Thank you so very much to all those who submitted your beautiful love stories and sweet Valentine's crafts with us in our #SFSewInLove contest! We loved hearing about what matters most to all of you, and we're so excited to share the winners of this month's photo contest! These three lucky winners will receive a deluxe prize pack from Fiskars valued at $113.00 which includes the following goodies:
We are so excited to partner with Urban Threads to help add a new embroidery pattern to their amazingly fresh and offbeat library of designs!
Urban Threads, creators of beautiful machine and hand embroidery patterns, love offering coordinating fabrics for their embroidery patterns–their Spoonflower shop features tons of “fabric designs to rock your embroidery,” in fact! Together, we’re giving you the opportunity to design a Steampunk Valentine themed fabric, and they will create a coordinating embroidery pattern for the winning design!
WHO: Spoonflower and Urban Threads are teaming up for a very special fabric design challenge.
WHAT: Our Steampunk Valentine Design Challenge seeks designs from which a lovely Steampunk Valentine’s themed embroidery pattern can be adapted by Urban Threads. The winner of this contest will work with Urban Threads to create an embroidery pattern to coordinate with their fabric design. We’re not designing embroidery patterns to be stitched in this contest, but patterns with a Steampunk Valentine theme that can be adapted to have accompanying embroidery elements offered through Urban Threads. Check out their handy Style Guide here for a full explanation of the types of designs that work well as embroidery coordinates. The good folks at Urban Threads will choose one winner from the top ten vote getting designs. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize from Urban Threads, and all top designers will receive $50 in Spoondollar credit.
WHEN: The design deadline is February 3, 2015. Voting will take place February 5 – February 11, 2015. The top ten designs and the four winners will be announced on February 12, 2015. The final embroidery pattern will be offered by Urban Threads in the coming months.
HOW: To enter, create your own Spoonflower account, upload an original fabric design to the account, and enter the design in the Steampunk Valentine Embroidery Coordinate contest using the drop-down menu for entering contests. Designs should be created especially for this contest, and all artwork must be your original work and should not include clip art or other available Valentine’s Day-themed artwork. A note about your design file: Urban Threads will need a high resolution jpg (at least 300 dpi and letter size) or a vector file to create the resulting embroidery pattern. We encourage you to prepare your original file for this, but you should create a copy of your file saved to 150 dpi to upload to Spoonflower. Your Spoonflower preview will be viewed at 150 dpi in a fat-quarter size (21” x 18”).
See the full details and official rules here.
I don't know about you, but this week's winter weather has me wanting to stay inside and wait for spring. While the snow and ice is starting to melt here in North Carolina, I'm still planning to spend my Valentine's Day cuddled up and warm at home. If you're staying in too, here are 5 things to inspire a celebration of all things heart shaped and lovey-dovey on Valentine's Day!
FEAST YOUR EYES on all of the gorgeous heart designs on the Spoonflower Marketplace. Sign into your account to favorite the designs you love to keep track for future projects. I'm loving this Queen of Hearts collection by PennyCandy. The design featured here is Open Your Heart.
FOLD AN ORIGAMI HEART in five different ways. You can use them to embellish a valentine or simply give them to someone you love.
EMBROIDER a handwritten message from the heart.
RAID YOUR PAPER STASH (and perhaps the recycling you've avoided taking out in the snow!) to create beautiful, mini heart pinatas.
PRINT THIS PATTERN to create a patchwork anatomical heart and applique to anything you like!
Hope these will keep you from going stir crazy on a Valentine's Day in!
Have a great weekend,