After three marathon weeks of Christmas fabrics, we have the final winner: White Trees by illustrator Juliann Law, available as a special, limited edition for the next six days in the Spoonflower Etsy shop. I thought the competition last week was pretty stiff, but she emerged as the clear winner from a large field (you can refresh your memory of the designs in the voting here). Totals were:
- Ornametalle by Scenerie 116
- Trees_White by Juliann Law 612
- Ornaments by Aimee Pepper 321
- Starry Christmas Night by Kim Pjecha 398
- Christmas Cheer by Lesli Pepper 96
- Holly and Ribbon by Victoria Lasher 63
- Santas Red by Lisa Kingston 67
- Homeberries_Christmas_Fabric by Jennie Baer 49
- Wonderland Warm Hearts by Dana Miron 284
- Ornaments 12×12 by Vanessa Raidy 263
- Christmas by Susan Mitchell 333
- Bird Ribbon by Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave 138
- Holiday by Laurie Wisbrun 132
- Bobble Garland by Weelife 150
- Retro Xmas by Kweli Kitwana 84
- Christmas Lights by Amy Kuhl Cox 393
- Angels by Vibeke Loohuis 366
- Nickolaus_Racing by Yvonne Herbst 135
- Trees Xmas-ed by Katy Keuter 73
And now, on to Halloween voting!
In the first of two weeks devoted to our Halloween fabric design theme, we have twenty-one new designs up for voting [new entries are closed, but stay tuned for a new theme announcement next week]. The competing designs and designers are:
Folk Art Pumpkin Lady by Joanne Harper
bats_orange by Shala Kerrigan
halloween-2 by Amanda Kaffka
little ghosts by Wilma Boekholt
IMG_0042 by Kathy Deggendorfer
'ghostiewords' by hbclothdiapers
Halloween by mel latthitham
looking death in the eye glyph by Jane Marlow
'halloweenparade grey' by Susalabim
Happy Halloween by Eva Mari Kirkvaag Bjørgum
Jackolanternfabric by Karen Hart
Witch1 by Kathy Fronczak
jordnöt halloween purple by Mollie Johanson
Halloween Thorns by Ginette Callaway
Jack_-o_-lights_fabric_4 by Sylvia Ion
glowing_bonesIII by Kweli Kitwana
'Candy Corn Party with Faces' by heartsandlaserbeams
ghoulie girl dancing dots by Amy Lyons
Torrid Westies by Kim Niles
BattyCat by Tricia Tharp
Halloweencat2 by Alice Langton
Memento Mori by Lisa Jonte
Congratulations to Emily Burger, a mom and artist who loves drawing for children. Just when I thought owls were on their way out, her Christmas Owls proved me wrong by winning the lion’s share of votes in the second week of our three-week Christmas-in-summer fabric design marathon.
For the next six days you can buy Emily’s owls in the Spoonflower Etsy store as a special, limited edition fabric of the week. Final vote count was as follows:
- ‘boppy_deer_full’ by carol reed 298
- Snowmanholiday by Victoria Richards 43
- pink_green_swirls by Lauralee Lemon 223
- DigD_24_PawnsTwoC8x8′ by Mike Dawson 47
- Miami Christmas by Connie Kaiser 151
- Winter Dance by Kristi White 51
- Spoonflower_Holiday_Tree by Alice Langton 53
- little_jingle_dot by Susan Scott 217
- have a holly jollies christmas! by Joan De Lurio 152
- Spotty_Galore_christmas_pud_pud_small by Elizabeth Ryman 41
- L_arbre_accordé by Joan Haimes 76
- spoonflower_copy by Serena Wilson Stubson 183
- Christmas_stars_and_crosses_gold_cropped by Chris Clark 76
- xmas by Renata Gebauerova 195
- fabric_christmas_owls by emily burger 815
- sugarplums by Colleen M 157
- joy-ch by Julie Cortese 110
- cookiegreen by laura Wilson 116
Thanks to all who participated.
Next Week’s Contest Theme: ~ Halloween ~
Up until Monday at noon (EST), submit your Spoonflower designs for consideration in our Halloween-themed fabric of the week contest. Details and entry form are here. Please, only one entry per designer.
Vote in the final round of our Christmas Fabric of the Week
Participants this week are:
- Ornametalle by Scenerie
- Trees_White by Juliann Law
- Ornaments by Aimee Pepper
- Starry Christmas Night by Kim Pjecha
- Christmas Cheer by Lesli Pepper
- Holly and Ribbon by Victoria Lasher
- Santas Red by Lisa Kingston
- Homeberries_Christmas_Fabric by Jennie Baer
- Wonderland Warm Hearts by Dana Miron
- Ornaments 12×12 by Vanessa Raidy
- Christmas by Susan Mitchell
- Bird Ribbon by Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave
- Holiday by Laurie Wisbrun
- Bobble Garland by Weelife
- Retro Xmas by Kweli Kitwana
- Christmas Lights by Amy Kuhl Cox
- Angels by Vibeke Loohuis
- Nickolaus_Racing by Yvonne Herbst
- Trees Xmas-ed by Katy Keuter
Voting closes next week on Wednesday. Follow the current vote count in real time.
Yes, you can sell your designs on Spoonflower!
In order to sell one of your designs on fabric you must become a verified seller, and have ordered at least a swatch of the fabric at some point in order to proof it. Once you’ve done so, you can go to the ‘fabric details’ page for your design and check the box on the lower right to make the design available for sale. You will earn up to 15% of the selling price (MSRP) for any fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap you sell, per our terms of service. The commission will be credited to your account in the form of Spoondollars that can be used either to purchase fabric on our site or redeemed via Paypal. It’s also possible to sell your Spoonflower fabric on your own sites, or on Etsy, as do many independent designers.
Displaying and/or selling your designs is ALWAYS under your control. The default settings for any designs you upload to Spoonflower are ‘private’ (not visible to others) and ‘not for sale’ until you make them for sale.
We’ve also seen a few questions generated by concerns over some specific wording in part 2 of our terms of service. That section, titled “User Conduct,” reads in part:
When you post designs to Spoonflower’s Web site, you keep your
copyright. You also control the account settings that determine whether
or not your design can be shared or sold on Spoonflower. In order to
maintain an Internet-based service Spoonflower is required to be able
to copy, crop, modify, reproduce, display and distribute your Content
worldwide. Spoonflower will only perform these actions to the extent
necessary to provide its service, but by submitting Content to
Spoonflower you grant Spoonflower a nonexclusive, worldwide,
transferable license to do so. If your Content is uploaded as a design
for fabric available on this Site, you grant to Spoonflower a
nonexclusive, worldwide, transferable license to create derivative
works of, modify, copy, sell, display and distribute the Content and
fabrics created from or based on such Content so long as such process
is an essential step of the print service we provide. If you choose to
make Designs available for sale on Spoonflower’s Web site, you can also
choose to remove them from sale at any time. All Designs uploaded to
our Site are private unless you specifically mark them as public.By
making your fabric Design public on the Site, you give Spoonflower the
right to display or print your Design, including photographing fabric
made from that design, for use in materials used to help market both
the Site and the designers who use the Site. Be aware that Google and
other search engines will also index public designs and the information
included in public user profiles.
Our wording here may well leave something to be desired, but please rest assured that we will never do anything with your designs without your permission. Running a web site requires us to modify, copy, display and distribute ALL the content on the site. Selling your design on fabric even just to you requires us to modify it and distribute it. Our system for creating a repeat of your design is actually a process that requires us to render a “derivative work,” for example. I am certainly not a lawyer, so my explanation here reflects a layperson’s understanding of the legal language, but one thing I can say with complete confidence is that we are creating Spoonflower to empower designers, not to exploit them.
See our handy seller infographic and learn more here.
1. Create your own design—just upload an image to get started.
Choose a design from the Spoonflower Marketplace, where indie artists earn commissions from every sale.
2. Choose a product
Apply your design to the fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrap of your choice.
3. We print it to order
We make each item just for you. After we print it, the Spoonflower team hand cuts, processes, and packs your order.
4. Spoonflower ships all over the world
5. Receive your custom fabric and start sewing!
Thanks to the keen eye of our friend Kim at the fabulous new fabric blog True Up, you can admire some stunning pillows made from digitally printed fabric (available through the French company Bonjour Mon Coussin) while planning your own future projects using Spoonflower. Kim at True Up points out that it is a mistake to get too hung up on learning how to create repeats & use special software to design patterns. There are an infinite number of cool, uncomplicated projects you can concoct without knowing the first thing about Photoshop & its ilk.
While we’re on the subject of creating repeats, be sure to check out a-print-a-day, a blog a by Yasmine, a San Francisco designer who has set herself the challenge of “creating a surface print every day.”
Last but not least I am happy to report that the behind-the-scenes work on the beta version of Spoonflower is going swimmingly. Look for the excitement to begin sometime in early May, although at least some beta testers will be hearing from me before then. Thanks to all of you for the support and excitement you’ve shown so far, including the lovely folks at (the much admired) Wee Wonderfuls, who are welcome to “stalk” us anytime.