For anybody who does not know what Spoonflower is, it's basically one of the most powerful services available to an art quilter who wants to design her own fabric. Anyone with access to a computer and even super basic image editing software can upload an image to their site and have it printed on a variety of fabrics. The fabric is washable, and the inkjet printing leaves no "feel" on the surface, so it can be used for quilts, clothing, table cloths, whatever you can think of!
|One yard of super bright, crisply detailed fabric. Enough to cover a dog!|
The leafy photograph in the corner of the fabric is destined to be a wholecloth quilt with oil paint stick additions to bring out the quilting.
The polka dots should be useful for a variety of projects - that image I made back when I was in college, by hand-gluing a zillion 1/4" hole punches onto a piece of 8.5" by 11" card stock. So. Much. Work, but it has continued to be useful ever since!
|Most patient dog ever. I do love to torture him.|
Most people use either Photoshop or Illustrator to make their patterns, and the methods of doing this vary wildly. I plan to create a tutorial about the specific way I create repeating patterns in Photoshop, so keep an eye out for that here on the blog in the next month or two. Here are two of the repeats I've created in the past few years:
|Penguin fabric I designed for Thing-a-Day a few years ago.|
|One of my first ever patterns, drawn by hand based on Julia's instructions and colored using Photoshop.|
Oh, and I just found out that there's a comparison of different custom-fabric printing services over on True Up that's way more thorough and comprehensive than my "I ordered this and it looked nice" method of judging a product. Go check it out!