Janelle of Emmaline Bags (a crafterhours sponsor! yay!) asked me to write a bit about my Spoonflower experience, and I said "yes" immediately. It's a thrill to create your own fabric and I think more folks should try it. Here I'm sharing a bit about using Spoonflower as a shopper, and jump on over to her blog to read more about Spoonflower as a designer.
Are you already familiar with Spoonflower? In short, it's a shop that prints on fabric, much like you'd use an inkjet printer at home. (Except they do it better.)
There are two ways to use Spoonflower. This first is to function as a shopper. Easy enough, right? If you love fabric made by independent designers, you can shop all day every day. The selection is constantly changing and the catalog growing. And if you find a fabric you like but would like to see it in different colors or would like the scale adjusted, you can contact the designer directly to accomplish that. Most are happy to work with customers to make adjustments. Search by popular tag, with your own keyword, or by color.
This is a area where it's helpful to enjoy digging. A lot of designers do a fantastic job of creating amazing work and then fail to provide enough descriptive keywords to make their work findable. Just because something doesn't turn up in your keyword search doesn't mean you're done looking - there're a lot of choices that could benefit from better labeling, which means -- continue your treasure hunt!
The BEST part of shopping for fabric via Spoonflower is, arguably, the ability to choose the substrate. Have you found a fantastic print that you'd love to make a tote out of, but... it's not tough enough? No problem here. Spoonflower will print it on canvas or twill with a click of the mouse. Looking for a wispy fabric? No problem, they've got that, and plenty of design options to apply to it.
As far as what's readily available to print, there are SO many fabulous designers working with Spoonflower. I forced myself to choose a handful to share, including:
|Scrummy/ Sharon Turner|
|Rashida Coleman-Hale of I Heart Linen|