A Spoonflower Tour – fabric, gift wrap, and wallpaper galore!

This past Saturday I attended a WordPress class in hopes of becoming a bit more savvy with this blogging thing. I chatted with fellow Pressers, had some pizza, and learned a bunch. Take note of the lovely Contact form for your contacting-me convenience. Thank you, thank you very much. I’ve also taken care of (mostly) that pesky hyphenation problem that was going on here. Just about every line ended with a hyphenated word. That needed some ointment for sure. It was a good day of learning from some incredibly intelligent people. A huge shout out to Girl Develop It – RDU!

The class was held at Spoonflower in Durham, which is a fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap shop. Our leaders taught not from a podium or a desk, but from an ironing board. You know I eat that stuff up! An unexpected bonus was a tour of the facility after class. This shop is a little different in that Spoonflower doesn’t actually own any of the designs they offer, rather, users create designs and share them on the Spoonflower site. You can create your own design or browse their huge offering created by others. If you create your own design and add it to their library, you can be paid a royalty every time someone orders your design. Pretty cool, huh?

Spoonflower logo
Spoonflower lets you design your own…if you want
A custom fabric being printed at Spoonflower
A custom fabric order being printed

Spoonflower is a North Carolina start-up that began in 2008 and is growing strong. Everything is made to order and shipped, and the fabric is printed on digital textile inkjet printers. Their process is a departure from traditional textile manufacturing–digital printing creates little waste of fabric, ink, water or electricity. “Spoonflower prints using eco-friendly, water-based inks on natural and synthetic fiber textiles. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process.” Yes.

Spoonflower fabric order being hand cut
A custom fabric order being hand cut
Spoonflower fabric is sorted after printing
Fabric is sorted after printing
Rolls of gift wrap sorted
Gift wrap is sorted too
Spoonflower safety sign
They even make safety look good

I’ve been looking for wallpaper to cover the inside of a bookcase and have found what I love at Spoonflower. I have measured and ordered just the right amount of Patchwork Gypsy Nautical (as fun as nail polish names), and I promise to share the before and after photos once the project is complete. It’s been years since I’ve wallpapered anything – this should be fun!