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. Air cond, Heating Bath/Kitch Remod Cement/concrete Decks and Covers, Drywall/sheetrock Floor service Handypersons Hauling Painting Roofs BATHS, SHOWERS 100%-SATISFACTION! Gazebo BEST Price Sm/lg jobs GOLDEN Hrdwd Flrng HANDYMAN Fix or ERICS HAULING. AAA1 Prep/Quality REPAIR -SPECIALIST! 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