Thursday, May 20, 2010

Slipcover University

I found this blog for Slipcover University where a talented slipcover maker in Ft Worth Texas blogs about her slipcover business and shows some examples of some very creative slipcovers. She also teaches how to sew slipcovers for those of a mind to work that hard.

Nice to see an artisan who cares about her work have success.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I know a little about fabrics and baby I can guess the rest

Not very long ago I knew next to nothing about fabrics. I suppose I could have identified Denim if I had to, but that was about it. Then we started this slipcover business making replacement slipcovers for people with slipcovers by Pottery Barn, or Michell Gold etc. Pretty soon people were calling me and asking my advice about which fabric they ought to put in their living room. I learned as much as I could, but I am sure I sounded like an idiot to knowledgeable customers.

So here it is a couple of years later and I know a lot more than I used to. I know Topsider Twill makes a great slipcover and that is why Mitchell Gold and everyone else has been using it for so long. I find it leaves me a bit flat. I know that Savannah is more like canvas in toughness, but we call it "linen" because Mitchell Gold calls it that, and the weave does look like linen. I like that fabric a lot.

I know I also like the new Marlow fabric a lot. It is as stain resistant as the Eurosuede but I like the feel of it better and it does not show butt prints the way the suede does. It works great as an upholstery fabric and makes a great slipcover too.

We are working with our friends at Cotton Ginny's a local fabric store to expand out offerings of stripes and ticking and such which will make our replacement slipcover site more interesting we hope.

I will keep trying to learn as much as I can, and guess as little as possible.