Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fabrics---what's hot

Many of our new fabric books are silks and faux silks. By faux silks, I mean polyester. It may be mixed with rayon or viscose, or it may be 100% poly. Many of the polyester fabrics are a great imitation of silk and some are not meant to be a look-alike. The picture above is silk, but features a contrast on the bottom done in a textured silk. It is stitched in a diamond pattern to give some interest to the fabric. Of course the price tag on this stitched fabric is more than a regular silk, but the photo is a good example of how just a small amount can give a big impact.

Wow, would you look at that panel! We are so anxious to start a project with this fabric. We had several samples of this embroidered silk for a year and finally have the perfect house for it. The fabric is sold with the embroidered edge done as requested: sides only, side-bottom-side, or as we are requesting, leading edge and bottom. The vendor for this beautiful fabric has more pictures on their website, but remember you can look at the real thing in our shop! We also have some huge samples of their crewel style embroidered fabrics.

More embroidered silks just to tempt you. These make great pillows, too. That adds a big look without having to purchase as many yards. But don't forget to check out the embroidered polyester (faux silk) fabrics. They are less in price than the silks and sometimes hard to tell apart.

Here's a good example of a polyester fabric with an allover embroidered design. The fabric is a sheer type of poly and would be suitable where semi-privacy is needed. The panels could be lined, but most generally are not. This fabric gives a dressy, but not heavy, look to a room. You could also use this fabric for sheer panels and regular lined panels on the sides for an even more formal look. Most people love the embroidered sheer so much we use it alone.

Stop in and browse the upstairs section of the shop. We have 500 plus books to get you started.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi, just found your blog and I love it! Your shop looks lovely and your designs are great. Can't wait to see more


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