Huge news: we're taking our 10% designer commission and adding a bonus! For the month of June and every month hereafter, if your monthly commissions exceed certain thresholds, you will retroactively qualify for an additional bonus commission on top of what you've already earned. And on top of that, you will be paid out every 14 days (instead of once a month) with no waiting period. We've even added a new payout threshold of $10 (versus the previous $20) so you can transfer that cash to your bank account even faster than ever. Check out our infographic below which breaks down the new commission tiers.
Are you a sentimental treasure hoarder like us? We love tutorials that allow us to bring family heirlooms and precious memories into our everyday lives. This week guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shows us to do just that by turning a family keepsake into a beautiful scarf. We recommend using Poly Crepe de Chine for all the elegance of silk without the cost or animal impact of real silk.
Emma: I have never really been the kind of person who collects trinkets, hoards keepsakes or has many treasured family heirlooms tucked away in the attic, but now that I have children of my own, I am increasingly aware of the importance of keeping items that will one day tell our family’s story. Our family history is no more, or less, remarkable than that of the next, but it is unique in its detail and its narrative is a gift for future generations to treasure.
That said, I am not naturally predisposed to keeping things that do not serve a practical purpose so I’m trying to think of ways to preserve the memories of events and people without cluttering up my house with boxes that are never opened or with figurines that sit on a shelf and gather dust.
When my mum told me she was in possession of a newspaper published on the day she was born I was immediately inspired to think of ways to release it from its captive state at the bottom of a dusty drawer and to bring the printed material to life once more. After all, what good are treasures or keepsakes if we don’t stop to reflect upon them once in awhile?
My mum was born in England in June 1944, the day after the Normandy Landings when the allied troops invaded northern France, resulting in the decisive allied victory that marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War. The newspaper is only 8 pages long (presumably because of the shortages at the time) but despite this, I felt there was a wealth of material: adverts, news columns, satirical cartoons, movie theater announcements, letters, crosswords...
I decided to take photos of different parts of the paper that caught my eye and although there was no ignoring the obvious war reports and political references, I found I was drawn to aspects of the paper that highlighted regular humanity during wartime. For example, there was an advert for soap which asked the readers to consider, ‘Will he find you as young and lovely when he comes home again?” I also took photos of the date printed on the paper (my mum’s birthday!)
With roughly 100 photos of different parts of the newspaper, I transferred them onto my computer and used Picasa to create a collage of my favorite images. In the collage option in Picasa, you are able to set a custom size so I put in 36” x 36” as I intended on making a silk scarf of these dimensions printed on to one yard of Spoonflower’s beautiful silk crepe de chine.
I then positioned and repositioned the photos I had taken until I was happy with the design. At this point the colors were still their original yellowing newspaper with black text, but using Picasa’s Duo-Tone option under the image processing tab, I was able to select two colors for my print.
Though I tried a few test swatches before printing my yardage, all the color options I chose were within shades of my mum’s favorite colors, to make this scarf really personal for her.
When I received my yardage, I trimmed the edges and sewed a hand rolled hem around all four sides to complete the scarf.
This is beautiful fabric with such a special print that I know the scarf will become a family heirloom. And whilst the original newspaper may soon be returned to the bottom of the drawer and forgotten once more, the scarf will be worn and enjoyed, and will help tell part of our story for generations to come.
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.
UPDATE: As of June 15, the Spoonflower Handbook Master Class Summer Session is full! Click here to join the waiting list.
After reading last month's Spoonflower Handbook Master Class recap by instructor Becka Rahn, were you itching to road trip to the Spoonflower HQ? If the answer is yes, you're in luck! We are excited to announce registration is now open for the summer session of the Spoonflower Handbook Master Class on August 26-28. This workshop will be an introduction to using Photoshop for fabric design, with a specific focus on using layers and seamless textures to add depth to your designs.
Ready to get designing? Click here to reserve your spot today!
Spoonflower embraces a love that exists for itself, not bound by color, gender, or geography. And to celebrate all love during Pride Month, Spoonflower has created two exclusive designs highlighting the colors of the rainbow and the values of inclusivity that make our vibrant world of color and surface design keep on spinning.
Moogfest is an annual 4-day music festival and technology symposium featuring artists whose music uses Moog instruments or ideas. It began a decade ago in memorial of Robert "Bob" Moog, the inventor of Moog synthesizers. This year Moogfest was held in Spoonflower's home city of Durham, North Carolina! With all the music and tech chatter surrounding the festival, Spoonflower was overjoyed to have the opportunity to provide the signage.
Our Woven (peel and stick) Wallpaper was selected by Moogfest organizers as the festival's signage material because of its versatility––it can adhere to a huge range of surfaces and can be peeled off and repositioned multiple times with minimal loss of stickiness. With venues scattered around the urban landscape of downtown Durham and surfaces ranging from corrugated steel, brick, and concrete surrounding festival-goers throughout, our Peel and Stick was put to the test. We are happy to report that it held up great, even through the sun, rain and wear-and-tear of constant festival traffic.
In the spirit of art and innovation, Moogfest organizers chose to print their official colors, cut out simple shapes, and playfully stick them to the surfaces around venues, as if handfuls of oversized confetti had been sprinkled about the entrances. We loved how much these bright shapes enlivened local Durham landmarks.
Are you looking for a quick, fun way to add some new art to your house or create a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special? Whether it’s pictures of a favorite vacation spot, a furry loved one or a family photo, the possibilities for DIY canvas wall art are endless with Spoonflower's custom digital printing process. Spoonflower staffer Alex is here to walk you through the process, from teaching you how to stretch canvas to finishing the edges of your piece so they don't snag. Follow along below!
This project can be completed in less than 20 minutes, for less than $30. We suggest using our Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra but you can also use our Eco Canvas. These sturdy fabrics provide a more natural and interesting texture, and help keep the image from warping as you stretch it.
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- canvas stretcher bars (I used a 16" x 24" frame)
As mentioned above, I used a fat quarter of Spoonflower’s Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra for this tutorial, but you could use our Eco Canvas, as well. Fat Quarters of both fabrics measure 18"x 27", so the image I printed fit with room to spare. You want something sturdy that will hold up to being stretched without warping the design. I suggest sizing your photo to be a couple inches larger than the dimensions of your stretcher bars to prevent white space from showing around the edges when your canvas wall art is hanging.
Step 1: Assemble the Frame
We'll start out by assembling the stretcher bars. Sand down any jagged edges to get the joints to slide together. Now, lay the frame onto your face down fabric. Position the bars centrally on your design and pull the fabric over the top edge and staple. Make sure to keep an even amount of surface area around all four sides of the canvas.
Use the leverage from the top staple to make sure that the fabric is pulled tight, tight, tight across the bottom. Repeat this process for the left and right sides, as well.
The first four staples on each of the sides are the most important part of the project to ensure even tension on your finished project!
Step 2: Stapling the sides
Start stapling around the sides, alternating one staple per side in a clockwise pattern. The number of staples needed depends on the size of your frame. Generally, one staple every 2-3 inches works fine.
Step 3: Finishing the Corners
Once you've made your way around the entire frame, it's time to do the corners. You want the fold of the fabric to lie along the bottom edge of the frame. This is more attractive and keeps things from getting caught on your canvas. Fold the outside edge over towards the inside of the frame and staple. Repeat this for All 4 corners and trim away any excess fabric on the back when you're finished flip it over and admire your handiwork.
We're teaming up with our friends at StoryPatches to bring you June's Design Challenge: Family Tree Coordinates! This Challenge seeks 4 coordinating designs that celebrate family, in all of its forms. No need to attach a story of any kind or create a quilt label, just submit four designs formatted in a one-yard sized file, that all go together and symbolize family to you. The winning coordinate designs will be licensed for an exclusive set of StoryPatches labels!
Not sure how your designs will look as StoryPatches labels?The possibilities are endless! The winning designer will work with the team at StoryPatches to create an exclusive set of quilt labels adapted from their Family Tree Coordinates – the perfect complement to any handmade project created with the winning designs!
Not sure how to design coordinates?Check out this blog post where our friend Bonnie Christine shows us just how easy it can be.
Here's anexample of four coordinating designs in the layout we're looking for for this Design Challenge:
An example of four coordinating designs, formatted to fit on one yard. All designs are by Bonnie Christine, and are not related to the theme of this Design Challenge
Prizes: Winner receives $300 cash prize from StoryPatches and a licensing contract to create a line of quilt labels, $300 Spoonflower credit + a press release. All remaining entrants in the top 10 to receive $100 in Spoonflower credit.
Click below to read more details about the Design Challenge timeline and official rules, as well as how you can be entered into a giveaway!
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 issues and the impact of rising sea levels on ocean health. The Challenge winner received $250 from BucketFeet and $150 from Spoonflower, a licensing contract for a run of footwear, and a pair of shoes featuring their design.
Congratulations to the rest of our top ten winners who each received $150 in Spoonflower credit, and all who participated in our Oceans Design Challenge with BucketFeet! Hooray!
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 of the event through our Emerging Designer Grant program. The theme of which was "The Virtue of Obsession." Today, we're getting to know some of the student designers, led by Assistant Professor of Art & Design, and Project Runway contestant Justin LeBlanc.
I'm Angèle Gray, an Art + Design student from North Carolina State University, currently pursuing my artistic dreams of fashion illustration and textile design. As a senior in the College of Art + Design, my self-identity has grown to encompass both my role as an artist and more importantly a designer. As a designer, I am interested in how The Formalist Art Theory can influence textile design. It suggests that the value of art is determined solely on the artist’s ability to use the formal design elements of color, line, composition, and texture. My design process starts by placing a hierarchy on the overall aesthetics I want to convey, I am then able to hone in on more detail-oriented works. I believe textiles should excite the viewer and open their senses. When creating, I strive to develop aesthetically refined designs that will intrigue and provoke a sense of connection to my work as well as an enthusiasm towards textile design.
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, and we're delighted to have them stopping by the blog to share a few of their favorite projects from this year's conference. Makers Collective co-founder Lib Ramos gives tips and tricks for how to throw the best craft party ever!
Lib: As part of Makers Summit conference each year, we host The Best Craft Party Ever. For the past two years, the party has actually been a series of progressive parties, where each stop features a craft project! If you’re looking to throw an epic craft party of your own, here are some of our tips for choosing the best kinds of crafts for a crowd.