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Design Challenge - Patterns All Around

08 September 2016 09:00

Do you find yourself spotting patterns in the most unlikely places?  And inspiration for your designs?

I hope you've spotted a few over the past couple of weeks, whilst we've been running the Instagram Pattern Challenge.

For this month's Design Challenge, we'd like you to utilise one (or more) of the patterns you've spotted.  It doesn't matter if you didn't take part in the Instagram challenge.  You can read what we did in the blog post Don't Miss Our Instagram Pattern Challenge.  You can check out the patterns we've found on Instagram, at #PmPpatterns.

If you joined in the Challenge, you can choose one of your images to turn into a design.  If you didn't take part in the challenge, you'll need to find your inspiration first.  Look around you and spot a pattern or design potential in the everyday things around.  Then create a design based on that inspiration.

It would be interesting to see what inspired your design, so, if you would like to, you can include your inspiration photo with the design, when you email it to me.  (Not on Facebook, please.)


Please upload your challenge designs to your account on our website.  If you haven’t already got an account, it’s simple to set up.  You just need an email address, password and name, which can be your own name, a nickname or a business name.  (You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you try to save your design.)  Then email me at, to tell me the name of your account and design.  (So I can find the right one!)  You may include your inspiration photo, too.  You may also upload your design to our Facebook page.  I will put any not already uploaded onto Facebook after the closing date.   In case you're wondering about the order in which designs are listed on Facebook, the first to arrive in my inbox goes at the top, with the rest listed in the order in which they are sent in.   We may select one or two to put into our competition winners slot.

 So, the challenge is:  Create a design suitable for printing on fabric based on 'Inspired by the Everyday'.

Technical matters:

Your design should be at a resolution of at least 150 dpi, but not more than 300, using RGB colour space.

When it comes to printing, the repeat options are:  Straight, Centre, Half-drop, Half-brick and Mirror.  Once you’ve uploaded your design to our website, you can play around with the repeats to see which one will look best.  For pictures of what the different repeats look like, check this blog post.

To take part:

Upload your design onto our website by Tuesday, September 20th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.  You can also say a little about the inspiration behind your design, if you wish and include your inspiration photo.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, September 20th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook and on the blog.  Any designs uploaded to Facebook after the closing date may be removed.

By entering, you agree to our challenge terms and conditions.

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on the theme 'Inspired by the Everyday'. ‘Your own work’ means any form of original art work, photography, etc which you have produced. Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions.

All entries will be displayed, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the challenge, you give us the right to use your design in any way we wish on our web site and social media, for advertising purposes.

All designs entered into the challenge will be made public on our web site without charge and will be available for sale.   The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!