COMMON PATTERNS AND TEXTURES OF HOME DECOR FABRIC

I am fortunate to have spent thirty years growing up no further than 40 minutes from Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian.  Specifically, the art museums—and spent many an hour studying everything from modernist to primitive to--whatever.  I can’t say I always knew what I was looking at, but I figured if it was in the museum, it had to be, somehow, related to art.  I actually get the same feeling walking through a home décor fabric store as I did the these museums—only you can touch the art in a store.   

Just from a purely aesthetic  stand point, there are some beautiful fabrics.  But this is the real thrill, we can take these beautiful pieces of art, and turn them into clothing, bags or just simply frame them on the wall.  We can wrap ourselves in them, stomp on them, sit on them, wash them, and still, they remain beautiful works of art.  Try doing that with a Rembrandt.  And also, unlike a Rembrandt, you can choose your role in this work—the frame, an afterthought, or the central character.

Because home decor fabric is so expensive--I shop for it a little differently.  Instead of going for a specific project, I regularly sift through certain favorite haunts, and stock up.  My philosophy  is, "If you buy the fabric--the pattern will appear."  Although I rarely have something specific in mind,  I have usually reviewed the latest patterns, or know the stash of patterns I have at home.  I do this so I don't box myself into certain expectations.  I do, however, have a concept of how much fabric I will need for certain types of coats, suits, pant suits, skirt suits, dress suits, etc. and I have a concept of the flexibility I will need for each item of clothing--For instance, a heavy tapestry would not make a nice pair of pants..but a jacket or coat--yes.    I have never paid more then $8.00 a yard—and even then I wept.  I have always found more than enough in the red tags to break my budget.

Most home décor stores will not honor competitor’s prices—but if you pay less than half off the retail price, you have paid too much.  There is usually some weekly or monthly sale, and if not, look for coupons.  It is possible with some stores to get 70% off of current stock.  Just be a good shopper, and you can end up with a great value in coat, suit or dress.  

The type of style, weight and design you find in home décor, is what you will find in the eau couture sections of Massey’s, Noordstrom, Belk etc.  Even paying $25.00 for three yards that will get you a skirt and jacket is a steal.  The style, texture and rich use of color you find in home décor, will quite literally take you to the next level in fashion.

Because the intended use of fabric is functional, it has certain unique characteristics.  

Width
The standard size is from 54 to 60 inches wide—some vinyl will go even wider than that.  
Repeat Vertical
The repeat becomes an important factor if, for instance, you have a toile like scene you wish to showcase in your outfit.  The repeat is that distance between the beginning of the design to its next occurrence.  In home decor that repeat can be anywhere from six inches to a yard and a half, and even more--trying to match the pattern can get costly.  
Repeat Horizontal
Also, unlike dress fabric, the pattern width ends to match with the beginning.  This is so that if you need, for instance, a wide curtain panel, you can sew two panels together and match the pattern perfectly, so that it looks like one piece.  Along the selvage you will often find with printed fabrics, colored dots.  This is the fabric’s color chart, and allows you to match coordinating fabrics.  

As mentioned in my earlier post, the design and weight are to prevent the fabric from stretching out of shape as we stand or sit on it.  But the design satisfies another function, to decorate a large space—or help to decorate that space.  As this fabric is viewed from a distance, colors, texture and design can be bolder and more aggressive. 

The following are traditional designs found in home décor.

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Damask--the design can be printed onto the fabric

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Embroidered linen

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Tapestry-this come in a number of textures, styles and patterns but you can get such beautiful stories in the fabric.

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Tapestry

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Tapestry

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Brocade in a cheneille

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Cheneille

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Linen

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Wool

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Some patterns will mimic upholstered furniture patterns

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Cotton velvet

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PVC flocked fabric

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Toile is a french term and describes a large repeating scene.  The classic toile pictures are of european country scenes, but as you see below, not always.  

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Toile

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traditional upholstery pattern

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Ticking

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Repeating geometric shapes of all kinds

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Matelasse is a quilted fabric of intricate design.  Always test a piece before washing, sometimes its fine, sometimes--not so fine.

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Animal print

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Waverly Chippendale

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Kaufman produces a number of these beautiful scenes on heavier cotton/linen woven fabric.

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Damask-the design can be pattern woven into the fabric

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Flamestitch--I saw the dress and couldn't resist including it.  I am not sure about this on a large women, but with many things you just have to try it on.  The dark panel frames the eye and the wavy lines does a good job in breaking up the space--who knows?

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Flamestitch--embrace the wave and be daring.

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Matelasse in leather

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Brocade in satin

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Southwest

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Southwest

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Boucle-originally boiled wool, now the look is repeated in a number of different type of fibers.

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Raw silk

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Houndstooth

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Crocodile vinyl

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Crocodile vinyl-this is softer more flexible--better suited for a coat.

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Embossed vinyl

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Snake skin vinyl

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Moire called the water fabric is a power house of design and texture.

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Paisley print is classic either in weave or print--modern or traditional

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Repeating vine

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Vinyl flocking animal print

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Animal print

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Persian design

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I know--you aren't decorating a couch--but there is food for thought here--think outside the box and you can end up with some exciting, flattering and fun clothes.

Thank you for visiting--and thank you for writing--I appreciate the comments--next week we will review the coat I made from an upholstery tapestry panel.  Until then, have a great week, and God Bless.
 


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07/24/2016 1:52am

Print on these cloths are really amazing specially that print of leopard is very nice. Their colors and quality is clearly expressed in these photos so we can order these cloths.

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I think Persian design is the best among all of these designs. Its looks very unique and sophisticated as well. I will prefer this one because it will enhance the beauty of my house and its a nice home decor.

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08/04/2017 7:52am

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My rationality is, "Whether you purchase the texture - the example will show up." Although I seldom have something particular as a main priority, I have ordinarily inspected the most recent examples, or know the reserve of examples I have at home.

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