I invited a handful of bloggers in the art/craft/sewing/design tradition to share their favorite fabrics of 2008. They could pick and choose from categories I provided or make up their own. I’ll be sharing my own picks too over the coming days. So far the responses have been great and I’ve already learned new designers and collections to love. First, we’ll start with Kathreen Ricketson and Nicole Vaughan of the Australia-based craft superblog WhipUp.
Best Home Decor Weight Collection: County Fair by Denyse Schmidt
Of course the return of the cheater print is genius by Denyse. A great hook for new and experienced sewers. She’s opened a can of worms with the availability of products such as Spoonflower, all sorts of cheater prints are popping up. Angry Chicken has already made a quilt with her own cheater design.
Best Under the Radar/Sleeper Collection: Lush by Erin Michael
I absolutely adore this range. I don’t know why it wasn’t picked up by more retailers. It fits in with current textile trends, is witty and has an awesome colour palette.
Best Designer: Tula Pink
She has an amazing eye for detail and themes. Most of her ranges are hand drawn initially and then coloured. She shares her process on her blog.
Best Solid/Nonprinted: Joelle Hoverson’s “Net of Jewels” shot cotton solids, part of the Cake Rock Beach collection
It could also come under “Under the Radar/Sleeper Collection” category. I’ve heard from Purl Soho that Net of Jewels is not being reprinted which is a real shame. I’ve used Kaffe’s shot cotton and it’s lovely however the hand and colourways from Net of Jewels is just stunning. A beautiful fabric.
Best Reproduction/Cheater Print: Denyse Schmidt’s – County Fair – Patchwork Promenade Print
Best Sewing Print: Perfect Pattern in red/white by Alexander Henry Fabrics
Best Bird: Green Sketchbook, from the Drawing Room collection by Anna Maria Horner
Best Folk Design: My Folklore – Neutral Flower Stripe from Lecien
Best Trees: Sweet Trees – Green Peti from Seven Islands
How about you — what are your favorites of 2008? Discuss in the comments or on True Up’s new Facebook page.