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Behind the Scenes at Spoonflower

Jul 17, 2013

by Julie Schneider

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From attending sewing camp at the age of 7 to studying fiber art at art school, I have a life-long love of textiles. So, I recently jumped at the chance to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of my favorite businesses: Spoonflower, an innovative print-on-design company started in 2008 that centers around community design and printing fabric, wallpaper, and decals.

While the traditional textile industry is largely angled towards large-scale operations, Spoonflower offers short runs with a low set-up cost, less waste, and no need for an industry “in” to print designs, fostering an approach to production with an eye to local sourcing and a growing online community of designers. There is something really satisfying about seeing your own pen and ink image transformed into a fabric ready for sewing.

Etsy and Spoonflower share kindred values of creativity and community, and through the years I’ve had the chance to work with the Spoonflower team on partnership projects (like Craft Party). Stepping through the pattern-filled threshold at their headquarters in Durham, North Carolina, was an exciting moment. Long-time employee Darci Moyers was my guide.

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The reception area is decorated with upholstered furniture, wallpaper, gift wrap, quilts, and other finished projects bearing the prints of Spoonflower designers from around the world.

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Walking down the hallway, you catch the a glimpse of where the magic happens…

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…right here! When Spoonflower launched, they had just two fabric printers. These days, the print room contains 27 large format fabric printers and 6 paper printers. It takes an average of 7 minutes to print a yard of fabric, while in the early days it took about 15 minutes.

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A fabric printer in action.

At this part of the tour, Darci really got me. As we approached this fabric printer, I was surprised to see swatches of my green envelope pattern printing out of the machine – they had seeded this tour with my own design as a sweet surprise! You can see it coming out of the far left side of the printer in the photo above. This fabric was the first fabric I designed and printed on Spoonflower a few years ago. This unexpected moment of seeing my design come to life fresh out of the printer really completed the circle for me. I had experienced the design process and that surge of joy opening a package from Spoonflower containing my designs on the various weaves and fibers of fabric, but I had not seen that magic middle step of ink hitting the fabric. A full fabric circle!

Spoonflower has pioneered a means to convert large format inkjet printers to print on untreated natural fabrics using water-based pigment-based inks. They offer ten natural fabrics, including various cotton wovens, silk, and an organic cotton knit fabric produced in their home state, North Carolina. Effectively, Spoonflower is bringing textile production and jobs back to an area that was once a booming center of the textile industry.

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Paper printer in action with wallpaper swatches by Kristin Nohe, Hanna Ruusulampi, and Nadia Hassan.

Along the far wall of the print room, reside the paper printers. Above you can see colorful swatches of wallpaper printing. In addition to their fabric line, Spoonflower also offers print-on-demand decals, wallpaper, and gift wrap (in matte and satin).

Rolls of gift wrap.

Each printer has it’s own name, like this flamboyant solo artist:

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Once the fabrics are finished printing, it’s time to head to the fixation room.

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In the fixation room, the fabrics get run through machines that heat-set and permanently bond the pigment inks to the fabrics. On a hot North Carolina day, it can get rather sweaty in here!

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Merit badge cut-and-sew fabric for Etsy Craft Party 2013

Once the fabrics have been printed and set, they are ready to get cut to size and shipped out to customers across the globe.

When I give tours of the Etsy office I am often asked what the strangest thing I have found for sale on Etsy is. (Brief jerky remains a top contender in my pun-lovin’ book.) So, I posed the same question for Darci and Stephen Fraser, the co-founder of Spoonflower, with regards to their website. Stephen informed me that Spoonflower is home to an impressive array of corgi prints and is also “definitely the biggest marketplace in the world for zombie fabrics.” Now, I would just like to see that pairing come together. Who is going to design some undead corgie fabric?

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Spoonflower also has a community space called the Greenhouse, where they host regular sewing and design workshops and events to plant the seeds of creativity.

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Inside the Greenhouse

Thanks for the tour, Spoonflower friends!

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Left to right: Darci Moyers (long-time Spoonflower staff), me, and Stephen Fraser (Spoonflower’s co-founder).

Check out the Related Items below featuring work from Etsy sellers made with Spoonflower fabrics.

159 comments

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 3 years ago

    One can make many coats of many colors with Spoonflower fabric~

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 3 years ago

    What a great company - an affordable way to make a unique fabric for your projects :)

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 3 years ago

    Great article! My eye spotted the blue sewing machine in a treadle cabinet. That's probably a "Deluxe" Japanese head from the 1950s or 60s, had a belt driven motor so it can be popped in a treadle cabinet after a "motorectomy." The best part of the Japanese Singer clones is they have feed dogs that drop by a turn of a knob. Sorry to be off topic but my heart goes pitter patter with treadles. Great to know there are companies that can do small runs of fabrics, will check that out.

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    Dorothy from JewelrybyDorothy said 3 years ago

    Great article!

  • TheDeadlyMrs

    Leslie from TheGrafficalMuse said 3 years ago

    Wow, I love this article! Love Spoonflower!!

  • lovebuglullaby

    Jill Heather from LadyBugLullaby said 3 years ago

    Thank you for the great tour. Wonderful article!!

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve from LetsAllMakeBelieve said 3 years ago

    SO awesome :) I love Spoonflower!!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 3 years ago

    Spectacular!! What a wonderful, creative business. Durham is lucky to have Spoonflower and its employment opportunities in the community.

  • inspiringanchors

    Megan Braswell from inspiringanchors said 3 years ago

    Zombie Corgis! Now that is a combination! But it is fascinating to see how something like printing fabric and wallpaper works. Thanks for the behind the scenes look!

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 3 years ago

    Very cool! Being a print designer, I always love going to print shops and seeing those big machines doing their thing! How fun it would be to fabric being printed!

  • inspiringanchors

    Megan Braswell from inspiringanchors said 3 years ago

    I live so close. I never knew Spoonflower was around the corner from me! Maybe I'll go check them out one day.

  • YvonneLaubeDesigns

    Yvonne Laube from YvonneLaubeDesigns said 3 years ago

    I love to see how things are made and the behind-the-scenes. Thanks for the Spoonflower tour!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers said 3 years ago

    Wow! Spoonflower has been my addition for years. Totally loved this rockin' behind the scenes tour! :)

  • redbarnmarketplace

    Kristy hodge from redbarncanvas said 3 years ago

    Thank you for the inside look! so fascinating!

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 3 years ago

    What amazing colorful designs. Thanks for featuring Spoonflower! I'm totally going to call on them when I need wallpaper for my new apartment!

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    Bozena Wojtaszek from BozenaWojtaszek said 3 years ago

    Only good thing I've heard about them. Good to see some faces behind the success. Go, Spoonflower!

  • flourishingagain

    Lacey from FlourishingAgain said 3 years ago

    I had no idea that the production of fabric was so advanced, or so individualized. So lovely that the art of the printing press can be applied to the art of fabric to make an artist's dream come true.

  • LetterKay

    Kayla from LetterKay said 3 years ago

    Wow! amazing!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 3 years ago

    Wow, thanks for giving us a peek inside this production! LOVE! ♥

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 3 years ago

    So excited to read this article. I once received a yard of fabric printed by Spoonflower and was impressed with the quality. I made doorhangers from that fabric.

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 3 years ago

    Tanks for the tour! I didn't know Spoonflower, that is such a great idea for a market place!

  • andrewkonkle

    Andrew Konkle from Theteepeeguy said 3 years ago

    Magical. I've only had the pleasure to use spoonflower once and what an awesome experience. Totally awesome. Would love to do something like that again. Cotton Linen Canvas is superb!

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 3 years ago

    F A N T A S T I C!! I have been wanting to design my own fabrics FOREVER and especially since discovering Spoonflower several years ago! Sadly I have gotten as far as signing up with an account, picking up books on digital textile design, repeat patterns, etc. and still have to master what I want to accomplish through Photoshop Elements and their printing process. My only difficulty is price wise....that the profit realized for the designer having listed the fabric for sale, is not much at all compared to the cost involved with purchasing their fabric and having it printed by them.

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 3 years ago

    "Effectively, Spoonflower is bringing textile production and jobs back to an area that was once a booming center of the textile industry." I also like this....industry being born again in new ways...a new industrial revolution if you will!

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for featuring Spoonflower. I've been fascinated with the idea of coming up with my own print since seeing it on "Project Runway." Knowing about Spoonflower might just solve the problem of not finding the right fabric print for curtains. As a good Etsian, I should just design my own! :-)

  • admspeicher

    Adam Speicher from SpeicherBowTieCo said 3 years ago

    Spoonflower is the best ever! I get a lot of my fabrics from there!

  • AllUsedUp

    Cindy Carrillo from SimpleChaosLab said 3 years ago

    What a great article, loved the photos. I am working on some designs to try making my own fabric with Spoonflower, now I am even more inspired. I hope to go to the headquarters some day. Thanks for the glimpse of how it works, I feel even better about doing business with them.

  • pattihaskins

    patti from pattihaskins said 3 years ago

    Very cool. I love factory tours. Makes me wished I still lived in Raleigh. Glad to see the textile industry resurgence.

  • ViviansKitchen

    Angela Benge from ViviansKitchen said 3 years ago

    I LOVE Spoonflower! Thank you for sharing such a great insight into a great company.

  • mouserrano

    Lisa Serrano Diaz from PrincessMouseyCards said 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! I need to get the sewing machine out in my Atelier!

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful tour and information! I think it would be amazing to see your own designs on fabric!

  • nightcloud

    Catharina from nightcloud said 3 years ago

    inspiring, appetizing... thank you for telling their story! :)

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 3 years ago

    Inspiring, fantastic and beautifully creative company and team. Congrats on the future!

  • onecreativegirl

    melissa gable from onecreativegirl said 3 years ago

    fabulous! I have been using them for custom fabrics for about a year now and it was just amazing to see this behind the scenes tour. thank you!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 3 years ago

    Superb!

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore said 3 years ago

    I can't wait to try this with some abstract paintings! Thank you for giving us a "behind the scenes" tour. :)

  • NicolasKnitKnacks

    Nicola and Jessica Belton from CelticKnittingCo said 3 years ago

    Wow, spoonflower you are an amazing company, so many beautiful designs to choose from!

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 3 years ago

    Thank you for this wonderful look into the printing of fabric's. Have fun with your shop and many good sale's.

  • stoneaddict

    Dana Evans from danaevansstudio said 3 years ago

    Spoonflower provides such wonderful service and provides a real niche in today's DIY marketplace. They make any artist a textiles designer!

  • funkomavintage

    Tressie from funkomavintage said 3 years ago

    oh boy! thanks for the tour. this is such an exciting artistic business. I only have one fabric for sale there but .....I will remedy that very soon....I have been printing my own fabric (with stamps, dye and potatoes) since I was a child.... hooray!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 3 years ago

    Fabulous to read this. I didn't know that something like this existed! This gives me some ideas..... Oooo thanks for this article!

  • AlliCatCrafts

    Allison Lyndes from AlliCatCrafts said 3 years ago

    I adore Spoonflower and really loved this behind-the-scenes look! The huge community of designers makes it the place to look for really unique and unusual prints. My sister wanted a custom dress for her graduation and Spoonflower was where I found the perfect fabric design for an aspiring marine biologist - rainbow jellyfish!

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 3 years ago

    luv this concept..totally limitless potential!

  • aj1801aj

    AJ from NighBluey said 3 years ago

    Super article! I felt I was right there, taking a physical tour...:) - innovation and fresh ideas at work - not to mention a feast for the eyes!

  • MissingTagVintage

    Caroline from MissingTagVintage said 3 years ago

    Oh MY!! I live close to Durham and will have to make a trip up there. Happy to know now that I can create my own designs and send them off to be printed on eco friendly fabric. JOY! Thanks for this article. Very much. :)

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 3 years ago

    I love the print colors of these prints!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 3 years ago

    I have always wanted to try spoonflower.

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake from IcingOnTheCupcake said 3 years ago

    I've been wanting to try out spoonflower! Thanks for the tour. It looks like a fun and inspiring place to work!

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 3 years ago

    I LOVE Spoonflower, they are so Amazingly Wonderful. I was really happy to see them featured in this Blog!!! The printing presses with names is absolutely ADORABLE! Such a Wonderful Blog Post!!!

  • laurastark

    Laura Stark from laurastark said 3 years ago

    Such a treat to see the 'behind the scenes' operations of Spoonflower!

  • crazy4fabric

    Kim from FiberBungalow said 3 years ago

    I'm a longtime fan of Spoonflower! I enjoyed the behind the scene tour, thank you! Peace, love and keep blogging!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 3 years ago

    Enjoyed the tour of spoonflower, thanks

  • UsagiRabbit

    UsagiRabbit from UsagiRabbit said 3 years ago

    Wow! I had not heard of this company before. Their cute zombie fabric made me squeal! Thanks for this article. I'm definitely going to have to wander around their website :)

  • InMaterial

    Peggy McCallum from InMaterial said 3 years ago

    I've been wanting to try Spoonflower for a couple of years. Loved the tour. It's not only a great way to create exactly what you want, but print to order reduces waste - a win win!

  • henandchick

    Rachel Linquist from HenAndChick said 3 years ago

    What a fantastic peek at such a brilliant company! I adore Spoonflower, and have used them for projects in the past. I love the sense of potential and possibility from browsing their site!

  • mariashacreaw

    Maria Shacreaw from StarlightBags said 3 years ago

    I recently started working there! It is every bit as awesome as it looks!!!

  • econica

    Natallia from econica said 3 years ago

    I absolutely love spoonflower!

  • mrshervi

    Annelie from pellerinadesign said 3 years ago

    Ahh Thank You so much for including my pellerina chevron dress!! :) I have been a Spoonflower user from the very beginning of its existense, and can testify to an excellent company! Always amazing service, and they continue to improve with age! Thanks again -- so happy to read this whole blog post!!

  • Fimigal

    Voneen Pryce from Woolby said 3 years ago

    Fantastic!

  • tealkbc

    Julia Lucas from SqueezeCuddles said 3 years ago

    It would be delightful to work at Spoonflower. Gorgeous prints created everyday

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART said 3 years ago

    Interesting!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 from breadandroses2 said 3 years ago

    Terrific feature. What a wonderful coincidence to find this just after researching digital printing yesterday! Thank you.

  • modflo

    modflo from modflo said 3 years ago

    beautiful work...thanks for sharing this story!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 3 years ago

    Thank you for this post! My mind is spinning on what I would like to have printed up!

  • BeachglassDesign

    Blackberry Bungalow from BlackberryBungalow said 3 years ago

    Thank you for the wonderful & colorful tour at Spoonflower. I love that they offer ten natural fabrics. Greenhouse is a fab community idea, wish I lived closer.

  • ld34760

    Lydia Diaz from WEBAnaturalproducts said 3 years ago

    Great story; very inspiring!

  • emily8150

    emily from emilyemilyjewelry said 3 years ago

    nice fabric . and the artist company . industry and togather with the art . thank for your post .

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the insightful tour. Loved It!

  • TwistedPetDesigns

    Dyllana Matay from TwistedPetDesigns said 3 years ago

    I love Spoonflower!! I still have several yards of fabric that I ordered from them just waiting to be turned into something fun. Thanks for the behind the scenes sneak peek :-)

  • flynnjanet

    Janet Flynn from FloatingThimble said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tour! I love the idea of supporting independent designers by being able to buy small runs of their unique fabrics. The weekly theme contests they run are a fun way to see ideas come to life!

  • glendalee

    glenda puhek from glendalee said 3 years ago

    Pattern heaven, I say!

  • erikareboucas

    Erika Reboucas from littlebigtopstudio said 3 years ago

    Fascinating, I didn't know about Spoonflower. After reading this post and taking a quick look I'm hooked. I can see myself spending countless hours browsing the beautiful designs and dreaming up some of my own. Thanks, Julie for this post.

  • monnbootmarshall

    Claire from MoonbootStudios said 3 years ago

    OMG! I love love love Spoonflower! Thank you for sharing all this wonderful texture and art that is spoonflower fabrics.

  • daveyhedgehog

    Allie from eillathewild said 3 years ago

    Love Spoonflower! Thanks for giving us a sneak peek into this awesome company! It's amazing that we can easily print our own designs :)

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals said 3 years ago

    i can't wait to give that a try!

  • LilyOake

    Paula Arndt from LilyOake said 3 years ago

    I LOVE Spoonflower and have a LilyOake shop set up there too. Currently I have over 50 designs available for fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper and wall decals. I specialize in all blue and white!! I am slowly decorating my entire cottage in my own blue and white florals....Spoonflower is a dream come true for me!

  • locondesign

    Lo Con from LoconDesigns said 3 years ago

    I've always wondered how Spoonflower did it! Also, looks like a fun place to work!

  • MegnificentCo

    Meg from MegnificentCo said 3 years ago

    I love the creativity that a company like Spoonflower fosters.

  • fancy4u

    fancy4u from BrushAndFeather said 3 years ago

    this is one of the most interesting pieces i've read, thank you for the wonderful tour, it was like going along with you!

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts said 3 years ago

    kool

  • topvistama

    topvistama from KleponDesign said 3 years ago

    Amazing company! Thank you for the sneak peek.

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 3 years ago

    that is something I would love to do... I have been meaning to have some of my own designs printed to put together for textile art or accessories for my home or travel trailer... it was great to see how it is done! thanks for sharing.

  • PetitPointFrance

    Sonia from PetitPointFrance said 3 years ago

    Thank you for this very interesting tour !

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 3 years ago

    Spoonflower..I did not have any idea, great to know all about it..Thanks

  • finefettle1

    Fine Fettle from Finefettleshop said 3 years ago

    I have always wondered what spoonflower HQ looked like? now I know. I love the fact the printers have names!

  • ASHYL

    Kerime Sevilen Mustafaoglu from ASHYL said 3 years ago

    Beautiful company, thank you for sharing.

  • TheDigitalBakery
  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 3 years ago

    Amazing patterns! Interesting feature!

  • sinergiebyhand

    paola boccaccia from SINERGIE said 3 years ago

    I like this kind of story! Thanks for sharing with us.

  • bluefrostcat

    Burgess Smith from RiegelGoodsCompany said 3 years ago

    Wonderful story. Growing up in a textile town, I truly understand how important this industry is to the community. I love how this company is using new ideas to keep the textile industry alive. Great Job and Thanks!!

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade said 3 years ago

    What a FANTASTIC story!! I am so glad you were able to go behind the scenes! I have drooled over spoonflower fabrics for quite some time. YAYYY for fabric!

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 3 years ago

    What a great company! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • mclaughlinnautical

    Marsi McLaughlin from McLaughlinNautical said 3 years ago

    Spoonflower rocks! I lose myself for hours at a time on their site. It's great to see the textile industry coming back to NC. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes tour!

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 3 years ago

    Great tour and amazing work. It is really fascinating to me.

  • handmadebycecilia

    Cecilia Escobar from HandmadebyCecilia said 3 years ago

    Wow I love this article. I'm a passionate of paper and paper art. These fabrics bring great colorful patterns that I wish I could use in my paper projects. Thank you!

  • OutofTimeDesigns

    Kathy Richardson from OutofTimeDesigns said 3 years ago

    Great article about a great company! A quick look at the zombie fabrics impressed me with how many creative people are out there and have been given a voice by this company!

  • krzyqltr

    krzyqltr from krzyqltr said 3 years ago

    WOW sew excited to check Spoonflower out on the web. I love color. I will definitely look into getting some of their fabric!

  • CatCheeseCase

    Bee Case from CatCheeseCase said 3 years ago

    So very cool !

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead from OneClayBead said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the inside look at this amazing company!

  • lighthouse830

    Christine Weirich from ShoeCityMama said 3 years ago

    I love seeing the textiles being made in the USA! :)

  • craftandtradition

    Carrie Napoleon from CraftandTradition said 3 years ago

    Spoonflower is so awesome! I could waste a whole afternoon just looking at all the amazing designs! Great article.

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 3 years ago

    this is nice article! and THE PHOTOS are a great bonus- print rooms fascinate me :) thank you for sharing it with us! :)

  • avedouda

    Alexandra from avedouda said 3 years ago

    I knew about Spoonflower but I imagine a smaller company and it was really interesting to the "back office" of it! So cool!!! Waaauuu great!!!!!

  • StudioYTE

    StudioYTE from StudioYTE said 3 years ago

    Makes me want to move to the south...

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects said 3 years ago

    Thank you for the tour! I LOVE Spoonflower! They have made a dream come true for me: designing fabric goods-- something I've longed to do ever since my very first job cutting fabric at House of Fabrics 30 years ago. And the fabric goods that I've designed have turned into a tidy little profit here in my Etsy shop over the past few years. Thank you Etsy and Spoonflower for the opportunity to grow as a maker and creator!!

  • stickelberry

    Danielle Stickel from stickelberry said 3 years ago

    Love Spoonflower! If I'm not sewing, I'm designing fabric -- they make it possible for us small folk to express our creativity in so many ways that we could never have even thought possible. When I stumbled across their site I shrieked out loud with joy.

  • toocutecustomcrafts

    Keri from izyandoly said 3 years ago

    I so love spoonflower!!! I am so excited to get this behind the scenes tour. Thank you so much for doing this article - awesome!!

  • mozellemetana

    Lisa from MozelleMetana said 3 years ago

    Loved this article. Thinking about making some wallpaper and reminding myself of my life long desire to learn how to sew. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago

    This is wonderful to know about, thank you for introducing many of us to something very new and exciting. I love fabric and sewing, and often get frustrated at not finding the right print. I would love to design my own someday. I'm going to explore their website and see what is possible. Great information, thanks again!

  • wearlovenow

    Becca Koopmans from wearlovenow said 3 years ago

    Wow...incredible feature! Thanks for sharing.

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard from GollyBard said 3 years ago

    Spoonflower has been a dream come true for me! Digital printing has allowed for affordable custom fabric and wallpaper and the technology is wonderful for printing hand painted deigns with a full range of gradation which was not formerly possible with traditionally screen printed fabric. I love Spoonflower!

  • khowardquilts

    Kathleen Howard from khowardquilts said 3 years ago

    I have done some designing with Spoonflower. It is so exciting to see your own work printed. I am also team captain of a group of Spoonflower designers on Etsy.

  • khowardquilts

    Kathleen Howard from khowardquilts said 3 years ago

    Here is the team. https://www.etsy.com/teams/7105/spoonflowerdesigners

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 3 years ago

    Stunning textiles!

  • yourmomdesigns

    rebekah desloge from yourmomdesigns said 3 years ago

    so excited to see this feature for spoonflower, love the company and also call durham, nc home!

  • pmeisenheimer

    Pam from WildGardenDesigns said 3 years ago

    I had no idea that something like Spoonflower existed! I love fabric and color and prints and it must be amazing to see 'real live fabric' with your very own design printed on it. So so interesting ~ thank you

  • Eternitee

    Shannon from Eternitee said 3 years ago

    Wow! So excited I didnt even finish the entire article before I was off to the Spoonflower shop :) So incredible. Will be looking into trying some abstract designs and purchasing fabric. Gotta go back and sign up

  • Pixie2428

    Doris C. from SewBeautifulbyDC said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the tour with us. Beautiful designs on the fabrics !

  • VintageResolution

    Jamie from KOLORIZE said 3 years ago

    Love this behind the scenes look. Just designed and received my first custom fabric from them last week and I'm so happy with the process and final product! Thanks for sharing!

  • ASParkerJewellery

    Amy Sarah Parker from ASParkerJewellery said 3 years ago

    Beautiful prints! :D x

  • mettaville

    Alison Koh from Mettaville said 3 years ago

    Finally get to see behind the scenes of Spoonflower! Love it!

  • parkerdeborah03

    parkerdeborah03 from parkerdeborah03 said 3 years ago

    I really enjoyed your blog - beautiful work!!

  • daisymabel

    Sarah Bulkeley from mabelandgeorge said 3 years ago

    I love Spoonflower - it is great to see where my fabrics are printed- I don't feel so far away now here in Melbourne. The team at Spoonflower always make their customers feel a little special as they always hand write a little thank you with your order. The fabrics they use are a beautiful quality and their service is so efficient and helpful. I can't recommend them enough!

  • vickishead

    Vicki Shead from curlywillowco said 3 years ago

    I love this article! Spoonflower helps me be über creative.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry said 3 years ago

    Great Post!! Awesome Spoonflower Store!!

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 3 years ago

    Paper and Fabric Oh My! super cool

  • catherinemaria

    Catherine Maria Charalambous from BouncyTree said 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful store. Furniture looks stunning!

  • NellywithWings

    Nelly V from NellywithWings said 3 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic feature of Spoonflower!

  • LetterKay

    Kayla from LetterKay said 3 years ago

    So pretty!

  • handloomin

    Manju G from JaipurHandloom said 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful store. very pretty write up.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 3 years ago

    I love how even labels are cute :)

  • RobbieNae

    Robin Plummer from RobbienaeQuilts said 3 years ago

    I read an article in our town paper a few years ago about Spoonflower and that is how I learned about Etsy and started my own shop selling my handmade quilts!

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 3 years ago

    Wonderful patterns and love your office! Great job with the textiles!

  • ThePatchworkStore

    Maria from ThePatchworkStore said 3 years ago

    LOVED this article! Would love to do something w/spoonflower!

  • avalshebstvo

    Atelie Valshebstvo from AtelierValshebstvo said 3 years ago

    Wonderful article!!

  • LaraLira

    Victoria O'May Alves from OhMayShop said 3 years ago

    I love the fact that this company exists.

  • fusionroom

    Jane from DearFrancesCouture said 3 years ago

    Great! I have had some fabric printed at spoonflower before & I have to say, they were fantastic! Wonderful product and lovely, friendly service. I love this feature article, well deserved!

  • foxpots

    Carole Fox from foxpots said 3 years ago

    It was great to see how the process works!

  • birose

    Rose from BigIslandRoseDesigns said 3 years ago

    Love Spoonflower! I've been wanting to use them for some time now and just recently did so with a small order for some button covers.

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 3 years ago

    I love Spoonflower! It's so great to get a glimpse behind the curtain to see where the magic happens! Thank you!

  • samsstuff

    Shelley McElhiney from samsstuff said 3 years ago

    It's great getting this insider glimpse of Spoonflower. I have had great fun designing my own fabrics on Spoonflower, but I've never seen how they accomplish 'the magic.' Thank you!

  • RosellaResin

    Jessica & Gwynne Burgess from RosellaResin said 3 years ago

    Thanks for this behind-the-scenes look! I recently took my first sewing course and after that, a digital illustration course with the goal of getting some fabric printed with Spoonflower to sew my own skirts! Can't wait to make it happen :) Jessica

  • newtribetextiles

    newtribetextiles from newtribetextiles said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for making this story come to life. Spoonflower is a company I have been looking at for quite some time, this story seals the deal...I am going to start designing fabric to combine with mu handwoven fabrics. I am so excited!

  • Fractaldragon

    Amy Bradley from Fractaldragon said 3 years ago

    I enjoyed this very much. Thanks for the look behind the scenes; I know a bit about the printing processes involved, but love seeing the presses and hearing more about the company. Now I just need to do some textile designing!

  • Lespetitsbuttons

    Sandrine from Lespetitsbuttons said 3 years ago

    Very interesting article! Thanks it's great to see how a print-on-design company is working. Spoonflower is popular in Europe too!

  • thewoollydog

    thewoollydog from thewoollydog said 3 years ago

    This is the most interesting, informative and visually stimulating post I've ever read on etsy blog! thank you! I joined spoonflower but have never gotten around to using it, but this look behind the scenes is fantastic and I'll certainly get more involved now.

  • thomsonjay

    Jay Thomson from LavaTies said 3 years ago

    I'm a SF addict, (and proud of it too, dammit!) I've always wondered what "behind the scenes" looks like at SF. Thanks for a great post!

  • RedBarnArt

    Susan Williams Phillips from RedBarnArt said 3 years ago

    Fab-u-lous!!! Since it's beginning, I have followed and loved! Spoonflower! What a marvelous opportunity they offered those of us who love design and love fabric. Great article, Julie! And aren't you the luckiest girl getting that great tour?!

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving said 3 years ago

    Wow! Thank you for sharing!!

  • CurlicueCreations

    Jennifer Schifano Thomas from CurlicueCreations said 3 years ago

    Well....LOL...I feel dumb! I had no idea Spoonflower was only an hour away from my home. I've got to go and visit sometime!

  • craftedbylindy

    Lindy from craftedbylindy said 3 years ago

    Fantastic article! Thanks so much for giving us an inside look!

  • sandydesigns

    sandy from sandydesigns said 3 years ago

    great article! and i love using spoonflower!

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage from metroretrovintage said 3 years ago

    I was introduced to Spoonflower when I was seeking some vintage designs on fabric. However, I enjoyed learning more about this innovative company and thank you for the excellent behind-the-scenes look!

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir said 3 years ago

    What cool designs!

  • mriefler

    Molly Riefler from MulberryStreetPaper said 3 years ago

    awesome concept!

  • BowsbyKiero

    Kieran Walker from BowsbyKiero said 3 years ago

    So awesome. I definitely want to have designs made.

  • surfrag2012

    JIM WELCH from SURFRAGS said 3 years ago

    I am a photographer whose passion is ocean waves. Is there room for collaboration in terms of designs ideas.

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    beautiful designs!

  • ekatrinatoo

    Ekatrina Too from CardsArtandGifts said 1 year ago

    I love Spoonflower!

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