This photo of Paper Pie's new "headboard" in our Flickr pool caught my eye recently. I love her fabric designs and what a clever use for a group of coordinating designs! Liz mentions this is a temporary decoration til a "real" headboard replaces her framed fabrics. Me? I'd keep it just like this!
I sure hope the rest of you had a weekend as inspiring as I had! In my last post, I mentioned the Betz White bag-making/felting workshop at Panopolie in Raleigh I was planning to attend. It was six hours of awesome! Betz was super friendly and very knowledgeable, not to mention armed with the most incredible stash of felted sweaters I've ever seen. She showed us a big pile of her own projects to demonstrate what sorts of bags were possible and then just turned us loose on her felt stash, offering quick technique lessons here and there when asked. It was so liberating to just wing it with the supplies in front of me for a change, not least because all my sewing projects lately have been of the follow-all-the-rules garment sewing variety. Biggest lesson learned? Loosen up sometimes, Kim! I made the bag shown left, among a few other projects.
I also picked up a copy of Betz' new book, Sewing Green, while I was there and I strongly encourage you all to get one for yourselves. There are some amazing project ideas, all beautifully photographed, and I've been inspired all weekend long. I've already been to a local thrift shop for some cast-off cashmere sweaters in Easter egg colors. Once I accumulate a few more, they're going to enjoy a second life as a felted cashmere throw
for my oldest daughter who's getting her own room in the near future. Have a sneak peek at some of Betz' project photos, including her felted cashmere blanket, here!
This has been such a slammed week, both for Spoonflower and for Stephen and I personally. I'm pretty relieved that it's coming to an end, especially because tomorrow I get to reward myself with a marathon crafting class taught by none other than Betz White! Betz is going to be in Raleigh at Panoplie tomorrow morning, from 9:00 am til 3:00 pm, showing us eager crafty types how to make bags out of recycled and reused materials and how to needle-felt and make projects from our results. She'll also be available afterwards to sign copies of her new book, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials. If any of you fellow North Carolinians need a crafting break as much as I do, call Panoplie to register. I hope to see some Spoonflower users there!
With a record turnout in the most recent round of voting, "PearPops Gumbo" by LollyChops is officially a Spoonflower Fabric-of-the-week!
I've been remiss in waiting so long to announce it, but for the next (precious) few days you can buy this lovely fabric in the Spoonflower Etsy shop. And even if you're not in a shopping mood, be sure to stop by Lolly's blog to say hello.
Final voting in the last contest went like this:
clouds by Valentina Sedda: 4.4% 113
PearFabric by Lollychops: 40.8% 1,049
animals by suryasajnani: 24.5% 629
Favorite Thing Floral Leaf by Sarah: 17.9% 460
Heart and Bubbles by Leonor Bautista: 6.7% 171
Yellow Cakes by Mary Helen Mcnally: 5.7% 146
Six New Designs for Voting — Finally!
Well, after a couple of weeks of delaying the contest in favor of little priorities like, well, repairing the printers that keep our business running, we're back this week with six new fabric designs from six new designers. For those who have asked, we have done our best so far not to put any individual designer into two contests, nevermind how many designs he or she may have submitted. We're trying to spread out the competition by including as many of you as possible from the (large) pool of folks who have submitted their work for consideration. By and large we go through the list chronologically each week, choosing six new designs from the complete entries (public profile, public design, valid Spoonflower link). You can review the rules and/or enter your design here.
And now for the good stuff:
In the lineup this week, clockwise from the top left:
- "At_The_Hop" by Carrie Torman, Gainesville, Virginia
- "evotree2" by Jonathan McCabe, Canberra – A.C.T. – Australia
- "ZIGZAG_ORNG" by louis
- "apple" by rowsew, Dorset – UK
- "5thaveresize4" by Diane Tigue, Savannah, Ga
- "red_hibiscus_pattern_a" by Sharon Blazer, Decatur, Illinois
Vote to let us know which design you like best.
Follow the results in real time here.
Busy fabric-printing mamas sometimes get behind on their blog reading and blog posting, which is why I'm only just now finding a spare minute to post about Diane Gilleland's tutorial on mending a shirt with reverse appliqued scraps of fabric. The effect is so pretty on her polo pictured, and doesn't use much fabric at all. Perhaps you've got a lonely Spoonflower swatch and a garment in need of some patchy love lying around? Diane's tutorial was part of Craft magazine's March Mending Month which–ahem–I confess that I learned about far too late because of aforementioned fabric-printing madness around here lately. There's still one more day of March left though, right? Right? Sigh. We'll be caught up and current around here again one of these days, I just know it!
Speaking of things being current–or not–many of you no doubt noticed that the fabric of the week contest announcement was mysteriously absent last week. I'll save the official announcement of the winning design for Stephen, himself a very busy fabric-printing papa. But we had a whole lot of votes and, I think, a whole lot of excitement about last week's contenders. I hope you're all as excited about the week's winner as I am!
Are these booties from Tiddlybums not incredibly adorable? I'm such a sucker for the baby stuff, even if my baby-having days are behind me now. Their things are so soft! So small! So cute! If you need a dose of cuteness yourself, browse through the rest of the Bitty Booties photo pool, moderated by Heather Bailey. Her free downloadable "Bitty Booties" pattern is available on her blog for you to make, too!
Teacups, by the talented Hannah Raeside of Manchester, England, won last week's fabric-of-the-week competition by a landslide compared to the last few skin-of-the-teeth contests. Congratulations to Hannah, whose lovely fabric is available for sale in the Spoonflower Etsy shop for the next few days only.
Final tallies from our most recent voting:
- faux bois 1 by monica meehan: 8.4%, 159
- yay! by ryan hastings: 14.1% 265
- teacups by Hannah Raeside: 42.3% 796
- pflyingcatalog by Tara Spicer: 8.7% 164
- Liberty by Lee Kerr: 2.4% 46
- flower by Katty Neill: 24.1% 453
Thanks to all of the participating designers!
And in this week's tussle…
The fabric may be soft, but the competition is stiff. This week we have designs from (from top to bottom):
- Yellow Cakes by Mary Helen Mcnally
- clouds by Valentina Sedda, Milano – Italy
- PearFabric_06 by Lollychops, Bedford, TX
- animals by suryasajnani
- Favorite Thing Floral Leaf by Sarah
- Heart and Bubbles by Leonor Bautista, Madrid, Spain
Review the weekly contest rules and/or enter your own design here.
Gwen over at After the Dress is having an excellent giveaway today in honor of her one-year blogging anniversary. If you leave a comment on her post today, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $45 Spoonflower gift certificate–enough for a test swatch, 2 yards, and shipping–and $55 worth of design services from Miss Black Pepper. What a great giveaway, no? Head on over and wish Gwen a happy blogging anniversary!
Gwen is a newbie to Spoonflower herself, having recently printed up her first order with us. Her design was a colorful print of rock-climbing gear and Beth helped her work it up. Nice job to both of you and I can’t wait to see what you make out of it, Gwen!
We are late in extending congratulations to Bronwyn Landvatter of Pennsylvania. Her design "Lanterns" won the most votes week before last. You won't be surprised to learn that it is now available — for six days only — in the Spoonflower store on Etsy.
Final vote count was:
- Hibiscus by Studio Fibonacci: 455
- wheels by Ros Clarke: 209
- snowglobes by min elliott: 182
- willowcarrepeat by J.R. Campbell of Glasgow, Scotland: 252
- fractured_flower_yellow_600 by Lee Thomas: 87
- lanterns by Bronwyn Landvatter: 504
Vote on a new fabric-of-the-week:
This week's designs are (clockwise from the top left):
- faux bois 1 by monica meehan, santa fe, nm
- Liberty by Lee Kerr
- teacups by Hannah Raeside, Manchester – England
- flower by Katty Neill
- pflyingcatalog by Tara Spicer
- yay! by ryan hastings, seattle, WA
With apologies, we’re postponing the next fabric-of-the-week contest until Monday. If you followed the results of last week’s vote then you probably already know who won, but we’ll hold off on the formal congratulations for the moment. Sorry for the delay, but between snow storms, vexing printers and the deluge of lovely designs you’ve been submitting, we are slammed. A week off can’t hurt, right?