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
Product Info & Updates
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:
- When you order a piece of fabric, you can now choose to center your design OR repeat it against the area (one yard, for example) of fabric you’re planning to buy. Among other things, this makes printing photos or individual designs much easier.
- You can now bookmark other public designs by selecting them as ‘Favorites,’ which then show up on your Spoonflower profile. You can see mine here.
- We’re about to discontinue the Kona cotton from Robert Kaufman in favor of a very similar cotton broadcloth. I’ll hold off on the final announcement until we’ve had a chance to do some testing, but I think everyone will be very happy with the new fabric.
- We’re planning a contest in which the community will vote on a design that they’d like to be able to buy. Only designs submitted specifically for the contest will be eligible and each winner will get five yards of free fabric. Spoonflower will then offer the winning design for sale for exactly a week – no longer – to anyone and everyone through its Etsy shop. More details to come.
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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!
Some of you who already have Beta accounts may have noticed that we released a few changes to the Spoonflower site yesterday, including the ability to create a public profile and public designs. But you may also have noticed that not everything in the new release is working perfectly. Some images, as it turns out, can’t be made public or re-named. And if you uploaded an image to use in your profile, you may find that it has disappeared the next time you log in. Oops. There are a few other issues as well. Please rest assured we are working on fixing these little glitches, none of which affect your ability to upload designs or order fabric.
And for those of you still waiting for an invitation that will allow you to log in to the site and upload your own designs, thank you again for your patience. As soon as we work through this set of issues, we’re going to resume sending out invites for new accounts.
And I know we owe everyone a new video. Working on it.