I've been busying myself today putting together some new fabric bundles for the shop, which always gets me thinking. I know it isn't necessarily easy when buying fabric on-line, computer monitors don't always reflect true colours. Plus, it's not always easy to work out how large the fabric pattern is etc.....so how can it made easier?
... some gorgeous blues in these designs...
Some people, I know are brave enough to ask for samples... quite sensible if you're trying to match fabric with some that you already have or putting together a quilt. But is there anything else that might help given that we don't (yet) live in a Star Trek like world where samples can be 'beamed' across the airwaves in a nano second!
Does it help to see the fabric used in a completed project? I'm thinking particularly, of those designers who blog and produce sewing patterns using their own fabric lines, plus the multitude of other crafters who also blog. I know that sometimes that sends me off looking for paticular patterns and designs. Does this wealth of 'visual' information help you to have the confidence to mix and match fabrics for yourself? Would shopping on-line for fabric be more difficult without this?
What kind of information do you look for in fabric descriptions? I try to include a description of the colour but that of course is quite subjective. I'm going to resolve some of these issues with matching and contrasting some of the 'pink', 'roses' 'fuschia' and 'green' type colours in some of Amy Butler's fabrics by getting some of her 'solids' fabrics. But they've yet to arrive. I've also been wondering whether it's useful to include care information; details of washing and drying etc. ? At the moment I only supply this if I'm asked for it.
For now anyway, I'm holding on tightly to the belief that fabric bundles help. I get a great deal of pleasure in putting fabrics side by side and seeing the effect they have on each other, which is why I think that the bundles are helpful. (... did you think I was just being self-indulgent, tsk, tsk) Also I think that it gives you the opportunity to see the patterns side by side, you can see the sizes of the fabric prints in relation to one another and you can get an idea of how they interact and 'work' together.
These fabric bundles from the Daisy Chain range are based on Amy's own colour palettes. Look I even got a bit carried away and took a more 'draped' looking photograph to accompany them, just to show a little more of the fabric you understand.
But is that enough?
I should love to hear what you think about all this.
In the meantime I'm sticking to putting fabric bundles together.... it's fun, playing with the prints and the colours.... and I've all the Midwest Modern, Heather Bailey and Anna Maria Horner fabrics to work my way through....
So, how about a giveaway ? I haven't had one for a while. How about this?
and of course it's more drapey partner.
All you have to do is respond to this post by leaving a comment and I'll use the 'random number generator thingy' to randomly select a number.... and that person will be the winner of some lovely fat quarters.... all this excitement will take place on the 23rd September which is a Wednesday.