We’re shipping the first round of real orders this week and the batch we printed included Kim’s first computer design using the (free) ArtRage download suggested by Meggiecat. It came out well, don’t you think?
Just want to make everyone aware that we’ve updated the instructions for preparing your image for fabric printing.
The important change is that you should expect that size your image for 150 dpi (dots per inch). If you increase the resolution by making it larger, we will end up printing the image at a larger size than you intended.
Spoonflower prints on the highest quality fabric we can source using eco-friendly, non-toxic pigment inks.
Quilting-weight. Our base fabric is white 100% cotton, 60-square, and just slightly over 4 ounces per yard. It is lightweight combed cotton broadcloth with a soft hand — perfect for quilting and sewing. The printable width of the fabric is 42 inches (with 1-2 inches of unprinted selvage).
Swatch (8" x 8") $5.00
Fat quarter (21" x 18") $11.00
Per yard (42" x 36") $18.00
Upholstery-weight. We also offer an upholstery-weight 100% cotton sateen (warp sateen) that is just over 10oz per yard, with a lustrous surface well-suited to digital printing. It's great fabric for bags, pants, home dec projects, and the like. The fabric has a printable width of 55 inches (with 1-2 inches of unprinted selvage).
Swatch (8" x 8") $5.00
Quarter-yard (27" x 18") $17.00
Per yard (55" x 36") $32.00
Linen-Cotton blend (For a limited time only). This is a special fabric that we'll only offer while our supply lasts during June. It's an antique yellow (tea-stained) 55% linen, 45% cotton blend that is around 5 ounces per yard and would be great for skirts and blouses, especially historical reconstructions. It has a printable width of 40 inches (1-2 inches of unprinted selvage) and has 51 x 49 threads per inch.
Swatch (8" x 8") $5.00
Fat quarter (20" x 18") $12.00
Per yard (40" x 36") $24.00
Organic Cotton Sateen. Spoonflower's organic sateen is a creamy cotton fabric perfect for making baby items, blouses, dresses, and pillows. It is certified organic by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). It has a printable width of 58 inches (147 cm), weighs 4.5 oz per yard, and has an extremely soft hand and glossy, cream-colored finish.
Swatch (8" x 8") $5.00
Quarter-yard (29" x 18") $14.00
Per yard (58" x 36") $27.00
- The maximum length of a single piece in an order is 5 yards (180 inches or 457 cm), but you can order multiple 5-yard pieces.
There’s no single answer to this question, but I can offer a few suggestions.
Professional textile designers frequently use Photoshop to create or prepare their designs. They might start with a scan of a painting or drawing or they might compose the image in Photoshop. The pros also sometimes use special plugins for Photoshop. But Spoonflower is not just for pros, so…
There are a number of free programs available for creating and manipulating images, a few of which were sent to me recently by Meggiecat, a terrific craft blogger:
Inkscape : Vector drawing
Paint.NET: Photoshop type of program
LineTracer: Converts scanned sketches to .eps.
Wintopo: Raster to vector converter newer, more robust than LineTracer
Note (6-23-2008): Do NOT try to upload TIF files created using Microsoft Image Composer. If that is the only program you have for preparing designs, save and upload a JPG instead of a TIF.
- Find a high-resolution public domain image from one of
the amazing galleries available online. Be aware that you may only be able to employ an image of this sort for private, rather than commercial, use. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, for example, offers incredible galleries online, including this one: Art of the NOAA Photo Library.
- You could also print a photo or image of your own on fabric, although you should be aware that color shifting is likely to occur in a photographic image. The cleanest looking images printed on textiles have a relatively small palette of colors (under 30 or so), whereas if you examined photos and scans at the pixel-level of detail you would see thousands of colors.
- Scan something — a kid’s drawing, a leaf, a swatch of vintage fabric. In order to have it print at its best you would probably need to clean up an image like this in Photoshop, but even without that level of attention you can get some rewarding results.
Tell me what you come up with and I’ll add it to the list!
What a weekend! If it wasn’t apparent from his many posts about the site, Stephen spent pretty much the whole weekend sitting in front of a computer. For my part, I’m helping with idiot-proofing. I’m positive that I’m the most tech-UNsavvy person helping start an internet company there is.
That said, though, I’m a fast learner. I’m getting the hang of trying to "draw" on a computer and managed to produce a little floral design that Stephen says got printed today.
It ain’t fabulous, but it’s mine! I’m looking forward to seeing a fat quarter of my design when Stephen gets home this evening. I forgot to set my resolution to 150 dsi and have no idea how pixels translate into inches–though I told Stephen a conversion chart might be a handy feature for us non-techy types–so it should be interesting…
The site is back up this morning but there are still a few bugs to troubleshoot, including one involving purchases using Paypal. Credit card purchases seem to be fine. This afternoon I’ll:
a) do my best to post something more interesting than site development news,
b) begin to beautify the new blog a bit…
More invites out this afternoon and tomorrow.
As of 10pm Eastern Time, the Spoonflower home page appears to be down…
Never fear! We’ll get there.
This may be a bit maddening for all the folks who haven’t yet received an invite (which is almost everyone), but I just want to ask the very few who have created accounts on Spoonflower so far to be sure to let us know when you encounter problems. We discovered one error today that was creating difficulties for people trying to upload designs using Internet Explorer, but it has now been fixed. Send a description of any bugs you encounter to help at spoonflower.com. Thanks!
I am positively thrilled to announce that we now have a real web site that works and is live at www.Spoonflower.com. A couple of caveats, however:
— You cannot register for the site, you can only add your name to the waiting list
— The waiting list (as of this writing) is actually down over the weekend because of maintenance issues at MailChimp, the list host
— You cannot login to the site until we send you a password and invitation by email, which we’ll be doing in batches over the next few weeks
— Lots of stuff is still missing, links are broken, but we’ll be working on that over the next few days.
For now we will take any image you upload and either tile it to fill the area of your fabric order or crop it to fit within the area of your fabric order as necessary.
We will not "step" the design repeats and we will not alter the size or dimensions of the design you upload.
If you want to print a single large image you should set up the image at the actual size you plan to print. You could set up a single image to be a linear yard, for example (which in our case would actually be 36"x44"), then order a yard.
If you wanted a smaller image on a yard of fabrc but do NOT want us to tile it to fill the area, set up your image with white space around it to fit the area of fabric you plan to order.