|Spoonflower fabric sample pack...|
Early in the process, I had ordered their "swatchbook" fabric sample pack, which is a booklet containing a piece each of the fabrics that they print on. It's really inexpensive (just a dollar for shipping) but it took forever to get to me. It was ordered on January 6, my Spoonflower account indicated that it was shipped a day later and I finally received it on the 26th... three weeks. I eventually placed the order for my own designs to be printed on combed cotton without waiting for this sample pack to arrive.
Here is what the swatchbook consists of:
|Samples of 15 fabrics from basic combed cotton to eco canvas...|
and a selection of wallpaper and giftwrap...
If you're interested in knowing more about the cost of these fabrics and paper products, take a look at Spoonflower's help page here; it contains a further link to detailed information about the products themselves. By the way, the fabrics and paper products have a high quality feel to them... and the idea of papering my wall with something that I've designed is more than intriguing!
|My fabric sampler arrived wrapped in tissue...|
The confirmation stated that "We've shipped your order via a service that will deliver your package using the national postal service of your country, which typically takes between two and three weeks from the day it leaves our office here in Durham, North Carolina. A few destinations may take longer than the average, but if you have not received your fabric in four weeks, please contact us at email@example.com so that we can investigate the delay."
I was given a tracking number, but it was only good enough to tell me that the package was "in transit to carrier's US operations facility" early in the morning of January 23, nothing further. I never did get a Canada Post tracking number; the envelope just showed up in my mailbox on February 9. So all in all, while the shipping costs are reasonable ($2.00 in my case), your fabric may take a while to get to you.
That said, I was pleasantly surprised by what I received. Overall, the most helpful information I got from this sampler is that I probably made most of my designs too big. But that's an easy fix.
|It's kinda neat to see a whole piece of fabric printed with your own designs...|
I'm glad I decided to try some designs featuring black, because while it's not the blackest black I've ever seen, it's also not the dark "whatever" that I was fearing it might be.
|Here is a photo of my fabric underneath the original JPG file of my design...|
When I look at the actual piece of fabric — without my source file on top — I see black, which is all that matters.
The colours turned out the way I expected them to, based on the RGB guide that Spoonflower provides. I was able to extrapolate with some success, as this fabric here was specifically designed to coordinate with this piece of wax cloth. (I used a photograph of the wax cloth to get a reading on the yellow and grey values.)
And there's no end to the creativity made possible by Spoonflower. For instance, they run weekly fabric design contests. A theme is usually involved, but this past week they ran one with a palette challenge: come up with something in coral, mint, black and white. Since that was much more up my alley, I quickly made up this chevron pattern and entered it.
|My entry into Spoonflower's current coral/mint/black/white contest...|
I didn't place on the winners list — and didn't expect to — but on the day that the contest went live for voting, I was thrilled to discover that my entry was "favorited" by a couple of fellow designers. Cool.
I've added a link to my Spoonflower shop on my blog menu above. Take a look under "Designs Not For Sale" to see what I've been up to lately — I'm getting another set of swatches ready for proofing — and tell me what you think!