Ruminating

UNDERSTANDING THE FABRIC INDUSTRY

Thank you everyone for being such good sports with yesterday’s April Fools prank. I hope no one got busted looking at pictures of thonged men at work. I actually had the idea for that post months and months ago and every time I thought about it I started giggling so hard I realized that The Peter deserved to be exposed to the world, pun intended.

In other news, the new issue of Seamwork was released yesterday with my first contributed piece. I love Seamwork; it’s so exciting to see a fresh take on our craft in such a beautiful, polished format and I was really happy to have the opportunity to investigate a subject I may not have explored as deeply here on the blog. I put on my reporter’s trench coat (all reporters wear trenches, right?) and did a little bit of investigative reporting into where the fabric we buy at fabric stores comes from. I’ve been fascinated by this subject for a long time, especially since I’ve started buying fabric wholesale. I’m sure all of you have struggled trying to find the right material for  a project; it can be really frustrating to have something particular in mind and then search high and low for something you begin to suspect doesn’t exist. I interviewed a few people who may be familiar to you (Sunni at A Fashionable Stitch, Caroline at Blackbird Fabrics, Heather at Girl Charlee), along with my favourite Montreal wholesaler, Christopher Higgins from Globetex. Collectively they helped me to understand where our fabric is coming from (spoiler alert: it’s rarely North America), and why it can be hard to find “the good stuff”. You can read the entire article here. Hopefully it makes this supply chain a little more transparent.

Have a great week everyone!