Part 4: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “Creating the Design”

The Brief: Create a Neckband & Bridle for a Hobby Horse that uses Pastel Pink & Blue.

As Pastel Pink and Blue were chosen as the ‘Theme’ colours for my youngest Grand Daughters 1st Birthday party I selected two cotton (Poplin) fabrics for the Bridle and Neckband that fitted the description given to me by my eldest daughter. I also selected a bright pink bias binding that went with the chosen fabrics in case I decided to add any piped accents. I took photos of two different proposed ‘horse’ fabrics plus a choice of 2 different wool/yarn combinations that could be teamed with them. I sent the photos to my daughter who chose the lighter fabric & the curly wool/yarn as her preferred option.

Dark Brown for a Liver Chestnut Hobby HorseDark brown with a darkish wool/yarn




Mid Brown with a Lightish wool/yarn Mid Brown with a darkish wool/yarn




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Part 3: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “Counting the Cost”

When I first took a look at the prices on Spoonflower.com I thought that they were a bit out of my price range but when I reconsidered I understood that the price also includes the fact that they are printing a unique fabric rather than a mass produced one. True you could order a whole bolt of fabric and furnish your entire house with curtains and cushions & ‘thows’ and recover all the lounge chair/couches etc so in a way you have tapped into the mass production capabilities. Plus according to the Spoonflower information if you order more than a certain number of yards of fabric the cost per yard is calculated at a reduced price. Then there is also a discounted rate if you are a designer who wants to sell the fabric (i.e. they require that you purchase a test print fabric of each design).

The fabric types I was most interested in were firstly the cheaper ones…..I rarely spend more than $9 -$15 per metre on fabric unless it is a Faux Fur where I try to purchase it on special e.g. reduced from $35 -$40 down to a more reasonable and affordable price. Continue reading


Part 2: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “Carousel Horse Designs”

Earlier this year (2014) as a part of a belated birthday gift to myself (using money I had been given months earlier) I ordered several books from a Website called Fishpond.com that were all children’s Horse Novels except one. The first book that I chose was called “The Carousel Animal” by Tobin Fraley. This book had been on my wish list for about 10 years and was no longer available thought the Library system. Everything seemed to be going smoothly but after waiting and waiting and waiting the book never arrived. The other books came together in one parcel without any problems….but where was the 1st book?…..something was odd. I contacted the site & said that the book had not arrived so they refunded the money….I still couldn’t figure out how it came to be lost in the mail. Finally I decided to check the mailing address. On the envelope of the parcel that had arrived AND on the email order confirmation AND on the website it had the wrong location! The street number and road name were correct but the locality was that of our ‘Electoral’ address for voting purposes. For some reason the Post Office had sent the first parcel back but delivered the second. We have had mail delivered to both addresses in the past without problem as in reality it is the same place!

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Part 1: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “One Day….”

I have always been fascinated by printed fabric. The way the colours are layered one on top of the other to achieve the desired effect. Plus the way a ‘repeat’ is set up for furnishing fabrics especially those used for curtains so that multiple lengths can be joined together. Then there are ‘border’ prints (they always catch my eye) and even better are special fabrics that are printed for a specific purpose such as a Baby Cot Quilt Panels or Cushion Covers that only require the side seams to be sewn. But best of all is what I have come to know as a ‘Cut & Sew’ fabric designs. Continue reading