I posted a few weeks ago about the opportunity I had to order and review woven labels. I was pretty excited because I’d looked at the possibility of ordering some several times for my quilts but each time had chosen not to.
When I got home from Maine the labels were here – the turnaround time was quick – they say it takes 7 days to produce them and since I wasn’t home, I’m not sure how long the shipping took.
There were two things I didn’t think I understood fully when I was ordering them although I can go back and clearly see that it was my error.
First, when you have dark text on a light colored label, the thread from the text shadows through so your white label, isn’t exactly white. They add an option to preserve the light colored background calling the option “double white”.
My second mistake or misunderstanding was that there is a row of text colors at the bottom that are metallic – I chose a red for the HeartStrings label not realizing I’d chosen a metallic thread although again, it is clearly called a sparkly red.
Having said that, when I first saw the labels I wasn’t sure they were going to work for me but now I actually like both of them a lot. The shadowing on the HeartStrings label makes it look pinkish and I’m OK with that and the shadowing on the other label wasn’t noticeable once I stitched it to the quilt backs.
What I love is that I stitched all 3 of these doll quilt labels on in just a few minutes and while there aren’t dates on these, I’m OK with that too especially on the HeartStrings labels where I often finish quilts in a different year than they’re actually donated. I’m going to go see if I can design another one that I like with 2019 on it and order a small batch for my personal quilts. I’m also going to see if I can write in the date on the edge of the label with a permanent, washable marker.
Another thing to keep in mind is that because there’s not a folded edge, my stitches are more visible. I’m OK with that too and if I wasn’t, then I’d use a more decorative hand stitch like a blanket stitch.
If you’d like to order some yourself – the website is Dutch Label Shop and if you do choose to order soon, I think there’s a little time left on the 15% discount they offered using the maryquilts15 code at checkout. I’m going to go order a couple more myself.