Calling all crafters and fabric designers! We’ve just had a request from Taunton Press’ new publication CraftStylish for some holiday-themed fabric designs that they can use in a Spoonflower mention in their upcoming holiday decorating issue. If you’re interested in submitting something for possible inclusion, you can either upload it to our Flickr pool or email it directly to me. (Either way, please include a note indicating that your design is intended for this use.) If your design is chosen, CraftStylish will be printing it to be photographed, and we’ll be sure you get proper credit for your work. The deadline for submission to us is this Monday, 6/23. Oh, and a word of caution–designs using very saturated reds could end up with the reds looking a touch washed out. Happy designing!
More of your fabulous fabric should be in the mail tomorrow. Here’s our weekly video glimpse of what’s going out the door.
And be sure to checkout the latest from the Spoonflower Flickr pool, where a couple of people have already started to add photos of projects being made from Spoonflower fabric shipped over the past two weeks.
We’ve gotten a few concerned emails this week from some of you asking whether your designs are protected from being seen and used by the rest of the world. The answer is yes, any designs you upload to Spoonflower are currently viewable only by us employees who would never dream of doing anything sinister with them (however much we might like to make a cute summer skirt out of a certain adorable house print…). They are your designs and we have zero claim on them whatsoever.
That said, in our excitement at showing the world some of these wonderful designs, it’s finally occurred to us that showing your fabrics in our weekly recorded fabric displays might be something that some of you might want NOT to happen. You may have noticed that the resolution in our little movies is pretty low, and the sole intent is to make up for the (temporary!) lack of Spoonflower galleries just now. But if you want us to exclude your prints from our video round-up, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be more than happy to leave yours out.
–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!]
Those of you who have received beta invitations and are planning to order fabric this week through Spoonflower, be sure to get your order in before tomorrow (Monday) morning 8 am Eastern time. We’ve had a handful of people confused by the checkout process, which offers a choice between using a Paypal button and completing checkout on a PayPal page, or completing the order on the Spoonflower page using a credit card number (which is still processed by Paypal, by the way). All of the people who’ve gotten hung up here clicked the Paypal button. If you make an order and do NOT receive an order confirmation/receipt by email, then your order didn’t go through. In that case, go back to your account and go through checkout again — being sure to click through all the way to the confirmation page. We’ll make this process smoother soon!
NOTE: You’ll still be able to order fabric after Monday morning, of course — but it won’t be printed until next Monday. My advice is solely for those in a hurry to see their designs.
For those of you who received invitations yesterday (Thursday) but had trouble signing in last night, the Spoonflower site is back up to speed today. It was dragging for a bit under the weight of all that imagination.
Thanks to the folks at ReadyMade Magazine for the nice mention yesterday. Long live the fabric revolution!
Here’s a glimpse of a few of the fabulous fabrics shipping out this week (in the mail tomorrow).
You folks are really talented.
One of my favorite bloggers, Erin from A Dress A Day received her first Spoonflower fabric order and sounds happy. She seems to have used some lovely free-range drawings of speech balloons as the base for the design and then added her own color sense and whimsy to make something cool. [Note to self: more tutorials] Check our all Erin’s photos and remarks here.
While I’m on the topic of fabulous bloggers (who set out to do one thing a day), I just want to draw attention for a moment to the incredible surface designs posted by a print a day, many of which she is kind enough to add to the Spoonflower pool on Flickr so they show up in the colorful badge in the right column of this blog. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again – wow.
- Crafty Ginger received her first Spoonflower swatch and posted pics. If anyone else wants to post or send pics of your fabric, please let me know. I’m especially looking forward to seeing pictures of projects created using fabric printed through Spoonflower.
- We sent out another big batch of invites this morning. Hoping to get through the entire beta wait-list soon. If you’re impatient to get yours feel free to email me. If you signed up weeks ago but haven’t seen an invite yet it might also be worthwhile to check your spam folder for anything with Spoonflower in the subject line.
- Shipping out our next batch of fabric orders tomorrow or Thursday. We’ll post another video since some of you seemed to enjoy the first one (despite my wife’s complaints about the cinematography).
- Our shopping cart currently allows just one fabric order at a time, which is frustrating to some of you. As soon as we can we’ll revise the cart to handle multiple orders at a time. The fabulous Rebecca posted a handy workaround for this in the comments on our shipping FAQ.
- Thanks to WhipUp for the shout-out this past weekend (doing my best to keep up with Spoonflower buzz here).
- If you’ve never seen it, take a look at the Australian magazine Living Creatively. Even though we’re still in beta mode and a bit publicity shy, the trend-savvy folks there have taken an interest in Spoonflower — which is very flattering.
I said in my last post how great it is to basically have a cool new fabric shop in my house every week. But do you know another benefit of this job? Getting acquainted with all of you out there in the crafting world. I can’t tell if it’s because sewing and crafting attract people who are just naturally nice, or if there’s some sort of unspoken code that requires everyone be helpful, friendly, and supportive in the extreme. An example: In our inbox just yesterday, we got a note from Clara at Mimi Kattini.
I just had to email you all to wish you all much success!!!! I haven’t
been this excited about a new company or idea
since…well…hmmmm…ummmm…I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited before! You have no idea what you all have just started…well, I suppose you do, but seriously—-it’s bigger than that!!!! Lots of (((HUGS))) coming your way!!!!
This is just one of many such emails we’ve received over the past couple of weeks. Whether it’s genetic or cultural, Stephen and I both feel very fortunate to be on the receiving end of all the kind words, effusive blog posts, linky love, and offers of help. Please keep your troubleshooting comments coming as we continue to work out the kinks. Our huge thanks goes out to all of you!