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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                 mercurynews.com.
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




                                                                                                                  SPOONFLOWER

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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