Friday, July 26, 2013

want to Design Fabric?

want to Design Fabric?

Yesterday, as I was cutting and folding and generally delighting in all the pretty colors, I reflected on how I lack any inclination to design fabric.  It's odd to me that someone who adores using fabric and enjoys petting it and kind of lives/breathes in fabric could be so disinterested in creating her own.  I'm not even into fabric dying.  It's kind of embarassing to admit.

But what about you?  I bet lots of you have considered trying your hand at fabric design.  Well, there's no time like the present!  Connecting Threads has just opened submissions this week for a fabric design contest.  It's a pretty sweet deal if you win, to the tune of $2000, seeing your designs in print, the chance to earn royalties and lots of free fabric (yours!!!).  Contestants must submit their designs digitally now through August 10th.  Sure, that's not a lot of time, but you can buckle down and get it done.  Maybe a tight deadline is just what you need to get your creativity in gear?

Go Here for all the rules and some tips to get you started.

Go Here to submit your entry.

If a contest is not your speed, I've heard that Kimberly Knight's book, A Field Guide to Fabric Design, is a helpful read.  You can also test the waters by having your designs printed at Spoonflower anytime. 

Ok, if you make a submission to Connecting Thread's contest, let us know!  Everyone gets a vote, and I'd love to give your collection a close look. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

14 comments:

  1. But - aren't you GLAD that you don't have that desire?? I have so many things I'd like to try my hand at, that there truly aren't enough hours in the day. I've resigned myself to just doing what I love most (sewing) and not worry about the rest, unless it really becomes a burning desire....

    While I've got you here - I adore spray basting. I can't thank you enough for introducing me to the concept (and the spray...)
    ~ Tracy

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    1. Oh, awesome! I'm with you on spray basting. Could never go back!

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  2. I entered a few designs, I think 5, but 3 I am iffy about and 2 I really love. So, crossing my fingers!!

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  3. I like the idea of designing fabrics, but would have to learn to draw. And I don't learn to draw because I really don't have time for something else. (Really. I write, quilt, knit, am learning to crochet, spend a lot of time helping in my church, photograph, have a job, and am a full-time student. So no time, sadly.)

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  4. So funny...I followed the link here a yesterday or 2 ago, read the rules and even went so far as to draw out my idea....

    That may be The End to that story...

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  5. Yes seriously need less "branching out" but this IS tempting, especially as the new season of Project Runway is under way...thanks for sharing. Might try my hand a teense...will let you know.

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  6. I have no desire to either Rachel, something my dh finds hard to understand. I think HE would enjoy it more than I would. LOL

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  7. I like to think that I 'support' my quilt friends who dye, print, and design fabrics by purchasing their creations! There is only so much time in a day and we all have to make choices on what we want to spend that time on - petting fabric is a good choice!

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  8. Im with you, there are fabrics i wish someone else would design sometimes and ive thought "well i could use spoonflower and do that" but what it comes down to is i really want someone else to do it! lol.

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  9. It'd be fun to try. But I'm with you, I don't dye my own fabrics. That would make me so nervous with all those kids!

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  10. Like you I have absolutely no desire to design a fabric nor dye it, I just want to play with the end result.

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  11. Looks like fun but I have no idea how to even go about making a digital design. I think I'll stick to the using of fabric.

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  12. Alisha from Connecting Threads here. We've seen some awesome designs come in! For anyone on the fence, don't be scared! We want to see anything you can put together. Don't forget, the finalists will be selected by your peers. :) Good luck!

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