hooray! it's spoonflower fabric!

Today I received in the mail my much anticipated Spoonflower delivery, hooray! I was super happy with the two fabrics above - my little forest animals in orange & blue, and blue & green.

Here's my little review & some tips for all you future Spoonflower users!

The good

The organic cotton (green) is gorgeous, it's quite thick for a quilting cotton, and has a lovely smooth sateen finish. My only criticism of the organic cotton is that the polka dots aren't very crisp, they just seem to fade out around the edges, whereas the same colourway printed on regular cotton was crisp.

The regular cotton (orange) is nice, and the colours are more vibrant, however the fabric isn't as appealing to me. I also am finding that the lines of the animals bleed slightly on the regular cotton.

The bad

I was very excited at the prospect of ordering some lovely big red polka dot fabric, as this is often hard to find! However as you can see from the above picture... it's orange. That picture is rather dark as well, in real life these are a bright orange.

I also found that the black of these animals printed rather heavily, probably because this is the regular cotton so it has the bleeding issue.

I had read on several blogs that reds often turned orangey in the Spoonflower printing process - I didn't expect such a dramatic colour shift.

What the?

You can see above the two colours I used - the orange on the left is what I had in my orange/blue fabric, and the red is what I had in my red polka dots. They both printed out as a bright orange.

I've done a little hunting and found these tests by Mamma Made Designs... awesome.
Test 1
Test 2

Edited to add - Spoonflower have a helpful colour chart on Flickr! Yay!


Cath from chunkychooky said...

Penny, I absolutely love it!! its so gorgeous!!! thanks for the tips about the colours... intersting- you would think- because it is their core business that they would get the colours right.... i think I will do a test swtch first. I love yours!!!

Karen said...

I can't believe you aren't going to sell this as meterage - it is so darn cute!

Emjie said...

I like those little illustrated people — lovely!

lulufroufrou said...

wow - I think they look lovely. Cant wait to see what you will make with them.

Spin Spin said...

The colours might not be what you wanted but they still look awesome! But gee, a lot of running around to get the colours you do want...they need a system!

M.M.E. said...

That is so cool! I had no idea you could have fabric custom made.

Cindy said...

I REALLY love it though even if they colour wasn't quite what you had hoped. They really are so gorgeous!

Virginia said...

The print on the animals fabric really really reminds me of this:


Natalia said...

So so sweet Penny! Can't wait to see what you create with these!

helena / little mo said...

they are so damnnnn cute penny! I love it! Who cares if it's orange..it's still cute! Ok i know pocketcarnival is mostly red polka dots hehe..but still!

I can't wait to see what you sew next with these!