This the last in our series of posts looking back at 2010, a year in which our little fabric-loving Internet startup accomplished quite a bit.
We grew a lot in 2010, a transformation that included moving our office from the old sock mill in Mebane, North Carolina, where we started to a more modern, comfortable facility in down the road in Durham. The marketplace for fabric created by independent designers that we launched in the fall of 2009 has now blossomed into the largest collection of indie-designed fabrics available anywhere in the world. [Where else can you choose between 47 different hippo fabrics?]
We've still got a lot of work ahead of us, of course, but I hope you'll take a few minutes not just to appreciate the designers in our top 10 lists but to congratulate yourselves for all you've done to build the Spoonflower community and support creative expression, both your own and that of others. Thank you for being here. Here's to a crafty new year!
1. Heather Ross. An accomplished and well-known designer in her own right, Heather put out two, limited-edition fabric collections on Spoonflower in 2010 and, not surprisingly, her fabrics take up a good many spots in our top-sellers for the year. For the purpose of this list, we're just going to put Heather in the top spot and note the six most popular Heather Ross fabrics for the year. Please note that none of the HR fabrics listed below are available for sale at this point.
l-r: newspaper boats aqua fabric, gnomes apple green (gone from site), mushrooms apple (gone from site), gnomes pink (gone from site), little spools aqua, clothes pin people sunset 2 by Heather Ross
2. cherry fabric by troismiettes
3. Owl Be Darned! Apron Pattern fabric by ceanirminger
4. multi_owls_-_white_background fabric by petunias
5. Alice Vintage Border and Text fabric by ophelia
6. Cheater Friday fabric by melaniesullivan
7. Tetris Border Print fabric by chronicallyuncool
8. 2011 Birdies tea-towel calendar by cynthiafrenette
9. Obscure Animals Alphabet fabric by maile
10. birdhouse fabric by troismiettes
Having looked at the most successful fabrics, here's one last list — this one showing the most successful indie designers on Spoonflower from 2010. You'll see some familiar names!
These are all incredibly talented individuals, but the Spoonflower marketplace is also full of many, many talented artists who don't appear on this list. Discovering new designs and designers is certainly the great pleasure of visiting Spoonflower.