I don’t know why it should be that a zipper makes a bag so much more appealing to a kid, but it just does. My 10-year old daughter covets the zippered make-up bag I made for myself every time I pull it out of my non-zippered purse to put on some lipstick. I thought of her the second I saw Lisa Kingston’s bags for kids in our Flickr pool–made out of her own Spoonflower printed fabric and with a zipper. She’s got some for sale in her Etsy shop, too, if you’re looking to buy handmade rather than making this holiday.
As of this morning, all of you on the Spoonflower Beta waiting list should have received an invitation link that allows you to create an account. If you signed up at any point before last night and have not received an invite, then the email we sent may well have ended up in your spam folder. That’s ok: you can request a new one by entering your email address here [be sure to check your spam folder for the password reminder if you don’t see it]. We’re planning to open up the site to ‘instant’ registration in the next week or two, which will be a big step — so please wish us luck!
On another note, if you haven’t admired the fabulous Flickr pool lately be sure to check out photos of some of the amazing projects being made using fabric printed through Spoonflower, including the work of Bari J., who makes and sells fabric handbags among other things. Happy Monday.
Sometimes when I feel like torturing myself, I browse Flickr for glimpses of other people’s sewing rooms. Have y’all done this? It’s alternately incredibly inspiring and incredibly jealousy-inducing, for me at least. Here’s a view of our mostly unused formal living room, recently turned into my sewing space. The rest of the family has yet to switch over from calling this “the Christmas tree room,” but I’m working on that. It looks very dark because the photo was taken at 5:45 this morning and the sun wasn’t up. But usually there’s sunlight streaming through those windows, giving me plenty of natural light to see by. You know, on the rare occasion when I sew during daylight.
Per Soulemama‘s written advice, I’ve recently begun setting my alarm for 5:30 so that I can be sure I’ll get some mama sewing time in my day. This is the only way I can be sure it’ll happen with two alternate nappers in the house at the moment. (One day the little girls will nap simultaneously every day, I just know it! Knocking on wood now…)
How about the rest of you? Are you lucky enough to have dedicated sewing rooms? Do you get up super early–or stay up super late–to get in some crafting time?
|24 Jun 2008 by Heather
am really excited about this new company Spoonflower. They are offering
custom printed fabric from your own designs. It’s still in beta right
now and you have to sign up to get an invite to try it out. I just got
an invite last week. …
YUM: Delicious Design – http://studiolios.blogspot.com/
|10 Jun 2008 by Amanda
to Holly at decor8, I’ve been clued into Spoonflower – custom small-run
printed fabric! Sweet Heaven!! I’ve signed up for an invitation, and
will be keeping my fingers crossed! I could finally get exactly what I
want for my bags, …
Red Jet Whistle – http://redjetwhistle.blogspot.com/
|19 Jun 2008 by mayabella
I happened upon an amazing new company Spoonflower while making my
daily visit to Emily Martin’s blog. Spoonflower gives individuals the
power to print their own designs on fabric that they can then use to
make quilts, clothes, …
…Stops With Me – http://stopswithme.wordpress.com/
|31 May 2008 by Clara
love the look of hand screen-printed fabric! I’ve been a long-time fan
of Duckcloth and their blog…which is where I first discovered the
Sprout Design fabric collection…I recently used their Pamela Walker
giraffe print and I will …
Mimi Kattini – http://mimikattini.blogspot.com/
From the blogosphere…
2008 by wormgirl
about spoonflower almost a month ago. Signed up for the
beta testing the same day and got an invite the day after. You can
make your own pattern and have them printed on 100% cotton. The
page is still in beta, but seems like …
forward – http://wormgirl.wordpress.com
2008 by Rascallion
There is a
project that I have been meaning to share with everyone for a
while now. I discovered Spoonflower a few weeks ago and instantly
wanted to make use of this fabulous idea. The site is in Beta so
it is fairly new but they have a …
–Read Apartment Therapy’s post on “Customizable Fabric” —
But the buzz that we’re most excited to hear is from the folks planning to use, or already using, Spoonflower for projects. As usual, I’m doing my best to keep up with the conversation here, but today I want to bring particular attention to a terrific design for kid’s fabric being developed by Mamma Made. Cool, eh?
Also of note, we sent out another batch of invites this morning and unless we’re swamped I’ll send out yet another batch tomorrow. Thanks to the over 2,000 folks who’ve signed up so far. If you’re not on the waiting list yet, be sure to add your name here.
[Latebreaking NEWS: A lovely mention today from Holly of the fabulous Decor8 blog. Thanks!]
One of these days we’ll get around to moving this list back to the home page. If you’re our friend and would like to be added to this list, please feel free to email us.
- 17th and Riggs
- A Little Hut
- Ace Jet 170
- African American Fabrics
- Amy Butler Design
- Angie Burr
The best way to keep up with Spoonflower buzz is through Google. I gave up tracking all the new mentions a while back, but a few highlights appear below.
Thanks many times over to all of you who have helped — and continue to help — spread the word about our little company.
When I was in college I worked in a vintage clothing shop. I loved to work my shifts surrounded by gorgeous old dresses, hand-embroidered textiles, and collectible bric-a-brac. I would sometimes imagine who might have worn a particularly lovely frock, whose hands might have made all those tiny stitches bordering a linen tablecloth, and how all these things survived more or less intact and ended up there.
I have three daughters and have sewed many things for all three of them–baby blankets, bibs, stuffed toys, bed quilts, dresses. Now I’m on the other end of things. I enjoy imagining my girls treasuring these things mama made for them when they’re grown up and I’m gone. I like to think that, while not expertly put together, they’re at least sturdy enough to hold up for their lifetimes, sturdy enough that they might pull them out one day to show them to their own kids. (Well, except for the bibs which see some pretty heavy, yucky use.)
If this is part of why you sew, you’ll want to read this pdf article on how various fusible and adhesive sewing products hold up over time. It’s a technical article and I’m sorry about the formating, but it’s well worth getting through if you use fusible web, fusible batting, quilt basting spray and the like in your sewing projects. If you’re like me and you’d like your quilts and embroideries to hold up through a generation or two for your grandkids to ogle, then it looks like our options are limited. I guess sometimes the old ways of hand-basting and flannel reinforcement are best. And here’s to hoping that our beautiful works don’t end up in a random shop someday, presided over by a clueless college girl!