Wednesday

Print Your Own Fabric at Spoonflower!

This must be my week of new discoveries.

Have you visited Spoonflower? If you haven't and have ever dreamed of printing your own designs on fabric hold onto your seat because this IS exciting. When I first visited the site I was holding my breath because I couldn't imagine how much it would cost to print my own fabric. I was excited to see that it was only $18 per yard. Not much more than good quality quilting fabric. Now ideas are spinning around in my head. Yes, Elizabeth you can print fabric with your own designs!

This company is growing fast. They beta tested the site in May of 2008, they moved into a real office in August, and now have 10,000 crafters signed up to use their service. Their office is in an old sock mill in Mebane, North Carolina. What could be better than to be located in an area that was once a major textile region? Well, I can answer that. They are not far from companies like IBM, Red Hat, and SAS...technology abounds. Brain power...to answer a wife's comment, "You know what would be really cool? If I could print my own fabric." How many of us have said the same thing to that significant person in our life? Just goes to show you that wherever there is a need, there is an opportunity. You just have to make it happen.



The website is not overly complicated. There is a tutorial for preparing files to print and a FAQ. I haven't submitted a design yet, since I really did "just" find this site. What's frustrating is that I'm going to be so busy over the next few days that I probably won't be able to try it out until next week. But, as soon as I have a chance I'm there...uploading some designs that I've made and didn't have a way to get them onto a large canvas. Oh the torture!

Rush over there right now...ready, set, go! If you do print a design --when you receive it I would love to see your fabric creation.

16 reviews:

Malaysian Fabric Heritage said...

I really like the idea that Spoonflower is encouraging individual to become creative. Moreover, budding designers and pattern artists now have assess to low cost printing and the chance to see their finish work, either to amend and improve or to sell to fabric manufacturers.

Spoonflowers has value added the works of artists.

And most of all, thank you for sharing.

storybeader said...

what a great concept! It was bound to happen, someone just had to believe it was possible. Love the idea that they are reusing an old factory. Here we come, a new age! "It's wonderful" (to quote a spaceman!)

alamodestuff said...

I was a part of their beta testing. Would love to try them but have to come up with a design first!!

Lindsey said...

I signed up a few month ago, not long after they opened. But the ordering and shipping was weird, I think you had to submit each yard as a new order...? I think they fixed that now, but I haven't been back to the site yet to try it out.

leaderofmen said...

That is so, so cool. I don't make anything using fabric, but this makes me want to! Thanks for twittering about this.

Beat Black said...

omg! this is exactly what i need for my next craft fair table cloth. Its probably more than I can afford right now but I'm off to take a peek.
thanks for posting

Ragtree said...

That is SUCH a great idea! Have you ordered anything yet? I bet if they work their bugs out, they will be hugely successful!

Renee :)

Lynne said...

What a fantastic idea! I am definitely going to have to take a look. I wonder what the minimum order is. This could have so many great crafting possibilities!

Octavine Illustration said...

thank you thank you thank you!
i am bookmarking this site right now.
always wondered if there was a way to do this.

picciolo said...

I've just found this site too, it looks great!
: )

APO (Bem-Trapilho) said...

great blog! loved this! :)
huggs from Portugal!

Beaderjojo said...

That's wonderful, the possibilities are endless.

BTW, you've been given a blog award. =)
http://www.beaderjojo.blogspot.com

Distressing Delilah said...

The ideas are already swirling around my head! This is sooo wonderful!

Art By MAR said...

I'm not much of a sewer but I have often said the same "Wish I could print that on fabric". So cool, thanks for sharing.

Meg said...

this is so cool! i cant wait to try it out!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

THANK YOU! I've been wanting to find a place like this for SO long! YAY!!!!! I'm doing the happy dance!

Cindy

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