Join us for a three week series with Becka Rahn, co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, on learning how to transform your favorite photos into the perfect memory quilt. Each week, starting Tuesday, November 17th, we will share a lesson or two on the blog with instructions on how to execute a bite-size piece of the project. We used Instagram photos and a polychrome theme, but you can use any special photos and color palette. Share your progress using hashtag #SpoonChallenge along the way using the social media platform of your choice!
The Spoonflower Handbook
Haven't had a chance to get your hands on a copy of The Spoonflower Handbook? Don't worry, we're offering one lucky winner the chance to take home their very own copy along with two yards of Spoonflower fabric!
Designing fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap used to be the stuff of dreams. Only a few select creatives got to do it, and it required formal training and significant financial investment. But times have changed, and today anyone with a computer, Internet connection, and an idea can upload a file and order their own fabric or paper, printed affordably one yard (or more!) at a time. With step-by-step tutorials and projects that span a wide spectrum of skills, The Spoonflower Handbook is written for both new and experienced users of this print-on-demand technology. Covering everything from equipment to software to working with photos, scans, repeats, vector files, and more, it is an essential guide to a booming new creative outlet.
Enter by Tuesday, October 6th for a chance to win! The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday October 7th.
Today's bonus project from The Spoonflower Handbook comes for our friend Kelly (Weaving Major on the site). Take a peek at how she creates ammonite wallpaper, a small and large version, to cover custom cardboard boxes–perfect for organizing all your sewing notions and bits and bobs!
I love star and spiral shapes, and I'm always fascinated that there are so many different examples of both in nature. Starfish, petoskey stones, flowers, and the cross-sections of apples all have star shapes, and spirals show up in everything from galaxies to swirling water to the ammonite fossils that inspired these wallpaper designs. The spirals I usually draw have all the lines the same distance apart, but when I was looking at a photo of ammonites one day, I noticed that as the spiral got larger, so did the space between the lines. That made me want to get out my markers and see how it looked to draw spirals that way. You can do so many fun things with this wallpaper design, including making this easy gift box.
After years of planning, creating, and collaborating, The Spoonflower Handbook release is just around the corner!! On September 1st, 2015, our first book hits stores and we couldn't be more thrilled.
If you're as excited as we are to pick up a book, take a few minutes to pre-order your copy. We're offering a free fat quarter of fabric to everyone who picks up a copy by pre-ordering the book before September 1st.
**Our pre-order campaign has ended. If you picked up a copy during presale and submitted your order confirmation, you should have received the promo code via email. The code is valid through October 31st.
Don't worry if you missed the presale, because now the book is available for purchase! Order your copy through Spoonflower for $24.75 and we'll include a color guide and swatch book, two essential design tools, to help start your fabric design journey! And don't forget to tag your selfie with the book with hashtag #spoonflowerhandbookselfie for a chance to win two yards of Spoonflower fabric!