This week’s preview is quite limited, but next week we’ll try to capture more designs.
[speaking softly] Hey, today happens to be Kim’s birthday. If you feel like wishing her happy birthday, her email is kim at spoonflower dot com.
In other news, we are a single order away from being caught up with June and 1st-week-of-July orders. This week we’ll be printing all of the orders that came in last week. By the end of the first week in August, however, our plan is to turn all orders around within a day or so, which will make swatch ordering quite a bit more practical if you’re using it to test colors for a design.
Also, a few people have initiated a good discussion of fabric color management in the Flickr group. If you’ve already ordered and received fabric, please weigh in with anything you’ve learned about file preparation from your Spoonflower experience so far.
Sarah Dyer at Jinjur made up these super cute zip pencil cases and notebook covers with her Spoonflower fabrics recently. She and husband Evan Dorkin took these a few weeks ago to HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, our neck of the woods, where they went home with many thrilled buyers. (Um, the merchandise, not the artists!)
Woo-hoo! More great projects with Spoonflower fabric! Check out one of John Golden’s new "Fabribots." I LOVED his fabric so much when I saw it printed up and am so happy to see that he’s made something out of it! Incidentally, John is both a fellow North Carolinian AND someone whose Etsy shop was already on my favorites list. It’s a small design world, no?
Boy, y’all have been busy while we’ve been gone! Stephen’s bringing home a huge stack of orders tonight for us to package and ship with more to come over the next few days. I see several late nights in our future, but it’s a nice position to be in. Thanks for bearing with us last week while we caught up with family we haven’t seen since last year. This week we’re going to spend time getting caught up with you!
Once I was able–at last!–to get back on-line this morning, I headed right for our Flickr pool to see what’s been going on there. SewBettie has some of her recent Spoonflower-based projects put up for our viewing pleasure which, since I remember her fun designs very well, is especially thrilling to me. A bulldog tea towel! Love it. Check out her blog for a great tutorial on how to add beading to fabric. You can see the result of her beading on another of her Spoonflower fabrics here.
How about the rest of you? Any projects in the works with your Spoonflower fabric?
We’re shipping fabric these days not just to US addresses but to crafters in Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, South Africa, the Virgin Islands, Aruba, and elsewhere, so it’s worth noting here that Friday is a holiday here in the States. Our office (currently Kim and Stephen’s back porch but soon to be the more elegant environs previewed in our most recent video entry) will be more or less closed until Monday. Consequently:
- I probably won’t be able to respond quickly to help emails and questions for the next few days.
- The next big batch of fabric orders won’t ship out until next week. If your order is in "processing" status (on your account page) then it hasn’t shipped yet.
- We have about a thousand people on the waiting list who haven’t yet received invitations to create a beta account. Hang in there a bit longer. We’ll get back to sending invites soon. Thank you for being patient.
My attempt to keep up with Spoonflower buzz has faltered somewhat, but if you’re interested in getting a sense of some of the great things people are either making, or thinking about making, with Spoonflower fabric, scan through these Google blog search results for Spoonflower.
I find myself in a position all of a sudden to be exposed to a whole lotta great design. And lucky for me, I don’t have to spend hours trawling the internet tracking it down. Instead, it gets uploaded to Spoonflower or to our Flickr pool . Then, quite a lot of it also comes right into my house through the front door! I don’t think I’ve been quite able to express to you all how much this aspect of Spoonflower thrills me. It is SO exciting.
Some of my favorite designs lately come from Kayanna Nelson, posting as juneprints on Flickr. She also sells gocco prints through her Etsy shop, junecraft. She’s just one more reason I don’t need to bother trying to come up with great designs on my own. Knowing there are that many talented people out there makes me want to relax and just keep watching the printer!
Here’s a slightly belated preview of a few of the fabrics we shipped out this past week. Because of holidays and the fact that LOTs of you are busy making great designs, we’ll probably run a bit behind shipping orders over the next seven days, but should have a full head of steam by next week. Thanks for your patience, beta testers.
We also have a long list of people who’ve signed up for the beta but who haven’t yet received invitations. We’ll send out the next round of invites as soon as we’re sure we’ll be able to keep up with your orders. Things are moving right along thanks largely to the enthusiasm of the craft-blog community. We can’t thank you enough for your support.
A quick post from Topsail Island, NC here. I just wanted to thank all of you who submitted holiday themed designs for the upcoming CraftStylish piece on Spoonflower (including Cynthia Frenette of Hula-la.com, designer of the sample left). Today was the deadline for submissions, so we are no longer accepting any more. We’ll be letting you all know if your designs are chosen and will link to the piece here. Thanks again!
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.