Back in September, I ran a 2 part series about the Importance of Selvedge edges, http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2013/09/the-many-lives-of-selvedge-edges-part-1.html
That post evolved into a list of resources and places to look into if you ever have to track down an out-of-print fabric. I intend to update this list every six months. And I will also post, biyearly, the list of great online and brick & mortar stores that will send you an e-mail, announcing their weekly, and even daily sales. All you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter. See April’s post at the following link.http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2014/04/great-deals-list-of-online-and-brick.html
I’m a little behind, but here we go with the Semi Annual List of Out of Print Resources.
It’s great to save those selvedge edges in case you are trying to track down an out-of-print fabric. The information is extremely helpful, when calling a manufacturer or a store to ask about OOP fabrics.
1. I will call customer service at the fabric manufacturer with the information. They are often a wealth of information, and have provided me with some brick and mortar stores names and web sites, they think still have the fabric I am looking for in stock. (More about brick and mortar stores and oop fabrics below).
For example, if you were looking for a Moda Fabric – Snowman Gathering. It has a code number 1080 11. You could google 1080 11 Moda Snowman Gathering, and your results would bring you to many shops.
2. Of course a google search is the fastest and easiest way to begin your search. Use all combinations of color code and manufacturer to search. See above. (I’m a part-time public reference librarian, and I can’t stress the importance of this enough). And different search engines do yield different results, so don’t discount google chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, or any other one which is not your default browser.
3. Amazon and Ebay are other great resources. One of my quilt group members found real vintage 1930’s fabric she was looking for on eBay. I am collecting 1930’s reproduction fabric for two projects, and just couldn’t afford the real thing.
That said, I found enough for one of the quilts on Amazon, and another led me to an incredible brick and mortar story in Nebraska called Calico Annies. Annie had over 200 1930’s reproduction fabrics. I called her and told her what I was looking for, and what I wasn’t, (no black in the fabrics for this project), and she nailed it. She said I could return them if they weren’t what I needed, as long as I didn’t take the packaging of the jelly rolls apart. GREAT. Again, thank you Annie.
4. My local brick and mortar stores are very helpful too. They have often recommended online fabric stores such as fabric.com. I was looking through a recent copy of Quilty Magazine, and found Fabric Shack in Ohio, which sells online, and is a brick and mortar store. A quick call was all that was needed to find the last 13 yards of a Kona solid, Hyacinth.
5. One more word about brick and mortar stores before I plug online stores. Throughout the years, I have come across some great shops in the U.S., such as Little Quilts in Marietta, GA. I found them via a google search for a hand quilting template pattern I couldn’t find anywhere, but at that shop. I was so impressed with their customer service and web site, that I subscribe to their newsletter which is full of great information and ideas.
6. http://www.quiltshops.com and http://www.findmyfabric.com are two online fabric shops I haven’t mentioned that have served me well on my quests to find out of print fabrics. Others can be found by googling online fabric stores + out of print fabrics.
7. A few of my quilting friends and I have had success through Esty shops.
8. http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/ is another great web site and brick, and mortar store. If you happen to be in Paducah, KY, you can also visit The National Quilt Museum. See http://www.quiltmuseum.org/
9. If you belong to a guild, send out an e-mail and attach a photograph of the out-of-print fabric. You never know who might have a suggestion.
10. And we can’t forget the power of social media. If you belong to Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Yahoo and google groups, by all means post what you are looking for. If you have a pinterest board, start a board, of Out of Print Fabrics that you are interested in locating. If you tweet or blog you can always upload a photo of the fabric.
11. If you send Keepsake Quilting a sample of the oop fabric, they will search their sources too.
12. Sew Happins, in Wilmington, North Carolina will help search too. Ask for John. http://sewhappins.com/
Let me know if you discover a new resource. This blog does not promote something unless it is noteworthy.
Later this week, I have WIP to show, and am very excited about it. Have a great week.