On a topic related to DIY Custom Printed Movie Poster Acoustic Panels....
I received 2 fabric samples today from Spoonflower. They were the same 4x4 grid of 16 colors on an 8"x8" swatch. The colors were the ones from the full 1400 color, 1 yard color sample that you can buy, but that I wanted to see in a bigger size for my custom artwork piece. Anyway, I had one done on the tried and true "Kona Cotton" and the other was on their new Performance Knit that they were giving away free 8"x8" swatches of.
All I can say about the performance knit is WOW. Black is actually black. It is a finer thread material, but you can see through it *almost* as much as the Kona Cotton (maybe it is good to not be quite as see-through) and the "breathe test" seemed to pass VERY nicely.
Now my problem is that I was basing my color choices off of the little 1"x1" squares on the Kona Fabric, but I might be switching to the performance knit to get the much better colors.
Here are some side by side pics. Sorry, it is after midnight, I just got back from traveling to Los Angeles and Denver, and I am tired, so I just used my cell phone. I was just excited to share. These are un-edited.
Here was the image I sent with color codes (reduced a little for the forums)
Here is the fabric without flash: Kona Cotton on left, Performance Knit on right:
And the left column of both fabrics side by side with no flash, this time the Performance Knit on the left, and the Kona Cotton on the right:
The images really don't do justice to the improved colors, but again, it was enough for me to watch to take the time to take photos, put them on the web, and make this post despite being tired.
The Kona Cotton is more "rigid" fabric than the Performance Knit., and the weave is more noticeable on the Kona. Again, that could be good or bad...
*****Another big difference is that the Kona Cotton comes in 42" width max, and their new Performance Knit comes in 58" widths! Nice! I also had them send me the fabric sample kit in case anyone wants me to try to assess their other fabrics.
Last detail, price... Kona lists at $18 a yard, and the Performance Knit at $24 a yard. There are discounts pretty quickly for making your own fabric that drop both of those. If you look at square inches, the Performance Knit is actually cheaper. (Kona is 42"x36" for one yard, or 1512 square inches at $18 or $0.0119 per sq. inch, and the Performance Knit is 58"x36" for one yard, or 2088 sq. inches at $24 or $0.0115 per sq. inch). OK, for the same amount of material, the Kona is $18 for the 1512 sq. inches, and an identical amount of Performance Knit is $17.38, so for most practical purposes, they are about the same. For me, however, I can now use the full width of a yard and fit each of my main 2'x4' panels (3.5" deep and .75" thick frames) into a single yard of Performance Knit. It was going to take almost 2 yards of the Kona Cotton with a lot of waste.
So there you have it. And now it is time for bed. Until tomorrow... Oh wait, it already IS tomorrow. I am sure that something will come up that will force me away from the new Performance Knit, but I am really hoping that it works since it will save me a good amount of money and wasted fabric.Edited by nickbuol - 9/19/13 at 11:17pm