Thursday, July 09, 2009

Preaching to the Choir

I wanted to take a quick minute to share a blog that I found the other day. It is a great clothing pattern company called Oliver + S.

They had a wonderful article about how they do not use lead prints in fabric collections in many of their products. This is something that Cori and I have in common with them. Very often it is the supporting or the secondary prints that are more usable than the leads. However, you will have a very hard time convincing a fabric company of this. Through our personal past experience, there is a huge importance, and pressure on you to create a lead print for your fabric collection. Cori and I both struggle with this, because we feel that it is equally important to have workable supporting prints. Fabric company exec's need a lead, so that they can give the collection a name. Sale's rep's need a lead print, so that they know what is the 'theme' of the collection. But quilters need something deeper. How many leads can you put into one project? Often it is the quiet, over-looked support prints, that ultimately are needed to create great projects.

And that's my sermon for tonight.

See you soon.


Agnes said...

I have to say that the lead fabric may draw me to the collection but rarely do I even consider using it. Thanks for the sermon in that it underlines my style.

Jean said...

Amen!!! As a former fabric shop worker... the leads... were the last ones to sell! Guess maybe the fabric companies haven't figured that out yet!