Back in November last year I was browsing through all the awesome crochet patterns and tutorials on Moogly. Of course I had to enter when I saw there was a giveaway for $50 gift code to use at Name Tapes and Labels. Getting labels was on my to-do list after all.
I was so surprised when Tamara from Moogly sent me the email in early December advising me I was one of the lucky winners! How exciting to actually win something, and something I really want too.
NameTapesandLabels.com emailed me the next day with the gift code with all of the instructions on how to place my order and how it works if I order more or less then the $50 amount.
As I had never used Name Tapes and Labels before I decided to just order what I could with my winnings and try them out first.
I really don't like synthetic fabrics so I was pleased that they use 100% Egyptian cotton for their labels. Their website was really easy to use and I had a lot of fun going through all the different options available.
In the end I decided I wanted my labels to be a single line label on 15mm tape.
There are a lot of font options but only 2 fonts to choose from for the single line of text on a 15mm tape. One of those fonts filled the tape to it's full height more then the other did, but the bigger font spacing didn't work as well for Purfylle so I selected the smaller font.
I still had to make colour choices, what colour tape to choose? What colour stitching to have the writing embroidered in? Name Tapes and Labels made this easy for me. You can get a whole fabulous mixture of tape and text colour in a single order, and all you have to choose is if you want them to be dark or pale colours. I chose the dark colour mix.
The email confirmation with all of my order details came through immediately. A few days later I received an email advising my order was in production and then 2 days after that an email advising me the labels had been shipped. I wasn't left guessing what was happening at any point throughout the process.
I don't know if you've ever ordered embroidered labels before, I have but it's been a while, based on that experience I decided to give myself a little extra sewing room when I was typing in my text.
Instead of just typing 'Purfylle' I typed '~ Purfylle ~' (btw that's 3 spaces either side and a tilda). As I suspected, the actual embroidery didn't include the tilda (squigly line thingy '~') I would suggest that if you really need a special character you should double check if it can be embroidered even though you can type it into your order.
When my order arrived (on my birthday, which was pretty awesome) I was really happy to find that the colour mix was more diverse then I expected. The tapes were black, dark blue, dark green, brick, two shades of grey and a funny orangey tinged tape.
The text was embroidered in green, magenta, pale blue, bright red, spearmint, GOLD (win, you know how much I love sparkly right?), white, orange and bright pink. These aren't the official colour names, this is how I would describe them.
To be honest I think I like the black tape the most, the rest feel a bit 'school uniform' for my taste, which isn't really surprising seeing as so many of them are ordered for naming uniforms. Next time I will have to try out the pale colours and see how they look.
The tapes came in two batches of 26 rows and each row has 2 labels. You can see that the tape ran out on one row and it's missing a label, seeing as my order was for 100 labels but I actually received a 103 labels I'm not in the least disappointed that one looks like it was missing.
So what do you think? It's not the official Purfylle font but it's a fairly good match don't you think? I'm really chuffed.
This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share my experience with you, after all it's not everyday I win something this awesome.