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Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? As the new year begins, we all set new goals and refocus on learning new things, improving, and challenging ourselves with hobbies. Here at Spoonflower, we are proud to enable your hobbies whether that’s design, sewing, or both! To celebrate, we’re launching a design challenge each week that’s inspired by a different creative hobby (with a twist, of course). Are you up for the challenge?

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  • Limited Color Palette Sewing

    As most designers are already well aware, Pantone has released their highly anticipated color of the year — Greenery! We knew we had to pay homage to this rejuvenating tone by including it in a limited color palette contest featuring sewing (our favorite hobby of course). For the first time ever, we’re putting a twist on the limited palette restriction by allowing designers one color of their choosing! So choose wisely, folks! Download an ASE file of Greenery color palettes here to help you get started or refer to the Color of the Year standards page.

    Please use only hex values #88B04B (Greenery), #FFFFFF or #000000 (black, white or both) and ONE color of your choice. Only the full opacity of greenery and black will be permitted. In fairness to those who adhere to the rules, we will be notifying designers and removing entries that include more than the permitted colors, or that use the colors incorrectly.  Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close December 27 at 3 p.m. Eastern, Voting begins December 29.

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  •  Yarn

    Every good crochet, knitting, weaving, and tapestry project begins with yarn. It is easily one of the best companions for a crafter! Create a design inspired by almighty yarn and things made from yarn for this week’s challenge! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”   Submissions close January 3, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins January 5.

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Image credit Smalltownholy on Flickr
  • Needlepoint

    Not just for “grannies” and Victorian-era ladies anymore, needlepoint has made a comeback in recent years (even Taylor Swift needlepoints!) — and we’re so glad it has! Pay homage to needle-crafts by creating a design inspired by cross-stitch, embroidery, or your favorite needlepoint technique. Subject matter is up to you so be creative! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”  Submissions close January 10, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins January 12. 

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    Image credit prairiegarden on Flickr
  • Painting

    A hobby near and dear to many creative hearts, painting takes on so many forms, techniques, and mediums — and in many ways it is the foundation of design. Watercolor, acrylic, oil, tempera, gouache. Abstract, impressionist, photo-realistic — there’s something for everyone and every style. Bonus points if you actually create your design using real paints! Let the brush strokes shine and paint the town with this one! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”  Submissions close January 17, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins January 19.  

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Grand prize:

One Grand Prize Winner will receive $200 in Spoondollars. The winner will also receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

Second Place: 

The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars.

Third Place:

The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars.

The rest of the top 10: 

4th through 10th place winners will receive a $20 Spoondollar credit.

All of the top 25: 

Each of the top 25 entries, determined as set forth above, not receiving one of the foregoing prizes will be automatically proofed for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (approximately a $5 value) (the “Runner Up Prize”) if Winners are verified sellers.

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