I had heard about Spoonflower -- the site that lets you submit designs for your own custom fabric, then prints it and mails it to you -- but had never really thought about trying my hand at it. But now, I think I'll be diving into the world of fabric printing on demand, especially after I got to visit their "factory"!
It was really a lucky coincidence that I was in the area. I was visiting with a friend in Wake Forest, NC, and the topic turned to sewing. She asked if I had heard of Spoonflower, and I told her I had. "Did you know they're close by here?" Why, no, I didn't. A quick map search showed that not only were they nearby, but visiting them was only about 2 miles off my planned route. Imagine if I had found that out after the fact!
So, last Thursday morning, I dropped by their shop in Mebane, NC. It's in an old sock factory, right next to the railroad tracks, and is staffed by the most delightful people.
Once printed, the fabric goes through a heat setting process, leaving it completely colorfast.
My head is swimming with possibilities!! It's hard to know what to try first. To help me get started, Danielle showed me a book she had just purchased: