New to the group. Hope that this is an appropriate question. Does anyone know of a resource for appropriate Arts and Crafts style fabric that is not as pricey as the $100.00 + a yard range?
Thanks in advance for your response.
What sort of fabric do you mean - and what are you using it for? You can buy plain linen in appropriate colors for curtains at fabrics-store.com, for instance.
Thanks for your response. And, linen is a good suggestion. Obviously, I should have been more clear. Apparently, my, "Cabin fever," is worse than I thought! I will be using it for general decorating, things like throw pillows, and curtains that are in the arts and crafts style.
I had done a little stenciling years ago, on paper. When I wanted to "warm up' to the fabric projects this year, I made my Christmas cards - on paper, to get back into the swing of things. Two stencils for the design, but only one image, so if I screwed up, I didn't lose much. I went on to make the runner I mentioned. I think the things you really need to know are:
- You can buy mylar sheet for making your stencils (translucent and frosted on one side) at Michaels.
- I recommend cutting them, using an Xacto knife, rather than using those tools that melt the plastic. A "self-healing" mat like you can buy for paper crafts or quilting is really useful to cut on and keeps the knife much sharper than cutting on cardboard (the most likely modern idea) or glass (the technique described in early 20th C books).
- You do not strictly need to be able to draw - a copier or Photoshop will enlarge and reduce an image you like and you can trace it on the mylar sheet.
- You need to test the stencil multiple times on paper, and then on scrap fabric before you start on the real thing - you're trying to make all your early mistakes where it doesn't make any difference.
A first project? Something small where you don't have to spend any significant amount of money on materials or time preparing the fabric - maybe bookmarks with a zigzagged edge - hand them out to your buddies. Then, maybe a small cloth for a table: a short runner or a mat for the middle like you would set a vase on.
And by that time, you'll be ready to do anything!
I am in the same bind you are in. I lived in Michigan and there is a fabric shop that carried A&C designs. I made a slip cover for a chair and bought yardage on sale. Look them up at habermanfabrics.com
You'll most likely have to call and ask for samples the web site couldn't possibly show all the fabric they carry. Ask for the home dec department.
905 South Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
good luck D-Weaver
Thank you so much for this information. And, I am thrilled that it came from a fellow Michigander! My parents were the original owners of house at the corner of Harvard and Webster. As newly weds they thought that it would be great when they had their first child, (which turned out to be me), if they could send him/her out the back door to school. However, much to their dismay when the time came they learned that Pattengill, while just across Webster, was in Berkley and that, of course, since we lived on the other side of the street in Royal Oak, I would need to go to the, (former), Parker Elementary on 13 mile road! Anyway, I've been away from MI for a long time, but still wish that we'd never moved.
And, again...thank you so much for the resource!
sounds like you will be going back to your roots!
Don't know when or even how, but it is in my heart.