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Not just for "grannies" and Victorian-era ladies anymore, needlepoint has made a comeback in recent years (even Taylor Swift needlepoints!) -- and we're so glad it has! Pay homage to needle-crafts by creating a design inspired by cross-stitch, embroidery, or your favorite needlepoint technique. Subject matter is up to you so be creative! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.


Overview

Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? As the new year begins, we all set new goals and refocus on learning new things, improving, and challenging ourselves with hobbies. Here at Spoonflower we are proud to enable your hobbies whether that's design, sewing, or both! To celebrate this month, we're launching a design challenge each week that's inspired by a creative hobby (with a twist, of course). Are you up to the challenge?

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 10

The full list of entries and votes

  1. 343 votes for Embroidered flowers by elena_naylor
  2. 267 votes for Fauxboro* (Jackie Blue) by pennycandy
  3. 257 votes for Botanical Sampler by brittany_vogt
  4. 227 votes for Stitched Garden by susan_polston
  5. 220 votes for Sashiko stitching by lauraflorencedesign
  6. 216 votes for Embroidered flower pattern on creme by heleen_vd_thillart
  7. 215 votes for Floral Needlepoint in soft pastels by suzytaylordesigns
  8. 192 votes for Mexican Embroidery Sampler by pinky_wittingslow
  9. 184 votes for Needlepoint / Hand Embroidery by matite
  10. 168 votes for Embroidery Fantasy Large by vinpauld
  11. 159 votes for Embroidered Chinoiserie Turquoise by ceciliamok
  12. 155 votes for XL faux sashiko scallop on navy by weavingmajor
  13. 154 votes for crazy cross stitch critters by scrummy
  14. 151 votes for vintage over black by isabella_asratyan
  15. 151 votes for needle point night sky by heleenvanbuul
  16. 150 votes for Needlepointing Easy Peasy by stella_caraman
  17. 146 votes for Carthusian Pink Embroidery by marketa_stengl
  18. 137 votes for Retro blue trees by ottomanbrim
  19. 133 votes for Needlepoint Hearts by elramsay
  20. 130 votes for beesneedlework by hollydiane
  21. 129 votes for Pink and purple Wisteria butterfly floral Cross Stitch Needle point, Cottagecore, nursery wallpaper, baby shower, baby girl, home decor, lavender flowers, light color, green vines, delicate floral by at_the_cottage
  22. 123 votes for needlepoint snowfall by josiewhitmoreso
  23. 120 votes for Satin_Stitch by j9design
  24. 118 votes for Diamond Fusion in black by chris_jorge
  25. 116 votes for Thread Cards by julia_diane
  26. 115 votes for Garden Stitching Club by blairfully_made
  27. 111 votes for Flame Stitch - Desert Sunrise by byre_wilde
  28. 109 votes for Cross-stitch-crazy by linziloop
  29. 107 votes for Needlepoint by amyjeanne_wpg
  30. 107 votes for Succulent Embroidered Hoops by irishvikingdesigns
  31. 94 votes for Arcade Cross Stitch by abbieuproot
  32. 92 votes for cross-stitch by sevas
  33. 91 votes for Cross stitch chevron by lemonbirch_design
  34. 90 votes for Cross stitch rose by libbyheasman
  35. 90 votes for (private design)
  36. 89 votes for Cross Stitch Sushi by lovelypuddle
  37. 89 votes for Embroidery galore! by purva_m
  38. 84 votes for Practice makes Sew Happy by floramoon
  39. 83 votes for goldwork embroidery by vo_aka_virginiao
  40. 82 votes for (private design)
  41. 78 votes for Needlepoint_Flowers_Multi by eraerica
  42. 77 votes for (private design)
  43. 77 votes for hungry of flowers (cross stich) by analinea
  44. 77 votes for Needlepoint by dariara
  45. 73 votes for Giant Cross Stitch by vannina
  46. 68 votes for Canyon Sunset by robyriker
  47. 67 votes for 06038336 © daisy stitch S84 by sef
  48. 67 votes for Russian Embroidery by orangefancy
  49. 67 votes for southwest sunset needlepoint by desertfable
  50. 66 votes for Embroidery Sketches, Cat Included by kimruss@thatcatart
  51. 65 votes for Scandinavian Princess by graceful
  52. 64 votes for Rock Star LP - 1 inch Repeat by mariafaithgarcia
  53. 64 votes for Succulent Embroidery by azygosdesign
  54. 59 votes for Fleur-de-Lis by enid_a
  55. 58 votes for Classic Embroidery by whyitsme_design
  56. 58 votes for Colorful Cross Stitch Cats by mysticcrab
  57. 56 votes for Embroidery with roses by magic_pencil
  58. 55 votes for Needle Arts! Cha-Cha-Cha! Busier version, chartreuse lime green pink turquoise blue cream black by amy_g
  59. 55 votes for A Crewel Hunt by eclectic_house
  60. 53 votes for Sherbert Cross Stitch by simplyprinted
  61. 50 votes for cross_stitch by belana
  62. 50 votes for Needlepoint pebbles by lucybaribeau
  63. 50 votes for Home Sweet Home Needlepoint Rainbow Goddess by leah_day
  64. 49 votes for Embroidered Flower Garden by marigoldmosaics
  65. 48 votes for Needlepoint by bruxamagica
  66. 47 votes for CCS Spinning Tile; Small by twilfley
  67. 47 votes for Safari Stitch by tinatidesign
  68. 47 votes for Tribal embroidery by milkyapril
  69. 47 votes for Dark Blue Stitched Floral by pond_ripple
  70. 46 votes for Tie_Dye08SF by mishimoqua
  71. 46 votes for Cross My Heart by themerrybutton
  72. 45 votes for Cross Stitched by jjtrends
  73. 44 votes for Diamond Fan by seesawboomerang
  74. 44 votes for needlepoint on linen by sewindigo
  75. 43 votes for crossstiching pattern by marta_strausa
  76. 43 votes for Grandma's Garden by paula's_designs
  77. 42 votes for PRINCESS ROSES CROSS STITCH by bluevelvet
  78. 42 votes for MY_SAMPLER-4-01 by soobloo
  79. 42 votes for Cozy Cross Stitch by hollybender
  80. 41 votes for Nordic Home Sampler by forestwooddesigns
  81. 41 votes for Oversized Cross Stitch by logan_spector
  82. 40 votes for needlepoint by fallingladies
  83. 40 votes for Winterberries 1 by ambrosiacottage
  84. 40 votes for Spindle Pointing ( Cross Stitch Version) by ceanirminger
  85. 40 votes for Cross_Stitch_Pattern1-01 by sarahmelone
  86. 39 votes for Cross-Stitch Cannabis by camomoto
  87. 38 votes for (private design)
  88. 38 votes for Cross stitch by galina_bolshakova
  89. 37 votes for (private design)
  90. 37 votes for torch needle by hannafate
  91. 37 votes for 2018 calendar redwork fishing by pamelachi
  92. 36 votes for 001 by tinatames
  93. 35 votes for Kelim_klein_aufgehellt by ruthjohanna
  94. 34 votes for Stitch Love by ally_the_junebug
  95. 32 votes for cacti_needle by valeri_nick
  96. 32 votes for Sashiko by carimateo
  97. 31 votes for (private design)
  98. 30 votes for Needlepoint by flutterbi
  99. 30 votes for Cross Stitch Intertwine (greytone) by gabmana
  100. 30 votes for Butterfly Fly Away CrossStich by gnarllymamadesigns
  101. 29 votes for Fishes maid by stitches by miamaria
  102. 29 votes for Electric Love by katiame
  103. 29 votes for Tapestry lines by katielee
  104. 28 votes for (private design)
  105. 28 votes for Embrordery1Colorway by grannynan
  106. 28 votes for Sew Nice to have a Friend-Pigtail Patty & Lollypup Aplique by franbail
  107. 28 votes for Cross Stitch Chickens by city_chicken_designs
  108. 28 votes for (private design)
  109. 28 votes for Geometric pattern // green orange pink yellow home decoration by lindi_melse
  110. 27 votes for NeedlepointChallenge by jacneed
  111. 27 votes for Needlepoint in Purple by raeranier
  112. 27 votes for Needlepoint by saintly_stitches
  113. 27 votes for BUTTERFLIES EMBROIDERY ON LINEN Yellow by paysmage
  114. 27 votes for Embroidery Buttons Cross Stitch by nancy_lee_moran_designs
  115. 26 votes for Hand sewn by craftwithcartwright
  116. 26 votes for Cross_Stitch_Buds_and_Blooms by ftgirl
  117. 25 votes for Arrow Tribal Stripe in Blue Navy Cream by twix
  118. 25 votes for Needlepoint_Cross_Stitch by carrieboykin
  119. 25 votes for needlepoint_pattern by kostolom3000
  120. 24 votes for cake lover 04 by y_me_it's_me
  121. 24 votes for needlepoint flowers. by lesliecassidy
  122. 23 votes for Yucatan Flores by thebluerose
  123. 23 votes for Dazy_Chain-Sampler-pink by katawampus
  124. 23 votes for Year of the Rooster cross stitch by colour_angel_by_kv
  125. 22 votes for needlepoint by roxiespeople
  126. 22 votes for embroidery-_-cross-stitch by sandhya_arvind
  127. 22 votes for Chains of Goldwork on Midnight Blue by rhondadesigns
  128. 20 votes for Blue Lines Watercolor 2017 by ireneireneart
  129. 20 votes for (private design)
  130. 19 votes for Needlepoint rose by paint_and_brush_
  131. 19 votes for motive_pers_Viktorija_Satkunskyte1 by vikiii
  132. 19 votes for Cross Stitch by kate's_kwilt_studio
  133. 18 votes for French Knots are a crewell and unusual punishment by beesocks
  134. 18 votes for (private design)
  135. 18 votes for Embroidery Barnyard Design by b2b
  136. 17 votes for Needle point helper by bjdk
  137. 17 votes for Point of the Needle by cynthiafrenette
  138. 17 votes for Lara_purple_petrol by un-typisch
  139. 16 votes for Blackwork Embroidery by pattern_junkie
  140. 15 votes for Needlepoint by misselaineous_artwork
  141. 15 votes for Zebrasus green by lilalunis
  142. 13 votes for IMG_0105 by autumnpumpkin
  143. 13 votes for Needlepoint by fabled_oak
  144. 13 votes for Gigi Petit Point by juliacrafts
  145. 12 votes for Medieval Creatures Blue - Custom by ameliae
  146. 12 votes for Frost by tiinaelonen
  147. 10 votes for Sweet Sampler by et_al
  148. 10 votes for duck_family_cross_stitch by leroyj
  149. 10 votes for Needlepoint flowers by old_owl_press
  150. 9 votes for Bargello Madness by ladydarlington
  151. 9 votes for Embroidered Romance/green by menny
  152. 8 votes for (private design)
  153. 8 votes for xmas_quilt-ed by kittyscalzo
  154. 8 votes for (private design)
  155. 7 votes for Color_Block_Cross_Stitch by not_a_designer
  156. 7 votes for (private design)
  157. 6 votes for needlepoint_pattern_trinity by bernies_bounty
  158. 6 votes for Sketch91124939 by tanyatracy
  159. 5 votes for bg-sampler-1 by lbrenson
  160. 5 votes for Embroidered_Scenes by buzy_bee
  161. 4 votes for Little birds - original by heartofjules
  162. 4 votes for Hippos in fancy stitching by stephanierae_ca
  163. 3 votes for NeedlePoint in Nature by spicerroots
  164. 3 votes for Rosey Grier: Real Men Needlepoint! by nevadagrace
  165. 1 votes for NColor_combo_1 by tamarind_taffy

Needlepoint Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
  • Designs previously published on the Internet are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.

Timeline

  • 12/16/2016: Submissions open
  • 01/10/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 01/12/2017: Public voting opens
  • 01/18/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EST
  • 01/19/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Pastry and coffee on a table

Fika (Swedish Coffee Break)

See the Challenge

Winners to be announced September 29

2023 Calendar Wall Hangings

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Submissions close September 27 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 29

Recipe Wall Hangings

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Submissions close October 4 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 6

Unexpected Still Life Wall Hangings

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Submissions close October 11 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 13

Dad Jokes Wall Hangings

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Submissions close October 18 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 20

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