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Allie Tate
Durham, NC
When not working as a part of Spoonflower’s marketing team, I can be found crafting, studying for my Masters in Textiles, or snuggling my dog Grace.
Interests: fabric, DIY, travel, glitter, sewing, textiles, design, fashion, handmade
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Hi Eija! The free swatch will start at noon ET, so if you're on the East Coast in Australia, that will be 2am.
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With close to 800 entries, this has been our most popular annual Fabric8 Design Challenge yet! Spoonflower and industry sponsor, Moda Fabrics, have narrowed it down to 100 semifinalists, and now's the time for you to step up and help... Continue reading
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Ahh, the smell of brand new textbooks...the sound of binders clicking open and closed. Must be time for back-to-school! Congratulations to this week's Design Challenge champion, Julie Lynch (cjldesigns) for her winning design, "Notebooks Journals and Diaries." See how the... Continue reading
Hi Kate, While Modern Jersey can be used to make leggings, it is actually a bit more sheer than Sport Lycra. If printing with a light design, Modern Jersey is not ideal for leggings. Sport Lycra is going to be our best fabric for leggings, but does have a bit of a sheen to it. Hope this is helpful! Best, Allie
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Take your apparel design to the next level with new book Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles, textile designer and co-founder of The People's Print! This book features beautifully illustrated step-by-step tutorials to walk... Continue reading
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Design: Chelsea by Candy Joyce Some of you may remember when we launched Poly Crepe de Chine as a limited offering back in fall of last year. Many of you fell in love with this fabric. Hard. Since retiring it,... Continue reading
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Computer monitors display millions of different colors. Since a blue color may be called teal by some and turquoise by others, there has to be a way to describe colors without being so subjective. In today's Bootcamp post, we're exploring... Continue reading
Thanks! We love this simple project and how it really impacts your space!
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Whether reading for fun or studying for a class, books are universally important tools for education and understanding. Do you have a favorite reading nook or enjoy the smell of your local library? If yes, then it's time to browse... Continue reading
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With everything from leaf-munching caterpillars to nectar-sipping butterflies on display, the many phases of the life of the most showy pollinator were not lost on the more than 275 entrants to our Butterfly Coordinates Design Challenge! Congratulations to the first-time... Continue reading
Hi Jeannie, Neoprene is more of a "foam" type structure. I also think of neoprene as more of an insulating/barrier type material. Sport Lycra is definitely a knit with performance properties (e.g. stretch and wicking), but I would not describe it as thick or insulating like neoprene. I hope this helps provide some clarity. Please let me know if you need further help! Best, Allie
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Thanks for sharing, Lucie! We're thrilled to hear you love Sport Lycra as much as we do!
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Decorating a space that feels totally unique and fresh can be a struggle with what's available at local shops. Today, our friend and super crafty lady Lia Griffith visits the blog to share how she created a custom duvet cover... Continue reading
Jennifer! That's fantastic--thanks for sharing!
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Thanks, we hope to see photos of your treasures turned to fabric!
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There are hundreds of thousands of amazing designs in the Spoonflower Marketplace, so it’s easy to spend hours scanning through pages of beautiful artwork! If you’re looking for something specific though, narrowing down your options can make it much easier... Continue reading
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When the sun is shining and flowers are abundant, we delight in watching butterflies take flight and revel in summer glory. To cap off our Summer SpoonChallenge, we put designers to the test by asking them to come up with... Continue reading
Thanks, Mary! Please share a photo of your shawl! We'd love to see it once complete!
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Milk and cookies, ants on a log, apple slices. After a long day at school, everyone deserves a snack. Oh, and can we have just 15 minutes of TV time before starting our homework? This week's Design Challenge winners brought... Continue reading
Thanks, Jodie! We're happy to hear this was helpful!
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Hi Melissa--Great to hear you're excited about giving this idea a try!
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If you’ve ever participated in the excitement of a running race like a fun run, 5K, or half marathon, you’ve probably received a race bib stating important race information like your name, race number and location. To some, this may... Continue reading
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We didn't use a specific pattern for the cell phone arm holder, but our crew member who stitched that up is going to write up a tutorial! Stay tuned--it should be live in the next few weeks! Best, Allie
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While we haven't tested for that application, our model, Lula, has worn her Sport Lycra bathing suit (seen here: http://bit.ly/1T08SOH) to the pool multiple times now and it's stood up great to chlorine exposure, maintaining its vibrant color, elasticity, and recovery. You'll want to note, however, that this is not the same material most commercial suits are made of, and at this time we cannot speak to how the fabric will hold up in the very long term.
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