Last year, the Spoonflower community came together for the first ever International RARE Bear Sew-in supporting RARE Science, and you blew us away with your generosity! We are excited to announce that on March 18th, Spoonflower will be hosting our 2nd annual International RARE Bear sew-in for the one-of-a-kind children supported by RARE Science. It’s time to spring into action for kids!
Join author and founder of Knack Studios, Barb Blair, as she leads a night of crafting ( supplies included)! Using techniques from her newest book, Furniture Makes the Room, the “queen of milk paint” will lead you in making your very own refinished jewelry box using supplies (yes, including the jewelry box!) provided by Spoonflower, the leaders in digital custom design. Enjoy light refreshments and snacks as you craft the night away.
Featuring instructions for 15 before-and-after furniture projects including dressers, tables, beds, and more in Blair’s signature bold style, a “toolbox” section detailing favorite techniques and materials, and photos of dozens of inspiring interiors, Furniture Makes the Room unlocks the secrets to decorating livable rooms around statement pieces. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the inspiration behind Barb’s newest book and make a take-home project of your own. Want a sneak peak at what we’ll be making? Visit last Tuesday’s blog post when Barb showed us how to update a jewelry box in under an hour!
Refreshments provided by Trophy Brewing Company, Union Wine Company, and Cupcakes by The Cupcake Shoppee!
Ready to join in on the fun? RSVP today!
This past Saturday, over 30 community members and Spoonflower employees spent the afternoon sewing RARE Bears for one-of-a-kind kids supported by RARE Science Inc., a non-profit research organization accelerating cures for rare childhood diseases. On this very special afternoon, quilt guilds, sewing groups, and crafty individuals stitched up bears all over the country to Spring into Action. From California to here in Durham, North Carolina, it was RARE Bear mania!
This past weekend, our amazing community joined us in the Greenhouse, our craft and community space here at Spoonflower's Durham, NC HQ, to whip up pillowcases for our local chapter of ConKerr Cancer. These lovingly crafted pillowcases will brighten the days of children facing extended stays in local hospitals.
In just three hours last Saturday morning, our merry team of volunteer sewists finished 68 bright and beautiful pillowcases! Thank you so much to Pam and Kim, our local chapter organizers, and to everyone who came out to sew for such a great cause! For more photos, check out the Spoonflower Greenhouse Facebook page.
ConKerr Cancer is a national organization that brightens the days of seriously ill children facing extended stays in the hospital by providing them with their own beautifully handmade pillowcases. We are delighted to host a ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Sew-In in the Spoonflower Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at our Durham, NC headquarters on Saturday, June 13, from 10am-1pm, and we invite you to join in the effort, no matter where you are!
If you happen to find yourself in Durham on Saturday, June 13, from 10am-1pm, please do join us in the Greenhouse to sew pillowcases for children in local hospitals! Head over to our event page for full details and to RSVP today! We'll provide fabric and notions for folks to create fun pillowcases to donate to our local chapter of ConKerr Cancer!
If you'd like to make pillowcases ahead of time, or if you'd like to organize your own pillowcase sew-in to support local hospitals in your area, follow this quick and easy tutorial provided by ConKerr Cancer. Information about supporting ConKerr Cancer in your area can be found here, along with great resources and instructions for all of the ways you can contribute to such a worthwhile effort. If you're planning an event to support ConKerr Cancer in another area, please do let us know in the comments below. We love sharing fun sewing events with our community!
We look forward to sewing for a great cause with you!
If you can’t make it to the Greenhouse for Spoonflower Basics, we can bring Spoonflower Basics to you! Yep, it's true– we have made our popular and very informative class available online. Just download the class kit with an instructor’s guide and student handouts. Once you have the materials, you can use this kit to teach yourself, or a class to your local guild, club, or group.
Spoonflower Basics will lead you through the process of uploading an image and using the Spoonflower tools to edit your design. Our step-by-step class will teach you how to scan and adjust the size of your image, select repeat patterns, place your order, and make your design available for sale!
We hope you'll enjoy using this great resource to help inspire yourself and others to design fabric, and be sure to share with us what you've made!
A team of stitchers joined us this January for a Greenhouse sew-in to create 200 handprinted and dyed silk scarves for Wrap Your Head Around It, a community art project creating wearable textiles from silks printed with the poems from cancer patients and survivors. Back in October, Wrap Your Head Around It successfully raised over $15,000 in their Kickstarter campaign, and with the help of videographer Brandon Yow, they recently debuted a short film revealing how they linked text with textiles through community action with and for the cancer community. In the film, you'll see how students and volunteer groups from Elon University, Meredith College, and NC A&T University helped along the way to transform this effort into a reality.
The film screening took place at a salon for Wrap Your Head Around It at the FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill last week. Project leader Peg Gignoux created a rainbow of selected scarves to display, and participants in workshops admired their work and connected with locals new to the project.
We are so honored to have met Peg and her incredible network of activists, artists, organizers and survivors through this project. Check out the incredible Wrap Your Head Around It documentary, and please do pass it along. We hope that projects like this will continue to flourish, bringing beauty and expression to a difficult journey.
The last two decades have been quite the ride for quilter, artist, and author Sherri Lynn Wood, who we were delighted to host last weekend in the Greenhouse, and we just had to get the full story! From selling quilts at a farmer's market less than 20 miles from Spoonflower's Durham HQ to putting the finshing touches on the manuscript for her first book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, Sherri shares her inspiration, creative process, and some of the steps along the way to her brilliant quilting career in this brief interview.
Sherri Lynn Wood is busy these days, to say the least! After a marathon writing session to finish a draft of her first book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, due out next spring through STC Craft, she jetted from her current home in Oakland, CA, all the way to Durham, NC, for an east coast "tour" of teaching gigs that kicked off with an amazing lecture and workshop set right here in the Spoonflower Greenhouse. We were beyond excited to host Sherri Lynn Wood back in the area where her quilting journey began, and we couldn't help asking a few questions–7 to be exact–about the inspiring steps (and quilts) along the way!
Spoonflower co-founder Stephen Fraser and Sherri show off her Mod-Mood Quilt after a tour of our offices.
Read on for the full interview with Sherri Lynn Wood!