Open Thread: Prints into Textiles – How?

May 23, 2006

Open Thread: Prints into Textiles - How?
A few decor8 readers wrote in this week on the topic of textile manufacturing. I thought it would be a good idea to turn these email inquiries into an open thread here on decor8, especially since we have such a vast pool of talented and experienced readers out there.

“I am interested in turning my designs in to textiles. Do you, or any of your readers, know where I should begin? How do I find manufacturers? What’s the best way to get started with such a venture?”

I’m opening this thread up for discussion. Advice anyone?

(image from repro depot)


  • Reply holly May 23, 2006 at 8:05 pm

    hi holly! can you do a similar open thread on making letterpress stationery? xo

  • Reply Lena May 23, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    having your designs professionally screen printed in fabric yardage is very expensive and involved. but there are other options for printing them. you can screen print them yourself or hire a local screen printer. you would probably want to modify your pattern to a one or two color print. and you might not be able to print continuous yardage, but you can make it appear as yardage depending on how you use it (if you’re making a pillow you can print an image a few inches larger than your finished product).

    if you have a complicated design, you could consider digitally printing it. you can google digital textile printing to find a place. (this unfortunately is expensive). or if you have a good printer you can buy fabric backed with paper that can be run through an inkjet (one place to buy is dharmatrading.com). good luck!

  • Reply Anonymous May 24, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    If you want to DIY, there is a very helpful Group on Yahoo! They are always talking about fabrics and silks you can run through your printer. Their group name is inkjet_transfers.
    Check ’em out.

  • Reply Anonymous May 24, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    Our company, ANDAZ HOME, works with designers to transform their designs onto textiles. We work with low minimums.

    We currently employ the following techniques: Hand-block print, Embroidery, Appliqu?.

    We use the following fabrics for base cloth: Silk, Linen, Cotton.

    Our production facility is based in India. Our U.S. office is based in Boston.

    Please contact us via email at ‘andaz.home@gmail.com’ for more information.

  • Reply IMEDAGOZE May 25, 2006 at 6:56 am

    great piece of information from readers here, Holly! Thanks for opening this thread. More to come, I hope. :)

  • Reply Corey May 9, 2007 at 12:06 am

    check out http://www.first2print.com

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