Fabric on Demand

Imagine one day you mused to your partner how cool it would be to print your own fabric… and then you made it happen. That’s what Kim Fraser did a few years ago, when she and her husband Stephen (who happened to be an Internet marketer) joined forces with technology entrepreneur Gart Davis (right) and started Spoonflower. They built their fabric-printing venture in Mebane, N.C., near the Haw River, which was once lined with textile mills. The idea was an instant hit with crafters and designers around the globe. This custom fabric printing service lets you upload your own image to the website, arrange the design using Spoonflower’s layout tools, then have the fabric made by printers specially modified to handle textiles. (Spoonflower uses eco-friendly, water-based inks on natural cotton fabrics.) It’s amazingly easy for serious designers and newcomers alike to see their one-of-a-kind design dreams turned into reality. But Spoonflower’s inspiration doesn’t stop there. The company has evolved into a vibrant community, nurtured by Kim, where artists and designers can share tips, ask questions, browse fabrics for purchase, and view photos of each others’ clothing, quilts, window treatments and more. The site — and the passion of the people who visit it — is contagious. It reminds us how exciting it feels to make something that’s really unique. The only hard part is deciding which project to pursue first.

Spoonflower

Custom Fabric Printing

Fabric on Demand

Imagine one day you mused to your partner how cool it would be to print your own fabric… and then you made it happen. That’s what Kim Fraser did a few years ago, when she and her husband Stephen (who happened to be an Internet marketer) joined forces with technology entrepreneur Gart Davis (right) and started Spoonflower. They built their fabric-printing venture in Mebane, N.C., near the Haw River, which was once lined with textile mills. The idea was an instant hit with crafters and designers around the globe. This custom fabric printing service lets you upload your own image to the website, arrange the design using Spoonflower’s layout tools, then have the fabric made by printers specially modified to handle textiles. (Spoonflower uses eco-friendly, water-based inks on natural cotton fabrics.) It’s amazingly easy for serious designers and newcomers alike to see their one-of-a-kind design dreams turned into reality. But Spoonflower’s inspiration doesn’t stop there. The company has evolved into a vibrant community, nurtured by Kim, where artists and designers can share tips, ask questions, browse fabrics for purchase, and view photos of each others’ clothing, quilts, window treatments and more. The site — and the passion of the people who visit it — is contagious. It reminds us how exciting it feels to make something that’s really unique. The only hard part is deciding which project to pursue first.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Stephen
    Stephen

    We're thrilled to be featured on Daily Grommet today. Spoonflower is a website that gives individuals the power to print and sell their own designs on high-quality cotton fabric. My business partner Gart and I founded Spoonflower at the urging of our crafty wives, who recognized that printing custom fabric was a really cool idea that would appeal to a lot of creative people. Less than two years later we find ourselves at the center of a community of more than 70,000 people who love fabric, many of them independent designers who sell their fabrics through Spoonflower. It's an amazingly fun job and an inspiring community of people.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/5/2010 12:00 PM

    The vibrant Spoonflower community has a weekly design contest. A theme is posted, entries are submitted, and votes are cast. Below are the winners from the last six contests.

    We are having our own contest for them here! Within your comments today, please mention your favorite and we will do a special feature on our blog about the winner and her business. If you are a member of the Spoonflower community, please share your experiences with us along with your vote! We will continue to take votes through Monday at noon ET.

    Click on any image for a larger view.























































    Contest Theme = Bugs

    Winner = Julie Shaw's "Green Lacewing"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Children's

    Winner = Yvonne Herbst's "Birds on a Wire"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Drawn in Crayon

    Winner = Danielle Hanson's "Sweet Thing"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Love

    Winner = Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Snow

    Winner = Cean Irminger's "Gnome, Alaska"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Steampunk

    Winner = Natalie Kelsey's "Charted Waters"

  • sammyk
    sammyk
    3/5/2010 12:39 PM

    I LOVE Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"!!!!

  • Kate
    Kate
    3/5/2010 12:40 PM

    What a very creative concept. For everyone who ever dreamed of being a fabric designer, this is the way to explore that passion! My favorite of the above prints is Birds on a Wire.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/5/2010 12:57 PM

    Am I allowed to vote Katherine? I'm going for Green Lacewing. Green is my favorite color so that one had an advantage. But I paused seriously over Sweet Thing and Charted Waters. My total weakness for baked desserts and pink frosting had me drooling over the gorgeous illustrations, and I am dying for a real trip somewhere exotic and unexplored, so the Charted Waters really tugged on my heartstrings. What a wonderful community of creators!

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    3/5/2010 1:04 PM

    Marvelous business concept! Hats off and every wish for continued success.

    A favorite? Yeesh-every one of these has so much appeal. Torn between "Charted Waters" and "Green Lacewing". Ultimately I'd probably be more comfortable laying out and sewing something with Lacewing...so there ya go. ;)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/5/2010 1:07 PM

    Absolutely Jules! Every vote counts.

    I cannot tell you how fun this Grommet discovery is! If your heart beats faster in fabric stores (like mine does) get ready to hyperventilate while exploring the inspired designs at Spoonflower.

    Just a note - to click through and explore their site, just click on the 'Buy it Now' button. It will connect you to their site...no obligation to buy a thing!

    Or click their logo here, you'll get there, too!

    While you are there if you have children - click on the Shop category of "Doll Patterns". I learned how to sew by sewing together a front and back of a doll and stuffing it. The dolls here - way more hip! This would be a fun project for a group of children like a Scout Group or a Birthday Party

    And don't even get me started about the new fabric I want for the valance in my kitchen. You can search by terms such as Kitchen, or even choose a color family. This site is amazing even if you are not the designer!!

  • Crystal
    Crystal
    3/5/2010 1:51 PM

    I just discovered Spoonflower and I am so excited about them! As for the above designs, they are all fantastic! However I am especially enamored with "Green Lacewing". The detail is beautiful!

  • Stephen
    Stephen – Special Guest
    3/5/2010 2:11 PM

    Worth noting that Danielle Hanson won the Fabric Of the Week competition twice, which was unprecedented. She's a very talented UK designer.

  • craftyFOLK
    craftyFOLK
    3/5/2010 2:22 PM

    I vote for Green Lacewing, reminds me spring is almost here:)

  • kelly
    kelly
    3/5/2010 2:32 PM

    I'm voting for Green Lacewing. Lovely stuff!

  • Moxywares
    Moxywares
    3/5/2010 2:43 PM

    Although they're all pretty awesome, it's a toss up for me between Cean Irminger's "Gnome, Alaska" and Danielle Hanson's "Sweet Thing". My favorites on Spoonflower are always the hand-drawn designs. I LOVE seeing that creativity captured in something as permanent and versatile as fabric. Keep up the great work, everyone!

  • Paolo
    Paolo
    3/5/2010 2:44 PM

    Birds on a wire!

  • Natalie Kelsey
    Natalie Kelsey
    3/5/2010 2:46 PM

    Thank you, Daily Grommet for having us Spoonflower pals on your site today! :D It's exciting to see that people like "Charted Waters". Like the majority of my other designs, it was originally created as artwork to hang on a wall. I was thrilled to find Spoonflower and get the opportunity to make my artwork useful as fabric! Many of the designs translate really well.

  • Franz Holstein
    Franz Holstein
    3/5/2010 2:49 PM

    I like Yvonne Herbst's design.

    Very cute.

  • Devon
    Devon
    3/5/2010 3:01 PM

    Natalie Kelsey's "Charted Waters!"

  • Hyon-hee
    Hyon-hee
    3/5/2010 3:09 PM

    I'm a big fan of Andrea Roman's "Finding Love".

  • Kathy Howard
    Kathy Howard
    3/5/2010 3:51 PM

    "Green Lacewing" is my favorite. I love the Spoonflower community. I've been trying out my own designs there for about 6 months; it is addicting!

  • Becky
    Becky
    3/5/2010 4:18 PM

    Love "Finding Love"!

  • Jinnea
    Jinnea
    3/5/2010 6:16 PM

    I like Andrea's Finding Love. It looks very versatile, good for kids, adults, and home projects...either as a contrast piece or an entire work!

  • Jessica
    Jessica
    3/5/2010 6:35 PM

    I love Andrea Roman's "Finding Love." Beautiful!

  • Norma
    Norma
    3/5/2010 7:37 PM

    I'm very taken by Andrea's "Finding Love". It is whimsical. It's playful yet subtle with just enough red to grab your attention. I gravitate towards hearts. This design is so very easy on the eyes.

  • Duchess
    Duchess
    3/5/2010 8:36 PM

    I love charted waters.

  • Cris
    Cris
    3/5/2010 9:57 PM

    My favorite fabric design is "Finding Love" - gorgeous!

  • Niki H
    Niki H
    3/6/2010 9:22 AM

    I really love Andrea's Finding Love!

  • kriselda
    kriselda
    3/6/2010 11:00 AM

    Love Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"

  • Jill
    Jill
    3/6/2010 11:03 AM

    I vote for Andrea Roman's Finding Love. It is so sweet and whimsical and works great as a fabric pattern.

  • TGSquared
    TGSquared
    3/6/2010 11:34 AM

    Like Moxywares, I was first taken in by the whimsical mushroom community of "Gnome Alaska." Perhaps because I was raised in Minnesota; another winter wonderland.

    In the end though, I think that "Finding Love" is the one I'd most like to see in my home.

    Wonderful work by all.

    TG^2

  • LonnieR
    LonnieR
    3/6/2010 12:12 PM

    Uncluttered simplicity! "Finding Love" is beautiful, fresh, and sweet. Kudos to Andrea Roman!!

  • RobertLance
    RobertLance
    3/6/2010 12:21 PM

    Don't know anything about this stuff...but after a long and dreary winter...the bird scene gives me a longing for spring. I vote for Andrea's "Finding Love."

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/6/2010 1:41 PM

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and letting us know your favorite! We will be taking votes until noon ET on Monday.

  • iamagnat
    iamagnat
    3/6/2010 2:10 PM

    My vote goes to "charted waters".

  • Din
    Din
    3/6/2010 3:57 PM

    As a person who works in the design world, one of the hardest things to do is avoid overworking a design. Taking the elements & layout down to a clean look without losing its meaning takes ability. I think "Finding Love" is an excellent example. Hats off to the designer!

  • Amy
    Amy
    3/6/2010 4:57 PM

    Andrea Roman's "Finding Love" is my vote!! :-)

  • Sara
    Sara
    3/6/2010 5:09 PM

    Love the hearts - "Finding Love" is fab.

  • John Diggler
    John Diggler
    3/6/2010 5:34 PM

    Her design is superbulous!

  • John Diggler
    John Diggler
    3/6/2010 5:35 PM

    Andrea's Love is superbulous!

  • Kwanza St. Patrick
    Kwanza St. Patrick
    3/6/2010 5:37 PM

    Andrea's Love design makes me want to roll down into a green meadow and ride away on a unicorn! It's awesome!!!

  • Melissa Mendes
    Melissa Mendes
    3/7/2010 12:02 PM

    i vote for Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"

  • Maria Scallorn
    Maria Scallorn
    3/7/2010 12:58 PM

    "Finding Love" what a delight to see, an introduction to Spring!

  • Donna
    Donna
    3/7/2010 2:15 PM

    I would love to make some quilt blocks using "Finding Love"! What a darling design!

  • Katie
    Katie
    3/7/2010 6:07 PM

    I vote for Andrea Roman's "Finding Love". It's such a fun, timeless design!

  • Danielle Hanson
    Danielle Hanson
    3/8/2010 4:31 AM

    Spoonflower has been wonderful, beautiful colour reproduction, a prompt and friendly service, great stock fabrics, but more importantly, something to look forward to whenever I turn on my computer-there are winners everywhere!

    My vote is for the lacewing design.....

  • BH
    BH
    3/8/2010 8:04 AM

    My vote is for "Finding Love" - SO cutie!!!

  • Kate
    Kate
    3/8/2010 9:31 AM

    LOVE the "Finding Love" pattern. It's darling.

  • Norma
    Norma
    3/8/2010 10:49 AM

    I vote for Andrea Roman's "Finding Love" simplicity is beauty.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/8/2010 12:19 PM

    Thanks everyone for logging your vote, the winner of our contest is Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"! We look forward to getting to know more about Andrea and her business!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Spoonflower

Custom Fabric Printing

Fabric on Demand

Imagine one day you mused to your partner how cool it would be to print your own fabric… and then you made it happen. That’s what Kim Fraser did a few years ago, when she and her husband Stephen (who happened to be an Internet marketer) joined forces with technology entrepreneur Gart Davis (right) and started Spoonflower. They built their fabric-printing venture in Mebane, N.C., near the Haw River, which was once lined with textile mills. The idea was an instant hit with crafters and designers around the globe.

This custom fabric printing service lets you upload your own image to the website, arrange the design using Spoonflower’s layout tools, then have the fabric made by printers specially modified to handle textiles. (Spoonflower uses eco-friendly, water-based inks on natural cotton fabrics.) It’s amazingly easy for serious designers and newcomers alike to see their one-of-a-kind design dreams turned into reality.

But Spoonflower’s inspiration doesn’t stop there. The company has evolved into a vibrant community, nurtured by Kim, where artists and designers can share tips, ask questions, browse fabrics for purchase, and view photos of each others’ clothing, quilts, window treatments and more. The site — and the passion of the people who visit it — is contagious. It reminds us how exciting it feels to make something that’s really unique. The only hard part is deciding which project to pursue first.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Stephen
    Stephen

    We're thrilled to be featured on Daily Grommet today. Spoonflower is a website that gives individuals the power to print and sell their own designs on high-quality cotton fabric. My business partner Gart and I founded Spoonflower at the urging of our crafty wives, who recognized that printing custom fabric was a really cool idea that would appeal to a lot of creative people. Less than two years later we find ourselves at the center of a community of more than 70,000 people who love fabric, many of them independent designers who sell their fabrics through Spoonflower. It's an amazingly fun job and an inspiring community of people.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/5/2010 12:00 PM

    The vibrant Spoonflower community has a weekly design contest. A theme is posted, entries are submitted, and votes are cast. Below are the winners from the last six contests.

    We are having our own contest for them here! Within your comments today, please mention your favorite and we will do a special feature on our blog about the winner and her business. If you are a member of the Spoonflower community, please share your experiences with us along with your vote! We will continue to take votes through Monday at noon ET.

    Click on any image for a larger view.























































    Contest Theme = Bugs

    Winner = Julie Shaw's "Green Lacewing"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Children's

    Winner = Yvonne Herbst's "Birds on a Wire"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Drawn in Crayon

    Winner = Danielle Hanson's "Sweet Thing"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Love

    Winner = Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Snow

    Winner = Cean Irminger's "Gnome, Alaska"
    ..
    Contest Theme = Steampunk

    Winner = Natalie Kelsey's "Charted Waters"

  • sammyk
    sammyk
    3/5/2010 12:39 PM

    I LOVE Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"!!!!

  • Kate
    Kate
    3/5/2010 12:40 PM

    What a very creative concept. For everyone who ever dreamed of being a fabric designer, this is the way to explore that passion! My favorite of the above prints is Birds on a Wire.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/5/2010 12:57 PM

    Am I allowed to vote Katherine? I'm going for Green Lacewing. Green is my favorite color so that one had an advantage. But I paused seriously over Sweet Thing and Charted Waters. My total weakness for baked desserts and pink frosting had me drooling over the gorgeous illustrations, and I am dying for a real trip somewhere exotic and unexplored, so the Charted Waters really tugged on my heartstrings. What a wonderful community of creators!

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    3/5/2010 1:04 PM

    Marvelous business concept! Hats off and every wish for continued success.

    A favorite? Yeesh-every one of these has so much appeal. Torn between "Charted Waters" and "Green Lacewing". Ultimately I'd probably be more comfortable laying out and sewing something with Lacewing...so there ya go. ;)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/5/2010 1:07 PM

    Absolutely Jules! Every vote counts.

    I cannot tell you how fun this Grommet discovery is! If your heart beats faster in fabric stores (like mine does) get ready to hyperventilate while exploring the inspired designs at Spoonflower.

    Just a note - to click through and explore their site, just click on the 'Buy it Now' button. It will connect you to their site...no obligation to buy a thing!

    Or click their logo here, you'll get there, too!

    While you are there if you have children - click on the Shop category of "Doll Patterns". I learned how to sew by sewing together a front and back of a doll and stuffing it. The dolls here - way more hip! This would be a fun project for a group of children like a Scout Group or a Birthday Party

    And don't even get me started about the new fabric I want for the valance in my kitchen. You can search by terms such as Kitchen, or even choose a color family. This site is amazing even if you are not the designer!!

  • Crystal
    Crystal
    3/5/2010 1:51 PM

    I just discovered Spoonflower and I am so excited about them! As for the above designs, they are all fantastic! However I am especially enamored with "Green Lacewing". The detail is beautiful!

  • Stephen
    Stephen – Special Guest
    3/5/2010 2:11 PM

    Worth noting that Danielle Hanson won the Fabric Of the Week competition twice, which was unprecedented. She's a very talented UK designer.

  • craftyFOLK
    craftyFOLK
    3/5/2010 2:22 PM

    I vote for Green Lacewing, reminds me spring is almost here:)

  • kelly
    kelly
    3/5/2010 2:32 PM

    I'm voting for Green Lacewing. Lovely stuff!

  • Moxywares
    Moxywares
    3/5/2010 2:43 PM

    Although they're all pretty awesome, it's a toss up for me between Cean Irminger's "Gnome, Alaska" and Danielle Hanson's "Sweet Thing". My favorites on Spoonflower are always the hand-drawn designs. I LOVE seeing that creativity captured in something as permanent and versatile as fabric. Keep up the great work, everyone!

  • Paolo
    Paolo
    3/5/2010 2:44 PM

    Birds on a wire!

  • Natalie Kelsey
    Natalie Kelsey
    3/5/2010 2:46 PM

    Thank you, Daily Grommet for having us Spoonflower pals on your site today! :D It's exciting to see that people like "Charted Waters". Like the majority of my other designs, it was originally created as artwork to hang on a wall. I was thrilled to find Spoonflower and get the opportunity to make my artwork useful as fabric! Many of the designs translate really well.

  • Franz Holstein
    Franz Holstein
    3/5/2010 2:49 PM

    I like Yvonne Herbst's design.

    Very cute.

  • Devon
    Devon
    3/5/2010 3:01 PM

    Natalie Kelsey's "Charted Waters!"

  • Hyon-hee
    Hyon-hee
    3/5/2010 3:09 PM

    I'm a big fan of Andrea Roman's "Finding Love".

  • Kathy Howard
    Kathy Howard
    3/5/2010 3:51 PM

    "Green Lacewing" is my favorite. I love the Spoonflower community. I've been trying out my own designs there for about 6 months; it is addicting!

  • Becky
    Becky
    3/5/2010 4:18 PM

    Love "Finding Love"!

  • Jinnea
    Jinnea
    3/5/2010 6:16 PM

    I like Andrea's Finding Love. It looks very versatile, good for kids, adults, and home projects...either as a contrast piece or an entire work!

  • Jessica
    Jessica
    3/5/2010 6:35 PM

    I love Andrea Roman's "Finding Love." Beautiful!

  • Norma
    Norma
    3/5/2010 7:37 PM

    I'm very taken by Andrea's "Finding Love". It is whimsical. It's playful yet subtle with just enough red to grab your attention. I gravitate towards hearts. This design is so very easy on the eyes.

  • Duchess
    Duchess
    3/5/2010 8:36 PM

    I love charted waters.

  • Cris
    Cris
    3/5/2010 9:57 PM

    My favorite fabric design is "Finding Love" - gorgeous!

  • Niki H
    Niki H
    3/6/2010 9:22 AM

    I really love Andrea's Finding Love!

  • kriselda
    kriselda
    3/6/2010 11:00 AM

    Love Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"

  • Jill
    Jill
    3/6/2010 11:03 AM

    I vote for Andrea Roman's Finding Love. It is so sweet and whimsical and works great as a fabric pattern.

  • TGSquared
    TGSquared
    3/6/2010 11:34 AM

    Like Moxywares, I was first taken in by the whimsical mushroom community of "Gnome Alaska." Perhaps because I was raised in Minnesota; another winter wonderland.

    In the end though, I think that "Finding Love" is the one I'd most like to see in my home.

    Wonderful work by all.

    TG^2

  • LonnieR
    LonnieR
    3/6/2010 12:12 PM

    Uncluttered simplicity! "Finding Love" is beautiful, fresh, and sweet. Kudos to Andrea Roman!!

  • RobertLance
    RobertLance
    3/6/2010 12:21 PM

    Don't know anything about this stuff...but after a long and dreary winter...the bird scene gives me a longing for spring. I vote for Andrea's "Finding Love."

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/6/2010 1:41 PM

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and letting us know your favorite! We will be taking votes until noon ET on Monday.

  • iamagnat
    iamagnat
    3/6/2010 2:10 PM

    My vote goes to "charted waters".

  • Din
    Din
    3/6/2010 3:57 PM

    As a person who works in the design world, one of the hardest things to do is avoid overworking a design. Taking the elements & layout down to a clean look without losing its meaning takes ability. I think "Finding Love" is an excellent example. Hats off to the designer!

  • Amy
    Amy
    3/6/2010 4:57 PM

    Andrea Roman's "Finding Love" is my vote!! :-)

  • Sara
    Sara
    3/6/2010 5:09 PM

    Love the hearts - "Finding Love" is fab.

  • John Diggler
    John Diggler
    3/6/2010 5:34 PM

    Her design is superbulous!

  • John Diggler
    John Diggler
    3/6/2010 5:35 PM

    Andrea's Love is superbulous!

  • Kwanza St. Patrick
    Kwanza St. Patrick
    3/6/2010 5:37 PM

    Andrea's Love design makes me want to roll down into a green meadow and ride away on a unicorn! It's awesome!!!

  • Melissa Mendes
    Melissa Mendes
    3/7/2010 12:02 PM

    i vote for Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"

  • Maria Scallorn
    Maria Scallorn
    3/7/2010 12:58 PM

    "Finding Love" what a delight to see, an introduction to Spring!

  • Donna
    Donna
    3/7/2010 2:15 PM

    I would love to make some quilt blocks using "Finding Love"! What a darling design!

  • Katie
    Katie
    3/7/2010 6:07 PM

    I vote for Andrea Roman's "Finding Love". It's such a fun, timeless design!

  • Danielle Hanson
    Danielle Hanson
    3/8/2010 4:31 AM

    Spoonflower has been wonderful, beautiful colour reproduction, a prompt and friendly service, great stock fabrics, but more importantly, something to look forward to whenever I turn on my computer-there are winners everywhere!

    My vote is for the lacewing design.....

  • BH
    BH
    3/8/2010 8:04 AM

    My vote is for "Finding Love" - SO cutie!!!

  • Kate
    Kate
    3/8/2010 9:31 AM

    LOVE the "Finding Love" pattern. It's darling.

  • Norma
    Norma
    3/8/2010 10:49 AM

    I vote for Andrea Roman's "Finding Love" simplicity is beauty.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/8/2010 12:19 PM

    Thanks everyone for logging your vote, the winner of our contest is Andrea Roman's "Finding Love"! We look forward to getting to know more about Andrea and her business!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.