Have you heard about Spoonflower? It is a company just down the road from me in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is building a company that will allow individuals to print their own designs on fabric. Imagine the possibilities!!! This is just another facet of the digital revolution that is really transforming the design world.
It's pretty expensive right now ($11 a fat quarter, $18 a yard, $90 for 5 yards, all printed 42" wide on Robert Kaufman's Kona cotton). And it takes a while to receive your fabric, about 3 weeks for the U.S.
The company is still beta-testing its process, and they are currently limiting who can participate. I applied about a week ago (the website says they are handing out a "handful" of invitations each week), and today got an invitation to participate! I am very excited. Now I have to decide what design to refine and print. The mind reels...
Here's what the Spoonflower website says:
“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.”
You can find out more on Spoonflower's website or blog. Another great blog with good information on Spoonflower is True Up. I'll post more about this after I’ve uploaded my designs and received my fabrics.