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woah! woah! woah!!!!

Thanks so much for posting this! So many people have told me my art would make good fabric and this gives me the option for doing that!
I've been looking for something like this! I've been experimenting and found out, however, that subtle muted colors don't work very well. I was trying for this color (one of liddle_r's, as it happens):
manifest_the_mystery
but couldn't come close. I'll just have to try working in brighter colors, then.

You can download swatches for Illustrator and Photoshop that contain the subset of colors.
It's a cool idea but at $32 per yard ...
Thanks for that good information, Just Perfect Color. I'd love to have swatches of the patterns I've created. If I could sew (or, rather, if I were willing to spend time sewing), I think I'd make placemats and napkins using my own designs.
liddle_r wrote:
woah! woah! woah!!!!

Thanks so much for posting this! So many people have told me my art would make good fabric and this gives me the option for doing that!



I've seen your squiggles and I agree! I'm imagining curtains and throw pillows. :)
GreenMyEyes wrote:
Thanks for that good information, Just Perfect Color. I'd love to have swatches of the patterns I've created. If I could sew (or, rather, if I were willing to spend time sewing), I think I'd make placemats and napkins using my own designs.


I think napkins and placemats could be really nice! I wonder if one could do just the ColourLovers palettes and not just pattern repeats? Maybe you could put them on Etsy or something and make some moola.
I was so excited to see that you can get your patterns in fabric now! There are quite a few patterns I made that I wanted to make little things out of as I plan the re-design of my living space, and now I can ^^.
I've tried both Spoonflower and Karma.

Color: Karma has one big plus: it uses reactive dyes and can print everything in the CMYK color set. Spoonflower had a limit gamut -- pretty large, but lacking particularly in browns. And sometimes gradient effects don't work as well as you would wish.
Cost: Spoonflower is less expensive, particularly because you can order swatches. Quality was good on both.
Location: Spoonflower's presses are in the US, but Karma uses presses in China.
Other Services: Karma can arrange for your designs to be made into tablecloths, scarves, bags, etc. (for a fee) ; as far as I know, Spoonflower doesn't offer this.

Just like everything else in life, each one has some advantages and some disadvantages.

For a Christmas present, I used Karma to make a tablecloth out of one of my designs; I then reversed the colors in the same design and had them make napkins. The recipient loved them -- or at least said she did, which is all that counts. :^)
So glad to see this post. Thank you. The info is fantastic.

As for the cost of fabrics, that depends on the quality of the fabric. Everyday fabric at places like JoAnne's Fabric or Hancock Fabric is less expensive because of the quality. It's good, but not the kind quilters normally use. Unless it's designated as a quilt shop quality fabric.

On the other hand, if you go into a shop specifically for quilters that carries "quilt shop quality fabric" it will be more expensive. It's heavier weight. The dyes are better. The quality of the image is better.

That is because professional quilters do not want to spend months creating a quilt with lower quality fabric. Only the best will do.

Hope that helps. I suggest you compare the look and feel of these fabrics for yourself sometime. It's really an education.

CP
How's about this spear boy on a fabric-rug maybe?!
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