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					E4      BAY AREA NEWS GROUP                     100                                                                                                                                                                  SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2010

                                                                       KARMA KRAFT                                                      CAMERON BLAZER — SPOONFLOWER                                                                            PATRICIA THORNTON
Customers of fabric printing can use their textiles for                                 “Is the fabric I buy from Spoonflower more expensive?                                   Patricia Thornton launched a design business in her
many projects, including dressmaking. Other popular                                     Yes, it’s twice or three times as expensive, and I don’t                                retirement. The square silk Georgette scarf is from her
uses include home decor, such as pillows.                                               care,” says Cameron Blazer, creator of the Ginkgo pillow.                               “Regeneration Stories.”

Fabric                                     my life?’ — Spoonflower does
                                           the same thing,” said Blazer,
                                           of Charleston, S.C. “There
                                                                                        inks to digitally print on six
                                                                                        types of cotton fabric at its
                                                                                        North Carolina headquarters.
                                                                                                                                   need a more specialized fab-
                                                                                                                                   ric, such as silk.
                                                                                                                                      Fabric on Demand’s Web
                                                                                                                                                                                 company’s options are much
                                                                                                                                                                                 more extensive. For example,
                                                                                                                                                                                 she said, “We can pull inven-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for virtually any project the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             brain can conceive.”
Continued from Page 1                      is incredible satisfaction to                Orders are shipped in four                 site lists 10 types of fabric,                tory for outdoor project use,               Mercury News Staff Writer
                                           see something you’ve done                    days to a week from when a                 including cottons of various                  including a polyester duck                  Linda Zavoral contributed
canvas portraits.                          in three-dimensional, tactile                customer hits the send but-                weights and blends, fleece,                    that is waterproof for patio                to this report. Contact her at
   Cotton duck, a linen-cot-               space.”                                      ton on an online order.                    lycra/spandex and polyester                   furnishings.                                408-920-5960 or lzavoral@
ton blend and microsuede                      What began as a lark                          Fabric on Demand has its               satin. But Pitner says the                       “We have fabrics perfect       
are the most frequently used               has led to sideline work for                 headquarters near Los An-
fabrics for such projects, she             Blazer, who now designs fab-                 geles and its manufacturing
said.                                      rics for other crafters.                     operation in South Carolina.
   Customized fabric doesn’t                  Thornton began print-                     It ships within seven days of a
come cheap. But the higher                 ing her abstract paintings a                 customer giving approval to a
cost means higher quality                  few months ago onto Karma                    digital proof.
fabric.                                    Kraft’s silk fabric and found                    Karma Kraft uses tradi-
   “Is the fabric I buy from               the printed scarves “abso-                   tional fabric dyes and digitally
Spoonflower more expen-                     lutely gorgeous.”                            prints on a multitude of fab-
sive? Yes, it’s twice or three                The 65-year-old retired                   rics at a factory in Hangzhou,
times as expensive, and I                  design-school administrator                  China. It, too, can turn an or-
don’t care,” Cameron Blazer                launched a company, Miatela                  der around in about a week.
said. “It’s a reminder to me to            Studio, from her home in New                     Some offer additional
be choosy about what I get.”               Bedford, Mass. Thornton                      services. Customers can sell
   Blazer, a 34-year-old law-              peddles her color-charged                    their fabric designs to other
yer and mother who blogs                   scarves at arts and crafts                   crafters through Spoon-
about her passion for crafting             shows and in high-end art                    flower, whereas Karma Kraft
at Cottage Industrialist, calls            galleries. It has given retire-              offers cut and sew services
Spoonflower “the new Etsy,”                 ment an unexpected twist.                    (examples include handbags,
the online shopping site for                  “In August, when I thought                pillows and shopping totes).
handmade goods.                            I was going to the beach, I                      Thornton says Spoon-
   “What Etsy did for a lot of             wasn’t,” said Thornton, who                  flower’s services are bet-
people — it gave them a prov-              retired in June. “I was busy                 ter tailored for quilters and
ing ground to determine, ‘Is               working on designs.”                         crafters, while Karma Kraft
this something I can do with                  Spoonflower uses nontoxic                  is better suited for those who


Fabric for a child’s colorful dress, designed to fit on a single yard, was printed by
Spoonflower, a digital fabric printing company based in North Carolina.

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