Congratulations is in order for Mikii Rathmann, who says her "Irish luck must be shining through" since out of the thousands of entries we had for this giveaway, she won! Mikii says she plans on sewing baby blankets galore and a curtain for her guest bathroom with her new serger and custom Modern Jersey. She also told us that the wallpaper in the background is from Spoonflower. How awesome is that? Congrats, Mikii!!
Giveaways + Contests
Ready to take your knit-sewing skills to the next level? Well the holidays aren't here quite yet, but we're already in the giving spirit. One lucky winner will take home a brand new Brother 1034D Four Thread Serger and two yards of our most popular snuggly stretch-fabric, Modern Jersey! Enter by Thursday, November 19th, 2015 for a chance to win. The winner will be notified via email on Friday, November 20th.
When I was contacted to participate in the blog tour for Heather Jones' new book Quilt Local I was over the moon with excitement! While I have dabbled a little in quilting, I am definitely a novice and tend to admire the skill from a far. What I love about Heather's approach to quilting is her ability to find inspiration in ordinary environments and translate that inspiration to a beautiful and modern quilt.
My favorite project from her new book is Dayton no.2 found on page 80. The simplicity of the quilt coupled with the bold swiss cross graphic makes for a visually appealing yet simple quilt–a homeware sure to become a staple for years to come. I love how she used three colors in this quilt to give it a color-blocked effect. Her inspiration picture goes to show how the most simple image can translate into something beautiful.
In addition to choosing my favorite project, I was asked to snap a photo of something inspiring me in my environment to share. And I'll be honest, I stressed way more than I should in finding a pretty shot. I knew I had a trip to NYC coming up and thought what better place to find inspiration. But then found myself hours before my flight and unhappy with all my photos. There I sat enjoying my breakfast on The High Line stressing about what I would share when I realized the geometric lines of the bench I was on, topped with the perfect yellow leaf, was the inspiration I was looking for! I love the contrast in colors and can picture a simple quilt with a colorful appliqué.
Eager to get your hands on a copy? We're giving one lucky winner the chance to take home their very own copy along with two yards of Kona! Enter by Sunday, November 15th for a chance to win. The winner will be contacted via email on November 16th. Good luck!
It's safe to say we're obsessed with Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook! We love a good interactive book, and this one is by far one of the best we've seen–not to mention the gold foil cover! Flex your creative muscles and channel your inner fashion designer as you sketch your way through this amazing book! For Gertie’s New Fashion Sketchbook, Gretchen Hirsch teamed up with illustrator Sun Young Park to reinvent traditional figure templates—known as croquis—for the 21st century. Instead of the unnaturally skinny, tall, and frequently off-balance croquis the fashion industry has been sketching on for decades, this game-changing alternative presents hundreds of realistically sized and proportioned female forms in balanced, lifelike poses. In addition, Park has rendered the croquis with multiple tracing lines, allowing the sketcher to follow the lines that most accurately reflect the body shape desired. Also included are an overview of the design and sketching process and a visual history of garment component styles, all to make it easier to create fashion sketches for women of all shapes and sizes.
- A body-positive sketchpad to help you achieve your fashion design dreams.
- Loaded with more than 300 figure templates that are proportionally true to the female form and adaptable to different body types, plus helpful sketching tips and resources.
- A breakthrough for aspiring and experienced designers tired of the industry standard of sketching clothing on female figures that are unnaturally skinny and tall (and sometimes even off-balance).
- Printed in a special ink that fades away when you photocopy it.
Ready to get your hands on a copy? We're giving one lucky winner the chance to take home a copy along with two yards of Poly Crepe de Chine, our newest apparel fabric that is perfect for whipping up your beautifully sketched ideas.
Enter by Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 for a chance to win. The winner will be contact via email on Wednesday November 4th. Good luck!
Today we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our project + giveaway a copy of our dear friend Samarra Khaja's (you may recognize her as SammyK!) new book Sew Adorkable as a part of her blog tour!
Sew 15 conversation starters, from cheeky wearables (TRAWRzers!) to quirky quilts and home decor. Make a puffy quilt that looks like candy dots, or stitch a tissue box cover that looks like a vintage typewriter. Tailored to smart, talented, crafty folks of all ages, this hilarious book is just as fun to read (trivia time!) as it is chock-full of sewing projects.
International Quilt Festival is coming up later this month, and we are excited to be sponsoring Jane Dunnewold's juried Digital Alchemy exhibition, a collection of quilts featuring digitally printed fabric designs. Jane's innovative work has forever inspired us, and we are delighted to catch up with Jane to learn more about her process in curating this show. To celebrate her creative journey, we're hoping to inspire other by giving away a copy of Jane's Design & Print Your Own Fabric!, an instructional DVD to get you started with fabric design! We'll even throw in 2 yards of Spoonflower fabric for one lucky winner. So go ahead and enter, and read on for a sneak preview of the Digital Alchemy exhibit.
Once you've entered for you chance to win, read on and take a peek at a few of the amazing quilts on display at this year's Digital Alchemy exhibition!
Please tell us a bit about Digital Alchemy and how the show came to be? What inspired you to create this collection?
JANE: Digital Alchemy evolved because of my own interest in designing fabrics for printing by Spoonflower. I teach workshops where fifteen or more people are on their computers designing fabric from artwork and photographs. Some of the results are so magical I began to think of them as alchemically transformed! By that I mean, the changes that happen because of the tools available to us through the computer and also through the various programs aren’t changes we can automatically envision – they occur right before our eyes…and although they are logical, they seem magical!
Haven't had a chance to get your hands on a copy of The Spoonflower Handbook? Don't worry, we're offering one lucky winner the chance to take home their very own copy along with two yards of Spoonflower fabric!
Designing fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap used to be the stuff of dreams. Only a few select creatives got to do it, and it required formal training and significant financial investment. But times have changed, and today anyone with a computer, Internet connection, and an idea can upload a file and order their own fabric or paper, printed affordably one yard (or more!) at a time. With step-by-step tutorials and projects that span a wide spectrum of skills, The Spoonflower Handbook is written for both new and experienced users of this print-on-demand technology. Covering everything from equipment to software to working with photos, scans, repeats, vector files, and more, it is an essential guide to a booming new creative outlet.
Enter by Tuesday, October 6th for a chance to win! The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday October 7th.
The Spoonflower Handbook is finally here and we're celebrating with an extra special giveaway! This is no ordinary giveaway–this time we want to see your selfie!
HOW TO ENTER: Post a selfie with your copy of The Spoonflower Handbook on Instagram using the hashtag #SpoonflowerHandbookSelfie and tag us (@spoonflower) to be automatically entered to win!
PRIZES, RULES, ETC: Each Tuesday, beginning September 8th, we'll randomly select one winner to receive two yards of custom-printed Spoonflower fabric of the winner's choosing. We'll pull one lucky winner each week (on Tuesdays) for six weeks. Please limit one selfie per person. Winners will be notified via an Instagram direct message.
Still haven't picked up your copy? You can order our new book here. We can't wait to see your selfies!
Take your apparel design to the next level with new book Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles, textile designer and co-founder of The People's Print! This book features beautifully illustrated step-by-step tutorials to walk you through creating your own printed textile design with hands-on traditional craft methods and digital techniques including the latest CS6 software Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Print, Make, Wear will guide you through the process of digital textile design to create truly original designs, ready to print, ready to wear!
We had the opportunity to thumb through a copy and were blown away by the expert tips and beautifully constructed garments. Melanie does a wonderful job walking readers through each project while empowering creatives to dream up their own interpretations of each garment.
To celebrate this wonderful design resource, we're giving one lucky community member the opportunity to take home their very own copy along with two yards of our most elegant fabric, Poly Crepe de Chine! This new fabric is a lightweight 100% polyester crepe fabric that is perfect for projects that require a soft drape and a delicate weight. Get started on your first completely custom garment created using Print, Make, Wear + Poly Crepe de Chine!
Enter by Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 for a chance to win. The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, September 2nd.
As we wrap up our four week SpoonChallenge: Creating a Fabric Collection, we want to encourage budding textiles artists to keep creating! In an effort to do so, we're offering one lucky designer the opportunity to win a one year membership to Bonnie Christine's Roost Tribe + $100 in Spoonflower credit. Bonnie's creative community inspired her to make a special place where she could share what she’s learned on her journey and pass along the secrets to her success. Members of the Roost Tribe are encouraged to follow their dreams, share their talents, and find strength in community. Continue to build and grow the skills you've developed during the SpoonChallenge as a member of the Roost Tribe!
In addition to a Roost Tribe membership, we're throwing in a $100 Spoonflower credit. Test new designs, explore exciting colorways and print fabrics for your professional collection portfolio!
Enter by Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 for a chance to win. The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, August 5th. Good luck!