By way of Craft magazine, Threadbanger has this excellent video on how to make an easy shirred summer dress. If you’ve ever felt–like I did–that surely it couldn’t be as easy as it sounded to create shirring with elastic thread, view on! On video, it sure looks that way!
No, this is not a mention from NASA. But do take a look at this incredible summer frock designed by Spoonflower customer, Shannon Bailey, as part of her smilla line of dresses. Shannon's original dress designs made up in her Spoonflower fabric were part of the line-up in the recent "Summer in Space" themed W. 18th Street Fashion Show in Kansas City. I am very much digging this dress in particular featuring Shannon's navy circles design. Shannon tells me she has no website or storefront yet, but you can view more pictures of her dresses here in our Flickr pool. You can also watch a video montage of last year's show here. The show looks like such a blast, and I can't wait to see more, Shannon!
We were woken up at 6:00 am this morning for a quote from Stephen–who I'm pretty sure didn't say "mums" exactly–but being mentioned by the BBC was worth it! This little story articulates in part what I've been thinking about the crafting community lately–that making and selling handmade is a great way to be making money right now, whether it's your only source of income or a supplement to a "regular" job. It may seem counterintuitive because hand-produced goods can often cost a bit more than their mass-produced counterparts. But I'm personally trying hard to seek out locally-made and hand-made choices for my purchases lately. I'm no economist but it seems like funneling the money I spend directly towards the individuals producing things is pretty sound recession-busting economic strategy. I don't think I'm alone in thinking this.
And isn't it lovely that creating things is such a great stress reliever, too? There are all kinds of good reasons to be a hand-maker these days!
One of my very favorite things about working at Spoonflower is how frequently I see our customers do amazing things with the fabrics we print for them. A case in point: Marti's unbelievable retro boomerang Formica-inspired curtain design. She told me she got the design idea from Formica tabletops at a diner just down the road from her in Cambridge, MA.
I'll confess to a certain fondness for curtain projects done with Spoonflower fabric. An idle complaint to Stephen one night about how I couldn't find the right curtain fabric that I could see clearly in my own head is the idea that s parked Spoonflower in the first place. But my curtain vision is nothing like Marti's! In her words, "I've been teased unmercifully for making the pattern match up at the
edges where the curtains close and for matching the inverting colors at
the boundary between cream and dark, but I think the resulting effect
is worth the effort." Now that's creative vision! You can see a close-up of Marti's seam matching here.
Congratulations to Jaclyn Brownell of Fall River, MA. Her Mod_Floral_1 is the latest Spoonflower fabric of the week. That means that for the next six days, you can buy her fabric in the Spoonflower Etsy store.
Final voting went as follows:
- cutebunnies by LRG Design 7.8% 165
- tulips2 by sjane 31.2% 660
- Squares by Leonor Bautista 3.5% 75
- ms_pattern_lavieenrose by Michelle Smith, 8.8% 186
- donutslayered by heidi Kenney 14.8% 313
- Mod_Floral_1 by Jaclyn Brownell 33.9% 718
Be sure to check out Jaclyn's other work in her Etsy store, BoomBoxBettie.
New Designs for Voting
Six new designs make their debut this week as contenders for fabric of the week. They are:
- Bohemian_Swiss Repeat by Mary Mitchell, Arcadia,
- Print100 by Carol Waugh, Denver, CO
- Aimee2 by aimless
- gold1_150 by Lisa Wray
- Labcolorfabric by Jessica Flores
- screen_pattern by Bradley Leach, Savannah, GA
The kind folk over at Craft magazine gave a shout out to Spoonflower today because we printed up Samantha Hahn’s excellent design for their Maker Faire tablecloth. Woo-hoo! I do love Craft for the spectrum of ideas they offer to us making types, and if you do, too, perhaps you’ll want to pick up a yard of Samantha’s design in our Etsy shop. I just wish I could see it–not to mention the Craft staff! and all the crafty families! and all you makers of handmade stuff at your tables!–in person at Maker Faire. There’s always next year, though. Right, Stephen? Right.
Have you all seen Lisa.littlek's adorable, scrappy toddler sun hat in our Flickr pool today? It caught my eye right away because I've been experiencing a fair amount of sun hat envy while making the outside rounds with my daughters lately. At the pool yesterday, an excellent gray linen hat with a row of white shell buttons around it. At Locopops, our local popsicle store, the perfect straw hat with a brim not too wide and not too floppy. Part of it is that there are a lot of Japanese women living in our neighborhood here in Chapel Hill, and I swear that they all seem to know secret, cool sources of amazing, casual, interestingly stitched sun hats. Anyone know of any good sun hat patterns or tutorials out there? If you do, please leave a link in the comments!
You could "generously ink" a fish in order to make a fish-printed garment like this one from Martha Stewart. Or you could save your fish for the grill and just Spoonflower! I'm just sayin'….
Final voting results were:
- "Snow_Bird" by Lucie Wicker: 14.0% 339
- "yourenuts" by danielle: 23.0% 557
- "Texture 5" by Jane Dunnewold: 13.0% 315
- "leap frog" by laura wilson: 16.4% 396
- "Fall Harvest 1" by Harriet Russell: 7.4% 178
- "CurlyQ" by Katidids: 26.3% 636
Vote on next week's design:
We've got another great lineup of designs from our (long) list of entries, but only one will make it into our store next week as a limited edition fabric. Vote now for your favorite.
The brave designers are:
- cutebunnies by LRG Design
- tulips2 by sjane
- Squares by Leonor Bautista, Madrid – Spain
- ms_pattern_lavieenrose by Michelle Smith, Raleigh – North Carolina
- donutslayered by heidi Kenney
- Mod_Floral_1 by Jaclyn Brownell, Fall River – MA
I don't know about you all, but I'm obsessed with summery halter top patterns lately. In NC, we're already getting 85 degree days sprinkled in amongst our otherwise springy weeks, so I know that beach and pool season are just around the corner!
When I saw Missemmaruth's halter top in our Flickr pool this morning, I couldn't suppress a squeal. I love it! It's made from Spoonflower printed fabric designed by Imakethings and based on a free pattern offered by IchiGoGirl through Burdastyle. Super flattering, isn't it? Must go do some downloading and printing now….