If you've ever searched for the perfect material only to conclude that it doesn't exist, Spoonflower, a crafter-friendly textile mill in Durham, North Carolina offers an exciting solution. Design it yourself.
Really. With no minimum order! Only need 10 yards? No problem!
Catherine Strawn, wrote in this month's Country Living Magazine about the company, "If you can upload a file, you can design your own textiles."
To make her point, Strawn uploaded a file containing a handwritten letter from 1882 which was then converted into fabric and used to reupholster a wing backed chair. Fab-u-lous!
Imagine a loveseat covered with a love letter or poem, kitchen curtains featuring your favorite recipe, or the sheet music to your favorite song or your child's first grade hand writing on throw pillows. Fun!
The possibilities are endless. Spoonflower prints on natural fabrics using environmentally friendly processes. Prices start at (a surprisingly reasonable) $16.20 per yard, and $5 for textile swatches (so you know what you'll be printing on).
Spoonflower offers weekly contests (vote for Fabric of the Week), as well as themed competitions. Right now, you can enter designs for fabric inspired by the 'love of books', a design for a messenger or tote bag, or a design based on photos from Minnesota's Textile Center's Urban Sightings page.
Judging from how much time I spent clicking through the thousands of prints on the site I have a feeling Spoonflower could prove to be addicting.
In a world that increasingly favors 'the big guys' over small, entrepreneurial enterprises I think competing with custom design at affordable prices is absolutely brilliant.
Fabric designs courtesy of the Spoonflower website.
Watch co-founder, Stephen Fraser, describe Spoonflower's inspiration and how they got started in 2008.