Free Sample swatches are provided at no cost to you, we even cover the shipping. Samples will take approximately 1-2 weeks to arrive to you depending on how far you are from Southern California. They are sent via US Postal Service First Class Mail, NO TRACKING. If you feel you swatches are lost in the mail, we do not mind sending replacements, but we must wait a full 2 weeks before sending replacements.The swatches you will receive are going to be pieces of fabric that are the exact material that your sash will be made out of. For the embroidery and applique colors, the material will be the exact material that the applique letters are made out of and matched very closely to the threads (embroidery colors).If you are unsure, its best to wait to see the actual colors before ordering.