Fit to Frame
I have a bit of a problem when it comes to beautiful fabrics. I love them so much that I have turned into a bit of a textile hoarder: scraps from sewing projects, samples, even pretty satin ribbons that wrapped a present – I keep it all. I can't walk by a fabric store without stopping in and perusing the selection. This usually results in a purchase, whether I have a specific plan for said purchase or not. My20+ year career in the fashion and home textiles business has not helped: not a week goes by that I do not come home with an “orphan” - a roll of fabric that was a misprint, a discontinued color or quality – I can't bear to see any of it thrown out. I keep fabrics in closets, under my bed, rolled up behind the front door.... My DIY book Scraps was the direct result of this collecting and hording.
Fortunately, there are many ways to put a treasured fabric stash to good use, and simply framing a favorite pattern is a really quick project that will give you a lot of bang for your buck! Opt for a gallery-wall style assortment of coordinating colors, or stretch a pattern with large repeat over a painter's canvas.
Artfully rendered black-and-white prints practically beg to be translated into wall art. All you need is a staple gun and a few canvasses of varying size.
Hang a large horizontal rectangular framed fabric on the wall right above the bed in lieu of a traditional headboard; an affordable DIY that will instantly upgrade your bedroom's décor.
Think about coordinating color palettes and framing choices: the gold bamboo trim on the left is a wonderful complement to the batik-style prints. The square white mats and simple black frames on the right give this collection of assorted blue patterns a well-curated gallery look.
This technique works equally well for wall paper samples - vintage or new - a design that may be too daunting all over your walls can be perfect in a smaller frame, with like-minded friends.
Other textile-related items worth framing are assorted vintage loom patterns and antique textile fragments.
If your favorite fabric scraps are on the small side, just pop them into an embroidery hoop and trim the edges. Voilà! Perfect for a nursery or kids room, and easily interchangeable when you are ready to move on to another color or pattern assortment.
And the fabric fun doesn't stop there. Martha Stewart had the genius idea of framing a collection of cheap cotton bandannas. How gorgeous is this?
The same can be done with pretty handkerchiefs, silk scarves, vintage tea towels.... the sky is the limit.
So go forth and give your treasured fabrics the attention they deserve. And should you need more to satisfy your fabric cravings, Calico is your one-stop resource for the most eye-catching new.