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!
Caitlin Topham is the owner and quilter behind Salty Oat, an online quilt shop and blog dedicated to the art of patchwork goods. With her modern take on an age-old practice, she curated the bedroom look featured below that is both contemporary and timeless–the centerpiece of which is her beautiful handmade queen-sized quilt in Kona® Cotton Ultra. Grab your coffee and cozy up to learn more about today’s heirlooms from the expert herself.
Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed “oohing and ahhing” at all of the photos of handmade garments stitched up by sewists around the world? This month, all eyes are on Me-Made-May (#mmmay17), a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to wear and love them more. Today, Zoe Edwards, the maker behind this social challenge and author of “So Zo…What Do You Know,” stops by the blog to give us an inside scoop on the hashtag that is inspiring us all!
It’s no coincidence the word mom spells wow when flipped upside down. From carpooling to crust cutting and lending an ear to lending a hand, moms ( and mother-like figures) wow us in so many different ways. Some moms show their unconditional love through creativity, while others go a more tangible route : endless amounts of hugs, kisses, and embarrassment! Luckily for the Spoonflower team, we have an office and factory full of talented, hard-working moms who show their love for not only their family at home, but their family in the office! Keep reading to learn more about five of these mama bears.
We’re thrilled to introduce our latest featured designer, Atlanta-based Sarah Marks, also known as Thirdhalfstudios. She has a way of creating playful art with unexpected items and a large dose of imagination. Read our interview with her and find out what keeps her inspired!
If you've been keeping up with April's Japanese Garden Design Challenge with Sprout Patterns (currently open for voting!), then you've already seen the buzz around the launch of the new Asaka Kimono pattern from Finnish indie pattern maker, Named Clothing. Sprout Patterns Director Caroline stops by the blog today to share her fascinating conversation with the duo, getting to know the inspiration behind Named, and what it's like to work at your dream job with your sister!
Caroline: We are excited to introduce Named Clothing, a Finnish pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta.
We're back this week with another design rockstar interview as part of our SpoonChallenge: Creating a Fabric Collection with designer Bonnie Christine. We recently fell in love all over again with printmaker, designer, author and educator, Lizzy House, when she co-instructed the Creativebug Fabric Design Series. We were so excited to get to sit down and chat with her about design, inspiration, and what really makes a collection work. Lizzy's seven lines of fabric, series of quilt patterns, and her book How to Enter the World of Textile Design make her more than qualified to teach us a thing or two!