So — you’ve gone through all the hard work of creating a design and that’s great, but you’re not done yet! It still needs to repeat. A fun feature of Spoonflower is that you can set up your preferences on scale and repeat for each type of product (fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap). An image can be large scale for fabric and then smaller scale for gift wrap. We also offer 5 different types (basic, half-drop, half-brick, mirrored and centered) of repeats that let you use one simple element to create a fabulous design. Let’s go over each one.
This is an example of the basic repeat, which will be the default repeat on the design when you first upload it to your Spoonflower account. [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 9 Discover Repeats
Your design should now be finalized and ready to upload. Not ready yet? That’s okay — you can catch up with us here. Uploading images to Spoonflower is super simple! Once a file is uploaded to our site, you will find several ways to continue tweaking your design. Today we’ll focus on walking step by step through the upload process, highlighting our handy design tools and features along the way.
We created the design above using free high-res Photoshop brushes we downloaded from Brusheezy. The file was saved out of Photoshop as a JPG, 150 DPI, 720 x 600 pixels. The only thing you’ll need to follow along is a digital file that meets the Spoonflower image requirements. Got one? Great, just log into your Spoonflower account (or create one here if you do not already have an account), and let’s upload our designs! Here’s how it works: [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 8 Upload Your Design
We’re half way through the 12 Days of Design! Need to get caught up? No worries, you can find all previous posts and catch up at your own pace here. Now that you’ve started sketching your artwork, select your design elements by narrowing down or adding to your preliminary sketches. You will want to make the focal points for your design at this stage, isolating and focusing on the standout features of the overall design. With your elements complete, you will arrange them into the pattern you are creating. Your elements can come together in many combinations, so pay attention to what you’re drawn to visually as you’re creating each element. You may find that once you start, less is more, and that’s okay, too!
Congrats to champion Virginia O on her green-tastic winning design! In celebration of both “National Hobby Month” and the release of the new color of the year, Greenery, we had designers take up the challenge of creating a sewing themed surface design using only Greenery, black / white and a color of their choice. As usual, they rose to the challenge and came up with some truly amazing designs! Shop the entire top 10 here: http://bit.ly/2iMvMlz
1. 399 votes for Mosaic Sewing Notions by vo_aka_virginiao
2. 221 votes for Garden of Sewing Supplies by dianef
3. 211 votes for Hand-sewn Succulents Celebrating Greenery by honoluludesign
4. 207 votes for Thread Garden by jenimp
5. 192 votes for Notion to sew by ebygomm
6. 190 votes for Greenery-Sewing by calendulaandtape
7. 189 votes for pins and needles by scrummy
8. 174 votes for Boro by Friztin by friztin
9. 168 votes for Sewing Wonderland by ollyka
10. 167 votes for Sewing Fancy Tatts by cynthiafrenette [Read more…] about Limited Color Palette Sewing Winners
You’ve gathered inspiration, picked a theme, color palette and decided on the medium you want to work with. Now it’s time to get started sketching your initial ideas. Sketch with pen and paper, grab your digital drawing tablet, or jump in and work directly with the medium you’ve chosen for the finished design. Remember, you’re just sketching at this stage, so use whatever tools work best for you to mock up all of the ideas you have.
In the latest edition of our Meet the Designer series, we discuss the creative process with Vince Desjardins (Vinpauld), a designer living in Bloomington, Indiana inclined toward trees, birds, and vintage items. Vince recently also made the top 5 in our Aurora Borealis Design Challenge. Visit his Spoonflower shop and read on to learn how he incorporates wildlife into his imaginative ditsy and toile designs.
We love a good year end round up post. So much so, in fact, that it was hard for us to narrow down all the things we wanted to share. We settled on a smattering of our favorite blog posts, designs, and happenings in Spoonlandia. We’ll revisit big news for us from the past year (hint hint, the launch of our second sister company, Roostery, definitely makes the list) as well as fabric launches, design trends, and more. Let’s dive in!
While these aren’t just from 2016, these are the posts we keep coming back to again and again. No matter how many dresses we make or pillows we stitch together, these are the projects that stay in our minds and in our crafting rotation year-round.
Still one of our all-time favorite projects, these tea towels are the perfect personalized gift. Not only are they easy to stitch up, but since they’re made from a fat quarter, they’re affordable, too. We made a video tutorial this year to help people create their own tea towels, from designing it in Photoshop to hemming it up once it arrives printed and pretty from Spoonflower. If you haven’t checked them out yet, now is the time. Ahem, now would also be a good time to ask you to subscribe to our Youtube channel, if you haven’t already! We have a team working hard to keep bringing you helpful tutorials just like this one on a regular basis.
Congrats to grand-prize winner, Petite Circus! This is Kate Fearn of the UK’s third Design Challenge grand win. Kate will receive a Rumi Tank Top with white glove service in the design of her choosing from our sister brand, Sprout Patterns. In addition, Kate will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner, Shelby Allison will also receive a Rumi Tank Top and $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner, Bora, will receive a Rumi Tank Top and $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. Woo! Shop all of the top 10 (for a limited time, spend $100 to redeem 15% off in January!).
1. 448 votes for Nordic Gnomes // by petite_circus by petite_circus
2. 355 votes for Woodland Gnomes by shelbyallison
3. 341 votes for Busy gnomes by bora
4. 318 votes for Frosty Forest Gnomes by byre_wilde
5. 311 votes for Gnome friends by heleenvanbuul
6. 307 votes for Julenisse by ebygomm
7. 305 votes for Happy gnomes playing between fungi by heleen_vd_thillart
8. 291 votes for mini garden gnomes by mirabelleprint
9. 250 votes for shroomin’ by michaelzindell
10. 246 votes for gnomi by gaiamarfurt [Read more…] about Announcing the Gnome Design Challenge Winners
We’re really feeling the holiday spirit around here, so we decided that for 8 days in December 2016, we’d give Santa Claus a break and give away a few things to all of you! This giveaway was open worldwide beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 13, through Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 8:59 a.m. EST. A new prize draw (just one winner per day, winners may not win twice) was revealed each morning at 9:00 a.m. EST and was available for 24 hours. Congrats to all of our winners below on winning some of the hottest craft supplies of 2016!