NC is finally having a bit of what passes for winter weather around here–temps in the low 40's and dreary gray skies. It's definitely indoor weather for me, and I find myself wanting to do things to up the home coziness factor and combat the winter blahs. Building fires, making mugs of hot cocoa with marshmallows for the girls, baking cookies, and sewing. Always sewing. Big, cushy pillows like Rachel Galloway's, maybe? Or a sweet quilt (shown left) like Emmanuelle's at Alice and Co., made from Spoonflower swatches to curl up under when the girls and I are on the sofa reading the newest batch of library books?
Congratulations to Rachel Galloway of Mamma Made Designs. In a tussle between beasties, her lions managed to defeat the goats, bucks and assorted animals of Wild West by Becka Rahn. You can buy Rachel's fabric for the next seven days in our Etsy store.
- Carnival by Kim Frank 219
- Lion design by Rachel Galloway 614
- Plein_Air_with_Joan by Minka's Studio 185
- Wild West by Becka Rahn 531
If you've never looked at it, do take a few minutes to peruse Rachel's work. She is also the author of an extensive series of tutorials on designing fabric that are linked from our FAQ page. Go, Rachel!
And now for this week's contest. We've been trying to figure out how to get through the entry queue a bit faster, so this week we're altering the rules slightly to vote on six, rather than four, designs at once. That may make deciding which one you like best that much harder, but it will also mean that more Spoonflower designers get to participate.
Up this week:
- "flowers" by Rachel Murphy (Boise, ID)
- "floral" by Sarah (Roseville, CA)
- "snakegirl" by Boni Dutch
- "inkdotz" by ink
- "Punk Andy" by Blue Nickel Studios
- "spoonflower_bebes" by Cindy S (Baton Rouge, LA )
Find out how to enter your own design (must already be on Spoonflower) here.
| January 08, 2009
Currents | Fabric:
You Design It, They Print It
By JULIE SCELFO
Spoonflower.com is a Web site that allows anyone to design and print custom fabric.
We are very pleased that Spoonflower has been featured in a short piece in Thursday's New York Times, where the photo editors made two wise decisions:
- Don't use a photo that includes Gart or Stephen, and
- Choose three great fabric designs.
The designs pictured in the story are:
- spirals by Jinjer Markley of Oakland, CA, asarumdesign.com/, www.flickr.com/photos/wildjinjer/
- Red Spiky Flowers by Jessica Gonacha of Atlanta, GA www.jessgonacha.com, www.jessgonacha.etsy.com
- girls by Susan Mentrak of Ohio, www.joybucket.com
Congratulations to all three!
In other news, and in anticipation of new folks showing up at the site over the next couple of days, we've thrown together a new overview of how Spoonflower works. The old version has needed updating for some time, although the new one is a bit rough, too.
If you're already married, you probably wouldn't have had any reason to pick up a copy of the Winter 2009 Martha Stewart Weddings, just out a few days ago. I picked up a copy because Spoonflower has a very small mention in a caption under the photo of Jennifer Hoverson's wedding cake table. For those of you who don't already know this, Jennifer Hoverson is one of the owners of Purlsoho, one of the most amazing on-line fabric and yarn stores ever. (They have a brick and mortar store in Manhattan as well, which I've heard is crammed almost to the ceiling with fabric.)
Despite access to all the beautiful fabric she could presumably ever need, Jennifer had us print up some yardage for her several months ago to turn into a tablecloth for her orange- and green-themed wedding. And then she turned that into the backing for the stunning orange and green color wheel quilt shown at left. You can view many more of Jennifer's quilt project photos here, including the tablecloth turned quilt back. I love that Jennifer got two very special uses out of her Spoonflower fabric and pleased especially that we got to be a part of it! Thanks, Jennifer, and best wishes for your marital bliss!
I suppose it's not too surprising that the end of my handmade holidays has definitely not put an end to the sewing around here lately. All these projects for the house I'd put on hold while I was busy making things for others are now at the top of my to-do list: pillowcases for our bed to replace the threadbare ones we were using, a new curtain for the bathroom (from a $2.99 vintage barkcloth score!), felt-backed coasters for our living room, recovering a gross ironing board, and on and on.
But it looks like I'm not the only domestic overachiever out there lately. Everyday I'm delighted to see that our Flickr pool has someone's new project to ogle. From Sew Bettie's stuffed monsters to Walter and Veronica's beautiful quilt at left, from Shop Worthy's appliqued kids' tees to Nine Tomatoes' wine bags, we're all still cranking out the handmade goodness. Please do keep them coming, y'all! I love seeing all your fabrics being put to creative use!
Congratulations to Gumball Grenade, whose Wolf and Little Red design won the most votes this past week in Spoonflower's fabric-of-the-week contest. For the next seven days — and no more! — you can buy her fabric at the Spoonflower Etsy store. If that doesn't tempt you, she's got her own Etsy store, too.
I happen to really like the design from last week that placed last in the votes, but as always, we think all of you who are submitting designs to the contest are great. Thank you!
Final tallies were:
- Wolf and Little Red by Gumball Grenade – 520
- Christmas Birds by Suzanne Shearer – 398
- Puppyfabric by Denise Newberry – 216
- Cricket Rider by Nalo Hopkinson – 129
This week, we've got a bunch of critters squaring off against a couple of abstract designs. It'll be interesting to see what you think. The designs are:
- Plein_Air_with_Joan by Minka's Studio
- Carnival by Kim Frank, San Diego, CA
- Wild West by Becka Rahn, Minneapolis, MN
- Lion design by Rachel Galloway of La Mesa, CA (who is, if you don't know it already, a bit of an expert when it comes to designing for Spoonflower)
Follow the results as they come in here.
I hope everyone out there is enjoying the last few hours of 2008. Stephen and I are having a few friends and neighbors over tomorrow for black-eyed peas and collard greens, the traditional Southern New Year’s Day dinner. We’ve asked everyone to write down a resolution to drop into our resolution swap bowl just for laughs and of course that’s gotten me thinking about the whole topic of New Year’s resolutions.
I’m not the type to get all stressed out about my resolutions, personally. Yes, I make a few that pop up repeatedly over the years, mostly of the get in shape/exercise more/eat more healthfully variety, but…meh. I’m not going to beat myself up if they don’t happen. I’m a goal-oriented kind of gal so just making those plans and thinking about them is half the fun for me anyways. I’m a Type A dork like that.
But I listened to Sister Diane’s podcast on “Crafty New Year’s Resolutions” recently and while she made this recording two years ago, I still think it’s timely. Y’all go listen to it if you need some ideas for creative resolve in 2009. I wasn’t looking to do anything all that different in 2009, but she’s made me decide to resolve something genuinely fun this year and I’m making it public right now.
I resolve to wear something handmade or something vintage everyday.
There! Fun! This will be my way of getting back in touch with my inner clotheshorse now that I’m nearly done nursing our last little girl and won’t have to be…well, accessible anymore. Plus, I’ll be keeping my recently rediscovered clothes making momentum going.
What about you? Anyone else making crafty New Year’s resolutions? If you are, do tell!
Royal-forest by Mary Brewer of Butler, Pennsylvania. wins this week's Spoonflower fabric design contest. Congratulations to Mary for her lovely design, which you can buy — for the next seven days only — in Spoonflower's Etsy shop. Be sure to check out Mary's other work on her blog, Royal Forest.
As always, thanks to all of the designers who participated. We think you are all great.
The design competition this week is between
four more diverse designs, so be sure to cast your vote for the next fabric-of-the-week.
Wolf and Little Red by Gumball Grenade (Utah)
Christmas Birds by Suzanne Shearer (Shetland Isles, Scotland) [and yes, I should have run this last week]
Puppyfabric by Denise Newberry (Fort Collins, Colorado)
Cricket Rider by Nalo Hopkinson (Toronto, Canada)
Vote by clicking on the image to the right.
You can review the rules for submitting your own design here.
You can follow this week's results as they come in here.