06 Sep fabric for chair cushions
My love affair with upholstery fabrics began at fairly a young age, when my mom chose richly patterned Laura Ashley and William Morris fabrics to decorate the home by which we lived when I was small, before we moved overseas. Later, when I used to be a teenager, she would leave fabric samples around the house for days as she tried to finalise a choice about a curtain fabric or chair protecting for her work room (she labored from house as a homoeopath). I remember visiting the furnishing division at Liberty together with her to decide on a phenomenal voile to have as a half curtain…we spent hours deciding upon simply the appropriate fabric and, years later, this voile now lives within the window of my very own house, having been handed right down to me.
It was solely after i moved to London and began rescuing chairs from skips to reupholster myself that I began to go to the upholstery division of John Lewis alone and felt the guts-racing excitement of looking by means of books of richly coloured chenilles and fabric be-stripped, be-noticed and be-flowered with color and texture and skilled the delight that comes in dreaming of a new identity for a room, deciding upon it’s mood and feel. It is a prospect that is all the time thrilled me: the concept one can has the power to find out all these things and create transformation (although no quantity of delight has ever given me fairly the extent of bravery I crave to convey to life the ideas which are in my head which are saturated in way more colour than my very own residence. Having stated that, I nonetheless swoon over my quite conservative bathroom blinds each single day).
When Curtains made Simple first started sponsoring my weblog several months ago, they were mainly in the business of making curtains, cushions, beanbags and different tender furnishings to order (which those who do not sew might love to investigate further…and even those that do sew, for making curtains is actually my least favourite sewing job). Nonetheless, they’ve just lately made the a whole bunch of fabrics they stock out there to buy on-line for residence sewers, in order that you can also make your own delicate furnishings.
And even use their fabrics to make luggage of varied kinds:
The above fabrics are all from the Cabbages and Roses range
I really like the added dimension of textural and tactile appeal that upholstery fabrics provide. Nevertheless, perhaps one of the vital thrilling things that you may uncover is that Curtains Made Simple are a supply of a lot coveted Ikea fabrics, together with their sought-after linen range Aina. The linen that I’ve utilized in all of my patterns and tutorials has been Ikea’s Aina and so I can attest to it’s loveliness – it offers colours which might be sufficiently neutral to supply an exquisite backdrop to brighter quilting fabrics (Curtains Made Simple offer Aina in Bleached, Black, Grey and Natural – I am assuming the linen I have been using within the natural, however CMS may be able to clarify this for you if you are interested). I stay a motorway journey away from Ikea, so the concept that their fabrics can finally be posted to me is sort of fantastic.
Initially, I discovered the Curtains Made Simple procuring basket a bit complicated to use, although as soon as I’d labored out how to use it correctly I realised it really works perfectly for browsing before you purchase purposes. To prevent the strokey beard second, I shall define how it really works right here:
1. Go to the ‘purchase fabrics’ part
2. Narrow by kind/range/texture/sample if you want
3. Once you see a fabric you want click on on the + button – it can then be added to a list of favourites on the left-hand-facet of the website.
4. If you want to purchase any fabric, merely click on on the photograph of it in your favourites checklist. When the bigger photograph of it appears you’ll be able to then scroll down and add the amount which you prefer to to add to your purchasing basket.
If you have not sewn with upholstery weight fabrics earlier than, you will find them dearer than quilting weight cottons. Nonetheless, they’re perfect for making small equipment with even when you do not want to buy vast swathes of fabric for curtain-making. I love using them to make cushions with and over time I’ve made innumerable doorstops from them (you’ll find my very own doorstop sewing sample here, if you’re involved).