Confession of a Fabric Lover

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At Serendipity Loves, we are without a doubt fabric lovers, we are always on the look out for fabric.  We are known for buying fabric when we see it, and storing it for future use.  And yes, we do have quite a sizable cupboard full of gorgeous fabrics.  We still have some of the original Laura Ashley and Sanderson fabrics, its hard to believe these are now classed as vintage (which probably makes us antiques)!

Other fabric lovers will understand when we say we have pleasure in researching, folding and stacking our fabric collection.  We very often struggle to cut into a piece of fabric.  On the one hand, the thought of cutting into a gorgeous piece of fabric sends us into deep panic, but on the other hand using it within our homes is an investment in ourselves.

As part of our Interior Decorators qualification, we learnt an incredible amount about textiles and this was one of our favourite study sessions.  Having said that, we enjoyed all of the study sessions.  Turing a hobby into a qualification and now starting to take it further - hmm.... feeling more blog posts ahead.....!  

We are often asked where we buy our fabric, and in no particular order we are sharing with our  blog readers some fabric designers and suppliers whose fabrics we absolutely LOVE.  This list is by no means exhaustive, it contains the first names that come into our minds when we are looking to buy fabric.  We have included a variety of designers and suppliers, both small and large business.
Oh, where do we begin.....







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1.  Morris & Co 

Morris & Co have always been a favourite of ours, we live in Arts and Crafts style houses and their fabrics are perfect for our homes.  If, like us, you like this period of styling you will not be disappointed by a visit to Kelmscott Manor.   It is one of our favourite places to visit and we could quite easily move in.  More on Kelmscott Manor can be found here.  

 Morris & Co have recently launched the Pure Morris range which they describe "for the free-spirits, the truth-seekers and the quiet contemplators.  This collection very much draws on the elements of the past to create a collection for modern living. PURE MORRIS harnesses the spirit of our most beloved expert pattern maker and presents his iconic designs in a  pared back, neutral palette, whilst maintaining the intricacies and integrity of the originals." 

Morris & Co own the original hand-blocks created to print William Morris’ wallpapers, and for this collection highly skilled craftsmen worked to create some of the artwork for the pure collection.

Morris & Co fabrics and wallpapers are printed by a dedicated team in their Lancaster mill.  We find the production process fascinating.  Having a father (my father, Mrs S's husband) who is a retired lithographic printer we have an insight into the process and appreciate the extent of the work involved.  

Whilst researching details for this blog post, we were kindly sent amazing photographs from Gracie on behalf of Morris & Co.  Photographs that show the design process, block making, colour mixing, hand blocking and final product.   

We share with you some of these photographs:

Pure Collection Production Process
Credit: Morris & Co

Pure Collection
Production Process
Credit: Morris & Co

Pure Collection
Production Process
Credit: Morris & Co

Pure Collection
Production Process
Credit: Morris & Co
Pure Collection
Production Process
Credit: Morris & Co

Pure Collection
Production Process
Credit: Morris & Co

Pure Collection
Production Process
Credit: Morris & Co

We love the new pure range, it brings Morris & Co to modern homes as well as period homes. Details of the current range of fabrics can be found here

Further information can be found on the Morris & Co website here.



2. Susie Watson Designs 

We love the philosophy behind Susie's business "A thing of beauty is a joy forever".  Susie prides herself on creating classic designs that stand the test of time.  We have to agree, we love her fabric designs.  They are elegant, relaxed and have pastel natural tones.  

There are a wide range of fabric collections (here) including - English Garden, Indian Summer, Embroidered and Appliqued, Wool Tweed & Silk, Classic Stripes, Plains and Checks and Hand Printed.


English Garden Collection.
Grey Butterfly Tree Embroidered Panel.
Credit: Susie Watson Designs


English Garden Collection.  
Duck Egg Hydrangea and Butterfly Linens
Credit: Susie Watson Designs


Classic Collection.
Pink/Green Bloomsbury Linen
Credit: Susie Watson Designs
There is also range of trimmings (here) - Pom Poms, Fan Edging and Fringes.  These add some great detail to curtains and cushions.  We love the idea of the pom poms on a plain curtain.


Ivory Fan Edge
Credit: Susie Watson Designs

Rose/Dark Beech Pom Poms
Credit: Susie Watson Designs.

Further information can be found on the Susie Watson Designs website here.



3.  Old English Roses


Louise runs here business from a small holding in Wales, not to far away from our location.  She has a gorgeous range of faded floral and we love them.  The current fabrics which are available can be found in here Etsy shop (link here)  We love pink, and we love the soft pink in these fabrics.   

English Roses Linen Voile
Rose Quilt - Vintage Style
Credit: Old English Roses
English Roses Fabric
Vintage Style Fabric - Rose Quilt
Credit: Old English Roses
Faded Small Roses
Vintage Style Fabric
Credit: Old English Roses


Blue Faded Roses Stripe
Credit: Old English Roses


Louise all sells a range of vintage fabrics and accessories.  We frequently drop by her online shop to take a look through her new stock.

Further information can be found on the Old English Roses website here.


4.  Ian Mankin

Six generations are behind the Ian Mankin family business.  As a business, they have been creating classic contemporary British fabrics for over thirty years and are well known for their Ticking, Stripe, Check, Plain and Print fabrics.  Further details on the current collection can be found here.

Ian Mankin have recently introduced the Ashfield Wool collection.  A description of this fabric provided by Ian Mankin.

"Continuing Ian Mankin's ethos of using natural and organic fibres, Ashfield is our first exciting venture into wool.  Woven at our own mill in Lancashire, the collection features jacquard woven designs in melange dyed Shetland wools spun in Yorkshire, creating softer hues blending easily with the existing range.  The colour palette covers traditional Ian Mankin shades; sage, charcoal, navy and introduces a new deep burgundy.

An unusual character of the collection is that the designs are reversible; either side of the fabric can be used to create a different effect.  The designs include: classic paisleys, traditional damasks, honeycomb inspired geometrics, classic houndstooths, and co-ordinating signature stripes, checks and plains.  The fabrics, suitable for upholstery, curtains, blinds and accessories, are naturally flame-retardant without any chemical additions.

The Ashfield collection is named after the Lancashire mill where we weave our Ian Mankin fabrics - today, the last surviving traditional mill in Burnley.  Lancashire was the birthplace of the industrialised cotton industry, whereas Yorkshire was the home of hard-wearing, cosy wools. The fabrics are named after Yorkshire towns and villages as Ashfield is our homage to Yorkshire's industrial history and expertise and represents a coming together of old rivals across the Pennines."


Thank you to Rachael for sending through these gorgeous photographs of the new collection.


Ashfield Collection
Credit: Ian Mankin



Ashfield Collection
Credit: Ian Mankin

Ashfield Collection
Credit: Ian Mankin

Ashfield Collection
Credit: Ian Mankin
We love the colours and especially the idea of being able to use both sides of the fabric to achieve an alternative effect.

Further information can be found on the Ian Mankin website here.

5.  Peony and Sage

Peony and Sage fabrics are vintage and french inspired.  We love the soft colours and the designs are gorgeous.   There are several options for the fabric base cloth - Clean White, Ivory or Cream.  There are many gorgeous fabrics in the current range, further details can be found here.  Mrs S and I both love the fabric designs and we always find a design we love.


Olivia Ripple on Stone Linen
Credit: Peony and Sage

Birdsong (Large) - Old Silk on Stone Linen
Photography: Sarah Gardner
Copyright: Peony and Sage

Mathilde - Rose and Sea Glass
Photography: Sarah Gardner
Copyright: Peony and Sage
Peony and Sage also offer trimmings which include pom poms and mother of pearl edging.  Further details can be found here.

Stunning Daisy Trim
Photography: Clarabelle Interiors
Copyright: Peony and Sage

Peony and Sage have a children's range, further details can be found here.  The fabrics in this range are suitable for a nursery, toddlers or an older child. 


Rabbit All Star - Rain Stars on Ivory
Credit: Peony and Sage



It has been a pleasure to get to know Kimberly on Instagram.  Several businesses work with the Peony and Sage fabrics to provide matching accessories, further details can be found at the Meet the Maker section of their website here

Further information on the Peony and Sage collection can be located on their website here.



6.  Sophie Allport

Sophie began her career as a book illustrator and currently has a gorgeous range of fabrics.  Her current range of fabrics, can be found here. We particularly love the busy bees, chicken (Mrs S has a bag in the chicken fabric) and bare theme.  Her fabric themes are also available in oilcloth (which can be found here) and a wide range of accessories.

Chicken Fabric
Credit: Sophie Allport

Phesant Fabric
Credit: Sophie Allport

Starry Night Fabric
Credit: Sophie Allport 

Sophie also has a range of children's fabrics, further information can be found here.  There are currently three themes within the collection - on the farm, woodland party and Alice in Wonderland.


Alice in Wonderland
Credit: Sophie Allport

On The Farm
Credit: Sophie Allport

Further information can be found on the Sophie Allport website here.

7.  Studio G

The Clarke and Clarke design team are behind Studio G, which is the new brand name for  their contemporary fabrics which are lively, fashionable and accessible.  The Studio G collection is fresh, modern and are affordable.  There is a vast choice and range in all colours to suit most tastes and homes.  We always see more than one fabric to buy. 

There are many designs within the current collection, further details can be found here.  These include Vintage Classics, Scandi, Wilderness and Maritime Prints.  

Four new ranges were launched in September 2016.  These include Jacquards, Embroideries, Velvet and Prints. Karan very kindly provided the photographs below of the new ranges.



Brixham - An extensive range of 25 on trend colours.
Credit: Studio G

Lusto: Embossed velvet in a wide range of shades from blush rose, aubergine and many more.
Credit: Studio G


Wilderness: A range inspired by the passion for folk and crafts.
Credit: Studio G


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Cipriani: A jacquard collection, more edgy ad masculine in tone than the other Studio G collections.
Credit: Studio G
Studio G launched their first Cushion range this summer and further details can be found here.

Further information can be found on the Studio G website here.



8.   Tara Hancock


We were introduced to Tara through Instagram (her account can be found here).  Tara established her business this year and continues to develop new fabrics.  Tara has a passion for art and design, and this together with her love of the countryside inspires her to translate her experiences into pattern and design.

Robin Cotton Fabric
Credit: Tara Hancock
Tara also sells a range of homeware items and further details can be found on the website here.


9.  Sarah Hardaker 

Sarah Hardaker launched her business in 2006, her fabrics are vintage inspired.  The fabrics are designed and printed to order in the UK through small family companies, using digital technology.  This provides the possibility of a custom colour fabric to suit your own requirements.  

The fabrics can be printed to exact length for curtain, this ensures minimum wastage when making curtains through pattern matching.

Sarah's current range can be found here

Wiveton in Sky
Credit: Sarah Hardaker

Blakeney - Ink and Pink
Credit: Sarah Hardaker

Atasi - Red and Duck
Credit: Sarah Hardaker


Florence Grande - Rhubarb
Credit: Sarah Hardaker


Sarah's collection also includes Oil Cloth which can be found here and a full range of accessories here.

Further information can be found on the Sarah Hardaker website here.

Serendipity Loves Pinterest


Serendipity Loves has a Pinterest fabric board where we have started pinning fabrics we love - this can be found here.


Acknowledgements

A very big thank you to everyone who has supported us with information to write this blog.  We have enjoyed researching, writing and working with you all.  Without a doubt we love fabric and hope you will find this list helpful.

Have a great weekend,

Serendipity Loves xx



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