Have you heard of Spoonflower? It's a place where you can upload your own design- something as simple as a photo- and have it printed on 21 different types of fabric...everything from basic quilting cotton to silk crepe de chine to upholstery weight twill. You can also have your design printed onto wallpaper and wrapping paper. Fabric design and manufacture is no longer limited to those who can afford to order hundreds of yards. You can order as little as an 8"x8" test swatch up to multiple yards. The site is user friendly and easy to navigate.
I designed fabric on Spoonflower several years ago from my collages but since then, they have added a wider selection of fabrics and improved the site immensely. These pieces were designed from my original Spoonflower Collage Collection which are still available.
|Clutch designed with "For the Love of Frida"|
|Makeup bag designed with "Wanderlust"|
|Handbag designed with "For the Love of Frida"|
|Clutch designed with "Scentual"|
My newest idea was to transfer my drawings onto fabric. To do this, I had to learn how to do a repeat design. It was a little tricky because I don't use Photoshop or Illustrator. I had to remind myself that fabric was designed a long time before computer graphics programs. It just required more hand illustration and time. I ended up creating 41 different fabrics- 8 different designs in up to 7 different color ways. Here's a screen shot of the website interface showing how simple they've made it to order custom fabric in any amount you choose.
Visit my Lorimarsha shop and click on Fabric Collections. There you can view all my fabric designs. To purchase, click on the design you like. You'll next see a screen that looks like the one above where you can select the fabric you like and the size and amount.
Here's a great gift idea: Order a fat quarter (21' x 18") of Linen Cotton Canvas in my "Liqueured Up" design and make this bar towel. It's perfectly sized- all you'll need to do is stitch up the sides. Use it to wrap up a bottle of whiskey and tie on your favorite cocktail recipe. Voila! Housewarming, birthday, Father's Day...a bottle of whiskey is appropriate for every occasion.
A fun idea is to upload a handwritten family recipe card and have it printed as a tea towel. It would make a great personalized gift. Here's an image that I found on Martha Stewart's blog:
|Image from marthastewart.com|
The gift ideas are endless! I hope you enjoy visiting Spoonflower and that you are inspired by the possibilities.