Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fabric 101


One of the things I have learned to love is fabric..Above is one of my latest sewing projects....I fell in love with this material and have decided to make curtains with it...I want to have them in my living room...but that means re-painting and re-covering chairs...am I crazy??? Kelly has been the culprit to my love of fabric and she has been teaching me a lot about sewing...she is a seamstress...and does amazing work!!
Despite the fact that most of these I won't personally use I wanted to show you the fabrics and my thought process with each of them...let's see how different we each see things..

The above fabric is an ultra suede...perfect for recovering chairs or an ottoman..yes?



A tone on tone linen stripe this would make beautiful drapes....




An olive green chenille type fabric perfect for accessory pillows or re-covering an ottoman...




This plaid reminds me of a Ralph Lauren type chair for a stately type library or office.....what do you think?




Oh lookie here....toile that's beige and red with wildlife instead of people this reminds me of a vintage room that shabby chic cottage style....or maybe something French???





This beautiful linen fabric didn't show up well but is incredible in person, this would make beautiful drapes for a bedroom don't you think? Paisley look with greens, golds, so many options here.....






I fell in LOVE with this fabric the colors are so warm and the pattern is beautiful...imagine where and how you could use this....so many possibilities....







I love this fabric I think it would be wonderful with an Asian theme.....beige linen with raspberry roses imagine using it with a slate colored tweed.....how yummy would that be? or do you see country???









Once again my pineapple fabric...do you think it works with my British Colonial decor?.......
Hope you enjoyed touring the fabrics.....this is just a few of the fabrics we have collected...see something you like? See something you would want?? What would YOU be willing to spend for a custom pair of drapes? Just food for thought....I have been really busy lately buried in life...I hope to try and get around to see each and every one of you soon!! There are several of you so it may take a while but just know each and every one of you are always in my thoughts and prayers!!
Hugs and much love French;) xoxoxo






40 comments:

Happy To Be said...

GM French Fry...glad to see you back..see how quick I was here..Yes I have been stalking you ha ha!! Love all your fabric girl..but that Toile is so pretty..got to love it..I got a wine and gold toile about 3 months ago so pretty only had 5 yards of it..but bought it all...have not a clue what I am going to do with it yet but it just SREAMED my name..hope you have a great weekend dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Lisa good morning darling... what a great fun post.. I adore fabrics.. can get lost in the many ideas one can create with them. I especially loved the plaid, screams comfort to me. The toile with the red bird stole my heart..now the the small rose one.. says country, country chic or shabby chic.. but if you put it with plaids I can see French Country..hummm wonder if I need to take some time to go fabric shopping????
Lisa.. I want you to know I much I value your friendship,prayers and all your kind words darling... they mean the world...I can't wait to see your new draperies...go forth and conquer my friend...tell hubby this is just some more of that "bling" a gal needs in her life...lol.. hugs ~lynne~

Shelia said...

Hi Frenchieness! I've missed you! Good to have you back. Oh, how I love that fabric! You've got some little projects ahead of you! Go to town. Hope you're feeling better.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Chris said...

I'm so happy you droped by for a moment, I miss you. And I hope you are well and happy. I love your fabric, so many possibilities. Sometimes I feel like a slug when I go visit you all and see the ideas you are toying with. But, it makes me happy to just see what you're thinking about. To get to see the end result is just a big bonus.

Love ya,
Chris

artis1111 said...

I hace a red and yellow toile in my china cabinet. I do love toile, and I havew the black and cream toile too. Kathy

squawmama said...

ello my dear friend... I have missed you and it is so funny that you posted today because I was having a French withdrawal... I was missing you this morning and thought about sending a note... You take all the time you need... We love you and want what is best for you... Love YA

HUGS,
Donna

Oh ya... I got so excited about you that I forgot... LOVE all the fabrics but the Pineapple really does something for me... Very tropical.
xoxoxoxo

Helen said...

Hi Lisa! We all KNOW you are still out there .... love the fabrics (they are actually my favorite colors to work with) and look forward to another visit from you.

Melissa Miller said...

Hi French,

I'm happy to see you back.
I love every one of these fabrics.
They are sooo my colors.
~Gorgeous!

Come and check out my new blog makeover if you have a moment.
~Melissa :)

~CC Catherine said...

GM Lisa.....So glad you aren't undercover anymore! ;) Have missed you very much! I love all the fabrics., but especially your pineapple fabric! I also make my own drapes., and I always love creating the designs myself. :) Chat soon at my place! When you do come over., don't miss the love story of a couple on my 2/26 post., on TThursday. They celebrated 67 yrs of marriage and I took them a teaparty & served them. The gentleman (though I didn't write in the post) has early stages of Alzheimers., which makes the story even more precious. Hugs and kisses Ms. Lisa! Keep Smiling., and when one door closes, God always opens a window!!! Remember that! ;) Thinkin & Prayin for ya! ;) ~CC Catherine

marty39 said...

Oh, I just love fabric, all of them, I can always dream up something. I just redid my LR with a fabulous tulip linen for sommer and just did a post on a beautiful stripe that I'm using for the new drapes I'm making for the familyroom. I could take all of these fabrics and use them somewhere. Hugs, Marty

xinex said...

Hi Lisa! I enjoyed the fabric tour. I love fabrics too and I do sew when I am not lazy. So many possibilities you can do with fabric which changes the look of the room. I am attracted to the prints with orange in them...Christine

Michael said...

I know what you mean about being buried in life!

These fabrics are all beautiful...I'll take one of each, lol.

Given the current economy, it would have to be a killer deal for me to spend the money for a splurge like this. As in hundreds, not thousands.

Michael said...

For that price, it's a steal! Now I know who to hit up when I need curtains!

Bo said...

Hi Lisa...you can sew? I wish I knew how to...probably wouldn't have the patience it takes for that...All the fabrics were lovely...I really liked the plaid & of course, the toile! Sending you a big hug, ♥ Bo

imjacobsmom said...

Hey French, Good to hear from you again. I'm with you on fabrics. I have piles of it just waiting to become something. Like when I was recovering my dining room chairs I bought a cute fabric that reminded me of bandanas with the little paisleys everywhere, a few plaids, and a window pane check and a really cute floral somewhat like that last one you have featured. I see that red bird toile on the Ballard's website and I love it everytime. I could see a wingback in that....I watched you the other night on RMS - it was fun to hear your voice! You guys were lookin' good! ~ Robyn

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

French, It is good to see you popped into blogland. I loved your fabric tour. While I am not in the mood to commit myself to making drapes, I am seriously considering making table linens. The ones on the market such. What ever happened to table linens? They all look so cheap. I love the colors you have selected. I do sew. I used to do it all of the time. I really need just sit down and get busy. Hugs, Terrie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh sweetie..many many prayers are sent your way my friend.. if I had extra I would certainly send it your way.. I sure understand the stress of being short on funds plus the worry.. I pray he's doing much better now..I'm sending you lots of cyber hugs..~lynne~

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Gorgeous collection of fabrics! I can't wait to see what kind of magic you work with them. It's great to be able to create something with your own two hands.
I hope you and the family are doing well.
Love ya, Bridget

Jill said...

Hi French,
Glad you are back! I hope everything that is keeping you busy is okay!!!!!!!!! and of course that you are okay!

I loved the last fabric the asian themed one. I think that would look great as drapes.

Elizabeth said...

I love all of these fabrics, the paisley and the toile most of all! The warm colors are what I have in my br, they make me feel all cozy and safe. My dr is a blank white canvas and I am going to use these colors in there eventually, too.

Elizabeth said...

I meant to say that it's good to have you back, too!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Ooh, so many pretty fabrics you've got there. Have you noticed that every one is in the gold family? You must have something for that color, eh?
Glad you took a little time to pop into blogland!

Justine :o )

Donna Marie said...

Hey French Fry! I love love love all of the fabrics... especially the pineapple one! I love the cream and the gold! Very nice...

I need to learn how to sew... I used to sew a little.. my Mom used to make all of me and my sister's clothes during grade and junior high school! When we got into High School... we wanted to wear designer clothes like Sergio Valente and Sasoon Jeans etc... but my Mother was a seamstress for may years... I am surprised that her talents didn't rub off on me!

I love the fabric woman....

I miss you like crazy!

xoxoxoxoxox
Donna Marie

Susan said...

I love all of those fabrics! I don't think you are nuts, I do all of my own curtains. It's more fun that way! It's my excuse to buy all of the stuff I might need to go with it! ;D

~♥~ Monica S said...

LOts of gorgious fabrics here.. I liked the grey with roses!! :-) probably would have had that in my bedroom! :-) (kind of romantic and airy)
I personally like voven/woven/vowen (?) in patterns... thick fabric that still looks so delicate...all in the same color.... and I would prefer creme. :-)

Monica

janet said...

hi lisa, i have a Sisterhood Award that i would like to give you...i offer this award to you, how could i not you got me into this blogging and showed me the way and you are always so kind.

thanks girl!!!

oh and i love the toile fabric, its a must have

hugs
janet

Anonymous said...

So glad you're back! ... I see that you were underCOVER of FABRIC! he he! :-)

I am in love with fabrics also and today shopped with Mom in Fabricland and purchased the funkiest fabric for my kitchen windows. They have panels with women dressed in vegetables. I think they'll be a nice conversation piece. LOL!

So glad you have Kelly to partner with in your new business. :-)

SherylCanadianGirl

nikkicrumpet said...

Love the fabrics...and learning to sew and making your own window coverings saves SOOOO much money. It's amazing how expensive they can be!

cindy said...

Glad to see you're back! Love all the fabric...(dont know how to sew...wish I did!)...Have fun! ~Cindy~

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

Lisa, just saw your note at Lynne's, re your DH. Please know you will be kept in my prayers~~~ Am sooo glad he got much-needed medical assistance!!! KEEP THE FAITH!!! (It just makes a WORLD of difference, for sure! Warmly, Linda

Tootsie said...

girl. I hope you are doing better than I am. I have you in my thoughts and prayers. I will blog again when I can, but for now, I will either stalk quietly or comment here and there! lol
I don't spend much time online lately, and I miss my friends terribly. I can hardly wait until the shit show that is my life is over!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

OMG, did you watch and hear who the next bachelorette is? I'll leave a note on my post if you have the show taped and plan on watching, don't want to spoil it for you.

Deb said...

Hi Lisa! I love all the fabrics and I can't wait to see the curtains you're making. I'm crazy about the laundry room! Deb

mrsben said...

Lisa, this is great selection of fabrics! Sewing can be so therapeutic.
(A tip: Probably Kelly has already passed this on, but ensure the fabric is the proper weight and weave for your project.)
GOOD LUCK and have fun. {{Brenda}}

janet said...

hi lisa, thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comments in regards to my try at making art. Your a sweetie, and i sure hope you soon feel much better and brighter days ahead.
hugs
janet

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Hey welcome back...and looks like you caught the fabric bug, eh?

Love 'em all...and have a closet of the stuff myself...finally got rid of some of them!

Rue said...

Hi French :)

I hope everything is okay!

Those fabrics are gorgeous! I don't know what I'd do with them because I can't sew, but if I could I would pick the birdie toile :)

(((hugs)))
rue

Helen said...

Lisa, Lisa ... I just watched the beautiful YOU on RMS! I had never seen it before. How fun! I loved that you said you were 'having a moment.'

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Beautiful fabrics! I love to go in fabric stores and "feel" all the fabrics...can't keep my hands off of them! Problem is I have a tremendous urge to redo everything in my home when I do go in a fabric store. LOL :-) Susan

Happy To Be said...

Hey French Fry...Girl you Won my Gift away the little Clock/jewerley box...I need you to email me your address you I can get it in the mail next week to you girl!! Thanks for tossing your name in my hat...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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