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Spoonflower
Durham, NC
Printing custom fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap for the people.
Interests: technology, sewing, blogging, crafts, internet, fabric, crafters, custom fabric, printing fabric
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Congrats to "Under the Water" by Lavish Season! We are excited to announce the winner of our Oceans Design Challenge: "Under the water" by Lavish_season! BucketFeet will use this design to help build a collection raising awareness about the environmental... Continue reading
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Here at Spoonflower HQ, we are lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by aspiring designers and astoundingly talented artists. Recently, North Carolina State University students put on their 15th annual Art2Wear Fashion Show, and Spoonflower was a sponsor... Continue reading
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We were so delighted to join our friends of Makers Collective at their annual business conference, The Makers Summit, in Greenville, SC in early March. The good folks of the Makers Collective sure know how to present an amazing event,... Continue reading
Hey Alicia, there was actually a typo in the tutorial -- the finished cut dimension for each piece should be 28" x 72" after cutting the selvage. Sorry for any confusion!
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We agree! "One for me, one for you" is our favorite sewing philosophy!
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Glad you enjoyed it! We'd love to see what you create!
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thanks Leslie! We're so glad to hear this tutorial was easy to follow along with! Happy sewing!
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Great job with this prompt, Laura! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
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Thanks for the feedback, Laura! We're hoping you'll use your imagination and bend the themes to fit *your* aesthetic. So while "cats and donuts" may at first glance appear more playful than sophisticated, it can really look however you want, it just depends on where you take your design and how you interpret the themes in your own unique style.
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Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts, Kelly.
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Amanda. The goal of our weekly prompts is to build community and provide inspiration. For an actual contest with voting in the traditional sense, we've switched to a monthly format and are very excited about the overwhelming participation we've seen. We recognize that change can be difficult and I'm sorry to hear you are so disappointed. Thanks again for taking the time to share your point of view.
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Today's the day--we've got a boatload of fresh ocean themed designs for you to vote on! Out of over 600 entries, Spoonflower and BucketFeet have narrowed it down to the top 100 designs, and now we turn over the voting... Continue reading
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Week One: Floral Dinosaurs In order for creativity and artistic skill to thrive, it needs to become a habit. With that in mind, we launched our brand new #SFWeeklyDesign series. We give you the prompts, and you take it from... Continue reading
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Are you excited about Spoonflower’s recent addition of Fleece, but not sure what to make? Fleece is remarkably easy to work with, prints vivid color and high detail, and doesn't fray! Spoonflower’s Senior Graphic Designer, Robin, is here to show... Continue reading
Hi Rachel, thank you so much for your honest, candid feedback. We value the sentiments of our community a great deal, which is actually why we decided to bring back the weekly design challenge in this format. We've noticed over the years that social media platforms such as Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram have become a crucial and increasingly prominent way for designers to receive feedback on their designs, inspiration from peers, get discovered, and to create dialogue in general around design. Just take a peek at the Spoonflower Fan group on Facebook and you'll see a great example of this. We've seen Spoonflower based artists grow and improve from these interactions, and we wanted to reinvent challenges in a way that 1) gives back a continual weekly inspiration to create something and challenge yourself 2) provides a platform for these designs to be easily found 3) to harness the community aspect of social media, wherein anyone can easily search a hashtag and instantly designers they've never heard of before will pop up, and it's incredible easy to like/ comment/ share resulting in community, and success for designers who participate. In re-thinking the design challenges we were entirely thinking of how to best benefit our designers. You may already know that designers on Spoonflower receive a percentage of commission when their designs sell. So if these challenges on social media do result in increased social media interest for Spoonflower, this is just another benefit to our designers because it means more eyeballs on their designs, and thus more traffic to their designs and more sales for them. The industry of surface design has changed quite a bit since we first began doing weekly design challenges back in 2009. Social media plays a huge role now in a way it never used to. Social accounts (Instagram in particular because of the visual aspect) are now serving as portfolios for designers, and not only that, but it's also where many shoppers go to decide what to buy. Designers are always asking us what will make their designs stand out in the marketplace, how to gain exposure and increase sales. A key part of that is social media. If social media isn't your thing, we totally get it. Which is why are still keeping our traditional Design Challenges around, but in a month-long format that allows us to award the winners with better prizes that have a deeper impact on launching design careers. We've been overwhelmed with all the positive feedback our monthly Design Challenges have garnered, in fact we saw more participants in April's challenge than any design challenge previously, even the epic Fabric8. Again, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. We'll certainly miss you as part of our design community.
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Collage-style work definitely counts for these contests! However public domain images do not, since the point of the challenge is to inspire the creation of your own new design.
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Ahh, spring. It's the season for new beginnings, planting blooms, and sporting linen. Lots and lots of easy, breezy, lovely linen. Perhaps our most versatile fabric, it's perfect for both table cloths and dresses alike. Today we're sharing 5 easy... Continue reading
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Picnic season is upon us and we can almost smell summer's barbeques right around the corner. To show our excitement for the warm weather blooms, we’ve created this DIY cloth napkin project featuring two exclusive floral designs on one fat... Continue reading
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What does Spoonflower have in common with Kaila Mullady, the 2015 World Beatbox Champion? Watch (and listen!) as Kaila uses Spoonflower to transform her apartment from plain and boring to exciting, vibrant, and personalized. Custom-printed fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap... Continue reading
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Who says unicorns aren't real? Our new lightweight, low-loft Fleece makes this nostalgic hobby-horse style toy come to life with little more than one yard of fabric, a wooden dowel, and some imagination. Spoonflower friend and DIY craft expert Lia... Continue reading
We hear you! Can't wait to see what you create!
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Can't wait to see what you create, Elisabeth!
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Hey Eclectic_House, not sure if you use Flickr, but designs uploaded there with the hashtag #SFWeeklyPrompt will also be counted as participants!
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We're bringing our beloved Weekly Design Challenge back, but with a twist! If you live and breathe surface design, then we know that just one challenge per month isn't enough for you. That's why we're now going to be giving... Continue reading
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For many of us, it was our mothers (or a mother-like figure) who were the first ones to nurture our creativity. Whether it was the act of buying us our first 64 pack of Crayolas, teaching us to sew, or... Continue reading