This week's contestants made mischief-filled designs paying homage to Shakespeare's classic play. Designers worked with a restricted color palette, and as a result, our top ten fabrics make a beautiful collection of dreamy designs. Congratulations to this week's winner, Melissa Wang of Singapore, and the rest of the top ten!
The final voting results were:
1. 820 votes for Bottom's Dream by melisza
2. 709 votes for Love-in-idleness by jillbyers
3. 632 votes for Midsummer Night Large by vinpauld
4. 586 votes for A midsummer love with moon by liluna
5. 573 votes for When My Cue Comes, Call Me by sammyk
6. 538 votes for Midsummer Julie's Nights Dream by juliesfabrics
7. 525 votes for Midsummer Candlelight by spellstone
8. 505 votes for Cupids Flower by shelleymade
9. 476 votes for Midsummer Night's Dream Botanical by jenimp
10. 474 votes for Midsummer_Magical_Love by robinpickens
This week we're giving one lucky winner the chance to take home a copy of Barb Blair's Furniture Makeovers! The Knack Studios founder shares how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You'll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! Furniture Makeovers' 26 easy-to-follow techniques are perfect for all types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more.
To enter the giveaway, fill out our entry form via the link below between now and Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013. We'll announce the winner on Wednesday July 3rd, 2013. The winners of last week's giveaway, Fiskars Amplify shears, are Laetitia Gerald, Belinda Briggs, and Penny Hajiantoni -- congratulations!
Just a couple of weeks ago, one lucky designer claimed the top prize in our 2013 Fabric8 contest. Thank you all for being part of the community that chose Robert Kaufman's newest fabric designer by voting for your favorite Geek Chic fabric collection! Your winner, Sarah Johnston, won a contract with Robert Kaufman Fabrics for her Fabric8 Geek Chic collection, a $1000 advance against royalties, and a Wacom professional digital drawing tablet. Now she begins the exciting journey to see her Geek Chic collection produced by Robert Kaufman and sold around the world!
For a peek into the process, we invited 2012 Fabric8 winner Andie Hanna, to share her experience of producing her first professional textile collection. Her collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Modern Bliss, debuted at International Quilt Market this spring, and is now for sale in fabric shops all over the US and online.
I currently live in Columbus, Ohio where I grew up. I worked as a fashion designer all over the country for over fifteen years, but was able to leave my full time job last August to stay home with my 6 year old son, Emerson and work on having another-- I'm currently four and a half months pregnant with a girl due in October). The timing couldn't have been better!
My husband, Josh and I had been working on getting to a place financially where I could work from home and not have kids in daycare, and we reached our goal right after I won the Fabric8 Contest. It was so exciting because I really got to transition into my new role and focus on my "Modern Bliss" collection. I have a huge family here in Columbus - tons of cousins and they're all extremely supportive. My cousin Michelle and my mom even helped me sew a ton of samples for the trunk show!
Coming from the Fashion industry, Quilt Market was a whole new world to me and it was amazing! I learned a lot about the quilting world and saw so many great fabrics, quilts and sewing patterns. It was very inspiring! I got to meet many of the people from Robert Kaufman which was fantastic. I had spoken to many of them on the phone, emailed and even Skyped but I got to meet them in person and they are so supportive and sweet.
One of the most amazing things was getting to see the swatch board of my "Modern Bliss" collection at the Robert Kaufman booth. They didn't have yardage of my fabric yet, it was being produced, so they sold my collection from a swatch board instead of hangers. It was very surreal to see the sales reps showing this to potential customers!
I just finished sewing a ton of samples in my "Modern Bliss" collection for a trunk show at a local fabric shop that is carrying my fabric. I was featured in the last issue of MOYO (a digital surface design magazine at www.dowhatyouloveforlife.com/moyo) and got to design the layout of my interview myself. I've already submitted several Fall 2013 collections to Robert Kaufman and they've decided to license one of them which I'm thrilled about. It's very different from my debut collection, but it's fun and whimsical. I'm currently finishing up some Spring 2014 collections to send to Robert Kaufman soon.
For the month of June we celebrated dads and dudes by sharing DIY gift ideas for guys. We learned to design gift wrap from favorite vacation photos and family keepsakes, and rounded up gift ideas for outdoorsy dads, and guys that love to cook. Today we found some rad projects for trendy & tech-savvy guys from our favorite DIY blogs and some cool fabrics from the Spoonflower marketplace to make them!
1. Monogram cuff links 2. Brewing (slate) by Phillip Markel 3. Ocean Depth Map by Ravynka 4. Sketchbook Father's Day ties 5. Digital tablet device sleeve 6. Wood-grain laptop wrap 7. Mustache Gallery Blue by Avelis 8. Geek Chic Barcode Lime by Katarina 9. Seven Seastatoo by Urban_threads 10. Messenger Bag
We shared an amazing evening crafting with fellow makers here in Durham, North Carolina last Thursday at our first ever Etsy Craft Party here at Spoonflower HQ! Celebrating the 2013 world-wide party theme, Craft for Community, we asked folks at our party to donate finished projects to sell in the Spoonflower Etsy shop. We'll donate all proceeds from sales to Heifer International, an organization that has worked since 1944 to end hunger and poverty in communities around the world. Heifer International empowers families to sustain themselves and their communities by providing livestock and training. Not only do these donations of livestock ensure a reliable source of food for families, they also provide the potential for income through the sale of exra agricultural products such as milk, eggs, and honey.
Head over to the Spoonflower Etsy Shop to check out the donated projects!
The participants this week are:
1. Midsummer Serenade by magentarose
2. Meandering Musings by ceanirminger
3. "Oh Bottom, thou art changed!" by moirarae
4. 'Tis Almost Fairy Time by amazinart
5. 1 Midsummer night's dream by paragonstudios
6. 12414366b by hmilwicz
7. A Midsummer Forest by jwitting
8. A midsummer love with moon by liluna
9. A Midsummer NIght Dream Dance by kiwiandsteve
10. A Midsummer Night's Dream by whimzwhirled
Last night we had a blast with local makers at our own Etsy Craft Party -- a global gathering of crafters!
In the Spoonflower Greenhouse, our community space for meeting and making, we celebrated this year’s Etsy Craft Party theme, Craft for Community, with DIY fun! We had a great time crafting with friends here in Durham, NC, folding origami from gift wrap, making fabric covered buttons and earrings, sewing up plushie robots and merit badges! Check out some photos of last night's festivities!
The final voting results were:
1. 662 votes for Farmers Market by chrissievh
2. 547 votes for MarketLove_onDeepRed3 by robinpickens
3. 536 votes for Getting to the Root of It All by hootenannit
4. 535 votes for Julie's Fresh Market by juliesfabrics
5. 492 votes for vegies by johanna_design
6. 430 votes for Farmer's Market Fun by gsonge
7. 382 votes for Farmers Market 2 by sary
8. 380 votes for Vintage Veggies by dianne_annelli
9. 379 votes for Farm Fresh by mariafaithgarcia
10. 363 votes for 4th Saturday of the Month by ebygomm
This week we are giving away Fiskars new Amplify™ Shears collection -- premium shears designed to cut cleanly through heavy materials like leather, upholstery, vinyl and much more! We will pick three winners.
To enter the giveaway, fill out our entry form via the link below between now and Tuesday, June 25th, 2013. We'll announce a winner on Wednesday June 26th, 2013. Last week's winners of $50 Etsy gift cards are Natalie Eldershaw & Gwendolyn Soberay. Congrats Natalie and Gwendolyn!
Do you know a guy who loves to grill, bake, or makes a mean cup of joe? Enjoy a little DIY gifting inspiration with these projects, and some fun culinary fabrics to make them, perfect for the dads and dudes who love to cook.
1. Farm Share fabric by Susan Polston 2. DIY Manly Man Apron 3. Thermos Stripe fabric by Heidi Kenney 4. DIY Cooking Journal 5. Oven Mitt 6. All Meat Blue fabric by Third Half Studios 7. DIY BBQ Tool Belt 8. Mornin' Sunshine! fabric by Sammy K 9. Outdoor Cooler 10. Fantastic Farm Fresh Fungi fabric by Spellstone
Spoonflower crew member Caroline used her grandfather's patent applications to create personalized gift wrap for Father's Day. Check out the how-to for this unique project perfect for any occasion using your own keepsakes or memorabilia!
When I was younger, my dad used to tell me that my grandfather invented the folding umbrella and had a patent to prove it. Unfortunately this story was not exactly true, as the Chinese invented it, according to historical accounts, during the Cao Wei dynasty about 1,700 years ago.
This stretched truth nonwithstanding, since Father's Day was coming up, I thought I'd do something unique and fun for my dad and give him a framed photo of his father wrapped with paper I'd made using the drawings from those patents.
I found the documents easily on Google and downloaded the PDF files. At this point I had 2 options:
In this case, I chose option 2 since it removed the step of rescanning the images. BUT...if I were to do this with drawings from my niece, for example, I'd certainly use the "old-fashioned" method.
I began by creating my canvas. In Photoshop: File > New, named the file accordingly, chose a width of 26 inches (the width of our gift wrap) and 300dpi since it would be printing on paper.
I repeated this step with the same image several times, rotating it and moving it around the canvas to get a non-directional pattern. (Another way to do this on a Mac is to press CTRL J, which will duplicate your layer.
Then I hunkered down and repeated these steps, choosing images and text, copying and pasting, and rotating and moving the pieces around the canvas.
The next step was to upload it to the Spoonflower site. From the CREATE tab in the main navigation, I chose Custom Gift Wrap and chose the file I wanted to use.
A really cool feature on our site is that you can choose the GIFT BOX option above the design preview to see your gift wrap on a box and get a great estimation of how your project will look!
My folding umbrella gift wrap turned out so well I created a few different colorways. I was totally thrilled when I got the actual paper - the drawings were crisp and clear - so professional I was almost surprised I'd designed it! My father loved everything and was really excited to get such a heartfelt and personal gift!
When Caroline is not working as a part of Spoonflower’s marketing & engineering teams, she can be found boxing, gardening, cooking, or snuggling with her dog Albatross.
**The awesome Darth Vader Father's Day card in the first photo was designed by my very talented friend Amanda Wright of Wit and Whistle.
In just a few days, crafters around the world will meet up in their hometowns to make and mingle at Etsy Craft Party on June 20th! If you don't already have plans to attend a party, find one in your area. To get you ready for your crafting extravaganza, we're giving away two $50 Etsy gift cards that you can use to buy handmade goods from the Etsy marketplace, or craft supplies!
To enter the giveaway, fill out our entry form via the link below between now and Tuesday, June 18th, 2013. We'll announce two winners on Wednesday June 19th, 2013. The winner of last week's giveaway, three rolls of custom-printed gift wrap, is Kim Kihega, congratulations!
Looking for the perfect handmade Father's Day gift idea? We've rounded up some projects for outdoorsy dads and dudes and the perfect fabrics to sew them up!
I haven’t yet thought about a Father’s Day gift for my husband or my dad, but I have thought a lot about the packaging I will wrap it in! For a truly meaningful gift giving experience, I made personalized gift bags from Spoonflower gift wrap.
I used a photo collage of my children on one side of the bag, and a personalized greeting on the other. I designed my gift wrap so that the text and photos were positioned in the correct places to fold into a 9"x8" gift bag. The finished dimensions of my gift bags are: 9” wide, 3” deep and 8” tall. To make a different size gift bag you will need to change the position of your designs accordingly. I chose these measurements because you can fit six gift bag templates perfectly onto one roll of 26" x 72" Spoonflower gift wrap with zero waste!
I started by taking photos of my children and editing them into a collage using Picmonkey. I then opened a new file in a drawing program on my computer. I started by making the page the dimensions of one gift bag template: 26” x 12”. After selecting a background color, I imported the photo collage I had made. This is going on the left side of the screen, centered around the 4.5” mark (using the ruler at the top of the screen). I added text to the other side of the bag, leaving a 3” space in between for the side of the bag.
The black lines illustrate how I envisaged the bag layout and set out my designs accordingly. Pay attention to the ruler at the top of the screen in your drawing or photo editing program. This is your best friend when you want to make sure your photo or text are centrally and correctly positioned. Also keep in mind that the top and bottom 2” will be folded in and you should keep your text and photos away from those areas.
Once I was happy with the design, I saved it. I then created a new document and changed the page size to fit half a sheet of Spoonflower’s gift wrap; 26” x 36”. I imported my saved design into this new file.
I like to use a bone folder to ensure I get crisp, clean folds. Open up the folds.
Next, score the fold lines at 9”, 12”, 21” and 24”. Remember, the final two inches will be your flap for sticking the sides together.
Start to construct your gift bag. Put glue on the 2” end flap and adhere to the other side of the gift bag. Tuck the folded top edge inside the bag.
Fold the bottom edges as if you were wrapping a parcel. Put glue on the final flap and press down from inside the bag to secure.
Optional: Cut a piece of cardstock (an old cereal box will do) 3” x 9” and place in the bottom of the bag for reinforcement.
Now all that’s left for me to do is find the perfect gift to put inside the bag!
I'm an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they're not absolutely perfect. And though I'm no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.