Hidden Characteristics That can be Found in Fabrics

I was looking at the colorful, lacy, stretchy, crochet-like and somewhat hippie fabric we have in stock at SAS Fabrics Superstore this Spring of 2015.

April 2015

April 2015

As I was checking it out and brainstorming for ideas and ways to display this fabric in our storefront I discovered it has hidden character. I do not know if this is common with fabrics of its type or not. I do know, however, that I do see similar techniques used often in upholstery fabrics.

It is easy to see that the fabric has the obvious pattern of colors in a geometric theme that you see when you simply glance at it. These colors and patterns remind me of hippie apparel. I am not really sure if anyone else would relate the appearance to the 60’s hippie fashions but I do.geometric pattern

When you look at the fabric you see that it resembles crochet work as it has an open weave.   When you look closer you may even ask yourself if the holes (open weave) are an intentional character of the fabric or if maybe they were unintentional and caused by an insect of some type. Well, these are the things that went through my mind anyway.

As I was doing my brainstorming I thought maybe this fabric would benefit by being backlit. So, I held it up where it had some good backlighting (I had a piece of white satin behind it already) and what I saw took me by surprise. My reaction to what I saw was something like “What the heck, check that out?”

backlit

I saw that those ‘holes’ in the fabric were not only intentional but they also created a paisley pattern. I have no clue what the fabric designer may have envisioned when incorporating  this character into the fabric but I can see that if used in the right application it could create a very unique result. IMG_8472

As you can see when you look at the fabric under these backlit conditions, the paisley pattern becomes almost more dominant than the colored geometric pattern.  Before I discovered this hidden character in the fabric I was thinking of using a shimmering fabric behind the lacy hippie fabric to create a long flowing skirt. It would look something like this.

with glittery base fabric

The fabric will work great in an application of this type. But, I am really curious what a professional may be able to do that would show-off the otherwise hidden paisley pattern.  For now I will just wonder and hope that one of the readers of this article will be inspired enough to run over to our store to pick up some of the fabric and create an item that brings out the paisley pattern then takes the time to share the results with us.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the hidden characters that can be found in fabrics.

Take care.  : )

April Showers and May Flowers

It is springtime, my favorite time of the year. Temperatures are perfect, the sun is shining, the flowers blooming, the birds & bees are busy doing their things.  And there are  brides preparing for their big day. There are showers filling the air. Not necessarily rain showers but baby and bridal showers. All of these happenings require decorating and planning to ensure a lifelong treasured memory.

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That is why this spring SAS Fabrics Superstore is blooming with colorful (even neon), lace fabrics, gorgeous bridal fabrics, party favors, ribbons, butterfly wings, new flowers and other great things. The party favors racks are blooming a bountiful selection of the cutest favors for babies, brides, Quinceañeras and other celebrations  From super-sized baby bottles filled with smaller bottles, & itty bitty porcelain babies to tiaras & bridal veils. You can have the most beautiful celebration of your life and at a fraction of the cost if you make SAS your supply headquarters. The trick is to start at SAS to save big bucks then if needed resort to those overpriced retailers. You will be glad you did.

With spring there’s always that certain something in the air that makes many of us want to clean. This phenomenon of wanting to clean leads to a seasonal event (if you will) called spring cleaning. I am always torn between this spring cleaning virus and the other annual bug in the air known as spring fever. The fever is pulling me to the outdoors while the cleaning bug tends to keep me indoors. The battle between the two is one I cannot seem to avoid. Fortunately I always find time to treat both conditions.
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This year I decided that the shoeboxes I have been using to keep things organized and tidy needed to be reinforced  as well as needing a face-lift so to speak. So, of course I thought well I could go to the store and pick up some of those fancy shoeboxes they sell at the stores. But fortunately, I was looking at the shoebox that holds some of my fabric scraps I keep because I keep everything. I looked at the scraps and thought why not put some of these to good use. I decided to cover and line my existing shoeboxes with the fabric scraps. The result is actually superior to those fancy boxes they sell at the store and I already had everything I need to get it done. You may have noticed how I turned that spring cleaning bug into a more of a spring crafting bug. That is just how I roll.  : )

If you would like to do this with your boxes it is pretty simple. Just make sure you cut the fabric to fit snuggly on and in the box and use a good strong glue to firmly attach the fabric to the box. Make sure the edges and corners of the fabric are glued tight so nothing can catch on it and pull it away from the c. cardboard. You can even make your boxes extra beautiful if you wish by adding bling, flowers, appliques and even nice labels.

Happy Spring! Happy Crafting! and good luck getting the spring cleaning done.

Laura : )

How to Make a Gypsy Skirt Belt

Make your own Gypsy Skirt Belt in 3 easy steps:

Gypsy lace skirt belt

 

Items needed:
1. Two yards of allover lace (only $2.00per yd at SAS fabrics Superstore)
2. 3 yards of ribbon for belt

Fold your fabric as shown below.

Folding Instructions

 

 

 

 

 

Fold 20 inches in other direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final steps

 

 

cutting pattern