Digital print for home-sewers

Have you ever used a digital fabric printing service?

A friend of mine is in the early stages of launching a UK based fabric printing service, which will be aimed at home-sewers. This idea has got me pretty excited, as there doesn’t seem to be anyone on this side of the Atlantic offering digital prints to those who sew for themselves.

But, she needs our help! She’s set up a short survey to gauge demand amongst sewing types, and I promised to help spread the word. If you fill it out, you’ll be in with a chance to win £100 worth of vouchers to be spent once the company is up and running.

You can take the survey here, and they have a Facebook page here if you’d like to keep up with progress on the project.

Digital print has brought us some jaw-dropping clothes and home wear, like this from Mary Katrantzou (from her spring 2012 collection, although if you haven’t checked out her A/W 2012 stuff, go and do that now. She has prints of HB pencils! 80s radios! And typewriters!)

Image from style.com

And this from Agi and Sam, a menswear label. That coat on the right is a digitally printed tweed pattern on wool. I do love a bit of fabric trompe l’oeil (they also make potato smiley face leggings)

Image from thefader.com

And I think I found this through Pinterest – it’s a design by Claudia Caviezel for a Swiss designer called Jakob Schlaepfer. The colours are just amazing.

Image from Claudia Caviezel Faces of Design profile

Do you have any favourite designs using digital print? How do you think  it can be used by home sewers? And would you wear leggings printed with a reconstituted potato foodstuff?

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10 thoughts on “Digital print for home-sewers

  1. huggiedoeshomespun March 20, 2012 / 3:36 PM

    This is something I am looking to do and there are UK based providers whose costs are not prohibitive for small quantities.

    For a print service aimed totally at non professionals they’d probably need to work with file types (non photoshop tiff) that everyone can provide hence making it ultra accessible. Standard providers would be looking for tiff files and if you want classic repeat patterns you’re going to need some photoshop knowledge.

  2. Laura Davis March 5, 2012 / 3:46 PM

    Did the survey and posted it on FB to drum up more interest. Sounds like an exciting venture!

    • yesilikethat March 5, 2012 / 8:27 PM

      Thanks Laura! Can’t wait to see how it all works out.

  3. Clare March 4, 2012 / 12:15 AM

    This looks great. There does already exist one fabric printing service this side of the atlantic that I know of, in Germany. http://www.stoffn.de. Haven’t looked into whether it’s a good option for UK sewists in terms of postage cost etc, but it may be worth a look. There are some really nice designs on there.
    (*waves from Germany, missing London a lot*)

  4. Evie March 2, 2012 / 5:06 PM

    Praise be. I can’t wait till we have a UK service.

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