January 23, 2012Testing Out Retro and Atomic Print Barkcloth from Melinamade
I don’t know about you guys, but ever since I glimpsed the barkcloth prints over at Melinamade, I have just been dying to get my hands on them.
I mean, come on! Look at some of those prints! Abstract shapes, starbursts, slubs, leaves, amoebas, boomerangs, atoms – they are all here. And the colors on the website looked great. So, when my fabric sample pack arrived, I was pretty excited.
Wow, huh?? Gorgeous. There was only one really small drawback to the awesome prints and colors: the fabric weight.
This is an example of a piece of gray fabric with a teal and pink print. The front is gray, while the back is white. This is because Melinamade fabrics aren’t dyed, they are painted. Which is fine, except that that means there is an extra layer of paint that is used for fabric with background colors that makes those fabrics stiffer than the fabrics with white backgrounds. Which is kind of a drawback.
Why is this a drawback? Well, if you are using the fabric for upholstery, I don’t think the extra weight matters one bit. However, for draperies, this might put some people off. The solid-backed fabrics may not make the best curtains in terms of the drape. They might be too stiff. But – there are two things that you need to keep in mind:
1. There are some really awesome fabrics patterns that have white backgrounds. If you think the colored background fabrics might be a bit on the heavy side, the white backgrounds give enough variety that you still have some great choices.
2. You can wash and dry these fabrics in your machine! That’s right, the fabrics are machine wash cold, gentle and tumble dry on low. I did a test run and washed and dried my barkcloth samples to check on the texture after a good wash. I am happy to report that all of the samples came out looking great, and the fabrics with the colored backgrounds came out significantly more pliable after washing than before.
So, what does this mean? Well, if you are serious about these barkcloths, I would recommend ordering their swatch set ($17) and testing out the fabrics for yourself. I think you can get a few samples for free if you contact the company, but I really was glad I ended up getting the whole set . The colors across the palette really varied between patterns, which means that the pink in one sample didn’t match the one in another sample. I was glad I got to see every one in person to make the best choice for my color scheme. Also, for those of you interested in drapery fabric, I would recommend washing and drying your samples to see if the fabrics with the colored backgrounds would be pliable enough for the window treatment you planned.
Overall, though, we are pretty excited. In the last picture, you can see the two choices we made for our house. The Atomicburst White is going to go in our bedroom (left) as curtains, and the Carefree Original (right) is exactly what we want for our basement valances and pillows. I am pretty excited!
*Note – Melinamade DID NOT sponsor this post nor have I received any compensation for this review. I bought the swatches myself for testing, so this is an independent review!
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