoming issue of the UK craft magazine Mollie Makes. Congratulations to all who participated!
The full results, for those of you who follow such things, were as follows:
1. 472 votes for fanciful flight – make a dandelion wish! by coggon
2. 422 votes for singing_forest_for_spoonflower_final by celandine
3. 362 votes for You are my Flight of Fancy by cynthiafrenette
4. 358 votes for Roly-Poly Polka by spellstone
5. 305 votes for Fancy Birds by sketchcreative
6. 293 votes for Between Flowers by valentinaramos
7. 290 votes for Flight of the Peacock – blue version by irrimiri
8. 287 votes for birds&clouds by dennisthebadger
9. 278 votes for WITH ALL MY SOUL by bzbdesigner
10. 276 votes for peacock plumes palette limited by katarina