All you vintage textile design lovers out there, please take note! Reprodepot is having a giveaway of their new Folk and Flora pattern books (with CD's containing all the printable designs!), plus one each of their corresponding Mix and Match Stationery Set, Folk and Flora Notecard Book, and Folk and Flora Journal. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. A winner will be chosen via drawing this Monday, October 5th. Good luck!
Here at Spoonflower, we had both these lovely books on pre-order the second we heard about them and have been hungrily paging through the designs for days now. One minor issue to be aware of if you want to print on fabric rather than paper is that these are not seamlessly repeating patterns. Some manipulation is going to be necessary in either or Photoshop or Illustrator so that they'll tile seamlessly–or you can do it the cheater way like I did and use the handy "edit with Picnik" button via our site. I'm lazy like that.
What's a good sign that you're onto a pretty cool business idea? When you get mentioned in magazines as diverse as House Beautiful and BUST in the same month (not to mention a blurb last week in World Magazine: Today's News, Christian Views). Thanks to all of you who continue to help spread the word about Spoonflower!
Last week’s round of Halloween fabrics offered some pretty intense competition, but artist Cate Anevski’s Ghostly Paisley design walked away with the win. You will not be surprised to hear that Cate lives in Portland, but her blog resides here – so check it out. We’ll be selling Ghostly Paisley for the next six days in our Etsy shop as a limited edition fabric, so don’t miss it.
If you’re looking to refresh your memory about all the participants’ designs, check our Halloween Flickr set. On a side note, please keep in mind that the contest is set up so that each person should be able to vote only once. If you vote twice it won’t have any real impact, but a single person casting many votes is against the rules.
It's Thursday morning and as I sit here typing and taking slow sips of much-needed coffee, exhaustion mingles with astonishment. As you may remember, over the past month or so we ran two holiday-themed Fabric Of the Week contests and got quite a few entries — enough to challenge the primitive logistics of running our little contest. So — just to give ourselves a bit of a break – we decided that the next design theme should be obscure. If it's a really narrow theme, went our thinking, we'll get only a few entries and that will make next week into an easy one. So as a theme we chose fabric designs that included "spoons and flowers." Narrow, right? Well we got seventy entries (in four days). Creativity thrives on adversity, does it not? You folks are amazing. And I am really tired.
Because we had seventy entries this week and didn't want to turn 'Spoons and Flowers' into a four-week contest, we've done things a bit differently this time around. Regular voters know that we usually print samples of all the competing fabrics and photograph them for the voting. This time we did not. When you click on the voting link this week instead of photos you'll see digital versions of the designs rendered as they would look in repeat on a fat quarter of fabric (21" x 18"). There are seven pages of designs with 10 designs per page (and lots of good ones on the back pages, so keep going until the end). You can cast up to three votes per page, but you don't have to cast any votes on a page unless you see a design or designs you really love. We gave you three votes per page in case all your favorite designs end up on one page of the poll.
At the close of voting next week (Tuesday), we will take the top fifteen vote-getting designs, print them on fabric, photograph them and post them for voting in a final round in which you will have only one vote (on Thursday). That's how we'll come up with the winner.
In the meantime, thanks and congratulations to the amazing folks who put their creativity to work on the task of creating fabric designs that use both spoons and flowers. Take a look through the entries — there is some really lovely work.
The entrants are:
That is a big bag of sweet fabrics, no? You have twenty-six Halloween designs to choose between in round two of our Halloween-themed fabric design contest. Our intrepid designers this week are:
1) leaves by Sandra Stewart
2) 'The House Where No-One Trick-Or-Treats' by Lucy Knisley
3) Whoosh Went the Wind! By Kristi White
4) Day of the Dead by Leora Effinger
5) halloween_fabric by Valentina Asciutti
6) bitsy spiders by Gretchen
7) hootyhalloween4 by Victoria Russell
8) LastMinuteHalloween by Scenarie
9) jackopattern by Tim Goldman
10) 'Spooky Halloween Fun!' by amy_lou_who
11) SpookyBalloons by puncezilla
12) Peekaboo by Yvonne Herbst
13) Halloween Trees by heidi Kenney
14) EEK! By AppleSass Studio
15) a bitty batty by giolou
16) haunted by Michelle Freedman
17) BubbleBubble_Colour by Bo Dee
18) Witches by Craft Belle
19) Ghost_Celebration-ch by anenome
20) Cats Bats and Racoons Halloween by zoel
21) 'Ghostly Paisley' by cateanevski
22) Hallow-eenies by Ariel Eldridge
23) hallow_animals_fabric by Kim Siebold
24) halloween_owl_hedgie_jpg by vo
25) Jack_-o_-lights_fabric_4 by Sylvia Ion
26) SpideryWeb by Kylie
Now go, vote for your favorite!
Follow the results in real time here.
Handmade Trick or Treat bag, anyone? Last week's winner: Mel Latthitham
Last week was another tough one, but Portland's Mel Latthitham won the most votes for her Halloween fabric design, which will be available for the next six days only in the Spoonflower Etsy store.
Be sure to check out Mel's own Etsy store as well: malien00.etsy.com
Final voting last week left us with:
- Folk Art Pumpkin Lady by Joanne Harper 215
- bats_orange by Shala Kerrigan 251
- halloween-2 by Amanda Kaffka 61
- little ghosts by Wilma Boekholt 177
- IMG_0042 by Kathy Deggendorfer 79
- 'ghostiewords' by hbclothdiapers 79
- Halloween by mel latthitham 622
- looking death in the eye glyph by Jane Marlow 116
- 'halloweenparade grey' by Susalabim 451
- Happy Halloween by Eva Mari Kirkvaag Bjørgum 88
- Jackolanternfabric by Karen Hart 67
- Witch1 by Kathy Fronczak 121
- jordnöt halloween purple by Mollie Johanson 287
- Halloween Thorns by Ginette Callaway 50
- glowing_bonesIII by Kweli Kitwana 9
- 'Candy Corn Party with Faces' by heartsandlaserbeams 366
- ghoulie girl dancing dots by Amy Lyons 78
- Torrid Westies by Kim Niles 134
- BattyCat by Tricia Tharp 108
- Halloweencat2 by Alice Langton 34
- Memento Mori by Lisa Jonte 313
Thanks to all for participating! This week we've got a new contest with an odd theme that we secretly hope will discourage a lot of entries, even though it would be fun to see a variety of takes on the idea: Spoons and Flowers. That's right, next week we'll vote only on fabric designs that include both spoons and flowers. Fun, eh? You can read the rules and find the entry form right here.
I'm seeking theme suggestions for this week's fabric of the week contest (which will go out tomorrow morning). As you may have noticed, we've had a LOT of submissions for the last two themes (Christmas and Halloween). That makes it really hard to get the contest together each week, so – in order to give ourselves a bit of a breather — this time I'm looking for a really narrow theme that will motivate only a small number of designers to tackle between Thursday and the deadline on Monday. Kim suggested acorns (too easy) and I countered with 'healthcare reform' or 'fingernails' (too abstract and gross, respectively). Any ideas from you folks before I pull together the weekly email tonight?
After three marathon weeks of Christmas fabrics, we have the final winner: White Trees by illustrator Juliann Law, available as a special, limited edition for the next six days in the Spoonflower Etsy shop. I thought the competition last week was pretty stiff, but she emerged as the clear winner from a large field (you can refresh your memory of the designs in the voting here). Totals were:
- Ornametalle by Scenerie 116
- Trees_White by Juliann Law 612
- Ornaments by Aimee Pepper 321
- Starry Christmas Night by Kim Pjecha 398
- Christmas Cheer by Lesli Pepper 96
- Holly and Ribbon by Victoria Lasher 63
- Santas Red by Lisa Kingston 67
- Homeberries_Christmas_Fabric by Jennie Baer 49
- Wonderland Warm Hearts by Dana Miron 284
- Ornaments 12×12 by Vanessa Raidy 263
- Christmas by Susan Mitchell 333
- Bird Ribbon by Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave 138
- Holiday by Laurie Wisbrun 132
- Bobble Garland by Weelife 150
- Retro Xmas by Kweli Kitwana 84
- Christmas Lights by Amy Kuhl Cox 393
- Angels by Vibeke Loohuis 366
- Nickolaus_Racing by Yvonne Herbst 135
- Trees Xmas-ed by Katy Keuter 73
And now, on to Halloween voting!
In the first of two weeks devoted to our Halloween fabric design theme, we have twenty-one new designs up for voting [new entries are closed, but stay tuned for a new theme announcement next week]. The competing designs and designers are:
Folk Art Pumpkin Lady by Joanne Harper
bats_orange by Shala Kerrigan
halloween-2 by Amanda Kaffka
little ghosts by Wilma Boekholt
IMG_0042 by Kathy Deggendorfer
'ghostiewords' by hbclothdiapers
Halloween by mel latthitham
looking death in the eye glyph by Jane Marlow
'halloweenparade grey' by Susalabim
Happy Halloween by Eva Mari Kirkvaag Bjørgum
Jackolanternfabric by Karen Hart
Witch1 by Kathy Fronczak
jordnöt halloween purple by Mollie Johanson
Halloween Thorns by Ginette Callaway
Jack_-o_-lights_fabric_4 by Sylvia Ion
glowing_bonesIII by Kweli Kitwana
'Candy Corn Party with Faces' by heartsandlaserbeams
ghoulie girl dancing dots by Amy Lyons
Torrid Westies by Kim Niles
BattyCat by Tricia Tharp
Halloweencat2 by Alice Langton
Memento Mori by Lisa Jonte
I used to think of September as a month where nothing much happened, but this year it's proven to be quite a whirlwind. Already! And only a week into it!
Over here in the Spoonflower shop, I'm afraid that we labored in honor of Labor Day. But when I got home, I put in some much-needed puttering time in my sewing room, finishing up a few small odds and ends and even tackling some mending that's been sitting around for a few weeks. I'm trying to get things cleared out before I really get started on my Christmas present sewing.
Okay, what I was really doing was using up every possible excuse for not getting started on a quilt for my oldest daughter's new room. I'm a bit daunted, see, because I've never made a full-size quilt. I've got most of my fabrics chosen now…or at least, I think I do except that there are some freaking amazing designs available now in our beta marketplace that would look great on her quilt, too. Like this one. And this one. And oooh, this one….
But I digress. As is usual lately. Fortunately, not every sewist is as unfocused or short on time as I am. The Alliance for American Quilts announced the winners of their "Crazy for Quilts" themed contest recently, to which Spoonflower proudly contributed some prizes. One of the first place winners in the under-30 category–Kelly Phelps whose quilt is pictured left–had never even made a quilt before! Nice work, everyone! My first quilt was of the pastel, lots-of-right-angles baby quilt variety, so I admire the daring of many of the entries.
And in the spirit of jumping around a lot lately, I also wanted to share with you a handy little Glossary of Pattern Design that Stephen ran across today. I've learned a ton about fabric and design since we first launched Spoonflower a year and a half ago, but I don't mind saying that this glossary taught me some terms I hadn't heard before. Cartouche anyone?