The Robert Allen Design site caters to interior designers, but you can drop in there and find fabrics you like then do a google search on the name to find retailers selling them. I found several acceptable options. Palazzo Fabrics also has an impressive stock of heavy duty upholstery fabrics (35K+ double rubs) and they send free samples.
Anyway, the fabric I bought last time was just some random unbranded upholstery fabric I picked up from Fabric Depot. I chose it for its color palette, but I've since learned it's pretty crappy durability-wise. It's four years old and these loveseats have maybe gotten two years of regular daily use. But the fabric is stretched out, has threads pulled and is dirty. Dirty I can fix, I can't do much about the other two.
Therefore, I've decided to go ahead and replace the fabric on these couches with something darker and more durable. I wanted it to have a pattern, but read as solid from a distance. Ultimately, the pattern I chose isn't specifically period, but is similar enough to period fabrics to not scream "MODERN" and the green is a good match to the new rug.
|Furnishing Fabric, 1911, England|
|Furnishing Fabric, 1910, England|
|Textile (England), ca. 1910|
I've obviously got a lot of work ahead of me figuring out how to do all this upholstery. The construction of the cushions looks to be fairly straight forward, though not necessarily easy. They're basicly rectangular bags with a zipper. I am going to practice by making a set in muslin first, before cutting into my replacement upholstery fabric. I've got pretty good sewing skills, so I believe I can do it.
I'm also considering pre-washing the replacement upholstery fabric so it will be machine washable after I've made the cushion covers. I've washed the fabric sample and it held up fine to laundering but it shrank a lot. It was 5" wide, but is only 4.5" after washing. I'm going to continue to wash this sample while I wait for the fabric and see how it goes after a couple more washings, then I will decide.
Fabrics & Papers. Had I found something in the right color scheme and high durability, I would have been sorely tempted. But every time I found a pattern I wanted, it said it was for curtains. This acanthus was the only fabric I was really tempted by, but there was just too much purple. If that purple had been burgundy, I might have gotten stupid.
|Celtic Knot Brick|
I'd be happy to offer help and suggestions for your upholstery project. What exactly are you upholstering?ReplyDelete
Another good fabric brand that I really like is Barrow. They have a huge selection, and I like the thickness and feel of the majority of their fabrics. For something like a sofa that's used daily, you want something with at least 10,000 double rubs. Commercial fabrics go up to 200,000 or more (double rubs) but the fabrics in those ranges tend to look and feel more like car upholstery material (rough).
Keep in mind the size of the repeat. Some of them are small (every 2-3 inches) while others repeat about every 2 feet. The larger your repeat, the more fabric you will need to centre all your pieces (more waste).
Thank you JC. I'm going to try and recover the removable cushions on my mission loveseats and cube chair. I will go check out Barrow, but it is too late; I already ordered the fabric. :) Thanks!Delete