In honor of Black History Month here in the US, we've rounded up some of our favorite African-inspired textile designs created by the Spoonflower community. Enjoy this visual feast of pattern and color designed by artists all over the world, and see even more African-inspired fabrics in the Spoonflower marketplace!
Archives for February 2014
I don't know about you, but this week's winter weather has me wanting to stay inside and wait for spring. While the snow and ice is starting to melt here in North Carolina, I'm still planning to spend my Valentine's Day cuddled up and warm at home. If you're staying in too, here are 5 things to inspire a celebration of all things heart shaped and lovey-dovey on Valentine's Day!
FEAST YOUR EYES on all of the gorgeous heart designs on the Spoonflower Marketplace. Sign into your account to favorite the designs you love to keep track for future projects. I'm loving this Queen of Hearts collection by PennyCandy. The design featured here is Open Your Heart.
FOLD AN ORIGAMI HEART in five different ways. You can use them to embellish a valentine or simply give them to someone you love.
EMBROIDER a handwritten message from the heart.
RAID YOUR PAPER STASH (and perhaps the recycling you've avoided taking out in the snow!) to create beautiful, mini heart pinatas.
PRINT THIS PATTERN to create a patchwork anatomical heart and applique to anything you like!
Hope these will keep you from going stir crazy on a Valentine's Day in!
Have a great weekend,
This week's contest celebrates jazz history and culture with fabric designs full of improvisation, rhythm, and melody. Help us choose the coolest fabric.
This ain't your Grandma's cross stitch. If you're sick of sweet nothings, these top 10 fabrics are your snarky Anti-Valentine's Day antidote. Love comes in many different forms, just ask the praying mantis in Analinea's winning fabric design!
Here are the voting results:
1. 537 votes for The mantis girl is hungry of love by analinea
2. 518 votes for Jaded Valentine by cerigwen
3. 371 votes for Stupid Cupid by mira_belle
4. 321 votes for BrokenHearted VoodooDolls by juliesfabrics
5. 280 votes for broken heart by lilliblomma
6. 265 votes for Skull & Cross stitches by vicky_s
7. 256 votes for Happily Ever After by christinewitte
8. 236 votes for you're_a_real_prick by fiona_sinclair_design
9. 225 votes for heart3 by mgterry
10. 216 votes for The Cupid Fall by loeff
As you may have heard, Spoonflower's home state of North Carolina is buried under several inches of snow and ice at the moment, which has brought our little fabric factory temporarily to a grinding halt. As a result, we are postponing the Free Swatch Day that we had planned to run today and tomorrow (Feb. 13-14) for our new fabric, Modern Jersey. We will reschedule a new Free Swatch Day once we dig ourselves out. We'll go ahead and make the new fabric available today, but — with apologies — we're going to ask you to be patient and wait for your free swatches.
Thank you for understanding!
-The Spoonflower Crew
This past Saturday we invited friends from our local community to the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at Spoonflower's Durham HQ, for a Pillowcase Dress Sew-in to support an orphanage just getting started in the Philippines. At the end of the afternoon, we finished 47 beautifully handmade dresses!
We're so excited and inspired that folks from far and wide would like to contribute handmade dresses to this effort! If you'd like to participate remotely, we have all of the details you need here.
Nothing excites us like a good fabric design book, and Laurie Wisbrun's book Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design is a great resource. Collected within are step-by-step tutorials for designing patterns (both digitally and by hand), a comprehensive section on printing techniques, and insider tips for developing a collection and bringing it to the marketplace. Beautifully illustrated with swatches of exquisite fabrics and hundreds of photos, Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design is a key resource for anyone looking to learn the basics, expand their skill set, or find design inspiration. Two lucky winners will take home a copy of this lovely book and a fat quarter bundle of 10 designs selected by Laurie from the Marketplace!
Enter by Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 for a chance to win! The winner will be announced on the blog on Wednesday, February 19th. Congratulations to our gift wrap give away winner– Arden Shelton!
Make Modern Jersey Your Valentine On Feb. 13-14
** Due to the snowstorm here in North Carolina (which has brought our merry, fabric-loving crew to a grinding standstill), we are postponing the Free Swatch Day that was scheduled for Feb. 13-14. We'll announce a new date soon! Please accept our apologies. But we are still launching Modern Jersey, so feel free to try it out!
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we're over the moon with a new fabric. This Thursday we're launching our new Modern Jersey, a lightweight and stretchy 96% polyester, 4% spandex jersey knit with a lovely drape and a super-soft, cotton-like hand. When printed, this fabric features rich, deep color that holds up better to washing than any of our natural fiber options. With its weight, hand and stretch, our modern jersey is suitable for t-shirts, dresses, maxi skirts, headbands, tights, scarves, baby clothes, lightweight blankets, and many other projects. Check out a short video on sewing tips for Modern Jersey below, and then check out the details on the launch and our second Free Swatch Day of the year, which offers a chance to try this terrific new fabric for free.
Get A Free Swatch At Spoonflower
Between noon EST on Thursday, Feb. 13th, and noon EST on Friday, Feb. 14th, get a free, custom-printed swatch of our new Modern Jersey fabric, along with free shipping.
For 24 hours, we will offer one and all the chance to get a free 8 in. x 8 in. swatch of Modern Jersey printed using any design available in the Spoonflower marketplace, or printed using your own design. Be sure to check back on Thursday!
HOW DOES IT WORK? This offer is limited to one free swatch per customer and household. To activate the discount, use the Go For It button (visible on each fabric design page next to the Free Swatch Information) to add a swatch-sized piece of Modern Jersey to your shopping cart between noon EST on Thursday, Feb. 13 and noon EST on Friday, Feb. 14, then proceed to checkout. The discount will be subtracted from your cart total automatically. Note that in order to receive your swatches, you need to follow the transaction through to the order confirmation page. [And yes, shipping is free, too.] This offer works for your own designs or for any of the designs available for sale in the Spoonflower marketplace. Multiple orders from the same household and/or customer will be disqualified.
PRINT YOUR OWN DESIGN: If you're new to Spoonflower this is a great chance to test the quality of our fabric and our printing for free. Just go to the Spoonflower home page, click Get Started, upload one or more designs, click on your design and then follow the instructions above.
SHOP FOR FABRICS BY INDIE DESIGNERS: Instead of printing your own fabric, choose a free swatch from any of the thousands of unique designs in the Spoonflower marketplace.
The terms of this promotion appear below:
- Offer is good for a single, test-swatch size (8"x8") of Modern Jersey, with free shipping.
- One free swatch per customer/household. If we determine that multiple promotions have been used by a single person or household, we reserve the right to cancel the orders.
- Open to both US and non-US customers (including free shipping).
- To take advantage of this offer, use the Go For It Button visible on each Spoonflower fabric page to add the promotional item to your cart. Then enter your shipping information and complete checkout. Please review the preview carefully before placing your order.
- If the Free Swatch button is not accessible and you have not already taken advantage of the offer, please contact our help team.
- Start time: noon EST, Feb. 13, 2014
- End time: noon EST, Feb. 14, 2014
Nothing says "I love you" like something handmade. These simple heart quilt blocks come together quickly and can be incorporated into any project you like!
This tutorial will tell you how to make one of these hearts blocks with a border. Pre-cut as many sets of fabric as you like and chain-piece to create a set of blocks in no time!
I can't help it– I'm hopelessly in love with love as much as I'm in love with fabric and yarn! With Valentine's Day coming up on Friday, we've rounded up some quick projects that you can sew, knit, or crochet this week to show someone how much you care. The best part is, you can finish most of these with yarn and fabric you probably already have in your stash!
SEW lavender heart pillows that will smell amazing and add a pop of color to your space.
KNIT a set of conversation heart coasters to say how much you care.
CROCHET heart shaped storage baskets– who doesn't love a cute place to store odds and ends?!
EMBROIDER a heart design in french knots to make the perfect gift for your crafty friends!
SEW a set of pillows to complete a heart of gold!
And since Valentine's Day is this Friday and your week might be looking busy:
"SEW" these super-simple but oh-so-cute heart pillows with permanent fabric tape.
Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or choose to hide from the droves of bears, chocolates, and balloons on Friday, we hope you'll take some time this week to celebrate all of the love and friendship in your life!
We'd love to know your favorite way to tell someone you care, so please do share in the comments!
Have a great week,