Spoonflower Handbook Master Class: March 2017

masterclassMarch 24-26, 2017

A three-day intensive workshop presented by The Spoonflower Handbook co-author Becka Rahn and held at Spoonflower HQ in Durham, NC.

About the Workshop

The focus of this workshop will be an introduction to working with vectors and Adobe Illustrator as a fabric design tool. Why vectors? Designing with vectors gives you a lot of flexibility with size and scale, options to color and edit your designs, and the ability to create smooth lines and simple repeating patterns in just a few steps. You will create three different vector-based designs in class and learn to use the basic vector drawing tools and techniques. Several of our class exercises will build on concepts presented in The Spoonflower Handbook, taking these projects “beyond the book” with more advanced tools and skills, as well as one-on-one instruction.

For this class, you do not need drawing or painting skills; no experience with Illustrator or fabric design is necessary, although you should be familiar with the Spoonflower site and comfortable with basic computer functions.

To register, see registration button at bottom of page.

Note: If you are looking for details about the January 2017 session (Full), please click here.


Class ScheduleBeforeAfter

Friday Evening • 5-8:00 pm

Dinner and meet & greet.

Design warm-up.

Housekeeping (accounts, thumbdrives, set up stations etc).

Saturday • 9 am – 4 pm

Getting started with Illustrator, vector tools & vocabulary.

Lunch break with box lunches & tour of Spoonflower.

Drawing with the pen tool and whole cloth designs.

Afternoon break (4:00 – 5:00)

Meet at shuttle bus for dinner in downtown Durham.

Sunday • 9 am – 4 pm

The Pattern Tool.

Design tips & Repeats.

Lunch break with box lunches.

Strategies for creating repeats and working with color.

One-on-one “speed dating” with Becka.

Deconstructing designs.

Wrap up.

Fabric design detail. Original illustration. 2016.

Cost & Supplies

Price for the workshop: $575 per person

Your class fee will include:

  • 4 meals including dinner Friday & Saturday and lunches Saturday & Sunday (vegetarian & gluten free options available.)
  • Coffee, drinks & snacks throughout the workshop
  • A thumbdrive pre-loaded with practice files, resources, handouts
  • A Spoonflower Color Map
  • The Spoonflower Handbook
  • One yard of fabric (sent to you after class)
  • Behind the scenes tour of Spoonflower
  • 20 hours of hands-on class time

You will need to provide:

  • A laptop & mouse.
  • Adobe Illustrator (1 month subscription is $20) (version CC recommended)
  • You should be comfortable with basic computer functions: copy and paste, opening & saving files, navigating the internet.  You should be familiar with the Spoonflower site.  You do not need to have experience specifically with Adobe Illustrator, but a little experience with a basic photo editing/graphics program is helpful (Photoshop, PicMonkey, Gimp, etc)
  • Workshop does not include lodging or transportation to and from Durham, NC.  We are working with local hotels for special rates for this workshop. Details will be provided at registration.  If you are interested in sharing a room, indicate this on your registration form and we will help connect you with other students who are interested in sharing.  Breakfast is provided by the hotel or on your own.


 Notes about Registration


THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. Apologies to those who are just seeing this, the workshop does fill up very fast.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list to hear about future class sessions, please click the button below.


Please complete this registration form to reserve your space in the Spoonflower Handbook Master Class held March 24-26, 2017 at Spoonflower HQ in Durham NC. Once your registration has been processed, you will be sent a separate invoice to pay for the class (usually within 24 hours). Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Your registration will be handled by Becka Rahn, class instructor. All communication/invoices about the class will come from her.



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Becka Rahn at beckarahn {at} gmail . com or by filling out the contact form here.

This is seriously the best class I have ever taken. Tons of great information presented clearly and enthusiastically. Inspiration everywhere from Becka and Spoonflower! — A student from the first Master Class.