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Colourlovers on Spoonflower

Created Aug 13, 2010

Colourlovers on Spoonflower

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• Post your profile info so we can connect on Spoonflower
• Share your creations
• Share tips and discoveries
• Explore surface design with the CL community

Welcome to Colourlovers on Spoonflower!

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Let's connect in both worlds! If you have a Spoonflower profile, please click here to post the link so we can find you.

Post your ideas or suggestions for this group to the Suggestion Box!

I'll add notes here to answer questions and help new members.

FAQ
Where is the link to print a pattern on Spoonflower?
The link to print a pattern on Spoonflower will only appear for pattern templates you have created (it also will appear alongside your palette creations). It will not appear for templates that you have colored, but were created by someone else. This protects artists' creative ownership. As an experiment, try creating a quick, simple pattern template, here, and then applying some colors to it. The link to print it on Spoonflower will appear.

How do I transfer my Colourlovers pattern over to Spoonflower?
This thread answers your question in detail.
The process is still evolving … and improving!

I can order my design, but I can't sell it. Why?
Quoting Darius from a Color Forums thread:
“…nobody from the public can buy your creations... YET.

We plan on building a system that lets our members offer their creations for sale... and we will have an accounting system to track purchases so you get compensation for each sale.

Since we don't have that full system built yet... but we're excited about our partnerships with Imagekind and Spoonflower we've turned on the option for you to purchase it.

We're also working on a rights management system for all your creations... so you can opt-in to sell your creations publicly... or not sell them. You'll also be able to specify a license for your creations as any of the CC licenses.”


But wait! There’s more!
Now that CL allows you to download your own pattern as a vector graphic (SVG), you can download your pattern, edit as necessary in Adobe Illustrator or similar program, export it to a Spoonflower-compatible format, and upload it to your Spoonflower Library. NightingaleSt rightly calls that a potch :-) but for now, this is the best way to make use of CL’s Seamless tool for designs you want to display and/or sell on Spoonflower.
I'm really glad you've started this, Penina. I haven't used Spoonflower, but I think it's a wonderful business model and a great resource.
Hi twister and PinkSodaPop!
Fancy meeting you here ;-)
Thanks so much for joining!
I'm going to start a thread for posting our Spoonflower profile links…
I opened an account at Spoonflower - yes same name as here: anonymuse. Does anybody have experiences with Spoonflower?
Hi anonymuse!
Feel free to explore the threads in this group. Not long ago, I posted a photo of some swatches I received from Spoonflower. I really liked the results, although I think I should place motifs a little closer together.

I have yet to hear from anyone who has printed something they created here on CL. I see you've exported your beautiful "Froillein Pumpkin blossoms" to Spoonflower. Take a close look at their color guidelines to see if you want to make any adjustments… and please let us know how this (and others) print!
Hi everyone! I am really excited about colourlovers and want to get some of my designs onto fabric, but I was wondering if there was a link to Spoonflower like Piknik? If there is I cant find it. Otherwise, how do I get my patterns to spoonflower form here? Any suggestions?
Still feeling my way around the site...soo I might have missed the obvious :)
Hi NightingaleSt,
The link to print a pattern on Spoonflower will only appear for pattern templates you have created (it also will appear alongside your palette creations). It will not appear for templates that you have colored, but were created by someone else. This protects artists' creative ownership.

As an experiment, try creating a quick, simple pattern template, here, and then applying some colors to it. The link to print it on Spoonflower will appear.

I have successfully done this once, but karen (karnoug) hit a snag when she tried. So please do let us know how it goes!
I can get to spoonflower and if I wanted I could order the sample fabric, but I do not see a link to save it permanently to my spoonflower library...anyone else been able to save their own pattern and palette to the site?
OK, so I tried it again. Twice.

No luck! I was able to click on my design and transfer it over to Spoonflower, and make a purchase selection. But when I clicked on Add to Cart, I got a "file not found" page.

What I forgot to include in my email to Spoonflower is that I don't remember having to purchase a design of any sort in order for it to show up in my Spoonflower Library. I'll bring it up once they get back to me.
OK, here's the scoop.

Chris of CL says Nope. As of now (and as far as he's ever known), you can't save a CL-originated design to your own Spoonflower profile library. It goes into the Colourlovers profile library.

What's odd to me is I know I did it once, early on, although I'm not sure how.

Here are various quotes from the CL team explaining things:

For now (copied with permission from our email dialog):
When I was testing the service before launch, I believe all my Colors, Patterns and Patterns ended up in the colourlovers account. In fact, I just checked and according to their API documentation, any item added through our site will be listed in our spoonflower account. These items, however, will not be listed in their marketplace.


For now and the future (from a post by Darius in the Color Forums):
First, you can only see that buy link on your own creations... So nobody from the public can buy your creations... YET.

We plan on building a system that lets our members offer their creations for sale... and we will have an accounting system to track purchases so you get compensation for each sale.

Since we don't have that full system built yet... but we're excited about our partnerships with Imagekind and Spoonflower we've turned on the option for you to purchase it.

We're also working on a rights management system for all your creations... so you can opt-in to sell your creations publicly... or not sell them. You'll also be able to specify a license for your creations as any of the CC licenses.

So... You are more than welcome to not list your creations for sale here... and only offer them for sale on another site. We'll work hard at providing some awesome partners so there is a reason for you to offer your stuff here... but you will not be required too.

(We see that every design being sent over to Spoonflower is showing up in our profile and we're working with them to not show that there and keep your designs private.)
I have a question, can we download our patterns to our own computer, and sell them off -site on a blog for instance ?
Mmm...I sent a colour to Spoonflower,thinking of buying it.Got to Spoonflower- couldn't find it anywhere - lol.
Hi Serenity,

I find it confusing, too. Your earlier idea of downloading your pattern (it must be yours) to your computer, and then uploading to Spoonflower, is the way to go. If you send it via the CL system, it will show up in the ColourLovers account: Click here to see if your color made it's way there.

- Penina
Thanks Penina,yes I found my colour, thanks !
Hi Penina,
I was just reading through these posts for the first time...
I just got 2 test swatches of fabrics that were my CL templates...they turned out fine!
They show up in my library...I don't know where else they show up, but they seem to work exactly as my designs uploaded directly to Spoonflower.
Maybe I'm behind on info and you've resolved the problems that are mentioned above...
Thanks,
Jan
Hi joonmoon,

Thanks for the update! The process has definitely been improved.

The main thing now is that you must make sure you are logged in to your Spoonflower account before you do the transfer. If you are not logged in, your pattern will be sent to a Colourlovers catch-all account.

I visited, your Spoonflower profile, btw. I love your collection of marker patterns!
Penina wrote:
Hi joonmoon,

Thanks for the update! The process has definitely been improved.

The main thing now is that you must make sure you are logged in to your Spoonflower account before you do the transfer. If you are not logged in, your pattern will be sent to a Colourlovers catch-all account.

I visited, your Spoonflower profile, btw. I love your collection of marker patterns!


Lol...Thanks for the love!...lol
I think I'm always logged into Spoonflower and COLOUrlovers. That's why I didn't notice any problems. I'm totally addicted to cropping smaller portions of my larger drawings into new designs. It's so exciting to see what each little "cropping" will develop into...

Anyway, thanks for the info.
Cool now I know what an SVG is. thanks colourlovers!

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