The internet is like a large candy shop for quilters isn’t it? There are so many different fabric collections. One thing I find interesting is that just having nice fabric isn’t enough to entice me to spend time browsing. I need the site itself to be attractive. There are, unfortunately, so many ugly, clunky “websites from a box” out there that all look the same, are not user friendly and that don’t display their wares to best effect. I thought I would show you some of the sites that I really like to spend time browsing.
Art Gallery Fabrics
I still haven’t worked out how to buy their fabrics as I haven’t seen an”Add To Cart Button” even though there is a “View Cart Button” but I still like browsing their collections. [Editor’s correction: I have since found out that Art Gallery Fabrics are a wholesaler and you can find which stores stock their fabrics by using their store locator.] I think the practice of having a grey background has something to do with it. It makes the fabric designs stand out. One of my other favourite sites – Hawthorne Threads, also employs a grey background.
They also have an interesting blog. This entry caught my imagination. It’s about someone who decided to make funky hospital gowns for people who are going into hospital to add some beauty into their day and make them feel a bit better. Their site is called Feel Good Gowns. Take a look. I think it’s such a great idea!
I love the collections Hawthorne Threads has and also their way of presenting them. That grey background again really makes the fabrics pop.
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Ink & Spindle
This Australian site features Australian designers and hand-printed fabrics.
The fabrics are very expensive ($22 per .25 metre!) but beautiful nonetheless. Perhaps you could justify the expense for something really special but I just window (screen?) shop this site. Hopefully sometime in the future I’ll be able to speak to these wonderful designers. In the meantime you can read their blog.
Kelani – a material obsession
Another interesting Australian site is Kelani – a material obsession. It has a variety of products including fabrics by Australian designers. These fabrics appear to be less expensive than those on Ink & Spindle, probably because they are not hand- printed.