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  • Postage Charges

    Since starting our company just over 18 months ago we have always charged free delivery to UK customers. In that time we’ve seen our costs increase, but we’ve always resisted raising our prices or charging postage to cover these extra expenses.

    However, after a recent price increase by one of our suppliers it’s forced us to look at things again. We aren’t increasing our prices, but from today we will be charging postage to UK customers on certain orders. It’s not all bad news though. For small purchases it’ll still be free delivery, and for those spending £100 or more it’ll be free as well.

    See our table below for more details:

    Order Amount Postage Charge
    0-£10.00 FREE
    £10.01-£29.99 £2
    £30-£69.99 £3.50
    £70-£99.99 £6
    £100 or more FREE
  • Fabric Launch!

    We're delighted to announce a new addition to our fabric family...organic cotton twill . This fabric is certified by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) as being organic.

    It's great for certain upholstery projects, drapery, banners, jackets, trousers & much more. For more information why not check out our fabric guide: http://www.wovenmonkey.com/fabric/guide/

  • Behind The Scenes At Woven Monkey!

    Do you want to know more about how we create your custom fabric? Becky, Queen of Frocks has written a great blog about her visit to us. Check it out here: beckyqueenoffrocks.tumblr.com

    It features loads of great behind the scenes photos of Woven Monkey HQ like these....

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  • Henry VIII Exhibition!

    Here at Woven Monkey we're big history buffs, so we jumped at the chance to provide custom fabric for a new exhibition which has just opened at Barley Hall in York . The exhibition focuses on Henry VIII and what life was like under his reign in York.  http://barleyhall.co.uk/about-barley-hall/henryviii/Great Tudor Banquet in Barley Hall's Great HallGreat Tudor Banquet in Barley Hall's Great Hall - marchpane

  • New Printer!

    This week we've been out shopping and bought ourselves a brand new printer. This investment will mean we can get even more of your amazing fabric designs out the door each day. Now we just need to figure out where to put it!

  • Reducing Your File Size

    As many of you are aware our file limit is 30mb. This means we often get asked by customers how they can reduce the size of their files, so they can be uploaded to our site.  That's why we've come up with some handy tips to help:

     

    i) Make sure when saving your file no layers are included.

    ii) Convert your file to a JPEG with a small amount of compression. As long as it’s only a small amount this shouldn't affect the print quality.

    iii) Look at creating your designs at no more than 300 DPI.  A very high DPI doesn't always mean better print quality.

  • Organic Cotton

    We're always on the look out for new fabrics to print onto, which is why we got very excited when we found an organic cotton supplier.  What do you think about us offering an organic fabric?

    We're going to be looking at several organic cottons, and if testing goes well we're hoping to launch a new fabric in the next few months.

  • UPDATE: What To Do With Fabric Scraps

    Back in January we asked you for your suggestions on what to do with our fabric scraps. Thank you for all your great ideas. We've decided to go for Pippa Peycke's suggestion of an opt out policy.

    This means when a customer makes an order they will have the choice to opt out of having their fabric donated to PlayWorks, by clicking a box on the site.

    We'll be working hard on making this a feature on the website very soon. In the meantime you can be assured that no fabric will be donated until this is in place.

  • Good News About The Shop!

    We were so encouraged by the number of stores opened on our site that we've decided for the time being to extend our shop promotion. This means you can sell your designs and earn between 10% and 12.5% commission, without having to purchase a test swatch.

  • What To Do With Fabric Scraps

    Every week as a by-product of our printing service we produce lots of fabric offcuts. Sadly storing it all has become quite a problem. We’re very conscious that many of you wouldn’t like the idea of it ending up on a landfill site. It also goes against our company principles of trying to maintain an eco-friendly printing process. This is why we’ve spent months looking into how we can recycle it.

     

    Playworks

    During our many conversations with textile recyclers we came across an organisation called Playworks. This is a charity whose aim is to improve the quality and quantity of play provision for children and young people in Nottingham, through activities like arts and crafts. We love the idea of our fabric scraps going to such a good cause, but we want you our customers to decide whether we should donate the fabric, as we take the ownership of your designs very seriously.

    We really want to hear your views on this so please get in touch at hello@wovenmonkey.com or comment on this post.

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