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Earth Day Organic Fabric Giveaway Extraordinaire

Last week, I was approached by Jan DiCintio, the fantastic bundle of energy and talent behind Daisy Janie, to participate in a giveaway to promote Earth Day and organic fabrics. It took me all of 1 second to sign on, and, luckily for you, 11 other designers (in whose company I am humbled to be included) did, too!

Now, before you get to the goodies, how's about a few useful factoids?

Even people who carefully seek out and are willing to pay a premium for organic milk or produce for their families may not see the value of organic cotton—it's not as though we are eating it, right? But when you stop to consider that, when grown conventionlly, this non-nutritional crop uses 25% of the world's insecticides, it's clear that the way cotton is grown has a profound impact on the health of our water supplies, our soil, and our farmers.

Although there are several different certification bodies for organic cotton, the central premise is the same: organic cotton should be grown free of chemical pesticides or fertilizers and from naturally occuring, non-genetically-modified seeds. Although organic cotton production is on the rise, it still represents less than 1% of annual worldwide cotton production. We have a long way to go, but there is momentum building.

As demand for organic cotton grows, so will its carbon footprint shrink—the bulk of world organic cotton production is in India, which means organic cotton still has to travel a pretty far piece to end up in most people's homes around the world. But as farmers see demand for the product rise in their own countries, they will plant more acres and serve their local and regional markets more effectively.

The Goods

The giveaway works like this: each us is giving away our organic fabric designs to a lucky commenter on each of our respective blogs. The giveaways open April 21, 2010 at 6PM EST and close on April 26 at 10PM EST. Visit each of the links below to hop to each giveaway:

Betz White • Birch Fabrics • Cloud9 Fabrics • Daisy Janie • Harmony Art • Homesweet • ink & spindle • loop • Monaluna • Swanky Swell • Umbrella Prints

The winner of my giveaway will receive 4 organic cotton fat quarters or 2 full yards of organic cotton sateen in the patterns of your choice from my Spoonflower Shop. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post—what would you do with free fabric?

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A Holiday Fabric Giveaway

Have you heard of papernstitch? It is a curated exhibition of handmade and independent design and craft. And this month, I have my debut fabric exhibition there!

Visit my exhibition on papernstitch!
I have been designing patterns for surface design for a long time now, and I have never found more satisfaction than seeing my designs come to life on fabric. Rather than set up an Etsy store to sell these fabrics, I am able now to sell them directly to my friends and family far and wide thanks to the merchant platform provided by Spoonflower. And because I can sell them directly, I do not have to process the fabrics or ship them myself, meaning that buyers get the same price I do! So cool! And even better, any design can be printed on any of 5 fabrics in cuts as small as 8x8"! Have I mentioned that I love Stephen, Kim, Gart, and everyone else at Spoonflower? Well, I do.

I heart papernstitch! I heart Spoonflower! I...am getting carried away, no?

Still, since I'm in a spread-the-love kind of mood, there's something in it for you...

Cottage Industrialist Textiles Holiday Giveaway:

Here's the deal--I'm giving away 2 yards of quilt-weight fabric in any of my available designs (to be chosen by the winner). Enter to win three (!) ways. 1) Visit my exhibition on papernstitch, and take a look! Leave me a comment there on your favorite design (you'll need to sign-in, so I can be sure to get your email address); 2) Leave me a comment on this blog about your favorite design from the papernstitch exhibition; and 3) Spread the word: tweet a link to this giveaway with this link: http://cottage-industrialist.com/holidaygiveaway. Entries will be accepted from now until midnight EST on December 11. I'll pick the winner at random and post the results on Monday, December 14.

And for all who celebrate it, I wish you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

And stay tuned...later this week I'll be posting a fun printable featuring designs from some of my favorite fabrics!



Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the winner of the Buzz...Buzz... card giveaway, demmi, digital misfit, and musebootsi! I'll be sending your cards out shortly, and I hope you enjoy them!

So....I'm thinking about doing another giveaway, but this time of a piece of jewelry...any votes on what piece in my etsy store you'd like to win? Or should it be a new, mystery piece created just for this giveaway? Lay it on me!


What's the buzz, tell me what's a happenin'


Have I mentioned that I love paper? I mean, seriously, I love it. I grew up in a print shop, so paper has always been a part of my life. Lately, I've been experimenting with a technique in my illustrations that makes my drawings look like paper collages. Which, um, yeah, I really like.

These bees are printed on linen-finish cardstock--I am addicted to Neenah Paper's linen-finish stock--and accompanied by a...you guessed it, linen-finish bright white envelope...and packaged in a little glassine sleeve.

If you would like me to send you one of these little guys, leave a comment on this post before Midnight, EST, November 14 (that's tomorrow). I'll pick three names at random, contact the winners, and send the cards your way posthaste!