Because it is late and I’m out of steam, I’m just going to post this week’s preview of your fabrics as is… with no introduction and auto-edited in a program for Windows called Muvee. Our preview is hosted as always by Kim (although I didn’t use the audio), and this week featuring two surprise guests. Thanks for a busy week, folks. Your creativity is inspiring.
For those of you asking for further clarification on exactly which holidays were being referenced in yesterday’s post calling for "holiday-themed" designs I have asked for clarification from our contact person at Taunton Press and have so far received none. Lest I forget completely during the packing of 3 girl children for a beach trip tomorrow, I just wanted to say I had tried to do something to get more information for you. I think it’s safe to assume that the winter holidays are what they’re asking for–Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. With–let’s be honest here–probably a heavy emphasis on Christmas. I’ll keep y’all posted if I hear otherwise from the CraftStylish powers that be.
In other news, Stephen and I were up ’til 1:00 a.m. last night, packing up your many, many orders for shipment today. (You people have been busy doing some fabric designing, huh?) We would’ve been up way later if we had not also had the help of our mailing guru friend, Paul. Thanks so much, Paul! Truly, you rock!
Lastly, but not leastly, I just wanted to point out some very inspiring craftiness going on. You may have seen this in our Flickr pool but just in case you haven’t, check out Rebecca’s Miss Sunshine doll.
I’ve seen a few large scale figure designs coming through and wondered if they were destined for stuffing. Please let us know if you, too, have any projects underway (or completed!) using Spoonflower fabric. We start to get kinda fond of your printed designs, you see, and it’s nice to know how they fare after they leave us!
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 email@example.com 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.