Design Contest Update!

As many of you know, we announced our five finalists for the Fabric Design Contest a couple of weeks ago. Since the announcement, one of the designers has been disqualified from the competition as they failed to provide sufficent contact information. Given this, we made the decision to open the contest up to two additional participants. The first addition was the next runner up based on your votes. To mix things up and add an element of surprise, we decided to include a “Wild Card” finalist as well. We then needed to figure out how to decide on the Wild Card and we ultimately landed on the idea to draw the finalist’s design name from a hat.

What happens now:

The original finalists must still have their completed artwork submitted to our team by October 7th. The two new finalists have been given an extended deadline of October 30th. Starting on October 7th, we will begin posting designer bios once a week here on Notions so that you can get an inside view of who these talented artists are and how they got started. The designer bios will also include a preview of their full collection, including any revisions they have made to their artwork and new prints added. The final designer bio will be posted the week of November 11th. Following that, our diverse panel of judges will hold a top-secret meeting where our winner will be selected. After formalities have been completed (informing the winner, contracts signed, etc.), we will announce our winner here on November 18th (assuming all goes smoothly).

Many of you may be wondering what the two new finalist designs look like. Well, see below!

Squawk! by Ingrid Figueras of Barcelona.

Embroidery by Jeanne McGee of Minneapolis, MN.

We are excited to have added these two prints to our already great line up. The pressure is on!



  1. Susan - September 30, 2013

    Those are both lovely entries! Congrats to the designers!

  2. Stephanie - September 30, 2013

    Fabulous way to “solve a problem.” Terrific for the two newest designers. Wonderful new design choices to select from.

  3. Eileen - September 30, 2013

    Those baby seagulls are just adorable. Love the movement of the flowers. Looks like fabric from the big name designers.

  4. Kathleen Brown - September 30, 2013

    Great way to handle a the unexpected opening. Both of the additional designs are cute!

  5. Susan Terpin - September 30, 2013

    I love them both. Its going to be so hard to choose.

  6. Katrina - September 30, 2013

    I can’t wait to see what their full collections look like!

  7. Ann - September 30, 2013

    Eager to see the coordinating fabric designs the finalists come up with…such a variety of styles!

  8. Mary White - September 30, 2013

    Glad to see Embroidery added to the mix!

  9. Barb, WI - September 30, 2013

    Both designs are worthy of being included! The gulls are great, and that embroidery design is stunning!

  10. Debbie - September 30, 2013

    ah yes these designs are a great addition to the finalists!!

  11. Tracey - September 30, 2013

    I love the new entries! But it’s all a bit confusing?? I feel very sad for the previously announced finalists. Having the rules change this far into the contest seems very unfair to them.

  12. Morgan - September 30, 2013

    I have to echo Tracey’s comments. Why oh why would you change the rules on all the lovely finalists this late in the game? And although I guess I can understand switching a disqualified finalist with a new one, I do not remotely understand WHY you’d randomly add a new ‘Wild Card’ finalist out of nowhere? If I were any of the original finalists, I’d be completely upset at what to me looks like a suspect bait and switch. To all the finalists, good luck wading through all this.

  13. shannon - September 30, 2013

    ignore the naysayers.
    embroidery was one of my faves so i am happy to see it in there. also love the birds.the pink not so much.

  14. Lauralee Hensley - September 30, 2013

    Very pretty designs.

  15. Betty - September 30, 2013

    The “Embroidery” design is nice, it reminds me of the wildflowers my mother loved so much.

  16. Ceil - October 1, 2013

    Very happy to see “Embroidery” added. This was one of my favorites.

  17. Jenna - October 1, 2013

    I can’t wait to see what the final designs end up looking like! Surprises are always fun.

  18. Amanda Best - October 1, 2013

    Both of the new designs are fabulous! I love the embroidered flowers, the colors are so fresh and pretty! The seagulls are very cute and I love the pink! Good luck to both of these designers!

  19. kelly O. - October 2, 2013

    These are fabulous!! both of them!

  20. Alisa - October 7, 2013

    I have to say that these two look more promising than the previous five. Especially Squawk!

  21. Linda - October 9, 2013

    I find it loathsome to make such changes at this ‘stage’ of the contest. It was ‘ok’ to replace the ONE that was disqualified, but to simply ADD another? What are you thinking? It is underhanded, unfair and sneaky. Makes me question your ‘business’ practices in general. I may never buy from you again, as I would constantly wonder about ‘bait and switch’ tactics.

  22. Kathleen - October 9, 2013

    I have to agree with some of the naysayers. Is it “legal” to change rules this stage of the game? I do think the new entries are lovely and worthy of competition but I would consider the legality of this move. Here’s a link to an article I found regarding contests/sweepstakes. . How do the original finalists feel about this move? Have they been notified? Do they know the contest date has been extended? Somethings to consider to maintain the integrity of Connecting Threads.

  23. Alisha - October 21, 2013

    Hi all,
    To those who have expressed concerns regarding the legality of our changes to the contest, we are absolutely certain that what we did is absolutely allowed and fully legal. The contestants have all been notified of the changes, and all are aware of the new dates as they apply to deadlines and winner selection.
    Connecting Threads reserves the right to make changes to any and all contests that it hosts. The fine print for the contest even says so! Here’s an excerpt:
    “If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, Connecting Threads reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.”
    With regard to Linda’s comment, we opted to add in a “wild card” design because we were concerned that another of the finalists may not be able to fulfill the requirements of the contest. We definitely didn’t want to have to add another finalist and delay the contest further if that were to happen, and therefore, we went ahead and added that last contestant as more of a preventative action. I can assure you that we were not being underhanded, sneaky or unfair in our actions. I also want to reiterate that the new two finalists will not receive more favorable treatment in any way. All finalists are being presented to our judging panel in the same way, at the same time.
    Thanks for your questions and concerns. I hope I’ve addressed them all here!