October 12, 2008

Spoonflower

My Spoonflower swatches came in the mail over the weekend!

spoonflower

I had read that their colors typically come out a bit less saturated, which definitely is the case, but it's fun nonetheless to see some of my designs on fabric. I might play around with the colors some more and give it another go before ordering actual yardage and possibly putting it into the shop. We'll see.

I'd really like to move towards textiles one day, but am uncertain about how or where to begin. Screenprinting designs myself would be so fun, but it seems very labor-intensive and also somewhat limiting (size of fabric, number of colors, etc). Yet professional digital textile printers (or textile screenprinters) would require me to order a lot of yardage before the price per yard is anywhere near reasonable. Starting with something simple that I screenprint myself makes the most sense right now. It'll take me time to gather everything I need and to get familiar with the process though. Must be patient!

24 comments:

insaknitty said...

yaaayy! :D they're here! is it exciting seeing your designs on fabric? can't wait to see them in real life!

Amy said...

Your designs look fabulous on fabric Wendy! What a great collection of swatches. Have they been digitally printed or screenprinted?

Wendy said...

Amy - thanks! these were digitally printed by spoonflower :)

tiel said...

i really like them. I've been thinking of giving it a go myself, except the Aussie $ has gone into freefall!

Ink and Spindle will be opening their doors for screenprinting business soon. you should check them out.

Hollabee said...

ohhh I love it!

Mon Petit Lapin said...

OOOo they look fabulous! really hope to see them in your shop soon, will definately put an order in, nice work!

Cicada Studio said...

These designs would translate very well to screen printing- particularly the single colors- but I am with you on the "labor" part. There's also "space" and "time" for me to consider! These are fresh clean designs, and though you feel the color is not what it should be, they look really bright.

Lara said...

Niiiiiice! Love the colours :)

kirsten said...

they look fantastic!
truly.
your designs have translated really well to the printed form.
good luck with the next step.

adele said...

ooh, they look lovely! great colours!

good luck with everything. i'm sure you'll do great no matter what route you take.

susan said...

Your fabric looks amazing, the colors are lovely!

Krissy said...

How exciting! They look so wonderful.

Wendy said...

thank you all so much!

tiel - yes, i will definitely be checking out ink & spindle!

michelle - yes, space and time are issues for me as well :)

Tina said...

Pretty pretty. Did you notice a big difference in color? I just got my swatch back. The color wasn't even close.

Traci said...

ooooh! Wendy! I'm so excited for you! They really do look amazing (and I second Susan's excitement for seeing them in person).

You continually inspire me.

leslie said...

these are all gorgeous but the blue raindrop print is giving me that panicky "must. have." feeling!

Eva said...

beautiful colors!
I have joined Spoonflower too, although I no nothing about pattern/design.
Would you recommend a software or helpful links to get started?

melissa said...

oh i love them!!!

Wendy said...

hi eva - i use adobe illustrator mostly, and then photoshop to convert the colors into LAB (recommended by Spoonflower). if you have illustrator, here are a few tutorials for creating patterns:

http://www.repeatpatterns.com/tutorial_illustrator.php

http://www.bittbox.com/illustrator/how-to-make-a-perfect-seamless-vector-pattern/

hope this helps :)

Eva said...

Hi Wendy!
Thanks a lot! I don`t have adobe illustrator, but it`s easy to get one :)
Going to bookmark these links too.
Cheers!
Eva

Danielle said...

Oooh... love your designs translated onto fabric! They are really fresh and lovely :-)

sulu-design said...

Your designs look amazing on fabric. I'm particularly fond of the two on the left. Gorgeous!

cornelia said...

oooh nice nice! =) i can't wait until i can get fabric from you!

baula said...

oo how beautiful.. :)