It was sixty-five degrees in North Carolina over the weekend, but it's about to dip back into freezing temperatures. We could use the wisdom of the groundhog right now: will there be six more weeks of winter, or can we start to enjoy some sunshine? Vote for your favorite groundhog-inspired fabrics in this week's Design Challenge!
In honor of Australia Day on January 26th, Spoonflower designers invite you to take a trip through Australia's most beautiful cities through lovely surface patterns. From Perth to Brisbane, enjoy this cross-continental tour.
What about penguins is so gosh darn cute? Their little waddle? The fact that they all look like they're wearing tiny tuxedos? The way they slide around on the ice? Whatever it is, we love them. Get a good dose of penguin-preciousness in this week's contest.
We love blending art and technology together here at Spoonflower, which is why we are particularly excited about seeing math designs on fabric in this week's contest. Tell us who created the most beautiful equation and deserves a spot in next week's top 10.
Robin Pickens' prima ballerina fabric won top prize in our Nutcracker Design Challenge. Her twirling tutus left us breathless. Head over to the Spoonflower site to see who else made it into the top 10.
The final results:
1. 697 votes for Clara's Nutcracker Ballet_Lg by robinpickens
2. 535 votes for The Nutcracker (in Slate) by nouveau_bohemian
3. 504 votes for Nutcracker Ballet - by Andrea Lauren by andrea_lauren
4. 484 votes for Festive Nutcracker blue on white by cjldesigns
5. 408 votes for the nutcracker in cream by oliveandruby
6. 407 votes for Nutcracker by susan_polston
7. 402 votes for Nutcracker Cheater Quilt by christinewitte
8. 361 votes for Der Nussknacker! by mirjamauno
9. 349 votes for Nutcracker Ornaments by lisakubenez
10. 307 votes for Nutcracker by meg_smith_creative
11. 289 votes for Christmas with Nutcrackers by vo_aka_virginiao
12. 264 votes for The Nutcracker by scrummy
13. 262 votes for Nutcracker Figurines Set by vannina
14. 245 votes for A Nutcracker Christmas! by pattyryboltdesigns
15. 226 votes for nutcracker by sanneteloo
16. 204 votes for Nutcracker by heleenvanbuul
17. 202 votes for Nutracker Toy Theatre by paula's_designs
18. 201 votes for Nutty Nutcracker by tonia_dee
19. 201 votes for sweet dreams! by fable_design
20. 201 votes for Dancing in the Enchanted Forest by megtannahill
21. 192 votes for Nutcracker holiday by kimmurton
22. 182 votes for Nutcrackers by lunastone
23. 181 votes for Casse_noisette by lisahilda
24. 168 votes for Nutcracker by Friztin by friztin
25. 147 votes for Spoonflower_contest by oakleigh&sam
26. 144 votes for NutcrackerCell-01-01 by bibliosophy
27. 137 votes for Nutcracker doodles by beesocks
28. 134 votes for the_nutcracker by gemmacosgrove-ball
29. 131 votes for let's get crackin by annaboo
30. 128 votes for Land of Sweets by graceful
31. 120 votes for The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky by mrshervi
32. 119 votes for NUTCRACKER_SugarPlum_set by peppermintpatty
33. 119 votes for clara's dream by jillodesigns
34. 115 votes for Nutcracker Fantasy Ballet by glindabunny
35. 113 votes for nutcracker_pattern1 by thorina
36. 112 votes for Dance the Nutcracker by lvohamilton
37. 111 votes for The Nutcracker: Cast Silhouette by colour_angel
38. 104 votes for Nutcracker by spruceandsea
39. 99 votes for The Nutcracker by inniv8z_oz
40. 99 votes for The Nutcracker Sketched in Pastels by alicefrenz
41. 97 votes for The Nutcracker Ballet by canterlanedesign
42. 95 votes for nutcracker_print by coloredbycass
43. 93 votes for dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by kociara
44. 92 votes for mouse army by mongiesama
45. 91 votes for Nutcracker - © Lucinda Wei by simboko
46. 91 votes for 12 cast of nutcracker by sef
47. 90 votes for Nutcracker by kellyprimitives
48. 85 votes for The Original King Nutcracker v2 by emmie_norfolk
49. 85 votes for Nutcracker Prince Red and Gold by pond_ripple
50. 82 votes for The Suite by firedryad1
51. 80 votes for nutcracker by castl3t0n
52. 79 votes for Nutcracker by sjagiello
53. 78 votes for pink tulle by weavingmajor
54. 78 votes for the Nutcracker scene two by nathalie_hunter
55. 74 votes for Winter Sage Nutcracker Pattern by dogwoodfinch
56. 72 votes for fleury by izcolorfuluniverse
57. 69 votes for The_NutCracker by yazooky
58. 65 votes for cuento_de_navidad by carmenlafarga
59. 65 votes for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by reneechristine
60. 61 votes for yuletide by bobo1325
61. 59 votes for the utcracker by texaslizzy
62. 59 votes for Sugarplum Fairy II by vasonaarts
63. 56 votes for Nutcracker Ballet Dolls by eppiepeppercorn
64. 55 votes for Nutcracker by andi_gruber_design
65. 52 votes for Nutcracker by super_nora
66. 51 votes for Nutcracker - Waltz of the Snowflakes by elramsay
67. 46 votes for The Nutcracker (deef!) by amy_g
68. 44 votes for Serried ranks by mimihammill
69. 44 votes for Nutcracker Dream by annesartnl
70. 42 votes for A Nutcracker Parade by robyriker
71. 39 votes for Nutcracker_FabiC by fabic
72. 39 votes for Le Ballet by orangefancy
73. 39 votes for DANCES WITH STARS by bluevelvet
74. 38 votes for ballerina poster-ch by bananana
75. 37 votes for fabric_nutcracker by robbiea
76. 37 votes for crackin me up by graciasbear
77. 35 votes for Nutcracker by mirandacc12
78. 32 votes for Pas_De_Duck_Green_7 by jenoiserie
79. 31 votes for Nutcracker by svaeth
80. 31 votes for Night Time Nutcracker by slumbermonkey
81. 31 votes for Sugared Almonds by spellstone
82. 30 votes for Nutcracker_A1 light by ruthjohanna
83. 29 votes for nutcracker by squilliam
84. 28 votes for Nutcracker_print by katesbeads
85. 28 votes for Nutcracker by wiccked
86. 27 votes for Nutcracker Suite Christmas by gazeofdolls
87. 27 votes for Nutcracker by kaseymargaret
88. 26 votes for nutcracker by bruxamagica
89. 26 votes for Holiday Squirrels by iliketodraw
90. 25 votes for nutcracker by glimmericks
91. 25 votes for Nutcracker1 by danielle_bettina
92. 23 votes for nutcracker by brigete
93. 22 votes for the next generation nutcrackers by van_winkle
94. 21 votes for Mr. Nutty by missjazzy
95. 20 votes for Sugarplum Fairy by chantal_pare
96. 19 votes for Nutcracker Prince by bobgreenwade
97. 19 votes for Old Nut Crackers by sillasart
98. 19 votes for Nutcrackers-princess-grossf by tink-a-bel
99. 18 votes for Sugar_Plum_Music2 by b2b
100. 18 votes for Kitten and The Nutcracker by meow_and_craft
101. 18 votes for Ballerinas by marinamolares
102. 17 votes for Nutcracker Present by drapestudio
103. 16 votes for Sugar Plum Fairy by jennifurryrabbit
104. 15 votes for Flying to the Nutcracker Auditions!! (large repeat) by anniedeb
105. 15 votes for Nutcracker by athomewitharwen
106. 15 votes for Nutcracker by abstractionsbyronda
107. 15 votes for Nutcracker ballet by gabriellemutel
108. 14 votes for There's a nutcracker in my tree ! by chovy
109. 13 votes for Holiday Nutcrackers by lorileidig
110. 12 votes for nutcracker X ballerina by yaney
111. 12 votes for Kitcracker by menny
112. 12 votes for You're invited to Clara's recital by karenharveycox
113. 10 votes for Pointe by annie_stine
114. 10 votes for nutcracker by amy_isis
115. 9 votes for harlequindolls by beverly_brill
116. 9 votes for Box Ballerina by cookiedog
117. 9 votes for Ballet tools by raquelklepacz
118. 8 votes for Tchaikovsky' s Nutcracker Snow Menagerie by aindreemcg
119. 8 votes for sugarplumbballetnutcracker by megan_marcus
120. 8 votes for Dancing Toasters 2 by toaster
121. 8 votes for wonderous__7_ by zaspruced
122. 6 votes for The Land Of Sweets! by winterblossom
123. 5 votes for Eva_s_spoonflower-ed-ed by eves_
124. 5 votes for Dreams by maevalentine
125. 5 votes for Nutcracker in Woods by pilaralfaro
126. 2 votes for Crackerjack Rabbit Does Nutcracker by papertrips
Tchaikovsky's famous ballet becomes the inspiration for an amazing range of fabrics. We're taking Christmas week off, so you'll have two weeks to choose your favorites. We'll announce the winners on New Year's Eve!
Warning: this contest is in danger of being a cuteness overload. Chilly and wintery kittens don cozy mittens and build snowmen, get into mischief, and take snuggly cat-naps. Pick the most precious kitty!
We are deep into fall already, and nothing warms our souls better than a steaming drink or bowl of soup. We are celebrating an often unrecognized friend this week: the trusty thermos. Tell us which designer has the hottest thermos design.
We always look forward to the day we get our treasure box of ornaments out of the closet to decorate the Christmas tree. Browsing this week's contest is a lot like that sweet nostalgic moment: colorful and crazy, sweet and traditional, this contest is full of beautiful designs. Pick your favorite ornament gift wrap!
The 2015 Tea Towel Calendar contest is here! Every year those of us here at Spoonflower HQ get really excited about the tea towel calendar contest, and this year is no exception. The selection of tea towel calendars designed for the 2015 challenge is outstanding.
Our other exciting news is that next week, on the same day we announce the top ten, we're also going to launch a fat quarter sale that will allow you to get two tea towels for the price of one. The sale will apply to all fat quarters, but you can use it to stock up on tea towels as holiday gifts. Keep in mind that we suggest ordering tea towels on our linen-cotton canvas.
The sale will run from Thursday, November 6th, 2014 (at 9am EDT) to Wednesday, November 12th (at 10 pm EDT). So have fun voting for the next week, and start making your holiday gift list now!
For those of you who would still like to make your own tea towel calendars and who need a little help with the calendar piece, Spoonflower help team member Theresa has put together a set of 2015 calendar templates that you can use -- in Photoshop, Illustrator or with Picmonkey -- as the basis for your own design. View and download 2015 calendar templates here.
**Voting for the Staff Challenge starts this Thursday, March 13th!**
It is a Spoonflower employee's most eagerly awaited time of year -- the Staff Challenge! Yes, it's the time of year when the tables turn and Spoonies create their own surface designs for the world to judge. Take a peek at what happened behind the scenes last week:
Kelly reacts to this year's challenge.
In previous years we asked team members to create entire projects made from fabric they designed, the outcomes of which included 2012's LED-lit world map and last year's fully quilted Map of Spoonlandia. But we decided that this year we'd try something a little different to both simplify the competition a little and to up the ante.
Janet gets an update on her time remaining!
Last August we teamed up with Milk and Honey Shoes to find the perfect fabric for a pair of shoes by asking designers to create small-scale geometric prints. Today we are thrilled to announce the release of our Tastemaker Collection!
Congrats again to the top 4 designers! Head over to Milk and Honey to purchase your own pair. And tell us, where would you wear your perfect-print shoes?
Designers created pencil case cut & sew patterns ready for assembly so you can go back to school in style. Vote for your favorite designs, and get your sewing machines ready for the perfect place to stash your freshly sharpened No. 2s.
This week's contestants made mischief-filled designs paying homage to Shakespeare's classic play. Designers worked with a restricted color palette, and as a result, our top ten fabrics make a beautiful collection of dreamy designs. Congratulations to this week's winner, Melissa Wang of Singapore, and the rest of the top ten!
The final voting results were:
1. 820 votes for Bottom's Dream by melisza
2. 709 votes for Love-in-idleness by jillbyers
3. 632 votes for Midsummer Night Large by vinpauld
4. 586 votes for A midsummer love with moon by liluna
5. 573 votes for When My Cue Comes, Call Me by sammyk
6. 538 votes for Midsummer Julie's Nights Dream by juliesfabrics
7. 525 votes for Midsummer Candlelight by spellstone
8. 505 votes for Cupids Flower by shelleymade
9. 476 votes for Midsummer Night's Dream Botanical by jenimp
10. 474 votes for Midsummer_Magical_Love by robinpickens
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