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!