New Old and New New European Fabrics

I remember being drawn to these Westfalen prints at eQuilter ages ago, and seeing them pop up here and there in the years since, but I never took the plunge and bought any. Yvonne at Bunte Fabrics has them now and writes about them on her blog. Turns out they are Westfalen classic prints that have been in production for 75 years. Not only are they cute, they meet the Oeko-Tex 100 standard, which means they are free of harmful substances. And Yvonne says the quality is superb.

More new old fabric: Newly arrived at Retrosaria is Stenzo‘s Summer 2010 collection. We recognized these two prints from this Russian Textiles book and Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers, respectively. I have that bird print in the form of curtains bought from Urban Outfitters several years ago.

And as for the new new fabrics, German company Farbenmix, who is known for their kids sewing patterns and ribbons, just introduced a mini-collection of fabrics by their favorite indie German designers. Thanks to Linda of Volksfaden for the tip! She says “the textile design craze is slowly but surely catching on here,” which is just fabulous in my opinion — the more the merrier! We will be taking a closer look at these fabrics soon, and I’ll have more info on where you can buy them.

At some point I need to compile a detailed European fabrics source guide, but in the meanwhile, you can find these fabrics in the U.S. via Bunte Fabrics, Banberry Place, the Fabric Fairy, and Fabric Hound, in the U.K. at Dots & Stripes; and in Europe at Retrosaria, Volksfaden, and Ideenstube; and in Australia at Earthgirl Fabrics. If you have any other favorite sources, please let me know in the comments!


  1. Amber says:

    That Farbenmix fabric is so cute – love the little mushrooms!

  2. Munaiba says:

    I just found your blog and will be adding it to my blogroll. Great info. Thanks

  3. MelanieO says:

    I have a quickly diminishing supply of Westfalenstoffe’s organic cotton fabrics. I plan to restock in summer. Their organic cotton selection of fabrics have bright colors, polka dots, stripes and checks. The color-fastness and quality are superb.

    Here’s a link to what I have left:

  4. Sara says:

    Crafty Mamas in Australia also stocks European fabrics. Lisa has Stenzo and Hilco.

  5. Sonja says:

    Fresh, bold an whimsical new european fabrics for pre-order you will find at

    All your pre-orders will get a discount.

    The fabric is also available in small units.

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  7. elizabeth says:

    so where can we buy that beautiful birdie fabric? I followed the links but dont see where its available to purchase. I love it!

  8. Rachelle says:

    Those Westfalen fabrics are beautiful, I might have to put some on my want-list for my birthday in a few months!

  9. Elena says:

    I want those Westfalen fabrics so badly!

  10. Stacey says:

    I love hose Westfalen fabrics ,they are so beautiful.The Farbenmix fabric is a cheap quality,very thiny and ligth weight.I was very disappointed and just want to let you all know.After washing it ,the colors fade out a lot.

  11. volksfaden says:

    The Farbenmix fabrics aren’t on the market yet and won’t be available in shops until May 15th and online as of May 19th, so I’m just wondering, Stacey, if there isn’t some confusion as to your comment on the Farbenmix fabrics? Are you confusing them with Stenzo fabrics? I have samples of the Farbenmix fabrics, and the quality is not at all cheap.

  12. Stacey says:

    The Farbenmix fabrics are already on the market and have been sold a lot,so its not confusing (you can buy a whole roll alreday!And I do have samples too).I am sorry to say after washing ,they fade out and I do not like the quality where much.The Stenzo quality is much better!I am dissapointed,sorry!

  13. Yvonne says:

    Hi Stacey,

    Just so you know (and I don’t sell Farbenmix fabrics) that there are knockoffs for sale on etzy and other places that were manufactured in China. The fabrics that Kim posted about are really not for sale yet. They’ll be out in a few days officially. True Farbenmix fabrics are manufactured under high standards.
    If you did get a batch of original Farbenmix fabric (the last official fabrics were knits) and didn’t love them I am sorry, but honestly they try really hard to give us all good quality. Be aware of the knockoffs though!!

  14. Hi there!

    I just found your blog and will definitely add it to my favourites!
    Regarding the FarbenMix fabrics, they are really lovely, a soft cotton with sparkling colours! I have two designs for sale in my shop (Fliepie mushrooms and LOVEchirp) and they are flying off the shelves.

  15. Lisa says:

    I have been stocking Euro fabrics for the last five years in Aus, and they are getting better and better. The new Farb fabrics landed here late last week, and they are stunning. The colors are very vibrant and they are a really nice mid weight cottons. I really hope they do these in knits too, eventually!

    Lisa from Crafty Mamas

  16. stephanie says:

    love those farben mix fabrics.

  17. Susan says:

    Gorgeous fabric! Some cute one in there. And yay I sede Crafty mamas in Oz stock them – I hope that they get the knits in too. Susan

  18. Lisa says:

    I do stock them and when they do knits, you bet we’ll have them! :)

  19. Karina says:

    I really adore the mushrooms and the birds. They are so lovely!

  20. julie says:

    the blue birdies are so cute!