Those Crazy Pantones

The selected manufacturer for The Vanguard Guitar strap is running about 12 trial patterns for Sovereign Straps and they sent me a picture of one of the trials today.  The colors are not exactly what we were going for but the weave is amazing (picture in the header).

Since the color was a bit off target, I spent a couple of hours tonight reviewing Pantone Swatches with the supplier to prepare to run another sample.  This is quite difficult to do electronically.  Photoshop is proving to be very valuable for this work, however, it is difficult to pick up actual colors in photos.

During October in the USA many people change out their home decorations for the fall.  The colors shift black and orange then then more brown as Halloween moves to Thanksgiving.  Then the collective decorating skill of the USA seems to fall apart as Christmas approaches. The pattern below attempts to strike a chord (pun intended) with that want for fall colors.  I think it needs more orange and the next trial run should be done tomorrow.

What do you think?  Note that these pictures are of the weave layer only which would be attached to a white cotton base material which brings it all together in my opinion.

The machines that do this work are a marvel of modern technology.  From the back of the strap you can see the complexity of the work performed by this machine.  Picture below…

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