|Brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and myself at the Spoonflower headquarters!
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to North Carolina. My husband was competing in the Masters National Championship cycling race, and we were taking an extra-long weekend to spend time with his sister and brother-in-law who live in the area. After hearing all semester long from my Fabrics Analysis instructor about all the fabric weaving and printing facilities in the Raleigh-Durham area, I contacted Spoonflower for a tour. (I also contacted Cone Denim, and they completely ignored my request. Bummer.)
|Fabric samples stretched on hoops.
Spoonflower was amazingly gracious! Our lovely tour guide explained their digital printing and transfer printing processes, as well as showing us how their custom prints are cut and prepared for shipment. It was a surprisingly small facility for all the work they do!
I wasn't allowed to take photos of the actual printers (to protect the fabric designer's work), so I have few images to show for our time there. What I lack in photos, I can make up for with technology: looks like Google Street View has toured the facility, too! As you can imagine, the place was decked out in custom printed upholstery, wall coverings, and accessories! Check out the virtual tour:
If you have the chance to get out to Raleigh-Durham, definitely schedule a tour of Spoonflower!