On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about fabric and fabric design with my guest, Kathy Phillips.

Kathy is the Creative Director at Springs Creative, a textile company based in South Carolina that creates over the counter fabric by the yard for quilters and sewists. Springs Creative licenses dominant global brands such as Shopkins, Frozen, Ninja Turtles, Minnie Mouse, Doctor Who, Cartoon Network, My Little Pony, Curious George, Dora, Disney, Nintendo as well as boutique brands such as Mary Fons. Their fabrics are available at both large chain stores such as Joann Fabrics and Wal-Mart and at independent quilt shops.

Mary Fons Springs ArchiveMary Fons looking through the Baxter Mill archive at Springs Creative headquarters.

In addition to quilting cottons, Springs Creative offers digital printing services for independent brands. Need custom fabric for your product? Work with Springs Creative’s in-house designers to come up with a unique design, then have it digitally printed and sent to you. With a minimum order of 25 yards (in comparison to the 3,000-yard minimum you’ll have if you work with an overseas fabric printer), digital printing through Springs Creative is terrific solution for small businesses.

Springs Creative small run digital fabric printing

Springs Creative also owns the Baxter Mill fabric archive containing hundreds of thousands of vintage fabric prints. Mary Fons pulled from the archive for her new line with Springs (hear an exclusive announcement about Mary in this episode!). The archive is open to the public by appointment and if you visit Kathy may even be your tour guide.

Baxter Mill ArchiveMary strikes gold with a vintage print.

Kathy and I refer to:

And, of course, I asked Kathy to recommend things she’s enjoying right now. Kathy recommends:

Connect with Springs Creative online via their Facebook page.


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