Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Spoonflower Test Prints
My first three test prints have arrived from Spoonflower! Overall, I'm really happy with how everything looks. The colors are beautifully vibrant and the design details clear and sharp. The colors also turned out surprisingly close to how they look on my screen. The fabric is soft and seems to be great quality. These are in the quilting weight cotton. They're slightly thinner than most quilting weight cottons I've worked with, but not enough of a difference to bother me. I should also mention that these aren't the actual test swatch sizes (8"x8"), they're fat quarters (21"x18"). My patterns are scaled too large to get much of an idea of how they look on just the test swatch size.
On several message boards, people were discussing that most of the darker colors tend to print lighter than expected from Spoonflower. Based on these, I would disagree. The gray (on the background of the Dimetrodon pattern and the cracked earth on the Stegosaurus one) turned out quite a bit darker than I thought they would. A couple of the other colors did as well, though not as noticeably.
So, now I have to decide what changes to make before putting in my big order of these three patterns. I need to get the order in tonight or tomorrow, so no major changes! I know for sure I'll lighten up that gray slightly. The gray on the Stegosaurus pattern did turn out looking a bit bluish, and now I realize it's the warm green background making it look that way. So I'm considering changing it to a different color completely. The other color that's making me nervous is that mustardy-orangey-brown neutral (I'm pointing to it above). I'm afraid some people will find it to be kind of an ugly color, but I like it. I like seeing something somewhat neutral that's a little unexpected like that mixed with brights. I'm not sure if it will seem too out of place with the other colors though. Hmmm, I'm going to be very busy today/night/as the sun comes up tomorrow....
Why yes, we do have a green crushed velvet couch from the '70s. That picture (first one above) doesn't show its full glory, but take it from me, it's a real beauty.
Posted by Sharon at 4:29 PM