When asked what they love most about today’s sewing community, our guest bloggers replied, “We love how open and accepting it is.” After listening to just one episode of Love to Sew, a fun weekly podcast about making clothes, sewing community and small business, you’ll be asking yourself how you ever got through a sewing project without hosts Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos. Covering topics like fabric 101, facing your sewing fears, or one of our personal favorites, how big is your fabric stash, you’ll be wishing you could hang out with these two by the end of their interview.
Calling all world travelers, history buffs and DIY enthusiasts! If you’ve been looking for a creative way to highlight your road trip memories or trace your family ancestry, today’s tutorial by embroidery enthusiast and Spoonflower maker Robert Mahar is the “X marks the spot” on your handcrafted adventure. Once you’ve seen the five ways Robert personalizes a map with embroidery, keep your DIY journey going by reserving a spot at Craftcation, a four-day business + makers conference filled with DIY workshops including an embroidery class from Robert!
When we first laid eyes on Kristy Lea’s swoon-worthy quilt inspired by Nouveau Bohemian’s design Arctic Song, you could say it was love at first sight—and for Kristy too! Pulling inspiration from the cool colors, the movement of the trees and the arctic animals frolicking about in Esther’s design, Kristy knew that a quilt incorporating Arctic Song couldn’t use just any quilt block pattern. Keep reading to learn how the Australian paper-piecing master behind Quiet Play Designs brought a Spoonflower design to life through a one-of-a-kind quilt.
[Read more…] about Proof That It IS Possible to Fall in Love with a Quilt
In February 2018, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee is bringing the Fowler Museum’s exhibition African-Print Fashion Now! to the South. Visitors will be introduced to the dynamic traditions of African dress featuring colorful, boldly patterned printed cloth through an inspiring and mesmerizing traveling exhibition. To celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition, we’ve partnered with the Brooks for this week’s African Art design challenge. For this special challenge, our community voted in the top 25 designs while the grand prize winner was chosen by the Brooks Museum themselves. Congratulations to grand prize winner thewellingtonboot, who will be receiving a $200 Spoonflower credit for her design, African Art Cloth and a special feature at the Brooks Museum. We’d also love to recognize second place (svetlana_prikhnenko) and third place (mimipinto) winners who will be receiving $100 and $50 in Spoonflower credit, respectively. Prepare yourselves, the top ten is guaranteed to mesmerize!
1. 470 votes for African Art Cloth by thewellingtonboot
2. 465 votes for African Print by svetlana_prikhnenko
3. 417 votes for Women of Africa a Tapestry of life by mimipinto
4. 406 votes for Mahiri by ottomanbrim
5. 344 votes for African Beauty design 150 by lacy_and_jojo
6. 317 votes for Asha Floral – Blue Yellow by heatherdutton
7. 314 votes for ESHE charcoal by scrummy
8. 310 votes for African Flora by meliszawang
9. 298 votes for african protea by michaelzindell
10. 297 votes for The Chief’s Daughter by patricia_braune [Read more…] about Announcing the African Art Design Challenge Winners
Happy New Year, everyone! As we do every January, we’re putting our mind to accomplishing a few projects over the next twelve months, from cleaning up a craft room, adding to a me-made wardrobe or trying a new skill like woodworking. Whether you want to tackle one big idea or go for nine (we love the #2018MakeNine movement from Spoonflower designer homerowfiberco), now’s the time to create your own maker resolutions! The Spoonflower team has been thinking of our biggest maker goals for the coming year in hopes that we can all make 2018 the year of DIY—dive in and see what our resolution are!
You might already be planning your handmade resolutions for 2018 (hello, me-made wardrobe!) but let’s not forget those projects that made 2017 the year for DIY! We’ve rounded up the 25 most popular projects of 2017 and after you take a closer look, you’ll be able to see why they made the list. From DIY cactus plushies to the always popular handwritten recipe tea towel, this year’s list will be the inspiration you need for 2018.
Over the past (almost!) 10 years, the Spoonflower community has grown into a family of designers, crafters and makers. You could consider Spoonflower a melting pot of talent where one artist’s strength in design supports another artist’s strength in making. We love seeing these collaborations grow and we’ve even gotten to know some of the small business owners on a personal level through the Meet the Maker series on the blog. If you’ve ever considered taking the steps to owning your own business, you won’t want to miss these words of wisdom our maker community is sharing today!
If the gift giving season leaves you scratching your head trying to figure out what to get everyone on your list, you’re in luck! This year, we’ve rounded up 50 tea towel designs that will make the season of giving easier than ever. From teachers to technicians and everything in between, there’s a design for everyone this year thanks to the 500,000+ designs available in the Spoonflower Marketplace!
No time to DIY a set of linen cotton canvas tea towels? Be sure to visit our sister site, Roostery, to order these designs or any others from the Marketplace as finished tea towels. Just remember– ensure your order ships in time for the holidays using our helpful holiday shipping deadlines!
See which designs made the list!
1. For the Cat Lover
The textile industry has always been a large part of what makes North Carolina rich in history. From the furniture market in Greensboro to North Carolina State University’s esteemed College of Design and Textiles, Spoonflower is proud to support the local makers who are helping shape the fashion industry. This year, Spoonflower and the talented local design community celebrated the 16th year of Art2Wear, a completely student run fashion show at North Carolina State University.
“Art2Wear provides the teaching and learning environments for handcrafted experiences blended with old and new technology, unfolding the magical epiphanies revealed through making.”
Chandra Cox – Head, Department of Art + Design
You’re getting ready to place your next order and a little voice in your head asks, “Do you really need this fabric?” Whether you’re getting behind on planned DIYs or a family member is questioning your fabric habits, the struggle to manage a fabric stash can sometimes be all too real. Here at Spoonflower, we understand why you may not be able to part ways with the last tiny piece of fabric from your favorite sewing project or resist the exciting launch of a new collection. So we created eight fabric quotes to share with friends and family members who may not understand why you need “just one more yard.” Download your favorites and share on social media. Don’t forget to tag @spoonflower and use #spoonflower to join the fun!