And here are your results:
1. 948 votes for A day in pre-history by dennisthebadger
2. 522 votes for Dinoflorus by elodie-lauret
3. 515 votes for Dinosaurs just want to have fun by cjldesigns
4. 487 votes for Dinosaur Forest by nadiahassan
5. 479 votes for Big Dinos with Eggs by jillbyers
6. 453 votes for Dino-mite! by gsonge
7. 436 votes for Dare the Dinotastic by vo_aka_virginiao
8. 430 votes for Origami Dinosaurs by abbyg
9. 421 votes for Jurassic Jungle by auki
10. 405 votes for Dinosaur Days by arttreedesigns
We are happy to announce improvements to the Spoonflower search engine! These enhancements will improve the accuracy and relevancy of search results for our shoppers and aid designers in marketing their designs. How has search gotten better?
Previously if you typed “puppy” in the search box, it only returned designs that were a match for “puppy,” leaving out results tagged “puppies.” Now, different versions of the same root word will be included. If you search for “play,” designs also tagged “plays,” “playing,” and “played” will be returned. This new feature means designers don’t need to fret over tagging their designs with variations of the same base word in order for their designs to be seen.
Previously, our system allowed for partial matches, which meant that a search for “owl” returned “bowling” designs too since “owl” is contained within the word “bowl.” We are very pleased that this will no longer be the case, making search results more accurate and relevant to one’s search.
Functioning more like Google, if you search for 'old brick wall' now, the first results returned will be a match for all three words 'old,' 'brick,' and 'wall.' As you scroll down the returned search results, you will begin to see designs that are a match for just two of the words, perhaps "brick" and "wall" and, eventually, designs that might be a match for just one of the words 'brick' or 'wall.'
With the new search engine, you can specify that your search results must include or exclude a particular term by modifying your search phrase with a + or a -. For more details on these methods of search, read our short Search on Spoonflower help doc.
Every design is allowed up to seven tags and, previously, contest tags we added to your design counted in your allotment of seven. This is no longer the case. By entering a contest, your design essentially gets additional tags added by us, making it even more searchable.
Who doesn’t like faster? ‘Nuff said.
Registration opens today at 6pm for Pricing Your Handmade Creations, a class perfect for creative individuals interested in selling their goods! Join us in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at our Durham, NC headquarters, on Thursday, October 3, from 6-8pm, as instructor and entrepreneur Julie Mullin of Fiberactive Organics shares the wisdom of over 20 years experience in selling her own fiber products. This class is free and open to the public, so head over to our Meetup page for full class information and to reserve your spot today!
All September long we're sharing tutorials, tips and techniques for sewing garments, some lovely pattern and fabric giveaways, and a very special custom-made dress giveaway-- stay tuned, details coming soon! We hope you'll be inspired by some of our favorite clothing patterns to start stitching up a beautiful handmade wardrobe. Visit our Pinterest board for even more well-crafted patterns.
1. Ute blouse | BurdaStyle 2. The Staple Dress | April Rhodes 3. Wiksten Tank 4. Scout Tee | Grainline Studio 5. Chole Dress | Victory Patterns 6. Jupe Chardon | Deer & Doe 7. Andy Coat | Named Clothing 8. Washi Dress | Made by Rae 9. Laurel Dress | Colette Patterns
Looking for a simple pattern that sews up in an afternoon? Wiksten's Tank Top + Dress sewing pattern comes together quickly and easily. It's perfect for various fabric types and sewists of all levels. This week we are giving away two copies of the paper pattern with three yards of custom printed fabric to sew it up!
Enter by Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 for a chance to win! We will announce two winners on Wednesday, September 18th on the blog. Last week's winner of Carolyn Friedlander's Social Tote pattern and Spoonflower fabric is Heta Shah -- congrats!
Celebrating the recent addition of Performance Knit to the Spoonflower fabric family, Emma Jeffery from Hello Beautiful stops by to share a sewing tutorial using one of her favorite knit dress patterns, and offer tips for sewing with this colorful new apparel fabric!
The thought of sewing with knits can sometimes strike fear in a seamstress, but Spoonflower’s new Performance Knit is a dream to sew up, and with its brilliant, vibrant hues that hold their color after repeated washing, you’ll be creating beautiful garments in no time. When selecting your pattern, I recommend choosing one with simple, clean lines, especially if you are a less experienced seamstress. I used the Miz Mozelle pattern by Jamie Christina Designs which was written with stretch fabrics in mind, and I chose Hot Weave fabric by Scrummy to sew it up.
This week we're going back, way back, to a time when Triceratops chomped on ferns, the T. Rex ruffled their feathers, and pterodactyl flew through the clouds. Picking favorites in the contest is Jurassic fun.
This week we will be heading down to Greenville, South Carolina to attend Indie Craft Parade! We're excited to attend the event, as well partner with Etsy to co-sponsor the Artist Meet & Greet Breakfast on Sunday morning.
If you want to join us on our adventure, make sure to follow our Spoonflower @ Indie Craft Parade board on Pinterest. We'll be 'live-pinning' the event as we experience it, and sharing cool handmade items, Spoonflower spottings, and more fun stuff along the way.
If you want to join the conversation, use the hasthtag #SpoonflowerSC to chat with us.
This week designers used a restricted color palette to create patterns celebrating the tasty Cantonese tradition of Dim Sum. Contestants blew us away with their creative (and cute!) fabric designs. From bowls to steamers to little treats, this week's contest left us hoping for seconds! Congratulations to our winner, Julie Lynch of South Australia, and the rest of the top ten.
And here are the voting results:
1. 478 votes for decorated dim sum bowls by cjldesigns
2. 416 votes for Hoi Sum Dim Sum Yum Cha by contemporaryassets
3. 409 votes for The World of Dim Sum by mlahero
4. 306 votes for Do Wah Diddy Diddy Dim Sum by spellstone
5. 296 votes for More Please by carynikins
6. 284 votes for Dim sum for all! by gracemellow
7. 275 votes for Dim Sum Garden by liluna
8. 262 votes for Dim Sum by theboutiquestudio
9. 258 votes for dim sum 01 by aliceelettrica
10. 254 votes for Dim Sum Checkers by celiaforrester
We have been a longtime fan of Carolyn Friedlander, creator of amazing modern quilt and sewing patterns. She whipped up her Social Tote using Spoonflower fabrics by Nadia Hassan, Claire Milne, and Jenny Gordy. This week we are offering one winner the chance to take home a paper copy of the Social Tote pattern plus 2 yards of custom printed fabric to sew one up for on-the-go crafting projects!
Enter by Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 for a chance to win. We will announce the winner on Wednesday, September 11th on the blog.
Ruth Unteregger is the lucky winner of last week's Quilting Happiness book giveaway-- congrats!
Today we announced the addition of Performance Knit to the Spoonflower family. I (Allie) used Wiksten's tank pattern to sew up a simple dress using our new knit to get my feet wet working with our new apparel fabric!
Sewing on performance knit was initially a little intimidating. Not having much experience with knits combined with the drape and slippery-ness of the fabric made me a little scared! I decided to go with a super simple pattern from Wiksten that sews up in a snap to make a versatile dress or tank using one of my own fabric designs! With an upcoming beach trip, I knew this would make a great cover-up that easily transitions in to a cute outfit for lunch or a casual dinner and drinks!
Today we're very excited to announce the arrival of a brand new fabric in the Spoonflower family, which we're calling Performance Knit. Starting today, you'll find the new fabric available in the drop-down list whenever you order from our site.
The Performance Knit is a completely new type of material that's quite different from any of our current fabric choices. The hand and drape is lovely, and you'll find that the printed color is brighter and richer than any other fabric we've ever offered. This 100% polyester also has wicking and performance qualities that make it terrific for apparel, and it holds up to repeated washing without the least bit of fading. Current customers should note that this new knit is not as stretchy as the organic interlock knit offering. There are a few other notable qualities of the Performance Knit -- it does not wrinkle much after being washed, but also doesn't easly hold a crease when you're sewing with it. A little later today, look for a tutorial that includes some sewing tips specific to the new fabric.
Interested in trying your hand at fabric design using Adobe Illustrator? Please join us in the Greenhouse for Digital Design: Creating Custom Monograms with Allie Tate! Graphic designer Allie Tate instructs a two-hour Illustrator workshop on how to create an engineered monogrammed pillow sham and coordinating ikat fabric design. Each participant will walk away from class with a pillow sham design ready to print, a detailed step by step design tutorial, and the knowledge to create their own fabric patterns at home! Head over to our class listing to reserve your spot in this class today!
And congratulations to Jen Treese, who won a signed copy of Amy Flurry's Recipe for Press and a seat in her DIY PR Workshop in the Greenhouse!