People who are not familiar with design tools like Photoshop and Illustrator often ask me how they can go about creating fabric designs to print using Spoonflower. There are many approaches you can take, of course, but just for fun I threw together this very short how-to video on making your own fabric design using a handful of colorful, fall leaves and a simple home office scanner.
1) The deadline for submitting your design is Monday, November 2, 2009 at noon, EST — NOT November 5th, as I wrote in the email.
2) In addition to the prescribed palette of colors, I wrote initially that you could use only white. Upon further consideration, we decided that white AND black are both ok to use. Apologies for the late modification!
You can read more about the rules for entry and find the form to submit your Spoonflower design for the contest here.
Due to widespread dissatisfaction with the voting methods used in recent semifinal rounds, the upcoming voting this week will allow you to vote for as many — or as few — finalist candidates as you like in our doll panel design contest. So stay tuned!
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.
Congratulations to Emily Burger, a mom and artist who loves drawing for children. Just when I thought owls were on their way out, her Christmas Owls proved me wrong by winning the lion’s share of votes in the second week of our three-week Christmas-in-summer fabric design marathon.
For the next six days you can buy Emily’s owls in the Spoonflower Etsy store as a special, limited edition fabric of the week. Final vote count was as follows:
- ‘boppy_deer_full’ by carol reed 298
- Snowmanholiday by Victoria Richards 43
- pink_green_swirls by Lauralee Lemon 223
- DigD_24_PawnsTwoC8x8′ by Mike Dawson 47
- Miami Christmas by Connie Kaiser 151
- Winter Dance by Kristi White 51
- Spoonflower_Holiday_Tree by Alice Langton 53
- little_jingle_dot by Susan Scott 217
- have a holly jollies christmas! by Joan De Lurio 152
- Spotty_Galore_christmas_pud_pud_small by Elizabeth Ryman 41
- L_arbre_accordé by Joan Haimes 76
- spoonflower_copy by Serena Wilson Stubson 183
- Christmas_stars_and_crosses_gold_cropped by Chris Clark 76
- xmas by Renata Gebauerova 195
- fabric_christmas_owls by emily burger 815
- sugarplums by Colleen M 157
- joy-ch by Julie Cortese 110
- cookiegreen by laura Wilson 116
Thanks to all who participated.
Next Week’s Contest Theme: ~ Halloween ~
Up until Monday at noon (EST), submit your Spoonflower designs for consideration in our Halloween-themed fabric of the week contest. Details and entry form are here. Please, only one entry per designer.
Vote in the final round of our Christmas Fabric of the Week
Participants this week are:
- Ornametalle by Scenerie
- Trees_White by Juliann Law
- Ornaments by Aimee Pepper
- Starry Christmas Night by Kim Pjecha
- Christmas Cheer by Lesli Pepper
- Holly and Ribbon by Victoria Lasher
- Santas Red by Lisa Kingston
- Homeberries_Christmas_Fabric by Jennie Baer
- Wonderland Warm Hearts by Dana Miron
- Ornaments 12×12 by Vanessa Raidy
- Christmas by Susan Mitchell
- Bird Ribbon by Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave
- Holiday by Laurie Wisbrun
- Bobble Garland by Weelife
- Retro Xmas by Kweli Kitwana
- Christmas Lights by Amy Kuhl Cox
- Angels by Vibeke Loohuis
- Nickolaus_Racing by Yvonne Herbst
- Trees Xmas-ed by Katy Keuter
Voting closes next week on Wednesday. Follow the current vote count in real time.