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!
Well first we had the Creativ Festival. That was a lot of fun (and work!). I loved seeing everyone who came by and talked fabric and projects with my sisters and I. We had a great three days, and we were very happy to be taking a lot less home than we brought so thank you very much!
Then, I headed to Houston for Quilt Market. It was a kooky weekend. We had torrents of rain, I actually felt a current on the sidewalk the water was so deep. I also had a banging head cold so felt a little bashful about chatting with designers and distributors. I had a delayed departure getting down there so I missed a couple of the "Schoolhouse" designer presentations that I'd hoped to attend, but apart from all of that, it was an inspiring and fun weekend.
The highlights for me were the Japanese fabrics, there are some terrific goodies making there way here. I also loved the new Bluebird collection from Cotton + Steel, and together with Alison Glass' Handcrafted Indigo, the world is turning bluer. Lots of beautiful blues in many collections. I also loved the new Carkai from Carolyn Friedlander, the Ombres from V and Co and a few sparky collections from Cloud 9.I'm back now, and not going anywhere for a few weeks so I can catch up with the rest of my life, put my house back in order, and start thinking about making something (so many ideas, so little time).
Oh yeah, and Halloween!
We've just made text prints easier to find. There's now a separate tab under "themes" for fabrics that are dominated by text. It could be newsprint, typewriter, handwritten, or headlines...but it's all in one place and easier to search so either click on the
by theme" link in the navigation bar at the top of the page under fabric, or click on the "choose a theme" link right on the home page and you'll find the Text Prints option.