As Spoonflower has grown from two families working together in Mebane to over 170 employees working in both North Carolina and Berlin, we have wanted to give back and help serve our local community in a more meaningful way. With this goal in mind, we established our Volunteerism Committee in December of 2015. So far, the committee has found wonderful projects for Spoonflower to support including adopting a family for Christmas, donating children’s books to Book Harvest, and sponsoring JUST TRYAN IT, which provides assistance to the families of children with cancer. Beyond these wonderful organizations, Spoonflower also offers its employees paid time off specifically designated for volunteering with any nonprofit of their choice.
In April of 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal and left many homeless. Across the world in Durham, NC, Spoonflower’s own Anitha Kothandaraman wanted to do something to help. Anitha came up with the idea that the employees of Spoonflower could use its resources of remnant fabric and energetic, creative employees to sew blankets for Nepal. Just like that, Spoonflower’s Blankets for Good program was born.
Meredith, Spoonflower’s Community Outreach organizer, sews a RARE Bear to be given to a child living with a rare disease.
This spring, we are thrilled to announce that Spoonflower will be hosting a RARE Bear sew-in at the Greenhouse to support RARE Science! RARE Science is a national non-profit that helps find cures for kids with rare diseases. The RARE Bear program is a grassroots community-driven outreach initiative for kids with rare disease. Community volunteers create one-of-a-kind teddy bears for one-of-a-kind “rare kids." We couldn't be more excited to be joining the RARE Bear army!
The Monkey is the 9th of 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey, which occurs once every fifty years! Anyone born in this year (or back in 1956) is said to be highly adventurous and ambitious.
Let's give a big hoot and howl for this week's winner Vo_aka_virginiao (on her 2nd win in a row!) with her design, "Fruitful Year of the Monkey," and be sure to congratulate all the top ten winners of the Year of the Monkey Design Challenge!
1. 467 votes for Fruitful Year of the Monkey by vo_aka_virginiao
2. 416 votes for Tropical Monkeys by jill_o_connor
3. 369 votes for Night Night My Little Monkey by anom-aly
4. 314 votes for Year of the Monkey by meliszawang
5. 294 votes for Little monkeys by petite_circus
6. 289 votes for monkey by daniserpa
7. 263 votes for Monkeys! by panova
8. 249 votes for Year of the Monkey by ebygomm
9. 243 votes for Magic Jungle by susan_polston
10. 242 votes for Year of the Monkey by papercanoedesign
It's been quite a year and we can't believe 2015 is already drawing to a close! Our community has accomplished so much together in these last 12 months, from contest wins to the launching of Sprout Patterns, to the opening of hundreds of shops with promising new designers to explore. Take a walk down memory lane with us as we recount some of our favorite highlights of 2015!
Our 8 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015
It was a crafternoon full of joy and cheer in the Spoonflower Greenhouse during the holiday party for local community members earlier this month! From cardboard yarn ornaments just for the kids and wreaths created from fabric scraps, the day was spent crafting festive projects with friends. The holiday spirit of giving was in the air with a handful of donations to the Softies for Mirabel handmade toy drive!
Yarn ornaments, fabric wreaths, and gift bags made from Spoonflower gift wrap were a big hit with even our youngest party goers!
Cozying up to knit during winter happens to be one of our favorite activities and, judging by the entries in the week's contest, you all feel the same! Whether you enjoy knitting, designing knitting-themed fabric, or simply voting on knitting-inspired designs, we hope you had as much fun as we did picking out your favorites. We are proud to announce the winner, Julie Lynch (cjldesigns) with her design "Woodland Knits." See all of the knit-tastic top 10 winners!
1. 473 votes for woodland knits by cjldesigns
2. 406 votes for Cheerful Yarn by tinykiwidesign
3. 352 votes for Knitted rows by mirjamauno
4. 340 votes for Itty bitty knitting committee by designed_by_debby
5. 316 votes for Cats & Wool by melarmstrongdesign
6. 314 votes for Knitting sheep by heleenvanbuul
7. 308 votes for Lambswool by ebygomm
8. 304 votes for hanks of wool by cassiopee
9. 297 votes for woolens by skbird
While trick or treating might not have started until the sun was beginning to set, local Spoonflower community members started their Halloween on the creative side with a morning of spooky ( and cute!) Halloween inspired crafts. Festive fabric pumpkins, wacky woven wallpaper jack-o-lanterns and fabric ghosts: these were just a few of the spooky and kooky projects created at the Kids Halloween Craft Event this past Saturday in the Spoonflower Greenhouse.
The ghouls and gals took a break from making their no sew fabric pumpkins for a trick or treat tour of the Spoonflower operations facility, complete with phantom printers and spooky employees.
Unprinted woven wallpaper was a great base for personalized ghosts!
We’d definitely consider these spooky projects ones to DIY for!
The on-demand digital printing industry has opened up a new level of possibilities for designers to customize unique garments and interior design projects like never before. Through the ease and accessibility of the digital-print platform, every inch of surface area on fabric or paper media can become a form of expression.
Here at Spoonflower, it is part of our mission to fuel creativity and innovation, so we jump at the chance to support fledgling designers doing new and exciting things in the textile world. If you're headed off to school this semester to study textiles or design, consider applying for the Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant. This grant awards undergraduate and graduate students worldwide with Spoonflower credit to explore digital textile printing to create collections and exhibits. Recipients selected on a monthly rolling basis will receive an award of $150 in Spoonflower credit to design their own digitally printed fabrics and wall media for use in shows and exhibitions. Here's a look at some of the stunning pieces a few of our Fall 2014/ Spring 2015 Emerging Designer Grant recipients have created with their awards.
Calla's collection of women's activewear features textural surface designs derived from abstracted painting studies. Printed on Spoonflower's Silky Faille, Silk Crepe de Chine and Organic Cotton Sateen
This is Spoonflower's third year offering the Emerging Designer Grant and we are continually proud and amazed at the talent of these young designers of tomorrow! Find out more information about the grant and how to apply here.
With customers all over the globe, Spoonflower loves collaborating with our friends overseas but when we have the opportunity to help our North Carolina neighbors, we jump at the chance! This past week, Spoonflower employees came together for an employee sew-in to make blankets for our neighbors at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.