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Date: 4/4/09 12:02 PM

OK, so now that I have my fandeck, who else besides Gorgeous Fabrics gives you the Pantone color? I love GF but it would be awesome if a big site like FFC listed that. Wishful thinking, I know, but sometimes GF just doesn't have exactly what I'm looking for.

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Date: 4/4/09 1:23 PM

I don't know of anyone else, but everytime I go to a site that doesn't have Pantone colors, I send them an email suggesting that they add the color numbers. Maybe if enough people requested it, it would help. I used to order a lot from FFC when they had a swatch service, but I don't now. I'd be more likely to do it if they used Pantone numbers.
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Date: 4/4/09 1:26 PM

Emmaonesock and Textile Studios both use the Pantone Chart.

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Date: 4/4/09 2:17 PM

In addition to GF, EOS, and TS mentioned above , Sawyer Brook uses the Pantone Guide as well. SB doesn't use the guide for every one of their fabrics, however. As a (potential) new SB customer ;-), I emailed them recently asking them to use it for all of their fabrics to help make selections more reliable. They quickly and nicely responded that they were in the process of doing that.
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Date: 4/4/09 2:42 PM

I recently bought a Pantone fandeck and agree it would be great if the large, low cost websites like FFC and Fabric.com used the Pantone colors. If the colors were selected correctly, it would certainly make it easier to buy fabric on line.

But that said, it's not easy to select the proper Pantone color for a given fabric. For one thing the colors are not arranged systematically on the fandeck. Also light reflects differently on dyed fabric than it does on paper with colored inks. And finally, not every color under the sun is listed.

I know someone who recently ordered fabric from one of the three boutique vendors that provides Pantone colors and was disappointed because the fabric didn't match the Pantone color listed. I don't know whether the vendor selected the wrong color or whether even the closest match was somehow off.
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Date: 4/4/09 3:02 PM

I, too, just got my new pantone deck :-)

I was confused at first trying to find a specific color number until I realized there is an index in the back with the numbers in numerical order along with their page number.

Also, i realize it isn't a perfect match, but it definitely gives a good idea of what hue you're looking at.

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Date: 4/4/09 3:42 PM

As Barbara3 said, SawyerBrook is beginning to use it in their catalogs which are included with swatches, and also on their website such as here: Example
although it's not on all fabrics yet. Their announcement said to email or call for Pantone codes on fabrics not already coded.

I think it's an excellent way to see the colors and now I buy right from the website without having swatches mailed first. I haven't been disappointed yet. I remember the day when I'd never do that - always requesting a swatch first. Sometimes fabrics would sell out during the process, so I like this new option a lot.

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Date: 4/4/09 3:43 PM

Wendy, I agree that it's very easy to use the index in the back to look up a code someone has given you and find the corresponding color on the deck. But the reverse process where you start with a sample of fabric and then try to find the matching Pantone code is not as straight forward. The Pantone printed colors are better than no information, but nothing beats an actual fabric swatch.
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Date: 4/4/09 3:49 PM

Oh that's interesting Nancy - I hadn't thought about that. But as I think of it, you are right - the paper swatch does make a difference. I agree looking at the index for the number is easy but I have not attempted to match up my stash fabrics.

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Date: 4/5/09 1:30 PM

I tend to use the Pantone Guide in one direction only - to take the number given by a vendor for an online fabric, find that number and color in the guide, and then decide if I like the color and if it will work for my garment and coordinate with my other fabrics.

Using the guide in that way has been a tremendous help to me in selecting fabrics, and not having them sell out while I wait for swatches, as KarmenG pointed out.

I've never even thought of using it in the other direction, as Nancy2001 pointed out - to take a fabric that I already have, and then find the matching number in the guide. If the purpose of that is to select a number and then find a fabric online that matches that number, then I agree that this could be nearly impossible to do reliably or without a great deal of luck.

Perhaps I'm not understanding, but thinking about this process gives me a better appreciation for the difficulties vendors might face in selecting reliable Pantone numbers to post for their fabrics.

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