Ok, we're back up now and faster than ever!
We'll be down for about an hour this morning (Wednesday) for server upgrades. Apologies!
As noted in today's Spoonflower email, we're going through a transition right now in our quilting-weight cotton. Starting this week we've printed all quilting-weight orders on cotton with a slightly different thread construction: 78x76 rather than the 60x60 we have used in the past. The decision to change our most popular base fabric is being driven by our determination to find a source for fabric with quality that is perfectly consistent from one batch to the next. Based on the testing we are doing right now to all our fabrics, we may well change again before we settle on a permanent replacement.
Above is a photo that shows the old quilting-weight cotton on the left and the new on the right. They're very similar in weight, but the new quilting cotton is slightly denser and softer than the old. Feedback on the change is welcome!
Subscribers to our weekly newsletter had a chance yesterday to enter their names for a drawing for 2-yards of free Spoonflower custom fabric. We run our drawings through Random.org (record of drawing here) and thanks to their service we have the pleasure of announcing this week's five winners:
We'll email all of the individual winners with details. If you're not a subscriber to our weekly newsletter and would like to participate in this sort of thing in the future, you can sign up below. Hey... it's snowing in Mebane, North Carolina right now! Happy holidays.
Reminder: To guarantee delivery of your fabric by Christmas in the domestic United States using our standard shipping, please place your order no later than today (December 14). The holiday deadline for International orders has already passed.
In either case -- domestic or International -- you can continue to use our RUSH option through the end of the week and expect delivery by December 24.
Big news: Spoonflower is very pleased to introduce linen-cotton canvas, a really lovely blend of 55% linen and 45% combed cotton.
This is a lightweight canvas, about 5.5 oz per square yard, so durable enough for pillows and bags but also great for making apparel. $27 pr/yd is the regular price, but if you are a designer purchasing your own designs it's only $24.30 pr/yd.
One note: The cloth is natural white, but after we heat it (post-printing) it turns a slightly cream color. When washed, however, the cream comes back to white. [more photos here]
If you order before noon EST, your fabric will ship the next day. You can read all about it on our Rush shipping page.
It's a little quiet around here this week in the shop. Of course, the printers are going full-blast on a healthy queue of designs, but Spoonflower is down a couple of awesome employees as of last Friday.
Rachel, pictured center front, has gone off to try her hand at law school after cracking the whip over Spoonflower finances for the past few months. We'll miss Rachel's organizational gifts, but I hope it won't offend her if I say that I'll really miss her sense of style and unbelievable shoe collection. It was always a treat for me to see what she had on her feet when she arrived for work--a different pair every day, though a particular pair of purple leather flats with leopard buckles stands out in my memory.
Allie, pictured at the far right front, was a summer intern with us who has left us to finish her degree in fashion and textile merchandising at N.C. State. Allie had the most solid work ethic of any person her age I think I've ever met--or perhaps of anyone I've ever met! Allie ran the printers from the wee hours of the morning til the late morning crew showed up. Then she'd move over to the cutting table and bust out bin after bin full of packaged fabric--all without a single complaint. Ever.
We've been very lucky to have attracted good folks to Spoonflower, and are very sorry to see these two go! Good luck, y'all!
Problems with Paypal seem to be fixed.
The Paypal site seems to be experiencing problems, which means that you will not be able to checkout on Spoonflower until it is fixed. You can follow Paypal's updates here: http://announcements.paypal.
We'll keep you posted.
Update: Those of you who signed up on our tester list over the weekend should now see upholstery-weight cotton as an option in your Spoonflower accounts on the preview/purchase page.
This morning we have discovered that -- due to some network shenanigans on the part of our Internet host -- the main Spoonflower site is inaccessible to some of you. The affected areas are scattered, but our site seems to be down for most of Europe, and for a random number of other areas. Hopefully all will be well soon. Apologies!
Fixed. If you've signed in to Spoonflower today, you may have noticed an error message on the user home page... sorry about that. We should have it fixed shortly, but in the meantime you can still get to your Designs page by going directly to: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs
Done! Our planned maintenance last night didn't go quite as planned, so we're going to try one more time tonight. So for a few hours, Eastern time (Nov. 19-20), the site will be down. Apologies!
In the meantime, if you haven't seen them yet be sure to check out the new half-step and half-brick design options.
Lots of Spoonflower news this week, some of which you may see again in an upcoming email:
Just a very quick update to let folks know that we are still having problems with previews of designs uploaded to Spoonflower. TIFs in LAB format are still showing up as black boxes. We're working on it!
UPDATE: We're back up and running, but thumbnails of TIFs in LAB color format remain broken. In place of a lovely design, instead you'll see an ugly black box. This problem is confined to the display of your deisgn, however, and does not affect your original file. Eventually we will fix the previews and all will be well.
The thumbnail previews of designs on Spoonflower are temporarily broken. So whether you are uploading a new design or looking at designs in your account, at the moment you probably see some kind of error where a lovely image ought to be. Our engineers are hard at work on fixing this, hopefully very quickly. We are very sorry! This will not affect any orders, by the way. All of your orders are safe, regardless of whether or not the preview is broken.
Those of you who are using the Spoonflower beta site may have noticed that we released a few new features this week. One of them -- Invitations -- allows you to send new Spoonflower accounts to friends who don't already have accounts. Nifty, eh? Note that if you are not logged in to your Spoonflower account, the invitation link will just take you to the login page. Once you are logged in, you'll see an Invitations link in the page footer.
Also of note, a page that allows you to Explore some of the great fabric designs on the site. Only designs that community members have made public are visible, of course.
We sent out another big batch of beta invitations this morning, so a lot of folks who've been on the waiting list are finally getting a chance to upload their designs today. Welcome!
As a result, the site may seem slower today than usual, and we may have to reboot it once or twice, which will mean a minute or two of downtime here and there. If you try to log in to Spoonflower and find the site down today, please just check back in five or ten minutes and all should be well.
Remember this woman? Our intern, Danielle? Sound the trumpets because she's now our first official Spoonflower hire! Woo-hoo! I can't tell you all how nice it is to have a female around here who doesn't throw temper tantrums or need to be plied with pb&j sandwiches and goldfish crackers to be happy. Oh, and she's also really nice to talk to about sewing, design, fabric, and the like. We're so glad to have you here more often now, Danielle!
Before we ship out all the fabrics that Danielle has been printing this week, I just wanted to show you all another lovely cheater quilt design. It's from one of our users, Betsy Childs, who saw Angry Chicken's cheater quilt and was inspired to create her own. It printed up beautifully and Betsy says that this is the first time she's tried anything like this. I, for one, am very impressed! The imagery she used in some of her squares reminded me of old books we had around the house when I was a kid. I've seen similar fairy tale-related public domain images here and there on the web and found them appealing, but wasn't sure how I might use them in a crafting context. Now I know!
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