Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Big Changes at Thistle and Fox Fabrics!

How would you like free shipping on all fabric orders?



For many months, I've been worrying over rising shipping costs and the terrible exchange rate of the Australian dollar and the effect this has been having on my little design business. Thank goodness for the amazing news I received today! Thanks to Spoonflower I can now offer all my lovely Etsy customers a much faster order turnaround time on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap printing. AND free standard shipping. AND discounted Express Shipping! 
How do I express how much this means to me? Dear Spoonflower, I wish I could bake you a great big cake and send it express right now.


1. FREE STANDARD SHIPPING WORLDWIDE


Applies to all orders of FABRIC & GIFT WRAP from my Etsy Shop.

Fabric is printed to order & shipped worldwide by my fabric printing partner Spoonflower, located in the United States and Berlin (for European orders).
SHIPPING TIME* = 3-7 days in the USA, 3-7 days in Germany, 14-21 business days for Australia, UK, Europe and other International destinations.

* the time is takes for your order to reach you will depend on your location, local postal services and customs processes. Once shipped, the speed at which your parcel travels is not in our control. This aspect has not changed.




I live and work from my cottage studio in Australia. All handmade items are made with love in my studio and ship from me via my local post office. Made to Order supplies such as Fabric, Wallpaper and Gift Wrap are designed by me then printed to order by the professionals I carefully selected to work with.

If you live in Australia & would like your fabric to be shipped from my Australian studio, allow an extra 5 days (on top of the standard 7 day production + 14-21 days shipping time) for me to process and ship your order + you will need to add the Studio Upgrade** to your shopping cart before checkout. This lets me know you would like me to personally check your fabric order before shipping and wrap it up especially for you.

** Available soon. Contact me if you would like to add this option to your order now. 

Rest assured, that when your fabric is sent directly to you from the United States it is thoughtfully wrapped and safely packaged but it does not come gift wrapped with a handwritten note from me or my business card. Though it is still a very special parcel & I'm sure you will love it as much as I do! 


2. Faster Turnaround Time


All fabric orders will now be printed within 5 business days and ready to ship within 1 week of ordering.

That takes a full week off the previous production time! For my Australian customers this makes a big difference to how quickly you will receive your orders.


SHIPPING TIME* = 3-7 days in the USA, 10-14 business days for Australia, UK, Europe and other International destinations.





3. Express Shipping Upgrades


If you would like your order to arrive faster ie. within 8-12 business days of your order date, please send me a message before checkout & add the Express Order Upgrade to your cart then checkout as normal (more info below).

Orders within the USA will arrive in 8 business days.
Orders from Australia & other International orders will arrive in 12 business days.

Express Order Upgrade

There is a drop down menu. You will need to select the option that corresponds to the contents of your shopping cart. For example, if you are ordering up to 1 yard, choose the ONE YARD OR LESS ($10) option from the drop down menu.
If your order contains 2 yards or a large collection of fat quarters, choose the TWO YARDS OR LESS option from the drop down menu.

If you happen to choose the wrong option during checkout I'll contact you so we can adjust the order. If I'm unable to contact you or you don't reply to my message within 48hrs your Express Order Upgrade will be refunded and your order will be printed and shipped as a Standard fabric order.

Why? 

Because I don't want to delay your order any longer than necessary and I need to make sure that the express shipping charges I will be paying are covered by the express shipping charges that you selected & paid for. Does this make sense?

How can you make sure that your order is processed smoothly? 

Stay in touch. Make sure your supplied email address is correct and that you look out for any messages via Etsy within 24 hrs of placing an order.


If you have any questions, please contact me.




Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fabric Info & FAQ

All the info you need about the fabrics available in the Thistle and Fox Fabric Shop on Etsy. Includes fabric widths, thread count, common uses, shrinkage info and close up images of fabric texture.


Quick Guide to Fabric WIDTHS


Quilt Weight Cotton/Kona Cotton - 42"
Lightweight Cotton/Basic Cotton - 42"
Cotton Poplin - 42"
Silk Crepe de Chine - 42"

Poly Crepe de Chine - 52"

Linen Cotton Canvas - 54"
Faux Suede - 54"
Eco Canvas - 54"
Satin - 54"
Chiffon - 54"
Silky Faille - 54"
Minky - 54"

Organic Cotton Double Gauze - 56"
Organic Cotton Knit - 56"
Organic Cotton Sateen - 56"
Fleece - 56"
Modern Jersey - 56"
Sport Lycra - 56"

Heavy Cotton Twill - 58"
Lightweight Cotton Twill - 58"

Cotton Spandex Jersey - 60"



Quick Guide to Fabric Uses 


General Purpose, Quilting, Dressmaking
Quilt Weight Cotton
Cotton Poplin
Organic Cotton Sateen
Organic Cotton Knit
Cotton Spandex

Doll clothes
Lightweight cotton

Baby swaddles, baby blankets, cozy things
Organic Cotton Double Gauze
Organic Cotton Knit
Fleece
Minky
Home Decor, Curtains, Roman Blinds, Upholstery, Bags
Linen Cotton Canvas
Faux Suede
Eco Canvas
Heavy Cotton Twill  (equal to denim)
Light Cotton Twill  (similar to thick calico)

Lingerie, Fancy Dresses, Scarves
Silky Faille
Satin
Chiffon
Poly Crepe de Chine

Stretchy - Swimwear, Leggings
Sport Lycra

General purpose knits - stretchy
Organic Cotton Knit
Cotton Spandex
Sport Lycra
Modern Jersey 

Tea Towels, Skirts & similar structured garments
Light Cotton Twill 
Linen Cotton Canvas
 

FABRIC TYPES


Cotton Poplin


100% Cotton, All purpose woven fabric with a soft hand, easy to sew.

Printed with Ultra-Color technology for vibrant color and improved wash durability

☼ 42" wide printed area (107 cm)
☼ 3.7 oz per square yard
☼ Thread count: 133 x 72
☼ Appropriate for quilting, appliqué, shirting, dresses, children's clothing, cot sheets and home decor.
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 2-4% in length and width


Cotton Poplin


Cotton Poplin


Cotton Poplin


Cotton Poplin


Quilt Weight Cotton


(Kona Cotton)

100% Cotton, premium quilting weight
All purpose woven fabric with a soft hand, easy to sew

☼ 42" wide printed area (107 cm)
☼ 4.5 oz per square yard
☼ Thread count: 60 x 60
☼ Appropriate for quilting, appliqué, shirting, dresses, children's clothing, and home decor.
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 2% in length and 3% in width


Quilt Weight Cotton



Quilt Weight Cotton


 
Lightweight Cotton
 
Lightweight vs. Quilt Weight


Lightweight Cotton


(Basic Combed Cotton)

☼ 42" wide printable area (107 cm wide, 1 yard is 90cm long)
☼ 3.2 oz per square yard (90-100 grams per meter)
☼ Thread count: 78 x 76
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 2-4% in length and 2-4% in width

Details: 100% cotton suitable for doll clothes, blouses, lightweight dressmaking, small crafts, home decor. Has a slightly 'crisp' feel to it.


 

Organic Cotton Knit

Natural-white interlock knit, made from very soft 100% organic cotton.

☼ 56" wide printable area (142 cm).
☼ 5.8 oz per square yard.
☼ Interlock knit stretches along the crosswise grain about 25%.
☼ Estimated shrinkage: After printing some natural shrinkage may occur, leaving a printed area of approximately 54"-55" (137-140 cm).
After washing additional shrinkage may occur, resulting a total printed width of approximately 50"-52" (127-132 cm).

Total estimated shrinkage, including shrinkage from printing and washing:
8-11% in length and 8-11% in width.
☼ Certified organic cotton by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).











Linen Cotton Canvas


Light-weight canvas woven from 55% linen and 45% combed cotton.

☼ 54" wide printable area (137 cm)
☼ 6.2 oz per square yard
☼ Thread count: 100 x 48
☼ Natural white
☼ Appropriate for tablecloths, tea towels, dresses, bags, and pillows.
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 3% in length and minimal in width.









Organic Cotton Sateen


100% organic cotton sateen with a glossy finish and soft hand

☼ 56" wide printable area (142 cm)
☼ Bright White, 3.8 oz per square yard
☼ Thread count: 142 x 80
☼ Certified organic cotton by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
☼ Appropriate for clothing and pillows.









Silky Faille

100% polyester fabric

☼ 54" wide printable area (137 cm)
☼ White, 4.4 oz per square yard
☼ Thread count: 145 x 73
☼ Light-to-medium-weight, with excellent draping properties
☼ Crisp, bright color that washes well
☼ Appropriate for drapes, dresses, blouses, scarves and outerwear such as kimono jackets, dressing gowns
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 2-3%











Silk Crepe de Chine

CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE
Semi-sheer 100% silk with a delicate texture and beautiful drape.

☼ 42" wide printable area (107 cm)
☼ 2.2 oz per square yard
☼ Appropriate for dresses, blouses, lingerie
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 3%
Please note that the texture of the silk means that printing will not always be 'on grain,' and dark colors may bleed very slightly along the edges of design elements.











Poly Crepe de Chine


Poly Crepe de Chine is just like Silk de Chine in texture

(silky drape, fine crepe texture, sheer and delicate weight)

suitable for scarves, delicate blouses, lingerie

☼ 100% polyester crepe de chine
☼ 52" wide printable area (132 cm)
☼ 1.9 oz per square yard
☼ Thread count: 198 x 112
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 0-2% in length and 0-2% in width


more images coming soon







Satin

100% polyester satin with a shiny finish

 54" wide printable area (137 cm)
 2.2 oz per square yard, Thread count: 165 x 79
 Appropriate for lining apparel and bags, wedding decor, 
and soft, silky accessories such as scarves,lingerie, 
kimono tops, dressing gowns and boxer shorts
 Estimated shrinkage: 1%










Eco-Canvas

100% polyester canvas with 45% recycled content

 54" wide printable area (137 cm)
 White, 8.7 oz per square yard
 Thread count: 32 x 88
 Crisp, bright color that washes well
 Appropriate for upholstery, bags, pillows, toys, play mats, and jackets
 Estimated shrinkage: 1%











Faux Suede

100% polyester woven napped fabric

 54" wide printable area (137 cm)
 White, 7.5 oz per square yard
 Thread count: 178 x 89
 Crisp, bright color that washes well
 Appropriate for bags, upholstery, pillows, structured clothing, and toys
 Estimated shrinkage: 1% in length











Sport Lycra


☼ 88% polyester, 12% Lycra fiber with moisture-wicking finish
☼ 56" wide printable area (142 cm)
☼ 8.4 oz per square yard
☼ 4-way stretch, 75% in width and 50% in length
☼ Optic white
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 0-2% in length and 0-2% in width
☼ Colorfast to chlorinated and salt water


more images coming soon







Heavy Cotton Twill 

Sturdy 100% cotton twill with an optic white finish

☼ 58" wide printable area (147 cm)
☼ 8 oz per square yard
☼ Thread count: 112 x 53
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 2-4% in length and 2-4% in width
☼ Testing is recommended for applications where the printed fabric will be exposed to heavy abrasion (rubbing).
☼ Appropriate for home decorating including drapery, table linens and some upholstery projects, banners, tote bags, pants, coats and jackets.











Lightweight Cotton Twill


100% cotton fabric printed, printed with Ultra-Color technology for vibrant color and improved wash durability

☼ 58" wide printable area (147 cm)
☼ 5.6 oz per square yard
☼ Thread count: 70 x 43
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 4-6% in length and 1-2% in width
☼ Appropriate for home decorating including drapery, table linens and some upholstery projects, banners, tote bags, pants, coats and jackets.




more images coming soon







Minky


100% polyester minky with a soft napped finish

☼ 54" wide printable area (137 cm)
☼ 6.1 oz per square yard
☼ Estimated shrinkage: 1-2% in length and 1-3% in width
☼ Appropriate for blankets, lounge wear and cold weather accessories





more images coming soon




More fabric options are available via Spoonflower, the list above is an explanation of the most popular fabrics for sale in the Thistle and Fox Etsy shop

Other fabrics available soon (printed in the UK) 


  • Velvet (100% Polyester - 135cm)
  • Organic Cotton Panama
  • Cotton Drill
  • Pima Lawn (100% Cotton - 140cm)
  • MELINO LINEN (7% LINEN 93% COTTON - 130 CM)
  • LIMANI LINEN (10% LINEN 90% COTTON - 130 CM)
  • Bamboo (100% bamboo, woven, lightweight - 130cm)
  • GEORGETTE (100% POLYESTER - 140 CM)
  • HEAVY SATIN FR (100% POLYESTER - 140 CM - Ideal for Curtains)
  • SATIN (100% COTTON - 135 CM)



Linen Cotton Canvas printed with Honeybee Golden



 FAQ. 

Q. Can I sell items I've made from your fabrics?

----> Yes, of course! 

I always appreciate a mention of Thistle and Fox where possible so if you are selling your wares online, please credit me as the fabric print designer.

I also love to see photos of what you've created so please email me!


Q. Can I get a pattern I like in another color? Can you change the scale of the design for me?

----> Yes to both! 

I am happy to make simple adjustments to background colors or the scale of any of my existing designs. You'll need to contact me before checkout so I can make these changes for you before the fabric order is placed as it automatically goes into production when ordered via the Spoonflower site.


Q. Do you do collaborations?

----> Absolutely! 

Perhaps you sell baby clothes and you'd like an exclusively illustrated fabric? I'd love to work with you! Please contact me so we can discuss the finer details



Q. Can I get a sample of your fabric before I place a large order? 

----> Yes, though unfortunately I cannot afford to offer free samples. 


  • Have you ever sampled any of the fabrics from Spoonflower? This is where my fabrics are printed. You can order a swatch booklet of their entire range of fabric types (unprinted) here: 
www.spoonflower.com/design_tools
  • Or order a printed swatch sample of my design so you can see how the colors turn out on the fabric you are interested in. 
For my unreleased designs you'll need to order the swatch via my etsy shop using this listing: 
FABRIC SAMPLE PACK

  • Or browse my portfolio of over 1000 designs here: 
www.spoonflower.com/profiles/thistleandfox
  • Please note: You can only take advantage of free shipping if you place your order via my Etsy shop. 

If I can help you with any further questions please feel free to ask! 

Warm Regards, 

Lauren