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Design Competition - Text

02 February 2015 08:00

It's competition time again, but with a difference this month -  the entries will be judged by a guest judge.

Did you see the reunion of 2014's Great British Sewing Bee's contestants last week?  If so, or if you're a fan of the programme, you will probably remember Lynda Lewis, she of the lovely smile and beautifully-made dresses.  Lynda has very kindly agreed to judge our design competition this month.

Lynda grew up sewing.  She used to make her own clothes, then clothes for her daughters; now it's usually for her grandchildren.  She's also made things for her home in the past, but her favourite thing to make is special occasion clothes.  (You may remember the beautiful prom dress she made on GBSB.)  Lynda works in her local primary school, where she runs a sewing club for the children.  Lucky kids, to have such a talented and enthusiastic sewing teacher!

Now to the competition.  The challenge, this month, is to create a design using text.  You could make an all-over design, perhaps using your town's name, as I did in the tutorial Designing with Text.

Or you could scatter words about, maybe using different fonts, in amongst related images.

You could use the words of a proverb or a poem, maybe placing your text on a path, as I attempted to do in my tutorial Designing with Text - Following a Path.

You can illustrate your words, but the main focus should be the text.  Please remember that any words you use should either be your own, or, if you use words from a song or poem, it should be in the public domain, i.e. out of copyright.

As per usual, designs should be uploaded to our web site by midnight on Tuesday, February 10th; they will be available to view on Facebook and the blog from Thursday, February 12th.  The winner will be announced on February 16th.    


Please upload your competition 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 design.  (So I can find the right one!)  I will then put them onto Facebook and the blog.  The winning design (and possibly one or two others) will be put into our competition winners slot.  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.

So, the competition is:

Create a design suitable for printing on fabric based on 'Text''.  Some illustration is acceptable, but the focus should be on the text.

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 enter:

Upload your design onto our website by midnight on Tuesday, February 10th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, February 10th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook.  There will be no voting this month.  The winning design, as chosen by our guest judge, will win 3 metres of 100% cotton fabric (150cm wide), printed with your design.  The winning design will also be available for sale on our web site for at least 1 week after the close of voting.  

The official bit:

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

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on text.  ‘Your own work’ means any form of art work, photography, etc which you have produced.   Images taken from books, the internet, etc are not acceptable for our competitions.  Any words used must also be copyright-free.  Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions.

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

The winning design will feature on our web site and will be available for sale for a week after we announce the winner.  After that time, the designer may leave the design for sale, or remove it from public view.  The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!