I know, I know. It seems like all I write about these days is my adventure with my Spoonflower fabric. But I mentioned that I would follow up on what I've learned, and hey...it might be helpful to someone who's doing the same thing.
So here's what I've learned since the "spots gone crazy" episode.
Basically, I was right when I assumed it was most likely my fault. Yep, but it was an easy fix. It seems that the layer with dots was missing a white background for the dots to be on. Now, when you print it on paper, a person wouldn't notice anything like that, because the paper is white. BUT...in their printer for fabric, the machine reads dots on blank space and then it fills that space with information around it. In my case...a bunch of dots gone wild. It will even fill it in with black at times.
So what's the fix? For me, I put a rectangle the size of my artboard (I use Adobe Illustrator) and filled it in with white in the background. That made a few problems, but after a few adjustments, I had a white layer in the very background that the dots could be on.
OR...the other fix would be this. I converted it into a png, since they do not accept .ai files (and a Tiff was WAY too huge). At the time of conversion, it asks you something like, "what color do you want your background to be?" The default is set to "clear." I switched it to "white." That would've saved me the time of drawing the white rectangle and fixing my layers.
OK, none of this makes sense if you don't use Illustrator, but in case you do, this could help you before you send your file in. And also, I should mention that they offered to reprint it for me, even though it was my fault. I wrote them back and declined since it was my fault, but then they wrote again saying "it's no cog in my engine," which I thought was really funny. So sheesh, I wasn't about to turn down even more free fabric and I took them up on their offer.
The last order was printed and shipped lightning fast, so I'm sure this one will be too. When it gets here, I'll post a new photo. MEANWHILE, if you'd like to receive my first round of dottie fabric, I'm having a giveaway for it. Yes, that's right. A FREE yard of totally weird fabric that would make a good project for...oh, many things I'm sure. Leave a comment at the end of the post to be entered and spread the word to anyone who has Spoonflower questions. I'd love to help if I can. I'll draw a winner on Sunday night.