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New Design Challenge

08 February 2016 17:51

It's (more-or-less) the beginning of the month, and you may be expecting a new Design Competition.  However, as part of my re-thinking, I've decided that I won't run a competition every month this year, or at least for the time being.  There will be a 'last' competition next month, to celebrate our 2nd birthday, when the theme will be Celebration.

I know that some of you enjoy the challenge of designing to a brief, or in a given time-scale, so, instead of the competition, we will have a monthly design challenge.  It will run in a similar way to the competition, but, instead of a prize for one person, there will be free listing for everyone taking part.  I hope that meets with your approval.  Please let me know if it doesn't!

I couldn't believe it when I checked back and realised that we haven't had an animal theme in the competition.  The nearest we've come is On the Farm.  So this month's theme will be animals.  However, we have lots of dogs and some cats on the web site already, so I think we should have slightly more exotic animals.  So the theme this month will be Zoo Animals.  As with the competition, any interpretation of the theme is acceptable, one entry per person, and please don't send in a design you've already entered in our competitions.


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!)  I will then put them onto Facebook.  We may select one or two to 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 challenge is:  Create a design suitable for printing on fabric based on 'Zoo Animals'.

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, February 16th, 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 16th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook and on the blog.

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 Zoo Animals. ‘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 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.

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!

Ann Batdorf