So the entries are in!! And there are a lot of them. So in no particular order, here they are. Choose your favorite based on the descriptions, and leave your choices in the comments below. Some people did submit drawings, but I have left those out so as not to skew any voting. Good luck to all those who entered!
1. Crowned Kitty: Kitty with a crown sitting on a moon. Stars in the background, and lines of little diamonds that look like strands of jewels. A Victorian chandelier is hanging from one of these strands. The pattern would be just one color, with the design branded in. The feel would be Victorian and glamorous.
2. Dachshunds: Simple dachshund dogs playing in different positions/stances, and a few bones and paw prints to fill in the empty space.
3. Woodland Forrest: The center would be a big knotted Lord of the Rings style tree with woodland creatures - bunny, skunk, chipmunk, owl, fox, raccoon, hedgehog – and some mushrooms at the tree base. Colors would be traditional browns and greens.
4. A Bit Witchy: Simple black background with suns, moons and stars in warm tones.
5. African Language: This pattern would incorporate elements of an ancient West African language called Adinkra which is composed of symbols. The symbols are simple graphic elements, representing strength, adaptability, energy, harmony, unity, and other qualities.
6. Blackberries: Prickly, but with the reward of a sweet fruit, this pattern would be composed of blackberries and brambles. It represents the person who is slow to warm up, but worth the reward.
7. Unity: Two wolves sleeping together, with their heads towards the center of the image. One wolf has her head down, sleeping, while the other has his head up, keeping guard.
8. Wings: Angel wings in creamy whites against a caramel colored background, at all sorts of angles. Dreamy and rustic,
9. Aspen: This piece would incorporate the seasons of the Aspen tree, and the complexity of the leaves (simple at a glance, but complex close up). It would have leaves in the changing colors, and trees in several seasons.
10. Grass: Blades of grass in different shades of green with one tiny red ladybug.
11: Dragonfly: Fluffy white clouds with a turquoise sky and one dragonfly.
12: Minimalist Hiker: Dark brown leather with leafy vines as the border to the pattern. In the center, a top-down view of a stump.
13. Roots: A tree laying down roots in many directions, trying to find the most stable structure. The result would be more like a texture than an image. Colors would be muted shades of red, green, and some purple, with brown to represent the earth, stability and body.
14. Peacock: The body of the bird would be smaller, and the tail feathers would be the focal point (tail feathers closer to the viewer). The colors would be blue, green, purple, gold and black and the lighter colors would be spattered/dripped as accents. The eyes of the feathers could be cut out (on items that can have holes).
15. Night Gardening: Dark blue or antique black background with white flowers in the foreground, moon above and moths flying up to it, possibly the green Lunar Moth. Stars in the sky and a moth silhouette against the moon. The design would evoke the feeling of walking through the garden in the moonlight – quiet and peaceful but awake and magical.
16. Anteater: Tamandua anteater (smaller species) with black and gold coloring with its tongue out, eating up ants, stars, hearts, snowflake, flowers, berries, and all sorts of other things. The design would be flexible and customizable by changing what the anteater is eating. The design would be sweet, fun, original and quirky with meaning enough to make it special.
17. Pegasus: A Pegasus inspired by Roman myth. Colors would be night blue and an elegant black creature. Deco style pattern to evoke both the ancient Egyptian and Roman styles.
18. Flamboyan Tree: The pattern would be a Flamboyan tree with the 2 o’clock sun casting an elongated shadow, and the branches blowing in the wind with flowers flying off. There would be a wild brown goat taking shelter from the sun in the shadow of the tree.
19. Pictures + Words: Inspired by surrealism, this pattern would combine words and images. One example would be a piece inspired by the Chinese proverb “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think” where the words “its later than you think” are written in a circle, making the face of the clock, with the hands of the clock being made up of the words “enjoy” and “life”. Or a pattern with a sunset and the words “tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week” (Spanish proverb).
20. Thrifting: Inspired by handmade cotton doilies, this pattern would have a single round doily carved into the leather as though it was just placed there, off center, in unexpected colors. Dark brown and black against lighter colors, as though someone forgot to move a doily before painting the table, or they left it there for decades exposed to the sun, and when they took the doily off it revealed the beautiful damage – a happy accident.
21. Summer Squash: Inspired by gardening and farms, the pattern would be a combination of squash, squash blossoms and squash leaves.
22. New Nouveau: This pattern would have vines and roses, buds and flowers with a few leaves and thorns. The vines would be twisted and climbing with butterflies in between. It would symbolize growth, development, transformation, and pure beauty with a bit of sadness and unspoken pain (the thorns). Roses would be red with deep green leaves and vines, the butterfly would be off-white for purity, some would be teal/turquoise, orange and yellow, and an antique black background.
23. Banjo: A banjo fretboard that has come to life. Silver lines representing the strings and climbing around these lines are vines with deep orange Japanese lantern flowers and small teal lotus flowers. A few little scrolls in silver to represent the inlay.
24. Crazy Quilt: This pattern would be made up of fan shapes that are formed by vertical bands of colors in varying widths with pointed tips. The bands would be outlined by branding marks for the “stitching” and the colors would be teal, orange, magenta, pink, purple, black and metallic.
25. Archer: For the straight-shooter, this pattern would be made up of boldly striped arrows in teal, orange, red, black and silver with simple feather tails and copper tips.
Thanks to all those who entered!!! There are a lot of amazing ideas here. I look forward to seeing who the winner is!