I often get asked about my creative process and how I choose my fabrics. The big huge secret is that there is no process. Shock Horror. How can there be no process?
CHOOSING THE FABRICS
Initially when I’m choosing fabrics I go with what I’m attracted to and what I like; OR it is fabric left over from ordering it in for a custom order.
When it comes to then turning the fabric into stock, well then it gets a little bit trickier. Sometimes I’ll get a bit of fabric and it screams to be made into a certain style. These ones are easy.
Other times I find that while I love a fabric I just can’t decide what it should be made into it. I have some fabrics that have been sitting in my stash for years just waiting for the inspiration to strike.
Then there is the fabrics that are insanely popular and to be honest I get sick of creating with them so I hide them away and take them off of being available. I find if I don’t particularly like a fabric or if I’m sick of creating with it then I get bored and procrastinate and get side-tracked way too easily.
The other side of the creative process then is to match up the linings which for the most part is easy. The harder part is matching up contrasts if required. Do we go leather, vinyl, cork, glitter vinyl? What colour do we go? Do we go with a colour that tones in or do we go with a contrast colour? This stage of the process can often take longer than choosing the fabric and pattern can. With wallets do we stick with all fabric or do we do fabric and leather/vinyl/cork/glitter vinyl? This last one though is often determined by how much fabric is left.
WHAT COMES NEXT
Once the patterns, main fabric, lining fabric and contrast fabrics are chosen I get stuck into making the magic happen. I cut, interface, sew, photograph and then show you all what masterpiece has been created. If you follow me on Facebook you will also often be lucky enough to get some sneak peeks of what I’m working on. Otherwise head to the shop at 7pm on the 14th of each month to see what’s new.