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Design Challenge - Tea Towel

03 November 2016 08:30

It's time for this month's design challenge.

In previous years, we've asked you to design a tea towel calendar in November, but they didn't sell well at all, last year.  So I thought we'd ring the changes a little bit and include the option of designing a Christmas tea towel.  You can still go for a calendar if that's what you want to do.  If you choose to design a calendar, you may use any calendar, as long as it's copyright-free.  All other parts of the design must be your own work.


Some old, faded Christmas towels from our house - I really need some new ones!!

Designs should be uploaded to our web site by midnight on Tuesday, November 15th, they will be displayed on Facebook and the blog on Thursday, November 17th.


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 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 as a tea towel based on 'Christmas' or '2017'.

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, November 15th, giving it a title.  Make sure you upload it the way you want it to show (mostly portrait, I expect.  We  can't rotate them after they've been uploaded.)  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.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, November 15th, after which designs will be displayed 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 'Christmas' or '2017'. ‘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 50p per tea towel commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!