Open Thread: Prints into Textiles - How?

A few decor8 readers wrote in this week on the topic of textile manufacturing. I thought it would be a good idea to turn these email inquiries into an open thread here on decor8, especially since we have such a vast pool of talented and experienced readers out there.

"I am interested in turning my designs in to textiles. Do you, or any of your readers, know where I should begin? How do I find manufacturers? What's the best way to get started with such a venture?"

I'm opening this thread up for discussion. Advice anyone?

(image from repro depot)