In the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet, in the New & Notable section, we featured some lovely fabric printed all over with crochet stitch diagrams. Those are actual crochet stitch diagrams from actual Interweave crochet patterns. And the print looks great in a large scale and a small scale, as well as in different colors. Why do we know this? Because we designed it! And what's more, you can own this fabric to make your own crochet-tastic projects!
In our special section on oya, Beyond the Edge, we thought we'd show the crochet edging on fabric. Once we started playing with fabric, one thing led to another and we got to thinking how swell it would be if we designed our own fabric. So we hooked up with Spoonflower, based in Durham, North Carolina
At Spoonflower, they take your designs and print them on fabric. (Or you can mosey over there and order up fabric designed by someone else--Tardis fabric, anyone?). The designs are printed on any one of ten fabrics, one perfectly suited to your needs, whatever they are. Spoonflower--the brainchild of husband-and-wife Stephen Fraser, a tech dude formerly of lulu.com, and Kim Fraser, a crafter--was born in 2008. (A spoonflower, btw, is a bog flower native to North Carolina.)
Since I live in nearby Cary, I was able to stop by when they were actually printing the fabric. Darci Moyers, who has been with the company since it started in an old sock mill in Mebane, NC, showed me around and told me Spoonflower's story. The digital production of the fabric, using an eco-friendly pigment suspended in water, means that there is no limit to the colors that can be used.
Here you can see the Interweave Crochet fabric being printed. All the machines have names. The original four machines were named Larry, Moe, Curly and Shemp. The machine that printed our fabric is named Brain. We like that.
So scurry on over and check it out. Currently, we have four colorways and two scales. One of them might be just right for your apron or pillow or notions case or tote bag or ....
Also: Spoonflower features a revenue share with the designers. Profits made on the Interweave Crochet fabric will be donated to a relief fund for victims of the devastating fires in Colorado this summer. So you can help yourself and help others, too. Win.
We would love to see what you create with this fabric! Please share photos in the Readers Gallery and drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!