Spoonflower in Effect! and: Print What You Know

Spoonflower, the digital fabric printing service, is now in the initial rounds of printing and shipping fabric. Check out the video of this week’s fabrics, representing their second round of shipments:

Did you catch the silhouettes? I thought of getting my son’s silhouette printed too — one of my roadblocks is figuring out the end use and gearing the design toward it!

Episode 1 is here.

More Spoonflower fabric is arriving in customers’ homes every day. A Dress a Day Erin posted about hers:

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As a fellow language person, I love the speech balloons!

And here’s the design that Made With Love By Hannah/Knick Knacks and Ric Rac blog sent in — isn’t it so her? It really takes advantage of the endless color possibilities afforded by digital printing:

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If you’re blessed with a Spoonflower invite but stuck because you don’t know what to design, here’s my advice: start with what you know and love the most in life. Look to your family, hobbies, and career for inspiration and motifs. Giving yourself constraints is the only way to get over infinite-option paralysis. For example, “I’m going to make a non-repeating design out of my son’s silhouette, for the end use of a pillow, using the colors already in his nursery.” (Of course I have yet to follow my own advice.) If you can’t give yourself constraints, have someone else give them to you. Heck, use this thread to give each other constraints. Or maybe I can start posting “assignments.” Would you be interested in that?

5 Comments

  1. jen says:

    I have a spoonflower invite, but I have no idea what to print, any suggestions would be great.

  2. daisy janie says:

    Will be sending my design to Spoonflower later today. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  3. I have yet to get on the ball. I really need to do a test with them.

  4. Ashley H. says:

    Assignments for Spoonflower prints would be really fun, I think, because I’m definitely at a loss about what to design. Especially since I don’t usually DO design.I’d also love a step by step tutorial on how to do a digital design, preferably using software that is readily available for, er, free. ;)

  5. Tasha says:

    I second Ashley H.–I am so excited about Spoonflower, but I’m not a designer (except in my head) and I often get frustrated trying to do things with design software. I get to the point where I go, it would be so much easier to do this by hand!

    Add to that the infinite possibilities and inspiration that pop up everywhere, and you have at least one girl who has NO IDEA where to begin! So I, for one, would love a Spoonflower design-along.