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post #391 of 1180
I went with standard shipping and mine showed up within a week all the way to Canada. I think my order was processed and shipped within 48 hours.

Edit:
From my previous posts:

"4 yrds for somewhere around $70 + $7 shipping all the way to the great white north. (Had them in just over a week right to my mailbox in a tiny little plastic pouch)"
post #392 of 1180
Wow, that's pretty fast. Yet I'm still waiting for that email confirmation frown.gif
post #393 of 1180
Got an email today saying the print shipped. NOW the waiting begins...lol. Probably 2 weeks.
post #394 of 1180
Hopefully less.
post #395 of 1180
You went with the Performance Knit, right?

I am about 99% done with my rough artwork, then I just get to replicate what I did and I will have the art for my 6 side panels done. Then I have to do my big panel for the back... I am hoping to have it all ordered by Monday.
post #396 of 1180
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Originally Posted by nickbuol View Post

You went with the Performance Knit, right?
Yup biggrin.gif
post #397 of 1180
Well, Spoonflower did it again... After what I heard was a lot of complaints about dull colors and then the big success of the new Performance Knit product, they have enhanced the printing process of the Kona Cotton.

They are now offering a Kona Cotton Ultra, and will eventually switch all of their products to the new "Ultra" products.

I wonder how it looks in comparison to the original Kona Cotton or the Performance Knit (which was a HUGE improvement over the original Kona Cotton for color).

Since the fabric is the same and the only difference is the printing technique, they aren't offering any samples for free like they did with the Performance Knit.

Here is the email I received today:
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Introducing Kona® Cotton Ultra
Today we’re thrilled to introduce a family of Spoonflower fabrics using a brand-new technology we’re calling Ultra-Color. Fabrics printed using the Ultra-Color process offer bright, rich color that will knock your socks off!

We’re rolling out the Ultra-Color process with our popular Kona® Cotton, which will now appear in Spoonflower selection menus as Kona® Cotton Ultra. The fabric that you have grown to love is not changing--we’re just supercharging our beloved Kona® with brighter colors and deeper, more satisfying blacks.

The Ultra family is printed using water-based, ecologically safe pigment inks, like our other Spoonflower fabric. And in addition to great color, our Ultra process means you can enjoy prints with improved wash durability.



We recognize that for customers who order fabric from us regularly and have ongoing projects or established products using our fabric, any change to color -- good or bad -- can represent challenges. For the next few months, customers who have ordered Kona® Cotton from us in the past will continue to have access to the old printing process by choosing Retired Kona® Cotton from the fabric selection menu.

All Kona® Cotton orders placed prior to today (3:00 pm EST on Oct. 9, 2013) will be printed using our old process. So, if you have an order in process that has not yet shipped, it will print as expected. Kona® orders placed after noon today (the order confirmation will say Kona® Cotton Ultra) will be printed using the new process.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Help Team.


Cheers,
Stephen Fraser
Spoonflower co-founder

I am so close to being ready to order my fabric that I will be going with the Performance Knit, but for good measure, I just ordered a sample of the new Kona Cotton Ultra. I will compare it to the old Kona Cotton and the Performance knit when it comes in. Of course, it will take them 10 days to even ship my sample. I wasn't going to pay $15 shipping for a $5 sample of fabric that I am not even going to use. Sorry.
Edited by nickbuol - 10/9/13 at 5:42pm
post #398 of 1180
Aww c'mon now!!!

Is there a difference in price b/w old/new Kona?

I'm happy with my choice after seeing the comparison from you (nick).

My wall treatments were more for esthetic reasons than functional smile.gif
post #399 of 1180
Their website is showing them both at $18 per yard right now, not sure if it will go up later once they have stopped production on the non-ultra version.

Keep in mind again that the Kona Cotton comes in 42" widths (regardless of "old style" or "ultra") and the Performance Knit comes in 56" widths. For me, I can fit a 2foot x 4foot x 3.5inch panel (with enough fabric to staple to the back) in 1 yard of performance knit with little waste. To do it in the Kona Cotton, while cheaper per yard, would actually cost me more and I would have a lot more waste.
post #400 of 1180
Man this is bad timing!
I was about to order some prints and had laid out some extra images to take advantage of the 56" width on the performance knit, so I would have minimal waste.
Now I guess I'll wait and see what you uncover.
post #401 of 1180
Just FYI that it will probably be 2 to 2.5 weeks before I get the sample with as slow as the $1 shipping is and the fact that it is low priority in their line-up of orders to do.

I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Performance Knit. It is a great looking product with excellent properties for what we need for our panels. But, it is your call. If you want to wait, then I will do my best to post comparisons and "tests" absolutely as soon as I get the material.
post #402 of 1180
Oh yeah I am going to wait. I was always a bit disappointed in the colors of the cotton hemce why I havent built my frames yet. Couple more weeks wont hurt
post #403 of 1180
Got an update and the package is at a local sorting facility. So I should get it sometime this week.
post #404 of 1180
Here in Iowa, when it hits the local sorting facility, it is delivered within 24 business hours (many times it happens in the middle of the night and then gets delivered that day). Maybe Monday is your lucky day? smile.gif
post #405 of 1180
Probably not Monday as it's Thanksgiving here in Canada. Probably Tuesday or Wednesday.
post #406 of 1180
I am working on my posters as well. I am using GIMP to resize my photos which works great until I try to add a 3" black border. I cant figure it out When I extend the canvas out 3" it is checkered and I cant change the color to black. Frustrated
Edited by Suburban1 - 10/14/13 at 12:49pm
post #407 of 1180
yup thats the key so as not to have waste, and run the images vertically.
First time I ran them horizontally and then found out Spoonflower orientation is fixed.
post #408 of 1180
The subject of spoon flower fabric being AT, I earlier did some tests and posted here, however I never posted my close up pictures nor short video clip, so sharing that below:
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Originally Posted by Looneybomber View Post

I love all of the talk about diffusers, absorbers, etc., but, where does a person find acoustically transparent fabric that is printed with art?

I need to make some absorbers for the theater room, so solid colors are fine, but I am also redoing my living room décor. With hardwood floors and flat ceilings, I need something to help absorb sound and look good. I can find a lot of pre-built panels that range in the $300-450 range (ouch!), but I want just the cloth, rolled up in a tube, so I can make my own absorbers.

Looney, check out this thread.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1316623/diy-custom-printed-movie-poster-acoustic-panels-cheap

representative pics of custom printed panels: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1316623/diy-custom-printed-movie-poster-acoustic-panels-cheap/300#post_23676059
+1, spoonflower has been a great find for the DIY AVS person.

They pass the sound fine, no clogging the threads/etc.
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zoom to show specific thread detail, easy to breath thru
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Ha, I even made a short geeky video
post #409 of 1180
Cool. Thanks for that. I think that between your technical tests and my color/physical stress testing/comparisons, people should have some good confidence with the Spoonflower products (Kona Cotton and Performance Knit in particular).


Still waiting for my new Kona Cotton Ultra sample to be "printed" and shipped. Probably some time next week.
post #410 of 1180
Well got the package today and WOW!! the colours are pretty good. I even tried to bump them up a bit during editing too.

I think if I had stayed with the original Kona I would've been disappointed.

I tried to take some photos/video but I was having all sorts of problems. But once I'm finished and they're up all post them.

What do you guys think of mounting these in a shadow box frame?
Edited by tcc - 10/15/13 at 8:45pm
post #411 of 1180
Didn't I tell you that the performance knit was really nice colors? I still have my Kona Cotton sitting next to my Performance Knit right here on my computer desk and the Kona just looks SOOO washed out.

What do you mean by a shadow box for them? I know what a shadow box is, but I am not sure that I know what you are planning to do. Aren't you putting acoustic absorption material behind them?
post #412 of 1180
From what I hear, the "new" Kona fabric is supposed to have a lot richer and brighter color than before. I would have tried the new Kona material but due to my specific image dimensions I only need half of the yardage with the Performance Knit (56" width). I just pulled the plug and submitted my order for a project in my studio room. I'll post picks of the fabric and finished project in the next couple weeks.

So excited for this
post #413 of 1180
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Originally Posted by nickbuol View Post

What do you mean by a shadow box for them? I know what a shadow box is, but I am not sure that I know what you are planning to do. Aren't you putting acoustic absorption material behind them?
Yes but then mount them in a shadow box for more of an aesthetic look.
Something like what this guy did
post #414 of 1180
I placed my order yesterday (Monday, I forget it's a new day already being 2 am here) for (6) 24 x 36 movie posters. I went with the new Kona Cotton Ultra because the posters have a lot of text. I was worried about the stretch of the Performance Knit. Plus I the Performance Knit is $6 more. I didn't need the larger size do the fact I wanted the best possible image and each file was anywhere from 28 MB to 38 MB. I went with 350 dbi, so I couldn't do the multi image one piece fabric. Even if I would have saved a yard the cost didn't seem worth it vs quality of print. Unless of course 350dbi isn't any better then 150 dbi. I just didn't want to chance it.

Anyway I look forward to seeing the new Kona Cotton Ultra. I am hoping it is close to the performance knit since they upgraded it. We will see.
Edited by Soupy1970 - 10/16/13 at 12:38am
post #415 of 1180
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Originally Posted by tcc View Post

Yes but then mount them in a shadow box for more of an aesthetic look.
Something like what this guy did

Ah... I see. Sure, why not do it that way. Then your panels are "framed" by the shadow box. Could look really cool.
post #416 of 1180
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Originally Posted by Soupy1970 View Post

I placed my order yesterday (Monday, I forget it's a new day already being 2 am here) for (6) 24 x 36 movie posters. I went with the new Kona Cotton Ultra because the posters have a lot of text. I was worried about the stretch of the Performance Knit. Plus I the Performance Knit is $6 more. I didn't need the larger size do the fact I wanted the best possible image and each file was anywhere from 28 MB to 38 MB. I went with 350 dbi, so I couldn't do the multi image one piece fabric. Even if I would have saved a yard the cost didn't seem worth it vs quality of print. Unless of course 350dbi isn't any better then 150 dbi. I just didn't want to chance it.

Anyway I look forward to seeing the new Kona Cotton Ultra. I am hoping it is close to the performance knit since they upgraded it. We will see.

Yeah, if you don't need the extra width, and if the Kona Cotton Ultra comes as vibrant as the Performance Knit, then you should be golden. I really don't think that the Performance Knit should be an issue for stretch since it levels our the wrinkles a LOT easier than the Kona Cotton, so it won't take as much stretch to get it to lay flat. Maybe I will take another "stretch" photo between the two fabrics and stretch them just the amount required to get the wrinkles out.

Hopefully the Kona Cotton Ultra has the same crisp text that the non-Ultra does and it isn't lost when they make the colors better, but since we haven't seen that at all, it would be a risk (going with the Kona Cotton Ultra) that seems pretty low. Based off of information at hand, you probably made a good choice.

I really wish that they would ship my sample. If only they knew that I was using it as a test to promote more people using their products... Hmm... Maybe I should email them. wink.gif Naw, that wouldn't be fair to the orders in line before me.
post #417 of 1180
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Originally Posted by Soupy1970 View Post

...I didn't need the larger size do the fact I wanted the best possible image and each file was anywhere from 28 MB to 38 MB. I went with 350 dbi, so I couldn't do the multi image one piece fabric. Even if I would have saved a yard the cost didn't seem worth it vs quality of print. Unless of course 350dbi isn't any better then 150 dbi. I just didn't want to chance it....

Yeah...I was going to use higher dpi files but all of mine were >25MB (40MB max) already @150. I could have bumped them up a little but I think I'll be fine with the outcome. I'm not going look at them from 2 feet away anyway so I don't think it will be that big of a deal.
post #418 of 1180
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Originally Posted by Lucias View Post

Yeah...I was going to use higher dpi files but all of mine were >25MB (40MB max) already @150. I could have bumped them up a little but I think I'll be fine with the outcome. I'm not going look at them from 2 feet away anyway so I don't think it will be that big of a deal.

I tried to download the best I could find for a particular movie (themoviedb.com). Mine were all under 5MB and most were set at 300dpi when I opened them in Photoshop but they were only around 6x9. After I re-sized them and added the 3" black border mine ended up anywhere between 28 - 36MB. I'm new to all this re-sizing stuff so I just hope they come out OK.

I also hope the more dots per inch doesn't effect the acoustical aspect of the Kona Cotton Ultra.
post #419 of 1180
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Originally Posted by Soupy1970 View Post

I tried to download the best I could find for a particular movie (themoviedb.com). Mine were all under 5MB and most were set at 300dpi when I opened them in Photoshop but they were only around 6x9. After I re-sized them and added the 3" black border mine ended up anywhere between 28 - 36MB. I'm new to all this re-sizing stuff so I just hope they come out OK.

I also hope the more dots per inch doesn't effect the acoustical aspect of the Kona Cotton Ultra.

Did you order them with resizing like that?

You can't create detail by cranking up the DPI and resizing it. Your end result will be a softer, lower quality image. Not saying that it won't look fine from 5+ feet away, but if you just placed the order, I would cancel it and get higher resolution images. Ask around, someone may already have the ones that you are looking for.

As for more DPI effecting the acoustical aspect... Not even remotely related to each other, so you are fine there.


***EDIT: I went back and re-read some of your previous posts. You said that you went with the Kona because you have lots of text and want it clear, but yet you started with images that were way to small and just blew them up. Your end result will NOT be what you want. Spoonflower also works primarily with 150 DPI. Sending them a file with a higher DPI just means that they are going to drop it to an effective 150dpi anyway, so going higher is just making the file size larger. That is why an image that is a full yard of material (whatever material) at 150 DPI fills the Spoonflower workspace perfectly. The same dimensions in inches at 300 dpi, gets zoomed in and needs to be reduced in order to fit into the Spoonflower work space. Not saying that you *can't* or *shouldn't* got higher than 150 dpi, but I wouldn't use that to make the image bigger. You aren't adding real detail or data and the image will look sub-par when done.

Again, call and cancel. Post the images that you are looking for and I am sure that someone here can help get you ones that are higher resolution WITHOUT being artificially increased in Photoshop. A few more hours of effort will get you a MUCH better result.
Edited by nickbuol - 10/17/13 at 6:20am
post #420 of 1180
First I want to thank everyone in here for all the great information and help! I have been following this thread for some time now and after making the mistake of ordering $3-5 poster from amazon and not happy with quality, I have decided to go this route. Yesterday I placed an order on the Kona Cotton Ultra I only did a 18x21 option they had to test it out, and it only cost me 10$ shipped. If I am happy with the results I will be ordering my full size posters for the Theater room and I will post up my results and quality of the Kona Cotton Ultra.

I figured my test won’t go to waste either I went with this picture,
http://www.movieposterdb.com/poster/d47369ae
It will fit right above my toilet in the bathroom off of the theater room. biggrin.gif
Edited by kyouki37 - 10/17/13 at 8:08am
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