There are always interesting things on Kickstarter - especially if you have a few dollars to spare for something novel and are willing to wait a very long time.
Awhile ago, I was describing how I have gotten all these new thread lines designed and made and the business model I was using. The sharp gentleman I was talking to at the cocktail party was amazed and said 'you have invented your own crowd funding mechanism!?' or in other words, a Kickstarter for historic embroidery materials. I smiled and said 'yes - exactly'.
SOOO - since my audience is willing to risk on the new and novel, I thought I would bring up a real 'historic' meets tech textile development that is on Kickstarter right now. You might have heard about Spoonflower, a way to digitally print small batches of fabric using your designs. Well, now there is something much more complicated - WOVNS - a way to digitally design your own Jacquard fabrics and have them woven in very small batches - as low as a yard. This is certainly something that I wanted to play with! So I was waiting for the launch of this kickstarter for several months. Who knows, I might just make a cool scarf OR something inspired by historic patterns for a couch pillow. WHO knows. I don't know yet - but I am sure that this type of low volume digital printing and weaving will lead to other unique opportunities in the future that might end up in one of my kits. :-) Maybe silk will be down the road someday.
Here is even a design from an embroidered jacket in the V&A (I have pillows made from a Jacquard version of this pattern on my couch) that has been uploaded to Spoonflower and available in several color way prints. So you can start to see all kinds of options. Someday I wish they would allow great linen - can you imagine pre-printing embroidery designs...