Here in Spoonflower's home state of North Carolina, we pride ourselves on being the "first in flight". This week, your designs took us up, up and away with hot air balloons, zeppelins, bionic birds, aeroplanes and more. Check out the top 10 winners of our Flying Machines contest and give a big congratulations to Australian repeat winner, Julie Lynch, on her dreamy winning design!
1. 477 votes for Dreamy flying machines by cjldesigns
2. 369 votes for Hot Air Balloons - Vintage Retro-Inspired Flying Machines by Andrea Lauren by andrea_lauren
3. 357 votes for Hot Air balloons by cassiopee
4. 335 votes for Bionic Birds & Mechanical Wings by robinpickens
5. 330 votes for Flying_Machines by mia_valdez
6. 321 votes for Across The Universe by cecilia_mok
7. 309 votes for steampunk sky by scrummy
8. 298 votes for Dreamers__Balloon-Prussian_blue by studiohesed
9. 293 votes for RaceToTheClouds by woo_hoo_design
10. 291 votes for Journeys by Friztin by friztin
We are pleased to announce that our friends at Carousel Designs have chosen “Sweet Dreams” by Grace Felizardo as the winner of last week’s Southwest Baby Bedding Contest. Grace is an incredibly talented artist hailing from California, and we are so thrilled that her beautiful art will be featured in a new baby bedding collection offered through BabyBedding.com.
What happened to the winner we announced last week? Shortly after we sent out the email announcing the results of last week's Design Challenge, it came to our attention that the design chosen from the popularly-voted top ten was not the original artwork of the contest entrant. Further investigation confirmed that this was the case. The individual who entered the design wrote to apologize both to us and to the artist whose work she had represented as her own.
The weekly design challenge is a longstanding tradition of ours, dating back to Spoonflower’s launch in 2008. Our contests have always been intended as a vehicle to inspire creativity, to motivate one another, to allow community members to show off their talent, and to make everyone better by way of friendly competition. We still love our contests.
We want to apologize for not catching this issue before the result was announced, and for the disappointment an incident like this creates within the community of designers who participate in and follow our challenges. The goal of our contests, with their constantly varying (and sometimes silly) themes, is to provoke creativity. In a perfect world, not only is every contest entry original, it's been created by the artist just for our contest. That's the idea.
With respect to the issue of intellectual property -- which the vast majority of contest participants understand and respect -- it's worth taking this opportunity to remind newbies to Spoonflower of some basic rules of the road.
Most of the images you find on the Internet CANNOT be used to create your own fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap designs on Spoonflower, despite the fact that you may be able to download them to your computer. Printing an image that is not your own is not ok without some kind of explicit permission or license granting you the right to reproduce the image for your own purposes.
When you do have some indication that an image you've found is okay for use by virtue of its license, or because it is in the public domain, it is still not okay to represent that image as your own work. To the degree that it is possible, you should credit the original artist and source for any image if you are displaying the work in a public form.
The right to use an image that is not your own is not the same as the right to sell that image, or products bearing that image. Many images are made available for sharing and use in personal projects, but not commercial ones. The default assumption should be that a public domain image can be reproduced for a personal project, but not for a commercial one.
We love and respect the community of designers that make up Spoonflower, and are grateful to them for sharing their art with us. We also hope to continue to foster a designer-centric community that values and supports creativity and mutual respect. Thanks to all who participate in our challenges and help make this true every day!
It's easy to relax into the soft pastels of a sunset in the Southwest when there are adorable coyotes, rabbits, and cacti all around! Check out the top 10 winners of our Southwest Baby Bedding Contest with Carousel Designs, and give a big congratulations to Grace Felizardo of Gracedesigns on her winning design "Sweet Dreams", handpicked by Carousel Designs for their baby bedding collection!
Beagles have long been adored for their ability to track scents and give a loud, baying howl when excited. For our latest Weekly Design Challenge, we asked designers to give us their take on the lovable hound – check out the contenders and cast your vote today!
As the utensil most likely to be assigned sentimental value, spoons come in countless shapes, sizes, and colors and are loved by all--check out the top 10 spoon designs and congratulations to Kate Rhees on her winning spoons design. Cheers to the spoon!
1. 517 votes for Spoons by katerhees
2. 439 votes for Les Spoons by amel24
3. 415 votes for Spoon Quilt by juliesfabrics
4. 361 votes for In My Kitchen by oliveandruby
5. 310 votes for Spoons by heleenvanbuul
6. 309 votes for Coffee Spoons by ebygomm
7. 306 votes for Loony Spoony Yard Sale by christinewitte
8. 289 votes for spoons by oleynikka
9. 275 votes for lotsa spoons by gracedesign
10. 267 votes for Party Spoons for Summer by robinpickens
Creativebug is the go-to source for online art and craft instruction. Their new Fabric Design Series is a 5-week course featuring creative rock stars Denyse Schmidt, Heather Ross, and Lizzy House. Each artist shares her own design process--from inspiration to creating repeating designs, working with color and much more. In this challenge, folks who have recently enrolled in the new course have the opportunity to show off their new designs for a chance to win incredible prizes to take their designing to the next level!
All of the top-ten designers will take home great prizes in this challenge!
The top three popularly-voted designers will be matched with either Denyse, Heather, or Lizzy to receive a review of their winning design, plus they’ll take home a 12-month subscription to Creativebug, $100 in Spoondollar credit, a 12-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud!
Folks voted into slots 4-6 will receive a Wacom Tablet, Moleskine Evernote Sketchbook, and a 6-month subscription to Creativebug!
The rest of the top ten will take home a Christine Schmidt Carve-A-Stamp Kit, drawing pads, and Micron pens!
Sign up for the Creativebug Fabric Design Series today, and start planning your Design Challenge entry!
WHO: Spoonflower and Creativebug are teaming up for a very special fabric design challenge.
WHAT: Our Creativebug Design Challenge showcases the work of folks enrolled in the new Creativebug Fabric Design Series.
WHEN: The design deadline is April 14, 2015. Voting will take place April 16-22, 2015. The winner chosen from the popularly voted top ten designs will be announced on April 23, 2015.
HOW: To enter, participants enrolled in the Creativebug Fabric Design Series should create your own Spoonflower account, upload an original fabric design to the account, and enter the design in the Creativebug Design Challenge contest using the drop-down menu for entering contests. To enter this Design Challenge, you must be registered for Creativebug’s Fabric Design Series. Designs should be created especially for this contest, and all artwork must be your original work. Your Spoonflower preview will be viewed at 150 dpi in a fat-quarter size (21” x 18”).
See full details and official rules here.
Over the years, we've seen a lot of spoon-inspired fabric, but none as fun and funky as this! Vote for your favorite print in our very first spoon-themed Design Challenge.
Sometimes a theme doesn't need a subject, it just needs a palette. We asked designers to use four colors, with no particular theme, and ended up with a range of entries that are all inspiring. Be warned: this is one of the longest contest voting pages you'll ever see!
Prepare yourself--this contest contains the cutest cubist cat fabric you've even seen! Celebrate our curious feline friends with this week's challenge and tell us, which designs you think should win.
We are so excited to partner with Carousel Designs and, of course, the members of our amazing creative community to create a unique new line of baby bedding!
WHO: Spoonflower and Carousel Designs are teaming up for a very special fabric design challenge.
WHAT: Our Southwest Baby Bedding Design Challenge seeks designs to create modern, sophisticated nurseries with a southwestern flair. The good folks at Carousel Designs will choose one winner from the top ten vote getting designs. The winner’s design will be used to produce the newest offering of nursery décor available through BabyBedding.com, and the winner will receive commission on the yardage ordered from Spoonflower. All top ten winners will receive $50 in Spoondollar credit and a pillow from Carousel Designs made with their design.
WHEN: The design deadline is March 24, 2015. Voting will take place March 26 - April 1, 2015. The winner chosen from the popularly voted top ten designs will be announced on April 2, 2015.
HOW: To enter, create your own Spoonflower account, upload an original fabric design to the account, and enter the design in the Southwest Baby Bedding contest using the drop-down menu for entering contests. Designs should be created especially for this contest, and all artwork must be your original work. Your Spoonflower preview will be viewed at 150 dpi in a fat-quarter size (21” x 18”).
See full details and official rules here.
After a few hours of counting sheep at Spoonflower HQ, the results are in: Night, Night, Sleep Tight by Virginia O has won! Take a quick break to check out the rest of the dreamy top 10 from this week's fabric design challenge.
1. 490 votes for Night, Night, Sleep Tight by vo_aka_virginiao
2. 442 votes for Baa Baa Black by mariaspeyer
3. 434 votes for Black Sheep Sanctuary by christinewitte
4. 415 votes for Knit Sheep by babybubbleco
5. 400 votes for wooly by ottomanbrim
6. 392 votes for Ditsy Sheep by allknitlong
7. 341 votes for Lovely lambs by laura_the_drawer
8. 332 votes for moutons de Panurge by gaianed_imagine
9. 314 votes for Black Sheep Spring Fling by robinpickens
10. 310 votes for itsy bitsy ditsy sheep by pattyryboltdesigns
The competition was tough, but in the end Italian designer Francesca Besso (Chicca Besso on Spoonflower) captured the hearts of voters and our judges at Urban Threads with her Octopuses in Love design. Francesca will receive a $100 cash prize, and an element from her winning design will be adapted into an accompanying embroidery pattern offered by Urban Threads. All of the top ten this week will receive $50 in Spoondollar credit. Check out all of the top ten!
1. 731 votes for OCTOPUSES IN LOVE by chicca_besso
2. 709 votes for Golden Steampunk Love by robinpickens
3. 661 votes for Unchain my steampunk heart by vo_aka_virginiao
4. 559 votes for in love with steampunk by yuliussdesign_com
5. 557 votes for You Hold the Key by stitchyrichie
6. 436 votes for My Heart Steams for you /Red by juliesfabrics
7. 430 votes for Shot Through The Heart by tiffanyhoward
8. 427 votes for Steampunk Valentine by hazel_fisher_creations
9. 397 votes for Owl Always Love Steampunk by creativebrenda
10. 391 votes for Love Gears by susan_polston
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 are so excited to partner with Urban Threads to help add a new embroidery pattern to their amazingly fresh and offbeat library of designs!
Urban Threads, creators of beautiful machine and hand embroidery patterns, love offering coordinating fabrics for their embroidery patterns--their Spoonflower shop features tons of “fabric designs to rock your embroidery,” in fact! Together, we’re giving you the opportunity to design a Steampunk Valentine themed fabric, and they will create a coordinating embroidery pattern for the winning design!
WHO: Spoonflower and Urban Threads are teaming up for a very special fabric design challenge.
WHAT: Our Steampunk Valentine Design Challenge seeks designs from which a lovely Steampunk Valentine’s themed embroidery pattern can be adapted by Urban Threads. The winner of this contest will work with Urban Threads to create an embroidery pattern to coordinate with their fabric design. We’re not designing embroidery patterns to be stitched in this contest, but patterns with a Steampunk Valentine theme that can be adapted to have accompanying embroidery elements offered through Urban Threads. Check out their handy Style Guide here for a full explanation of the types of designs that work well as embroidery coordinates. The good folks at Urban Threads will choose one winner from the top ten vote getting designs. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize from Urban Threads, and all top designers will receive $50 in Spoondollar credit.
WHEN: The design deadline is February 3, 2015. Voting will take place February 5 - February 11, 2015. The top ten designs and the four winners will be announced on February 12, 2015. The final embroidery pattern will be offered by Urban Threads in the coming months.
HOW: To enter, create your own Spoonflower account, upload an original fabric design to the account, and enter the design in the Steampunk Valentine Embroidery Coordinate contest using the drop-down menu for entering contests. Designs should be created especially for this contest, and all artwork must be your original work and should not include clip art or other available Valentine’s Day-themed artwork. A note about your design file: Urban Threads will need a high resolution jpg (at least 300 dpi and letter size) or a vector file to create the resulting embroidery pattern. We encourage you to prepare your original file for this, but you should create a copy of your file saved to 150 dpi to upload to Spoonflower. Your Spoonflower preview will be viewed at 150 dpi in a fat-quarter size (21” x 18”).
See the full details and official rules here.
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.
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