Spoonflower crew member Kelly is so excited about how beautifully our new and improved knit prints!
Archives for July 2013
If you're among the horse-obsessed, look no further than this week's top ten fabrics. Celebrating our ancient relationship, or putting a modern twist on our equine friend's graceful form, designers created a variety of patterns celebrating the horse in all its glory. Congratulations to the top ten, and Virginia Odien (aka vo_aka_virginiao) for her winning design!
Here are the results:
1. 791 votes for All the pretty little horses by vo_aka_virginiao
2. 789 votes for "dala horse paste multico M" by nadja_petremand
3. 772 votes for painted ponies by cjldesigns
4. 771 votes for magical horse garden by ottomanbrim
5. 706 votes for Where the Dalahäst Roam by sammyk
6. 644 votes for Run Fox Run! by robinpickens
7. 595 votes for Wild Horse Stampede by mulberry_tree
8. 580 votes for Night horse by ellengiggenbach
9. 467 votes for Ponyhof by raebekah
10. 446 votes for Children of Poseidon by spellstone
Today we received our first lot of a new & improved organic interlock knit. The new lot is basically the same fabric, but it's a pure white rather than the speckled, off-white color of previous lots. One of the benefits of the whiter finish is that color shows up better (brighter) than it did on the natural off-white of the old organic knit. The new lot has been finished slightly differently and was produced in a different mill. It's roughly the same weight — but even softer than the old knit. In our initial testing, it also has a slightly higher shrinkage rate than the previous version of organic interlock knit. The technical specs are as follows:
- 56" wide printable area (142 cm).
- 5.8 oz per square yard.
- Interlock knit stretches along the crosswise grain about 25%.
- Estimated shrinkage: 7% in length and 6% in width.
- Certified organic cotton by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).
- Produced in the USA.
- Appropriate for many kinds of children and adult apparel items, including t-shirts, dresses, baby clothes, and more.
- Machine wash warm or cool on a gentle/delicate setting, using phosphate-free detergent.
If you're a previous knit customer, we'll also be sending you an email shortly outlining the change! As always, please let us know if you have any questions.
Wall art created using canvas stretcher bars and fabric is an inexpensive and impactful update to any bare wall. Inspired by Emma Jeffery's creative and simple tutorial, this week we are giving away the supplies to complete her fabric wall art project! Enter for a chance to win canvas stretcher bars to create two frames and two yards of custom printed linen-cotton canvas.
Enter anytime between now and Tuesday, July 23, 2013 for a chance to win! The winner will be announced next Wednesday, July 24th on the blog. Last week's winners of a copy of Digital Textile Design, written by Melanie Bowles and Ceri Isaac, are Kristin Tsai, Nancy Quade, and Sarah Rafferty — congrats!
Looking for a unique DIY project for your next simple summer craft? Check out these creative handmade project ideas, and the Spoonflower Hacks, unusual or personalized DIYs using Spoonflower custom printed fabric, wallpaper or decals, we've been sharing all month long on the blog!
1. Fabric wedding invitation 2. DIY dry erase board 3. Recycled glove softie 4. Personalized stationary using wallpaper scraps 5. Colorful wallpapered clipboards 6. DIY centerpiece using wallpaper 7. Expedit doll house 8. Custom clothing tags 9. Google maps throw cushions
Emma from the blog Hello Beautiful visits to share two simple wall art projects. She created unique art for her home with our linen-cotton canvas, inexpensive canvas stretcher bars, an inspirational phrase, and a collage of some of her favorite family vacation photos.
Printing photos and designs onto Spoonflower’s linen-cotton canvas is a great way to create an affordable piece of wall art…or two.
Simply decide what size you want your finished canvas wall art to be and purchase a set of canvas stretcher bars in your desired dimensions. I bought mine on Amazon and they are extremely affordable– the bigger frame was about $8 and the smaller one about $6. They arrive as a bundle of planks that slot together easily.
For the smaller of my two canvases, I decided to keep the measurements under 27” x 18” so that my photo collage fitted onto one fat quarter of Spoonflower’s canvas.
Select your photo or design. I used a photo collage from a vacation for the smaller canvas and for the larger canvas, I used a design I created using tagxedo.com. I thought of a phrase I liked, typed it into the program on the website and played around with the different color and layout options until I found a design I liked. I then saved it to my computer as a regular .jpg file.
Now adjust the size of your photo or design so that is will fit the wooden frame. You can do this in a drawing application such as Microsoft Paint or in Preview on a Mac.
Spoonflower prints high quality images at 150 dpi, so in order to adjust your photo to the correct size, multiply both the width and length by 150.
For example, the frame for my photo collage measures 18” x 14” and I wanted to make my photo collage the same size.
18 x 150 = 2700 (this is the width in pixels/inch)
14 x 150 = 2100 (this is the height in pixels/inch).
I am by no means an expert at stretching canvases across frames, and if you are a true professional, you may want to look away now! However, with a staple gun, a pair of scissors and zero professional tools I don’t know how to use, I managed to create a canvas I am happy with. I laid the fabric face down on my work surface and placed the frame on top. By working my way around the frame and pulling the fabric taut, I was able to use a heavy duty stapler to secure the fabric to the back of the frame.
I trimmed the fabric once I had stapled the four sides down, and concentrated on getting neat corners.
And the canvases are ready to hang!
Check out more Spoonflower Hacks— DIYs that use craft materials in an unusual or personalized way– we’ve been sharing this month on the blog.
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.
Luke Haynes' summer class "Permission to Quilt" at the Penland School of Crafts – a national center for craft education located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains — used worn clothing and some of our unprinted scrap fabric to create beautiful free-form quilts.
Luke: "We worked to change the method of working with fabric– no measuring and no patterns. I had them start with 6 inch strips of the white, unprinted fabric and 1 inch strips of their clothing fabric between. We cut that down and reassembled it with the only rule being no right angles. Then we each diverged and started our own piece once we could see where it was going from there."
We hope you'll enjoy these photos of their finished pieces as much as we did and be inspired to do some creative upcycling of your own!
Last week we ventured outside with our basket in hand, picked a nice shady spot in the grass, and celebrated all things picnic. From bugs to blankets, there was a huge variety of designs for our most recent challenge! Congratulations to our winner Nadia Hassan of Greensboro, North Carolina, and the rest of our top ten!
Here are the voting results:
1. 542 votes for Flower Power Picnic by nadiahassan
2. 494 votes for Retro Flasks by paulawoods
3. 433 votes for Picnic Blueprint for Bug Access by robinpickens
4. 384 votes for Picnic by frizt.in by friztin
5. 373 votes for Summer Picnic by papersparrow
6. 360 votes for By the Light of the Moon by jennartdesigns
7. 354 votes for Summer Picnics by natitys
8. 345 votes for retro picnic by cjldesigns
9. 312 votes for picnic gingham by weavingmajor
10. 305 votes for Skovtur by ebygomm