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 all, thanks for following our Summer of Fabric Love. It was fun and challenging to come up with new activities and launches each week and I'm sad that it's over...but...on we go into Fall. There are fantastic new collections coming to the shop (and some have already arrived). Watch for new beautiful Japanese imports, stunning new collections from all of your favourite designers, and a few new substrates coming to the shop for the garment sewers. The start of school is always my real New Year, and I'm delighted to see what's in store for Fabric Spark, and the whole fantastic sewing community.
We have lots more from Japan. When I was at Quilt Market, I have to confess that the most exciting design and quality I saw was from this talented sewing and fabric culture.
These little guys are just the beginning, check out the "new" tab at the top of the page and thumb through new Ellen Baker, Echino, and these flirty little guys. We also have new Katarina Roccella, and a few other surprises. I'll be posting new fabrics all week so check back periodically and see what else is in store.
Nani Iro arrived and flew off the fabric shelf quickly. No surprise, it was the painterly, intensely colourful, and playful design sense that we all have come to expect. There is a little left but act quickly. The good news is there are many more outstanding talents at many of the Japanese fabric manufacturers and they're making the voyage here. We're expecting arrivals soon from Ellen Baker, Echino, Creative Thursday in Double Gauze, Canvas, Cotton Sateen, and Quilting Cotton.
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