I am in love. Head over heels in love … with fabric (just in case you didn’t know). But today, I am in love especially with Spoonflower.
Have you ever ordered from them? If you are not familiar – from their website: “At Spoonflower, we offer premium fabric, wallpaper and home decor that’s printed on demand with unique designs from independent artists worldwide. With Spoonflower, you can either create your own designs or shop our Marketplace to find the exact right design for you”.
I have been using Spoonflower for a long time now to create and recreate my own designs. It’s easy to upload a design to their website and you see right away what you’ll be getting back: fat quarters and full metres in a variety of different fabrics: from 100% cotton, to Belgium linen, to canvas and organza. The possibilities are endless. They often offer discounts, so that’s a good time to try some designs to see how they look.
They had a discount this past week, so I ordered three fat quarters and had them shipped rush (not cheap, but I couldn’t resist getting them fast!). I wanted to see what some of my magazine paper collages would look like when printed onto fabric. If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve been creating these magazine paper collages lately. It’s the most fun you can have with a glue stick! It seemed like a natural choice to get some prints made.
WOW! I am blown away at the amount of detail and realism on the fabric prints. What I see on the collage, I see on the fabric. I looks like a photo blown up. Every flower, every blade of grass, every nuance in the sky has transferred 100%.
Want to see? Here’s the first one: Original magazine papers collage on the left, and Spoonflower print on the right:
This collage was created using magazine papers – as usual – but this time I cut strips of different widths and lengths. There are a few layers of papers on the background. The building was an advertisement for American Express (I wish I could find another one as it was the perfect barn material) with an old brick wall. What do you think?
I had a lot of fun with this one. I found magazine papers that had large flowers and used them for the background. I found an image on one of my magazines that had a wall of books. How perfect was that? So this barn has a large library … Look at the detail! Every flower looks exactly the same on the fabric print.
If you are wondering about the strip of flowers at the top: When you upload a photo, it may not cover the entire fat quarter perfectly, so Spoonflower maximizes the printing (unless you choose to have the image centred on the fabric) and adds extra printing around it. Which is fantastic, from my point of view, if you want to use the extra when piecing.
And the third one:
This has to be one of my favourites so far: the combination of colours and the large circles, plus that black and lime green house … I had a lot of fun making the collage, and I think I’m going to enjoy making something with these prints.
What do you think? Leave a comment below if you would consider purchasing one of these prints for your own use. I’d be interested to see what your thoughts are as I am considering printing them on demand. Do you have a favourite? Different landscapes will be available soon.
Enjoy your week, and thanks for reading. Until I write again, keep creating,