Maybe I am not the only one who gets interested when I read stuff about fabric & colour & fashion trends?? If not, read on………
Acknowledgments for the article below go to International Quilts Inc for this information in their eInsider electronic newletter:
New year, new fabrics…
Favorite fabric finds for 2014
Looking ahead to the new year—we’ve decided to focus on highlighting many of the fabulous new fabric collections you can expect to see in stores in the coming months…and, yes, that means 2014!
Glitz and glamour
In a market currently saturated with solids, small prints, and subtle designs, we’re happily surprised to see several upcoming collections that bring on the sparkle. But these new designs are anything but over-the-top or ornate—they offer a bit of shimmer to otherwise fairly subdued or simple designs.
The first to catch our attention was Michael Miller’s Glitz collection, which features pearlized fabrics in Chic Chevron, Sleek Chevron, Confetti Border, and Quarter Dot prints. The collection is available in three color palettes—Glitz, Blush, and Mist—each with splashes of a metallic gold.
Dear Stella has released an addition to their adorable Confetti Dots collection in the form of Confetti Sparkle, which replaces the adorably imperfect white polka dots (and mini dots) with understated gold metallic dots. Confetti Sparkle is available in red, navy, black, white, cream, and green.
Camelot Fabrics’ Nightfall collection also features metallic gold elements that accent its ‘20s-inspired designs. Prints include Fretwork, Layered Sequins, Baubles, Scroll, Herringbone, Tassels, Lattice, Houndstooth, and Confetti Dots, all in elegant black, white, and gold color palette.
Patrick Lose’s new Dazzle collection for Robert Kaufman may not include actual metallic fabric, but the designs certainly create a glimmer-like illusion through the use of color, movement, and light. The collection is available in 30 vibrant color stories—virtually every color of the spectrum—and includes flowing stripes, circles, and dots.
For several years now, birds—and specifically, owls—have been a super-popular trend in fabric design . What a Gem collection
But this year, we’re seeing a related, yet deconstructed take on this feathered phenomenon in the form of, well, feathers. And this classic design motif has the fantastic ability to transition from neutral and elegant to colorful and cute with just the change of a few design elements.
The seemingly Native-American-inspired What a Gem collection by Allison Cole for Camelot Fabrics fits more closely into the latter of those two categories, with its fun, illustrated designs and navy, pink, and green color palette. The feather makes its appearance in both the Dreamcatchers print and as a motif in the—naturally—Feathers print.
The new Mercer collection from Dear Stella includes a feather-motif print (Feather) among its floral (both large-scale and small), chevron, and dot prints. The collection’s color palette includes an interesting mix of indigo, golden yellow, soft oranges, and grays.
Despite its name, the new Feather River collection from Birch Fabric features only one actual appearance of the feather among its prints, but we just had to include it. The other woodlands/camping/fishing-inspired prints in the collection include campsites, canoes, fish, bears, birds, and trees, all in a very masculine and muted palette of blues, browns, and grays with small pops of green, red, and orange.
Sew in style
Finally, there are two sewing-inspired fabric collections that we’re so excited (we resisted the urge to make that “sew excited?”) about in the new year. Both offer colorful takes on the theme—one thoroughly modern, and the other slightly more traditional in its interpretation.
The latter, Sewing Box, from Moda features all things stitching—pins, scissors, thimbles, pincushions, measuring tape, and notions, spools of thread, buttons, zippers, and snaps. The multihued collection is available in several color palettes, and includes vibrant red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and brown.
And Cloud9 Fabrics’ modern version, the cleverly named Mad Mend, offers prints with monikers borrowed from a certain popular television show of a similar name: Pete (colorful pins), Don (blocks of thimbles), Peggy (rows of clothespins), Joan (multicolored buttons), Roger (stripes of scissors), and Betty (cross-stitch-inspired text spelling out “Make Do & Mend”). The collection’s contemporary color palette includes teal, gold, maroon, olive, black, and white.
There is a peek at some of the fabrics we are eager to see in the coming months. So, when you’re making those New Year’s resolutions this year, avoid the one about sizing down your fabric stash!
Ask your local Quilt store about these fabrics & when they might be stocking them for you to add to your stash?!