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Print Your Own Fabric at Spoonflower

This is sure to appear on every design blog known to mankind, and I hope it does because we have to spread the word! The second I read about Spoonflower on Whip Up I thought about the many designers who write in asking for help in bringing their patterns to fabric. I wish I had clear cut answers for everyone, but often I just don’t know what to say since I was not trained in textiles and have very little knowledge of that industry as a whole. Of course, I wouldn’t mind if someone who is in the business, including teachers, could give us some feedback because there are so many out there hoping to turn their designs into textiles. Do you know much about how one can get started?


Until we know for sure, if you aren’t looking to become the next Hable Construction and want to print your designs in smaller runs, Spoonflower in NC is certainly an option. I’m so excited about this company. They’ve launched a site where you can upload a pattern or image of your choice and they will print it onto 100% cotton fabric and have it delivered within a week from ordering. AWESOMENESS. During beta, you can only order up to 5 yards (this may increase in the future) and the best part is that you can request an 8×8″ sample swatch for $5 or a 21×18″ fat quarter for $11 before you commit. The fabric is $18 per yard.

Spoonflower also helps when it comes to figuring out how to create a repeat pattern in their FAQ section. BIG HELP. You can view a slideshow on the entire process here.

What do you think about this?

(image from spoonflower)

Posted in diy, textiles on June 10, 2008
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Vlisco

I’m so inspired by these lovely West African fabrics from Vlisco in the Netherlands, a collection of strong, vibrant colors and patterns that radiate energy and style. Brandi, a decor8 reader who lives in Sudan, was kind enough to send their link my way and I fell in love the moment I saw their fabrics as fashion on these gorgeous women, their new collection Rythme de Jeunesse is shown below.


You can purchase all of their textiles by the yard so you can easily use them for any project including home decorating. Some of these patterns would look striking on a modern white, grey or navy sofa with very clean lines, or mixed with other ethnic prints, such as those from Morocco or India. Truly inspiring! Thank you so much Brandi.

(images from vlisco)

Posted in textiles on June 05, 2008

Fabric Resources {not trade only}

I pulled together a little something for fabric lovers over at Real Simple yesterday that I forgot to mention. It’s not an article as much as a total link fest connecting you to some of the fabric stores that I’ve talked about in the past on decor8. You can look at Fabric Resources {not trade only} to view all of the links, it’s a mini catalog just for you!


I am so excited to see all of the handmade fabrics that are now available through small design studios, it’s something I had hoped to see for many years now. As more studios pop up to create fresh, new designs I can’t help but feel excited about what’s next. I know I talked about this over a year ago, but I’m dying for someone to launch a fabric line that blends traditional West African inspired patterns with bright, modern hues or soft sorbets combined with lots of crisp white. I really love West African wax print fabrics, but find that most of the colors are fairly deep or a bit bright and do not always work in my home. Maybe I’m just not that bold. I hope it’s okay to say this, I don’t want to sound like the traditional colorways aren’t good enough or whatever because they are. I’m just not someone who uses a lot of emerald green, navy, purple, and red. I was in this African shop last year in Hannover and found so many amazing patterns for under $20 per yard but the colors would not work in my apartment, lots of brown combined with bright yellow and purple. But I loved the patterns (view tons of West African prints here over on Flickr)!


I know the above photo is a Shabby Chic room and that you most likely have that “huh?” look on your face right about now. Like, how in the world can Holly tie in Shabby Chic into this conversation? Watch me guys. So when I thought of a room I’d love to see these prints in, I remembered this SC photo. I imagine those wax prints only in softer shades of blue, green, pink, and yellow. I then picture them used sparingly in a living room like the one above as pillows, a throw, or a giant patchwork pouf on the floor. Only my pouf would be round and I’d hand stitch a few tiny beads throughout but not that many. And don’t worry, I won’t pull out my bedazzler on you (please click here and watch Tana in case you have no clue what a bedazzler is). So there you have it. Shabby Chic meets West Africa and has a baby, resulting in my wacky vision.

Does anyone know of such lines already out there that I’ve somehow missed? West African patterns in softer hues?

(image from african fabric linked above and shabby chic.)

Posted in textiles on June 05, 2008

Red Bridge Studio

Tyshawn Henry wrote in this morning about Red Bridge Studio, her Brooklyn-based textile and surface design studio. Thank you for introducing your work, Tyshawn!


Inspired by New Zealand using vivid greens and blues, the Maize and Kelp patterns are her latest designs. Each item at Red Bridge Studio is individually screen printed and made by hand.

Wonderful work!

(images from red bridge studio)

Posted in etsy, textiles on June 05, 2008

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