Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Spoonflower will blow your mind!

OK, prepare yourselves. Anyone who's interested in designing their own textiles or any sort of fabric based product should just sit down right now, because what I'm about to tell you will probably be slightly overwhelming and may cause you to faint.

There is a company that will custom print fabric for you, with no minimums. Yup, no minimums. You can literally order a quarter of a yard if you want. Amazing! The printing is done digitally, which allows you to use as many colours as you want in your design, as well as allowing for those amazingly small run quantities. Here's what the fine people at Spoonflower have to say about their company:

Spoonflower gives individuals the power to print their own designs on fabric that they can then use to make quilts, clothes, pillows, blankets, framed textile art and many, many other things that might surprise you.

The craft world happens to be exploding right now. Tired of seeing the same products and the same designs everywhere, more and more people are drawn to the idea of doing it themselves, of creating things that are unique and carry within them a little bit of the passion of the individuals who made them.

The folks who are waging the handmade revolution by and large do so quietly. On blogs, in sewing groups, on Etsy storefronts and in their homes, a growing number of people have decided to make and to share things they think are beautiful. Spoonflower exists to give crafters a powerful tool for expressing their creative visions using fabric.

fabric design by StaceyJoy

So, I'm sure you all have about a million questions now, and I have to say, the Spoonflower site does a pretty great job of answering them. Check out their site at www.spoonflower.com, and don't miss their fun blog or their totally inspiring Spoonflower Flickr group, chock full of designs done by their customers!

fabric design by linabobardi

They're currently operating in the Beta version, but once they get all the kinks worked out they have some great plans up their sleeves, namely offering these independently designed fabrics for sale! So basically what that means is that if you're an aspiring textile designer, you now have an amazing outlet, and if you're a designer/crafter you now have a place to get REALLY unique fabrics. Ahhhhh!!!! My mind is officially blown.

fabric design by Shelly Lane

Some of the things I'm thinking of making:

- Norwegian Wood fabric hangtags/labels

- designing some repeat patterns with tysons artwork

- Saturday Social club crests

- logo print fabric for linings of purses

- plush toys

- a million other things I can't think of right now

fabric design by Jess Gonacha

Check out the little video below from Spoonflower, showing this weeks fabric preview


jess gonacha said...

thanks for featuring one of my patterns on your blog!!! i haven't tried out spoonflower yet, but think what they're doing is amazing!!!

The HQ Duo said...

I'm glad you're OK with me featuring it, I was hoping all the designers would be cool with it as long as I linked to their info! You have amazing illustrations by the way, I'll have to add your Etsy shop as a fave right away!

tattytiara said...

I'm plotting my first spoonflower design m'self!