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Anyone for tennis? Design contest

02 June 2014 10:14


It’s June, which means…. It’s nearly time for Wimbledon! 

It can’t be Wimbledon without strawberries and cream.  Did you know that about 28,000 Kg are consumed during the tournament?  Along with 7,000 litres of cream and 200,000 glasses of Pimm’s!  Phew!

Slazenger supply 52,000 balls, looked after during matches by 250 ball boys and girls.

Did you know that the official name of the tennis club at Wimbledon, who organise the tournament, is The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Limited ?

And, of course, this year's reigning champion is Andy Murray, the first British man to win the singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.

For more facts and figures, check out the Wimbledon website.


In case you haven’t already guessed, this month’s design competition theme is Tennis.  Your design can be ‘pictures’ of tennis, anything connected with the Wimbledon tournament (like strawberries and cream), a design based on tennis-related artefacts or fashion, based on the Wimbledon colours (purple and green) or anything else which the theme suggests to you.  You don’t have to be too literal!  (Although it would be good to be able to see the link!)

                                                                              (First Ladies' Championships)

Designs should be uploaded to our web site by midnight on Tuesday, June 10th, voting will open on Facebook on Thursday, June 12th and close on June 18th.  The winner will be announced on June 19th.

Full competition rules and details:

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 for voting.  The winning design (and possibly one or two others) will be put into our competition winners slot.  To do this, we need a few more details, so that the system knows where to allocate any commission earned.  Can we ask you, please, to order a swatch of your design, as far as completing your details.  You can then stop, if you don't actually want to order the fabric.

So, the competition is:

Create a design suitable for printing on fabric based on tennis.

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.

To enter:

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

The closing date is midnight on Tuesday, June 10th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook for voting .  Voting will close at midnight on June 18th.  The design with the most votes 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 the theme of Tennis.

All entries will be displayed for public voting, 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.


Are you still struggling with designing?  You might like to meet two lovely ladies I met at the Make Good Festival in London last weekend.  Melanie and Emma run the People's Print, where you can learn more about designing.  They run workshops in their West Hampstead studio (or you can join in via a live online link) or you can buy their tutorials from their website.  Their next two workshops (on June 7th - get a move on! and July 26th) will show you how to create a flower-based design - very useful for our August flower-themed contest!).  I have signed up for the July workshop, so I'll tell you more about it afterwards.


Tennis photos from  'Swatch girl' from