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For this week’s challenge, we’re letting our community choose. In July, we received over 250 challenge themes submitted via social media and took to the blog for a round of voting to find this week’s community chosen theme : Swedish Folk Art. Inspired by fables and allegories and depicted through repeating geometric shapes, this type of art was created to bring pleasure to everyday tasks.


Overview

For the month of August, we’re heading back to our classic design challenge format...with a little twist halfway through! This month, enjoy themes that will challenge you to think outside the design box, including one theme created and voted on by the Spoonflower community. Keep reading to see which theme won the popular vote and find out what other fun design themes we’ve dreamt up for this month!

Prizes

  • 1 first place winner each week will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • The 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 10

The full list of entries and votes

  1. 375 votes for Swedish Folk Art Colorway1 by enariyoshi
  2. 370 votes for Swedish Folk Art Birds by rebecca_reck_art
  3. 335 votes for Swedish folk cats // normal scale // indigo blue background navy & white flowers bowls & cute kitties by selmacardoso
  4. 323 votes for Delta Dance by blairwhite712
  5. 318 votes for Woodland Story / White Background / Medium Scale by mirabelle_print
  6. 308 votes for FolkArtFlowers by katerhees
  7. 299 votes for The Mother Tree by ceciliamok
  8. 284 votes for Colorful Swedish Folk Art by corinnarencreative
  9. 281 votes for Folk Art Dinosaurs by robinskarbek
  10. 274 votes for Happy Folk Summer Floral on Dark by micklyn
  11. 263 votes for Swedish-Folk-Art-Garden by linziloop
  12. 261 votes for Birds and Flowers by sveta_aho
  13. 258 votes for svedishdoll by gaiamarfurt
  14. 251 votes for The_Fox_and_the_Hare by j9design
  15. 245 votes for forest folk by cjldesigns
  16. 245 votes for swedish_folk by la_fabriken
  17. 236 votes for The Weather Vanes by mariaspeyer
  18. 234 votes for Swedish Folklore Floral by ileneavery
  19. 232 votes for retro scandinavian vases-mcm by ottomanbrim
  20. 224 votes for Swedish folk art cute 2 inch cats and flowers. by kostolom3000
  21. 220 votes for Malmö Meadows by studio_amelie
  22. 219 votes for Electric Forest by swissette
  23. 218 votes for Dala Farm in Teal // swedish folk art dala horse cat rooster pig goat bunny farm teal green fabric by liz_sawyer_design
  24. 217 votes for Swedish Horse by sevas
  25. 215 votes for Vilda Blommor (Wildflowers) by lellobird
  26. 208 votes for Scandinavian Repeat by bluebirdworkshop
  27. 205 votes for FolkArtFriends_Golden_Lg by robinpickens
  28. 202 votes for scandi_kitchenette by studiojenny
  29. 202 votes for nordic doves and plants (white) by analinea
  30. 201 votes for Swedish-Folk-Floral by mottle&daub
  31. 196 votes for swedish_prairie by yuanxu
  32. 195 votes for Wonderland Swedish Folk Art by seriouslynerdy
  33. 195 votes for Swedish folksy cats and birds by scrummy
  34. 193 votes for Love_birds_in_blue by isabella_asratyan
  35. 192 votes for Floral love birds by sarah_knight
  36. 189 votes for scandinavian folk art by lilalunis
  37. 187 votes for Scandinavian garden by dariara
  38. 185 votes for Meadow In Bloom by sarah_treu
  39. 183 votes for Swedish Candy Garden- Berry by cynthiafrenette
  40. 183 votes for Hygge Holiday - Swedish Folk Art Christmas by heatherdutton
  41. 182 votes for A Swedish Garden by dianne_annelli
  42. 181 votes for Forest Symmetry by seesawboomerang
  43. 181 votes for Folk_floral by samantha_wheatland
  44. 179 votes for Swedish Folk Art Cut & Sew Napkins by bubbledog
  45. 177 votes for Morning Kaffe by cindylindgren
  46. 177 votes for Folk 'n' Fable by stitch_n_sketch
  47. 173 votes for Swedish Folk Art Dinosaurs by yesterdaycollection
  48. 171 votes for Nils Holgersson - Swedish boy on a goose by revista
  49. 166 votes for folk art by marta_strausa
  50. 166 votes for Swedish Primary by anda
  51. 164 votes for Rosmålning Indigo by ginamayes
  52. 163 votes for A Girl and Her Pony by debtrevitt
  53. 163 votes for Bird on a Wire by gingerlique
  54. 162 votes for Swedish Folk Art by diseminger
  55. 162 votes for Scandinavian Simplicity by adenaj
  56. 161 votes for Folk Art Garden by lisa_kubenez
  57. 158 votes for SWEDISH_FOLK_ART-01 by tracylucydesigns
  58. 155 votes for Swedish_Folk_Art-01 by ferncreekdesigns
  59. 153 votes for swedish folk by angela_sbandelli
  60. 153 votes for Folk Flowers by matite
  61. 152 votes for Swedish Folklore by runningriverdesign
  62. 150 votes for Swedish Garden Gray by vinpauld
  63. 149 votes for Hansel and Gretel by chris_jorge
  64. 145 votes for birds_and_hearts by lisahilda
  65. 144 votes for Danish Farmhouse by Friztin by friztin
  66. 140 votes for svenska kurbits blagul by ansodreij
  67. 140 votes for Swedish Snails by sufficiency
  68. 140 votes for swedish_dinos by lornameg
  69. 139 votes for Jurassic Folk Dala-saurs by stacy_bias
  70. 139 votes for folksy creatures -red by desi_draws
  71. 139 votes for Scandinavian_Folk_Pattern_blue by cathy_ann
  72. 138 votes for (private design)
  73. 138 votes for Swedish Flowering Forest by wildnotions
  74. 136 votes for Swedish Folk Art_MCModern by mia_valdez
  75. 136 votes for Swedish folk birds and flowers by natalia_gonzalez
  76. 135 votes for Swedish Folk Art with a bit of Grunge! by melarmstrong
  77. 134 votes for Swedish Hearts & Flowers by debschlier
  78. 131 votes for Little village by nanamira
  79. 130 votes for Little Foxes in the Garden by twix
  80. 130 votes for Swedish_Folk_Art_Pattern by artfully_minded
  81. 129 votes for Scandi_Folk_Art_Chickens by angie_spurgeon
  82. 129 votes for swedish folk art goose fable by designed_by_debby
  83. 129 votes for Modern Swedish Folk Stripe by katielee
  84. 128 votes for Swedish Folk: A Bird's eye view by vo_aka_virginiao
  85. 125 votes for Romantik Damask (peach/navy linen) by nouveau_bohemian
  86. 122 votes for Midnight Meadow by robyriker
  87. 122 votes for Folk Art Floral by heatherhightdesign
  88. 121 votes for Folk Art Ogee by byre_wilde
  89. 121 votes for Fika by bashfulbirdie
  90. 121 votes for Scandinavian tiles in teal, yellow and grey by slanapotam
  91. 119 votes for swedish garden by heleenvanbuul
  92. 117 votes for Horses in the Garden day by colour_angel_by_kv
  93. 114 votes for SWEDISH_FOLK_ART by soobloo
  94. 114 votes for Folksy birds by veronicasalvioni
  95. 113 votes for (private design)
  96. 113 votes for På Lingonröda Tuvor by miaclarke
  97. 112 votes for sfa by bluecoin
  98. 112 votes for Stockholm Tulip Blooms by brainsarepretty
  99. 111 votes for Blue Swedish Folk Flowers small by sofia_jane
  100. 111 votes for Red Horses and Blue Roosters by hollybender
  101. 110 votes for Folky Friends by jacquelinehurd
  102. 109 votes for Scandi folk heart white by bruxamagica
  103. 109 votes for Scandi Folk Birds - Blue and White by cecca
  104. 108 votes for Folk Art Garden by thewellingtonboot
  105. 108 votes for zinnia by meliszawang
  106. 106 votes for Swedish Folk Art fabric by Andrea Lauren by andrea_lauren
  107. 105 votes for Technological folk art by camcreative
  108. 104 votes for Scandinavian Inspiration by vannina
  109. 103 votes for Swedish Folkloric Ombre by patriciasheadesigns
  110. 103 votes for Swedish Folk Art Vintage Watercolor by lburleighdesigns
  111. 101 votes for Fox in the Hen House by nissalynn
  112. 100 votes for Folk Art White by annahedeklint
  113. 99 votes for Swedish-Design by ckwheelhousestudio
  114. 98 votes for Swedish summer by elena_naylor
  115. 98 votes for Folk_Maid by laurenthomasdesigns
  116. 97 votes for Swedish Folk Art Design by laureh
  117. 96 votes for winter by fabricandfundesigns
  118. 96 votes for Swedish 'gammel'dance by trudeludie
  119. 96 votes for Winter Folk Village by thestorysmith
  120. 94 votes for Coffee_and_Cake_Swedish_Style by sarahparr
  121. 92 votes for Swedish folk art tulips floral by beesocks
  122. 90 votes for SnowyOwlFabric by starsofsobek
  123. 90 votes for Swedish Garden by amelia_kate_studio
  124. 86 votes for Scandi_Folklore_Blue-01 by pip_pottage
  125. 85 votes for swedish-folk-art-pattern by bees_that_buzz
  126. 85 votes for Swedish by lilyfox
  127. 85 votes for East_of_the_Sun_West_of_the_Moon by fairytale_&_whimsy
  128. 85 votes for Birds in the Garden -Swedish folk art inspired by dunnspun
  129. 84 votes for Swedish folk art by kancerina
  130. 84 votes for Folk Flowers on Navy Blue by elramsay
  131. 83 votes for Swedish Folk Art Color 1 by nellik
  132. 83 votes for Fox in the woods! by repterns
  133. 83 votes for Swedish Folk by nagorerodriguezdesign
  134. 83 votes for (private design)
  135. 82 votes for Swedish Folk Art Sampler by julietchase
  136. 79 votes for Swedish bird folk by bethramsden
  137. 78 votes for folk forest by laura_may_designs
  138. 77 votes for Swedish Blue Buffalo by orangefancy
  139. 76 votes for Go crazy with the colors by kawthar_
  140. 76 votes for Swedish Style Floral on Black by pond_ripple
  141. 76 votes for Swedish Folk by jenuine_designs
  142. 75 votes for Scandinavian Ditsy by whimsicalvigilante
  143. 75 votes for Kurbits by enid_a
  144. 75 votes for Folk Art Birds and Blooms by palifino
  145. 74 votes for swedish flower with polka dots in royal blue red and gold by lbehrendtdesigns
  146. 74 votes for Fairytale Village by popelephant
  147. 73 votes for Swedish_Folk_Block by lizintn
  148. 73 votes for (private design)
  149. 73 votes for Swedish Dala Animals Farm Turquoise Red by wickedrefined
  150. 72 votes for pattern_final by samanthajanedesigns
  151. 71 votes for Dala_Horse_01_Pattern by stradling_designs
  152. 71 votes for Scandinavian Flower Night by ollysweatshirt
  153. 71 votes for Swedish Tomte Gnomes by linda_baysinger_peck
  154. 71 votes for Swedish Mermaid by carolinerodrigues
  155. 69 votes for A Gardens Tale Scandinavian sewindigo by sewindigo
  156. 69 votes for Scandinavian Woodland robin and flowers // // red robins // robin // forest // birds and toadstool forest by magentarosedesigns
  157. 68 votes for Scandinavian Flowers by joycekuan
  158. 66 votes for Swedish Folk by floramoon
  159. 66 votes for Swedish_dala_horse by greemland
  160. 65 votes for scandi_blue_orange_repeat by amandaprouten
  161. 65 votes for Fall Folk 2017 by ed_designs
  162. 64 votes for Swedish Dala Horse by lanie-alvee
  163. 63 votes for The Blue Bird and the Golden Egg by bloomingwyldeiris
  164. 62 votes for birds_hearts_flowers_4 by leroyj
  165. 62 votes for Swedish Folk Art on Black by salzanos
  166. 60 votes for swedish_mandala by holaholga
  167. 60 votes for Folk Art Chrysanthemums Muted by anderson_designs
  168. 60 votes for Dala Llama, large scale, red white & blue by amy_g
  169. 59 votes for Swedish Dala Horse by aimeelouiseillustration
  170. 59 votes for Folk Art Charm by franbail
  171. 59 votes for Folk by everhigh
  172. 58 votes for rosemaling_tile by groundfeather_studio
  173. 58 votes for Friendship by kathrinlegg
  174. 57 votes for folk_art_black_rose-ed by beaverrebellion
  175. 57 votes for (private design)
  176. 57 votes for Folklore blå by bykiadesign
  177. 56 votes for (private design)
  178. 54 votes for peace doves by andiart
  179. 53 votes for Kathy-oSquirrelAsFolkPattern by kathy-o_art
  180. 53 votes for Swedish Folk Art by ruzanashahab
  181. 53 votes for Floral Folk Art by hectic_eclectic
  182. 52 votes for seaweed by iris_knabenschuh
  183. 52 votes for (private design)
  184. 52 votes for Swedish_folk_embroidery-01 by dandy_wallflower
  185. 52 votes for Floral by svaeth
  186. 52 votes for Forest by belana
  187. 52 votes for folk_swede-ch by pandapu
  188. 52 votes for Swedish Selvages - a folktale by mulo_marrone
  189. 51 votes for Folk floral by laragurney
  190. 51 votes for Deer & Hare by spikeabell
  191. 49 votes for Swedish Garden 1 by designsidestudio
  192. 49 votes for final_pattern_8_inch by maxwel
  193. 49 votes for swedishfolkart by silnamilisa
  194. 48 votes for birds_in_greyBlack-01 by c_o_k
  195. 48 votes for Abundance by cricketswool
  196. 48 votes for swedish_fun_pattern by michelle_vassallo_vansell
  197. 48 votes for Swedish flower folk art pattern by milkyapril
  198. 48 votes for Folk art, yup! A hummingbird's confession. . . by cheekyhodgepodge
  199. 47 votes for Folkart by studio_esperluette
  200. 46 votes for folk-garden by siribean
  201. 46 votes for Countryside by renmeleon
  202. 44 votes for How does your garden grow? by dearchickie
  203. 44 votes for Bla Blomma by ae_fresia
  204. 43 votes for Silverwhite by sowilofir
  205. 43 votes for Swedish Wedding by unicorn-san
  206. 42 votes for Dala Animals by perlenspiele
  207. 42 votes for The Fox and the Raven by iriseriks
  208. 42 votes for Swedish Red Horse by palusalu
  209. 41 votes for Swedish Folk Art by ekaterinap
  210. 41 votes for Swedish Folk Pattern Light Gray by ullamermaid
  211. 41 votes for (private design)
  212. 40 votes for The small garden in purple by mayacoa
  213. 40 votes for folk_caravan4000 by mjmstudio
  214. 39 votes for (private design)
  215. 39 votes for Swedish Sea Horses by haystacks
  216. 39 votes for Swan Dance by katebillingsley
  217. 39 votes for Happy birdies and hares scandinavian style by acheartist
  218. 38 votes for Swedish_Folk_Art by b2b
  219. 37 votes for (private design)
  220. 37 votes for swedish_offset by julistyle
  221. 36 votes for Swedish_folkart_Dala_horse3 by snarets
  222. 36 votes for Child's St Lucia Head Dress by twilfley
  223. 36 votes for 07_Gloaming_roaming by janeaustin
  224. 36 votes for Swedish Folk Art Dala horse by cleolovescolor
  225. 36 votes for Dala Horse by sieradesigns
  226. 36 votes for Decorated Dala by jjtrends
  227. 36 votes for (private design)
  228. 36 votes for Folk Art Birdies by meowandcraft
  229. 35 votes for Swedish Folk Art Style by flutterbi
  230. 35 votes for Sunny Sweden by casey_belle_
  231. 35 votes for swedisch_farmbirds by hanneke_binnen
  232. 34 votes for swedish folk art - large by deborahi
  233. 33 votes for ♥ BLOMSTERÄNG ♥ by pedilu
  234. 33 votes for dark folk art by anastasiajahadi
  235. 32 votes for Maypole-midtsommerstang.Abstract by miamaria
  236. 32 votes for Dragonfly Fern primary by jpgmarks
  237. 32 votes for Swedish Horses and Runes by zandloopster
  238. 32 votes for Swedish_design by tricia_lowenfield
  239. 32 votes for Swedish Turkey Love by janetdrummond
  240. 32 votes for (private design)
  241. 32 votes for Dala_pattern by yuliia_studzinska
  242. 32 votes for Swedish Folk Art Flora & Hens by pixabo
  243. 31 votes for fox and grapes by pamelachi
  244. 31 votes for vinter skog by keweenawchris
  245. 29 votes for A New Twist on Swedish Folk Tales by gargoylesentry
  246. 28 votes for Folk_Floral by ecs-designs
  247. 28 votes for Swedish Owl by jadegordon
  248. 28 votes for Dandy Scandy by missy_warp
  249. 27 votes for Swedish_Folk_Dance by hobbitrosie
  250. 27 votes for 06658258 © stereo jack and the USBeanstalk by sef
  251. 27 votes for Swedish_Folk by teart
  252. 25 votes for Dala by hollyheartsart
  253. 25 votes for Fallen Stripes Dark Blue by riagreen
  254. 25 votes for stencil goldfish by hannafate
  255. 24 votes for Swedish_folk_quilt by peppermintpatty
  256. 23 votes for Ethnic style pattern by kira_culufin
  257. 23 votes for Swedish Folk Art Birds by shortcake_studio
  258. 22 votes for (private design)
  259. 22 votes for swedish swan by mibeso
  260. 21 votes for catfish by artbynancy
  261. 21 votes for swedish_design by graphicglee
  262. 21 votes for Child's Play by kellyprimitives
  263. 21 votes for Gnomes in the Garden by kiwiscomet
  264. 21 votes for Modern Floral Swedish Folk Art by yourfriendirene
  265. 21 votes for Swedish Folk Floral by marykathrynryan
  266. 20 votes for Mandala 1 by garren
  267. 20 votes for Northern Heart Rhythms by sabrina_hoeke
  268. 20 votes for (private design)
  269. 18 votes for Scandi Dinosaurs Folk Art Challenge Entry by suzzincolour
  270. 18 votes for Swedish bike art by krystalsavage
  271. 18 votes for Daisy Square by nan47
  272. 18 votes for Harvest Gold Swedish Folk Art by theartofvikki
  273. 17 votes for Birds___Paisley by gin0531
  274. 17 votes for Folk Style Tye Dye by gnarllymamadesigns
  275. 17 votes for Swedish Flowers Blue by texstylish
  276. 17 votes for FolkArt6 by grannynan
  277. 16 votes for Grapes and Flowers by katawampus
  278. 16 votes for Swedish Folk Slice of Life by grossworks
  279. 15 votes for swedish by prayer_birds
  280. 14 votes for (private design)
  281. 14 votes for My Swedish Folk Art Style by kae50
  282. 14 votes for swedish_folk_art_vers_aa by maryjanndesigns
  283. 14 votes for IMG_6575 by rainy_day
  284. 14 votes for Sweddish Rabbit by morganef
  285. 14 votes for Coffee Folk Art by whyitsme_design
  286. 14 votes for Swedish Scandinavian Folk Art by kaley_alie_art
  287. 12 votes for Tina Ting-Ya Yang by imtinayang
  288. 12 votes for Luneville_Ikat by detroit_textiles
  289. 11 votes for Stockholm by nymphaeastudio
  290. 10 votes for Swedish Folk art Flowers by forestwooddesigns
  291. 10 votes for 2017-07-12_20 by mandybeau
  292. 10 votes for together by gabria_
  293. 10 votes for (private design)
  294. 8 votes for Tropical Flowers by georgiann22
  295. 8 votes for Swedish Folk Self Expression by bent_line_designs
  296. 7 votes for CONNEXION6DVD_1181x1181 by connexion
  297. 7 votes for img973 by quest
  298. 7 votes for Hearts & Stars by ottawa-valley-inspirations
  299. 6 votes for swedishfolkgrey by created_bychloe
  300. 6 votes for My_Sweden_Design by ruthjohanna
  301. 4 votes for Art rhubarb by ströva
  302. 4 votes for Modern Gákti by jillmichelle
  303. 2 votes for Fantasy by s_gemini93
  304. 1 votes for (private design)
  305. 0 votes for (private design)
  306. 0 votes for 1501796755618 by globevilleskateboardco

Swedish Folk Art Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, August 8, 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.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com 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

  • 07/07/2017: Submissions open
  • 08/08/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 08/10/2017: Public voting opens
  • 08/15/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 08/17/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

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