sábado, 30 de abril de 2011

Some Spoonflower Tips

I decided to share some things here, specially for new people in Spoonflower, cause when I was new there, there were things, like choosing a type of fabric, for example, that I made in a blind way :D
So, after a while inside this awesome site, I will share some little tips and info from what I've already learned from the Spoonflower community.

Of course, I assume you have, at least, your Spoonflower account. And, these are just some tips from my personal preferences, they do not replace at all reading Spoonflower Help and FAQs :)

There are some main issues would be great if you get an idea about:
  1. Colour and the Printing process
  2. Type of Fabrics
  3. Paying, Delivery and Customs

Colour  and the Printing process
Printing has been, and still is, a huge complex issue when it comes to have, SAME colours you see in your computer screen, into paper, or fabric, or whatever physical medium you choose to print on.
So, digital fabric designers make a big testing of trial and error, to find those colours that better match, that have the closest look between a computer screen and the fabric... But, again, even computer screen's vary from one to another.
So, you need to be aware of that, and expect at least a bit of difference in the real fabric you will get.
Is not to panic though. Sometimes, colours will be just a tiny bit lighter than what you see in your screen. Or the designer will let you know that a particular colour you see in the screen, will actually print like "..."
Designers, anyway, along their personal growing road, collect their own personal colour palette that prints as they want.
So, Don't panic, just be aware of the complexity of printing colours.

Type of Fabrics
First of all, you can read in Spoonflower site about the fabrics they print on.
What I'm going to share here, is what I gathered from others designers experience and mine.

The best fabrics for me are:

Cotton Sateen (as a general purpose cotton fabric; for using it in clothes, patchwork, quilting, kids clothes, skirts, tops, and so on)
Cotton Knit (oh this is a super soft wonderful fabric, specially awesome for babies clothes)
Linen Cotton Canvas (this one is wonderful for making a bag, cushions, aprons and some sort of things like that)

Fabrics I don't have any idea of, are: Silk, and Cotton Voile.

Quilting Weight, is a very thin cotton, that looks like a cheap fabric. I would use this and love it, for making little dolls clothes. Nothing more. I prefer to spend some dollars more in buying the Cotton Sateen for anything in real big size. It won't be really much expensive, cause if you look carefully, Cotton Sateen is bigger. So, you pay more, but you get more fabric too :) And the fabric is better than Quilting weight. So, I do really suggest you to buy Cotton Sateen instead of Quilting weight.

Paying, Delivery and Customs
In case, you are about to make your first order, I tell you that Spoonflower system is easy to follow. It will guide you through all steps.
You will be able to:
Choose every fabric design you want to buy, how many yards in what fabric type, and put it into your cart, with the "Add to Cart" button.
Then, when done, you will see your Order, a list with all your items, and you will be able to choose what type of Delivery you want, to what country you want your order delivered, and how you will pay.
You will be able to specify a different address from yours, to send your order.

If you live outside USA, then you better get informed about your country custom's policy, so when your order arrives your country, you are aware of how much you will have to pay as taxes and so on in the custom.

You have 3 options when it comes to Delivery of your order, from Spoonflower.
First you have the Standard one, that can take near a month to get shipped from Spoonflower, then you need to add the postal system days, so, is the cheapest way and slowest one too. Only good if you really have time.
Spoonflower is, though, struggling now to make the standard delivery option back to it's originial only 4 or 5 days, they have been growing a lot, and they are really making an effort to get back on truck.
Then, you have Guaranteed Delivery Date, that it means, that you will have your order in your house, no matter what, before a date deadline. Usually 15 days later.
And the last one, the Rush option, you will have your order in one week approximately in your house. But is not cheap.

In case you want to buy a particular fabric, that is not for sale yet, and the designer lives in a different country from USA, do it in advance, cause it may take quite a time, 1 to 2 months of waiting for you, to get that particular fabric able for sale. At least now, that Spoonflower is growing up so fast, and struggling a bit, but I know they are working really really hard, no sleeping, and this time will get short again :)
But again, you better get in touch with the designer, cause it depending of his design, could be made sooner. Just send him a message inside Spoonflower system :)

Just some little tips for sharing.

2 comentarios:

  1. Hola. Primero que nada, me encuentro felíz de toparme con alguien que habla castellanol!! Mira, yo ando como loca leyendo todo lo que encuentro relacionado con la impresión textil sobre pedido porque se me ha metido en la cabeza iniciar un negocio así, destinado a las personas de habla hispana, en América (hispana-no anglo) principalmente, por los costos adicionales que suponen el envío y los impuestos de importación en nuestros países. Se me presentan 2 obstáculos de inicio: la inversión que es considerable y el pequeño inconveniente de que no sé nada del tema en cuestión!!! Mi idea surge de mi propia necesidad de imprimir cantidades pequeñas de tela según los diferentes proyectos en los que me encuentro y las cantidades mínimas en mi país son de 2,000 metros!!
    Veo que tu has hecho tu tarea muy bien porque la explicación de das sobre el uso de Spoon Flower en muy atinada. ¿Que consejos puedes darme? ¿Te parece, como a mi, que hay una importante clientela potencial? Ojalá pudiéras hacerme el favor de darme tus comentarios. Ah! y no puedo despedirme sin decirte que tus telas son simplemente preciosas¡¡
    Un saludo!

  2. Marisol, hola! :D

    Yo también he estado (y lo sigo haciendo) mirando a ver si aparece un modo más barato de tener mis telas acá en Argentina.
    Yo uso Spoonflower, no porque me sea barato (de hecho me cuesta unos 200 pesos argentinos tener un metro de tela, con impuestos de aduana, envío y todo lo demás incluído) pero aún así, en Buenos Aires una imprenta me cobraba 300 pesos el metro, SIN envio ni impuestos.

    En fin, Spoonflower es para mí, por ahora el único modo que encontré de hacerlo.

    La impresión textil es cara aún. Porque lo son los insumos, y el equipo. Yo no he visto ninguna de las impresoras textiles a menos de 25.000 dólares estadounidenses.
    Y cada litro de tinta también está en dólares.

    La inversión inicial parece ser un montón de dinero :S

    Si me dejas tu email personal, te escribo en detalle lo que he averiguado y pienso, es largo para charlarlo por aquí :D