Leaves! Crunching under our shoes, floating above our heads on a morning walk, littering our yards and leaving ghosted stamps on the sidewalk. There’s no denying that lovely leaves are piling up all around us right now! Here at Spoonflower HQ, it seems like every time we open the office door, a pile of leaves blows right in with us. Why not embrace it and let this abundant resource become inspiration for your next project? Spoonflower crew member Theresa is stopping by the blog today to bring you five beautiful craft projects featuring leaves. Let’s jump in!
We asked participating designers this week to create autumn-themed designs limited to three colors, with white as an optional fourth color. Not too suprisingly, we got quite a few entries. Looked at in bunches, it's hard not to imagine what a beatiful fall quilt they would make. Please head over and vote for your favorites! We'll report back as usual next week.
The participants this week are:
1. 02BIRDS by artitbymandra
2. 100_2621-ch by myartself
3. 4th Doctor's Fall Scarf Stripe by fentonslee
4. A Change of Season by saenzdesign
5. A Creamy Pumpkin Pie Border by inscribed_here
6. A Day in the Forest by my_zoetrope
7. A Fall of Fun by eclectic_house
8. A is for Acorn! by minniemeatdaydreamstudio
9. a sting in the stripe by wednesday'sgirl
10. A sure sign of Autumn (in Texas) is the Homecoming Mum by beesocks
For the fabric design challenge this week we asked participants to take items they might find in nature and then to create a fabric design based on scanning the objects. There were loads of interesting fabrics among the entries, as well as some surprising takes on the challenge. The surprises included this week's winner, by Jenimp, in which she took bits of leaves, made adorable creatures out of them by gluing them to paper, and then scanned them. The result is some very cute fabric that would look just perfect on our organic cotton sateen. Congrats, Jeni!
The final voting results:
1. 544 votes for Leif's Zoo by jenimp
2. 504 votes for Big Bang Bloom! by francine
3. 405 votes for Plant Collection by iota1617
4. 391 votes for pressed flowers by lauram
5. 380 votes for les feuilles mortes by grenouille
6. 367 votes for Samarra's Samaras by sammyk
7. 363 votes for ginko_leaf_print by honey_lane
8. 361 votes for Something wrong in the forest? by annosch
9. 361 votes for locust4b by snuss
10. 359 votes for Peacoquette by sarahwalden
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.