We have opened our big beautiful new sewing space and we are launching Open Sewing sessions on Wed. and on the first and third Wed of every month we are going to have "Sewing with a coach". Bring your project and your sewing machine and get tips, problem solve, share ideas and get unstuck from a problem with the talented, friendly, and expert Shirley Dawson.
Shirley is our sewing coach in residence starting April 5th and on the first and third Wed of each month following.
One of the nicest things to happen to fabric design in the last many years is the use of the full width. Selvedge to selvedge design means you have no "horizontal repeats" in the fabric. Japanese designers have been doing this for a long time (think Echino, Nani Iro, Koseki Suzuko. We're seeing more and more of it in North American modern fabric design, with Jane Sassaman and V and Co exploring ombres last year, and several of the Art Gallery designers adding a border print to their collections.
This season Melody Miller channeled her Japanese influences (she used to design for Kokka fabrics) and created "Confetti" in three beautiful colours for her Jubilee collection. These prints are striking and start you thinking about your patterns in totally different ways. Iron out the fold from the bolt and lay out your pattern pieces horizontally instead of vertically to take advantage of the fabric pattern and you're cooking. You can use a really simple pattern and let the fabric do all the work. The sample in the picture is from Melody's booth and has a great vintage vibe, but you could also make a simple shift dress or little a-line sleeveless for summer and the colour bands would create an excellent profile.
Lots of fabric inspiration this winter!
Mammoth Flannels are starting to arrive. We are mighty excited. I've been adding pictures to my Pinterest boards with lots of great ideas for garments and other goodies. If it has to be cold, it's good to have flannel, and plaid flannel is the best!
There are lots of good ideas for things to do with flannel if you're looking for a winter sewing project. Check here for inspiration
There is more coming so watch this space for lots of new fabric.
Hi Sewists to the south.
This is the time to be shopping north of the border. Right now the exchange rate for US dollars into Canadian dollars is very favourable.
For example, on August 3, 2016 VISA USA posted that it cost only $7.85 USD to buy $10.00 CAD worth of goods, (even if you're bank is charging a 2% foreign purchase fee).
That's like getting more than a 21% discount on the Canadian price.
Your dollars are worth that much more when you buy from a Canadian online fabric store. Exchange rates fluctuate so please check with your bank, Paypal or your credit card provider, but while the Canadian dollar is low, it's a great time to stock up.
Remember prices on the site are shown in Canadian dollars, if you're shopping with a US credit card or Paypal account, they will calculate the exchange when you make your purchase.
There is a new member of the Fabric Spark team! Emma B has joined us to help fill orders, get the shop ready, make up new bundles and keep us laughing and energized. Emma is a recent grad from Queens, loves fabric, sewing, and (as evidenced above) public art. She is a joyful and thoughtful person and I couldn't be happier to have her on board. Emma will look after everything at fabric lovers HQ here, while I'm taking a short summer break. You're in excellent hands.
We are introducing free pick up for those in the Toronto area
With the possibility of service disruption due to labour issues at Canada Post, we are now offering free pick up . Use the promo code pick up when you're checking out. You will not be charged for shipping. We'll email you when your order is ready to arrange for a pick up time. Shipping information can be found here.