New Spoonflower Fabric Swatches
February 25, 2012
I received my Spoonflower fabric order yesterday, which was mostly black and white cat drawings for a wall hanging. But I also had two designs printed in color. All the designs were printed on Kona quilter’s cotton. The swatches are 8×8 inches.
The first swatch is a collage made from four digital photos of copper ore boulders from the mines at Helvetia, Arizona. Minerals shown in the photos include malachite, chrysocolla, turquoise, iron oxides, etc. I was quite happy with this and may try a few other colorful rock textures for jewelry bags, spreadcloths, etc. This one will probably end up on an embroidered cloth for protecting and displaying copper jewelry.
The second swatch is a design based on the flowers and pods of Lacepod (Thysanocarpus curvipes), one of our early spring desert wildflowers. The white flowers are nearly invisible, and the tiny seedpods are only a quarter inch long. The pods on the fabric design are one inch wide. The photo shows the fabric on the left and the actual plant (with nearly-ripe pods) on the right. This swatch will probably end up on an embroidered jewelry bag.
Spoonflower’s printing process allows for crisp, accurate reproduction of extremely detailed designs. Unfortunately, it isn’t durable enough to stand up to repeated washing, which makes it unsuitable for everyday clothing, at least for me. It’s fine for costumes, vests, decorator quilts, and other items that won’t (often) be washed.