Part 6: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “Fabric in the mail…..”

After all the stress of creating the Bridle & Neckband designs and organising to have them printed I would have liked to just relax but I still had a Hobby Horse to make while the Fabric was “in the mail….” so I set to work cutting out the fabric as chosen by my eldest daughter. When I got to the stage of cutting the Wool/Yarn I discovered a potential problem….

Wool/Yarn knotted

Notice how the Wool/Yarn has been manufactured by wrapping a thread around the spun fleece. Without a knot in the end it will potentially fall apart!

As you can see from the photo the ‘wavy’ effect of the Wool/Yarn had been created during manufacturing process by wrapping a thin thread around the spun fleece. If I had been knitting or crocheting with this Wool/Yarn there would be no potential problems as long as the beginning and end of the yarn was fastened off in a suitable and secure way. With the Hobby Horse I needed to cut lengths of the Wool/Yarn thus leaving the cut end to potentially unwind so that the entire length of the Wool/Yarn would simply fall apart. I spoke to my daughter and said I needed to tie knots in the ends and that seeing as her daughter was only turning 1 year old I thought that it would be better to braid the mane and forelock. She agreed that this was a logical plan so I continued with the sewing. I took some photos as I proceeded and these will form the basis of a separate Blog Post that will describe potential Hobby Horse Hair styles!

Thinking along the lines of other Blog Posts I also decided to use Safety Eyes that were smaller than those listed in the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF. This was a deliberate decision on my part because I would like to demonstrate that it is possible not only to use a safety eye that is slightly ‘bigger’ than the one listed (which was 1” OR 24 mm) it is also possible to use one that is a slightly ‘smaller’ (i.e. 20 mm OR 3/4 inch). The reason for this is that the Hobby Horse has an eye socket. As long as the ‘bigger’ eye can sit flat within the seamed shape of the EYE Backing and EYE Rim pieces without popping the seams or making a tear in the fabric the only difference is that not as much of the EYE Backing is visible. NB 30 mm or 1 1/8 th inch will be a tight fit. If using a ‘smaller’ Safety Eye there is a simple switch of fabric colour and an addition that can be made to compensate for the fact that the eye is smaller. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming Blog Post on this topic!

“One day” the Custom Fabric arrived in the mail! This was exciting as we only have mail delivered on Tuesday and Friday….now I knew I should have time to finish the Hobby Horse. Due to my daughters commitments (work & other) it was decided to postpone my trip until June. “Yes” I would miss the ‘Party’ but I would have more quality time with everyone if I waited until her holiday/vacation time. It would be ‘tight’ but there should be time enough for the Horse to be ‘snail mailed’ thus arriving not only in time for the birthday but well before the party! I am planning a Blog Post titled “How to Parcel Post a Pony” that will include photos of an Australia Post box and one that came from the USA (originally containing Printed matter) that is just a little bit too small but is good as a visual reference for those needing to source a suitable sized box.

Anyone curious to see the fabric?

The Custom Fabric arrive in the Mail!

The Custom Fabric arrived in the Mail!


A close up! which one do you like best?

A close up! Which one do you like best?


I was very pleased with the colours as the Pink was actually pink rather than a light red. I realise that it is probably not a fair comparison with the fabric that is available through as the Kona cotton Colour Map that I was sent is a creamy fabric rather than a white fabric base which would better describe the Frankie and Swiss fabric.

I have put together some images that show how the ‘Onscreen colour’, ‘Printed onto Paper colour’ and the ‘Printed onto Fabric colour’ for cream and white base fabrics compared with each other. The Basic Cotton used by Spoonflower may in fact result in a similar pink to that produced on the fabric from Frankie and Swiss.

Pink Blue Printed plus Onscreen image compared to Fabric

This image compares the Onscreen Colours, Printed on Paper Colours and Printed on Fabric Colours showing how natural dyes can appear a lot different to what is expected. Be aware that the base colour of the fabric (cream or white) or the percentage of natural fibre & synthetic fibre can make a big difference to the final printed colour. The use of the same natural dye on a 100% Cotton fabric results in a ‘softer’ more muted colour than that use on a Fabric Blend (differing percentages of synthetic fibres). This needs to be taken into consideration when choosing fabrics. It is false economy to choose a fabric (e.g. from Spoonflower) based purely on price per metre when a ‘more expensive fabric’ (such as a blend of cotton/synthetic) may result in a brighter colour that resists fading. Spoonflower has information and images that illustrate this variation between fabrics.

The following images also illustrate the visual differences when comparing colour with corresponding colour. Some appear similar onscreen as compared with paper and fabric and some are totally different!

Orange and Blue Comparisons

Orange and Blue Comparisons

Note: The arrows link Onscreen Colour to the corresponding printed Colours (image created using Photoshop Elements)
1 = Onscreen Colour
2 = Printed on Paper
3 = Printed on Fabric by Spoonflower (cream base fabric)
4 = Printed on Fabric by Frankie and Swiss (white base fabric)

Red and Green Comparisons

Red and Green Comparisons

Note: The arrows link Onscreen Colour to the corresponding printed Colours (image created using Photoshop Elements)
1 = Onscreen Colour
2 = Printed on Paper
3 = Printed on Fabric by Spoonflower (cream base fabric)
4 = Printed on Fabric by Frankie and Swiss (white base fabric)

Arrows and Multi Coloured Fabric Comparisons

The arrows link Printed on Paper colour to the corresponding Printed on Frankie and Swiss Fabric colours.

Now that the visual comparisons had been made it was time to ‘Cut & Sew’ the Bridle and Neckband pieces. Had I done my calculations correctly? Would the Bridle and Neckband fit the Birthday Gift Horse? Had I made any more mistakes? There was only one way to find out….

Coming up next…..
Part 7: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “Bridle & Neckband Sewing Test Run”



One thought on “Part 6: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “Fabric in the mail…..”

  1. Great post Janette, I really liked how your showed how the colours change so much between the different mediums, definitely need to have test samples done. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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