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Secret Garden competition - time to vote!

Every time we do something for the first time it is a peculiar mix of exciting ('whooop can't wait to see what people make!') and slightly terrifying ('oh *gosh*, what if no one likes it!??'). And this, launching our very first fabric design competition, was no different. However, our fears were unfounded and you guys threw yourselves into it with some serious gusto. As a result, we have been absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the sheer amount, the range of nationalities and the creativity of the entries we had pouring in. Thank you so so so much all of you for supporting our competition and entering your work!

Perhaps the only negative was that between all of the copious chocolate and lounging this weekend, we had the extremely difficult task of narrowing all of your wonderful entries down into a much smaller selection for you to vote on. 

In terms of choosing the overall winner, the way it works is via our suuuuper (*ahem*) sophisticated voting system of liking the picture of your favourite design on Facebook, or, if you don't have Facebook, leaving a comment below with the name of the designer you'd like to see win. FYI the names of the designers can be found below each of the designs.

We know that you all of course will want to vote for your pals, but please also try and keep it fair and vote, led purely by your aesthetics, for the design that you would most like to see on fabric! 

Right, off you go! We'll be counting up the winner on Friday 25th April at midday BST

 

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 By Ellen 

 

By Melanie

 

 By Clare

 

 By Darnita

 

 By Charlie

 

 

By Rosie

 

 By Carolyn

 

 By Kirsty

 

 By Sally

 

 By Victoria

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Comments on this post ( 151 )

  • Apr 27, 2014

    Kirsty!

    — Darsana

  • Apr 27, 2014

    Charlie to win

    — Barbara maw by

  • Apr 27, 2014

    I like Ellen’s!

    — Jessica

  • Apr 27, 2014

    My vote is for Melanie – want to line a jacket with that beauty.

    — Sandra-Stitch

  • Apr 26, 2014

    Ellen – It would look beautiful on a top!

    — Louise

  • Apr 26, 2014

    Ellen.

    — Paul

  • Apr 25, 2014

    My vote is for Ellen. I like the contrast of colors Very intricate and lace like!

    — Andrea

  • Apr 25, 2014

    Ellen has my vote—elegant in simplicity and very pleasing to the eye.

    — Ali H.

  • Apr 25, 2014

    Sally!

    — LK

  • Apr 25, 2014

    I want charlie to win

    — Sam

  • Apr 25, 2014

    Charlie’s design is stunning, such detail and a beautiful cascading repeat, hers is truly the winning design

    — Sharon Watts

  • Apr 24, 2014

    I vote for Clare’s beautiful design. They are all lovely but hers evokes most the spirit of The Secret Garden.

    — Shena

  • Apr 24, 2014

    I vote for Clare’s beautiful design. It is the one which evokes most the spirit of The Secret Garden. They are all lovely but hers stands out.

    — Shena

  • Apr 24, 2014

    I can see an Armani suit with Ellen’s pattern!

    — daniela

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Definitely Clare. Vote Clare!

    — Cecily

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Like all of them but think Charlie’s should win. So fresh and intricate.

    — architectbristol

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Charlie’s florals are so unique, never seen anything like that before! Beautiful!

    — Emily

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Charlie Fantastic design

    — Jill

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Fantastic design

    — Jill

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Clare’s is my favourite and wins my vote!

    — Sarah

  • Apr 24, 2014

    ELLEN!!!

    — Maja

  • Apr 24, 2014

    All designs are very good, however drawn to Charlie’s design. Beautiful work, colour scheme and could be applied to many formats. Well done!

    — Missy

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Charlie stunning

    — Charlotte Eva

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Best by far is Charlie’s! Amazing detail, lovely choice of colours and eye catching design!

    — Mel

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Charlie’s design is amazing! Such an original, creative design! I would definitely buy this if it got printed, stunning. Charlie to win.

    — Fi fi

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Charlie! Beautiful and original hand drawn design! Very fresh and flowing for an all over print. I would buy metres and metres! Good luck

    — Jacqueline

  • Apr 24, 2014

    All are beautiful, but I think the most unique and hip design is Kirsty’s.!!!

    — beth spear

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Charlie’s is the one I keep going back to look at. How fab would that be with a smaller coordinating print as lining for a Victoria blazer. oooooh!

    — Eliza-sew-little

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Exquisite design by Ellen!

    — Jimbo

  • Apr 24, 2014

    I love Charlie’s design!

    — Dörthe

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Kirsty’s design please

    — Kate

  • Apr 24, 2014

    These are all gorgeous and I think I’d buy all of them so pretty please can you print them all? I’d make a Victoria blazer from Ellen’s, a flowing maxi skirt from Darnita’s, slim fitting trousers from Charlie and Rosie’s and an Anna dress from Sally and Victoria’s designs, but my absolute favourite, the one that I’d spend hours deciding to cut into would be Clare’s stunning floral!

    — Jo Navin

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Carolyn!!

    — Kelsey

  • Apr 24, 2014

    My vote is for Ellen. Very beautiful.

    — Annette

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Ellen

    — Stacy

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Charlie’s is the most original, strongest and most sophisticated design in this collection

    — Julia

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Ellen!

    — amy

  • Apr 24, 2014

    Ellen, Ellen, Ellen

    — Marcia

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen

    — Hetal

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Beautiful Design! My vote for Ellen Pleil.
    Jagtar

    — Jagtar Singh

  • Apr 23, 2014

    They’re all lovely, but Victoria is my favourite!

    — Lynne

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Way to go Ellen…beautiful design!!!

    — Jasjeet Singh

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I pick Ellens design. Very nice!

    — Elina

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen for the win!

    — Evan

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen:)

    — Tam

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Rosie :)

    — Jo

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Don’t think my vote went through. I absolutely love Kirsty’s design!I vote Kirsty.

    — Nicola

  • Apr 23, 2014

    My choice would be Ellen’s design, I could visualize so many dresses in this fabric!

    — Sew in a frenzy

  • Apr 23, 2014

    ELLEN

    — james dickson

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Charlie’s fabric is just stunning. I want to buy metres and metres :)

    — Lynne

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I love all of them, Charlie’s design is without a doubt my favourite, so illustrative and unique. Worthy winner.

    — Adam

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Charlie’s is such a beautiful design, commercial yet so different. Has to win. Can think of so many things I want to make out of that fabric.

    — David warner

  • Apr 23, 2014

    oh my god, if clare’s doesn’t win i’m going to have to get my hands on her print somehow else. it is simply lightyears ahead in terms of elegance, composition, and beauty.

    — d

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Clare. Definitely. But I also love Kirsty.

    — Eve

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Nice Ellen!

    — Kyung Ae

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I vote for Clare. So fresh and vibrant.

    — Davina

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Great work everyone! Torn between Ellen’s and Clare’s. Will have to go with Clare’s for the intricacy of the design and the abundance of colour and life. Beautiful.

    — Dave

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I love the one of Clare .

    — stefano vargas

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I love the one of Clare .

    — stefano vargas

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Beautiful fabrics. Ellen probably the best bet as it’s timeless and I can see anyone wearing that. Specially love that palm print too the colours are just lovely.

    — landgirl

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I love Kirsty!

    — Niamh

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I’m going with Sally x

    — Aimée

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen

    — dibs

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen!

    — Lesley

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I vote for Ellen, though there’s quite a few designs here I could see myself using :)

    — Jenny

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I love the one of Clare .

    — stefano vargas

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Clare

    — Sian

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Id purchase a piece of Sally!

    — Ange

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Wow!!! to all ;) I have to pick either Ellen or Charlies (can’t decide between them!) – divine!! ;)

    — MaciNic

  • Apr 23, 2014

    My vote goes to Ellen.

    — Camilla

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Clare wins it for me ……………………….. a beautiful very sellable design.

    — Frances

  • Apr 23, 2014

    clare

    — JeliRAD

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen x

    — Victoria

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen – wish I could be running up a dress right now in that fabric :)

    — Vicky

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Clare pretty please. So beautiful!

    — Hari

  • Apr 23, 2014

    My vote is for Ellen—Gorgeous!!!! I love it —-so beautiful!!!

    Love your Auntie Jaya

    — Jaya

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen! Brilliant!

    — Felicia Tripp

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Darnita! Love it.

    — Rhiannon

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Love both Sally and Ellen equally…but if you need one vote, I’ll go with Sally, since its a great color scheme.

    — Suzanne Mills

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I am torn between Ellen, Kirsty and Clare. After some thought, I will choose Clare.

    — Laura

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen :-)

    — Anna

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen’s design speaks most clearly to me. I interpret it as crystalline timelessness, ephemeral yet forever present. -d

    — David G

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Kristy! Southwestern mystical. Love it!

    — sharon nichols

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Way to go Ellen! Amadeus

    — Jürgen A. Pleil

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Way to go, Ellen! You got my vote 100%. Your uncle Amadeus.

    — Jürgen A. Pleil

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Way to go, Ellen! You got my vote 100%. Your uncle Amadeus.

    — Jürgen A. Pleil

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Way to go, Ellen! You got my vote 100%. Your uncle Amadeus.

    — Jürgen A. Pleil

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I choose Ellen’s fabric

    — Ellen M

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I choose Ellen’s.

    — Nathan Bazant

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I like Ellen’s.

    — Ryan Bazant

  • Apr 23, 2014

    My favorite is Ellen’s.

    — Nicolle Bazant

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen’s is the nicest.

    — Franklin H. Pleil

  • Apr 23, 2014

    I pick Ellen’s.

    — Frank Pleil

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen’s is by far the prettiest.

    — Nicolle Bazant Pleil

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen & Charlie are just beautiful!

    — Sarah

  • Apr 23, 2014

    My vote for Ellen…very elegant design.

    — Alvin

  • Apr 23, 2014

    Ellen

    — Sox

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen! So beautiful!

    — Debbie

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen!!!

    — Jane

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Melanie!

    — Joan

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I love Ellen’s design – but the decision is really hard!

    — Liliana

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Kirsty

    — Nat

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Carolyn

    — Nicola Mcbeath

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen.. It is!!!!

    — Naireen Ammar

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen :)

    — Erica

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Clare!

    — Natalie

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Kirsty! That is some seriously cutesy, macabre, awesome stuff!!

    — Cammie

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Claire! Awesome work, most definitely the winner

    — Savlorack

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Clare’s and Kirsty’s designs are very detailed and would have taken a lot of time and effort. Out of the two I vote Kirsty :) x

    — Nicola

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I love Clare’s design, it would beautiful on paper. But for fabric my choice is

    Ellen.

    — Sarah

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen

    — Hannah

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen

    — Chris Griffin

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Carolyn – that abstract design is so in!! x

    — Cloth Kitten

  • Apr 22, 2014

    They are gorgeous but I’d love a dress in Ellen.

    — Sarah

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Clare… drippingly beautiful.

    — Sarah Hunter

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen.

    — Sabine

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I love them all, but for the fact that I think it’s unlike any fabric I’ve ever seen before (and because it reminds me of True Detective, which I’m still grieving for the end of the first season), I have to say Kirsty!

    — Rachel

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen!
    That is a really beautiful design, and I love the white on blue. I would buy yards of it.

    — Fiona M

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Clare gets my vote

    — Michael

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ils sont tous très beaux ma préférence pour Ellen

    — Armide

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Vote for Clare, lovely design

    — Holly

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Clare all the way lovely design

    — Carole

  • Apr 22, 2014

    They’re all beautiful but Clare’s is my favourite.

    — Frances

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Clare all the way: I want a shirt in that fabric please!

    — Peter

  • Apr 22, 2014

    They are all wonderful but the one by Clare stands out a mile for me. Good Luck Clare

    — Halcyon

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Clare’s looks amazing and a bit more interesting than the others.

    — John

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Tough decision indeed! I vote for Clare

    — Vida Loca

  • Apr 22, 2014

    My vote is for Sally as I’m liking the blue/ orange colour combo a lot and would like to see it in my stash!

    — Suzie

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Clare by far!

    — Elaine Fidler

  • Apr 22, 2014

    My vote goes to Carolyn, I like how it looks floral from a distance, but when you get in close it’s really not. Very cool :)

    — Kelly

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen, love the print and she shares my name.

    — docksjö

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Oh my god, I love them all soooooo much. The daffodiddlies, abstract flowers and floating blossom are all beautiful but I have a penchant for skulls so the amazing sheep skulls by Kirsty has to be my favourite and I want to make a dress in it immediately. I’ve voted on Facebook but I was too blown away by the gorgeousness to leave it without a comment too. Well done everyone. Beautiful ideas you creative clever peeps.

    — Sewcial warrior

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen

    — Nat

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I don’t have Facebook, too. I would like to have a dress from Ellens…but all of them are very beautiful.

    — Katin

  • Apr 22, 2014

    My favourite is Darnita’s. So subtle, but very beautiful.

    — Lauren

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I’m not really a flowery person but I do like all of them but the only one I’d wear in fabric on say an Anna dress would be Sally’s pattern

    — Dee

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I love Ellen’s beautiful design. This is a fabric I would love to buy!!!!!

    — Karen

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I’d vote for Ellen.

    — Helen

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I vote for Rosie. Good luck!

    — Sacha

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Kirsty!

    — Katie

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Rosie, Rosie, Rosie and Rosie again!

    — Charlene

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen-just beautiful design

    — baldguyswife

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen, hands down. :)

    — Katie

  • Apr 22, 2014

    OMG Clare – all the way!

    — Katie

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Lots of good designs. My vote goes to Clare.

    — Patty

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I want to vote for Ellen. Love the simple design and the colours.

    — Willow

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I narrowed it down to three? Melanie, Ellen, and Kristy – if I had to make one decision it would be Ellen though – such a great idea guys :-)

    — Liz

  • Apr 22, 2014

    I don’t have Facebook, but I want a dress made out of Rosie’s fabric! I love the shapes of the leaves and the colours!

    — Jana

  • Apr 22, 2014

    Ellen :-)

    — Lucy

  • Apr 22, 2014

    All stunning work – but I’d like to vote for Charlie ;)

    — Amy Beeton

  • Apr 22, 2014

    erm…. all of them! Brilliant. If I have to choose one only: Clare

    — Amanda

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