At the moment I’m waiting for my huge order of fabric to get started on making samples for Fall ’12. I felt like playing around with interesting prints and colors this time so I decided to go with the company Spoonflower to do this. For a small designer, finding fabric that you can re-order is difficult, especially prints. For any kind of printed fabric, I go to Spoonflower. They are pretty amazing! I found out about them a couple of years ago when I was doing some fabric research. The concept is simple and new : create your own prints and download it to have the image printed out on fabric. You can get a discount on the fabric if you use your own design. Also, there is a gigantic library of designs from others which you can also use. It’s definitely a playground for printed fabric! The fabrics that can be printed are a nice variety of silk, knit, quilting weight fabric, cotton sateens, etc… The fabrics are a bit pricey by the yard but you are pretty much paying for custom made printed fabric that you can re-order over and over again without having to deal with huge minimums. For a small designer, that’s very important.
What I love about this company is that all of the printing happens in the USA, so you’re supporting a domestic company. For me that’s totally worth the price and I will definitely continue to use them!
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