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Eighties embroidery pattern Designs

Spoonflower Design Challenge: October 03, 2012

This week we finally held a contest for embroidery patterns. For fun, we asked for designs to be reversed, thus allowing the embroiderer to see the print through the fabric and to stitch on the non-printed side. The theme? The roaring eighties. Our winner? Laurie Stevens, a designer from the UK. Congrats, Laurie!

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Upcoming contests


Get ready for blast off with this week's Design Challenge. Designers, let your imagination soar when creating your rocket-inspired design. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size (21" x 18"). Deadline for entry is Tuesday, January 27th. Voting will open on Thursday, January 29th.

Steampunk valentine

We’re teaming up with Urban Threads to present our Steampunk Valentine Design Challenge! Create a fabric design from which a lovely Steampunk Valentine’s themed embroidery pattern can be adapted by Urban Threads. We’re not designing embroidery patterns to be stitched in this contest, but patterns with a Steampunk Valentine theme that can be adapted to have accompanying embroidery elements. See full details on the blog and the Designing for Embroidery Style Guide for more details. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Ditsy sheep

To celebrate the Year of the Sheep and the Chinese New Year, this week's contest challenge is to design sheep fabrics using a ditsy style, or scattered, small-scale, non-directional repeat. Previews will be shown at the scale of a swatch (8" x 8"). Entries close on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015.

Mythical creature plushie pattern

Create a cut-&-sew pattern to make a plush mythical creature toy. The sewing pattern, with instructions, should fit on a fat quarter of linen-cotton canvas (27" x 18"). Contest will close for entries on February 17, 2015. Voting opens Thursday, February 19th.

Cubist cats

Celebrate our feline friends with cubist-style cat designs! Create a true work of modern art with your Cubist Cat-themed design. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size (21" x 18"). Deadline for entry is Tuesday, February 24th. Voting will open on Thursday, February 26th.

Coral, mint, black and white

We just love coral, mint, black, and white all together in designs! This week's challenge calls for you to create a design using all four colors in this restricted palette, (visible on the blog here:, no less, no more. Previews will be shown at the fat quarter size (21" x 18"). Deadline for entry is Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015. Voting opens Thursday, March 5th.

Instructions and rules for our weekly fabric design contests appear on our upcoming contests page .

Top 10 Eighties embroidery pattern Designs

1. invaders
Micro - waved Media ~ an homage to Keith Haring
2. Micro - waved Media ~ an ...
Eighties Embroidery Portrait
3. Eighties Embroidery Portrait
cross-stitch, the original 8-bit graphics system
4. cross-stitch, the origina...
Flowers 4
5. Flowers 4
80s Embroidery motifs - Wired for Sound!
6. 80s Embroidery motifs - W...
Fancy Pony Toy 8" hoop Embroidery Project
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Tape Song: 80s Embroidery Mix
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9. tetris
Awesome Rainbows & Unicorns, Balloons & Fluffy Clouds
10. Awesome Rainbows & Unico...

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