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Studio Fabric Shop – a Canadian Online Fabric Store

2013 November 22

Today I get to introduce you to the 6th Canadian Online Fabric Store to continue our series.  I met Devorah from Studio Fabric Shop, based in Toronto, at Creativ Festival a few weeks ago. She opened her fabric store a few months ago, and comes from a very fabric related background! She balances the shop with working full-time as a clothing designer for her children’s line Red Thread (sold across Canada). If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she also has three girls at home – ages 8, 10 and 14!

Devorah has generously provided an amazing giveaway (*Update: Giveaway is closed) for you and a discount for her store (she ships world-wide!). Find them at the end of this post. When I met her at the Festival I was impressed with the range of great fabric featured at her booth. I got some from her that I’m hoping to make into a dress for my daughter – cross your fingers I can post it for Monday! Checking out her website is a treat of colour for your eyes! I would say more, but she has provided an amazing description of her fabric style in her interview. If you are intrigued, she enjoys teaching sewing and quilting workshops – you can contact her through her website. I also found Red Thread’s article about children’s clothing shops and trends in Paris (apparently Liberty prints and plaid are popping up everywhere!) very interesting. Lucky her, she got to go shopping there this past summer!

Thread Riding Hood: What inspired you to start Studio Fabric Shop?

Devorah: “I’ve been working as a children’s clothing designer for the past nine years, creating a line called Red Thread.  I spend a huge amount of time thinking about fabric – choosing it, designing with it, and making things with it. Many of the fabrics I use for my dresses are quilting fabrics, because I love the wide range of prints, the durability, and the feel of it. I also love designing and making quilts, and this has been a passion ever since I was a child. In university I studied the history of textiles and of craft (I have two very practical degrees in Art History and Japanese Studies) because I am endlessly curious and appreciative of beautiful fabric and the people who create with it.

Over the years many customers have asked me who designs my fabric, how I choose and combine it, and where they can find similar prints for their own projects.  After nine years I have amassed a very nice collection, including prints that I have imported, many fabrics that are long out-of-print, and some unusual fabrics that are hard to find elsewhere. My constant requests for fabric collided with my desire to share it, so I decided to open a shop.  Now I’m stocking the shop with new fabrics to supplement the collection, but everything is carefully chosen to reflect a particular aesthetic. The shop appeals to people who really like colour, Asian design, and fabulous prints, including larger scale prints than one usually finds in a quilt shop. There are many great basics as well, including some wonderful dots and stripes, but even those tend to be colourful.

When I opened the shop I was thinking of how difficult and expensive it can be to get great fabric in Canada, but I’ve been surprised to discover that although many Canadians have happily discovered the shop, orders have been coming from all over the world. I’m shipping fabric to Europe and Australia because in some cases, these prints (especially older designs) just can’t be found there.”

Thread Riding Hood: Where do you get the inspiration for your sewing?

Devorah“For me the inspiration always comes from the fabric first. If I’m designing clothing with it, it’s all about how the fabric will make the wearer feel. Is it joyful, or beautiful? Will it make a child feel special or unique? When I’m making quilts it’s all about me and what my eye loves. I often will put fabrics together and come back to them a day, or even a week later, to see if I still love them. Unless of course I have fallen in love with something and need to make something with it right away. Some fabrics are simply irresistible!”

Thread Riding Hood: What is something coming up in the near future that you are especially excited about?

Devorah“I’m excited about expanding my collection to include other lines that I love. Right now I’m working on bringing in Yuwa Japanese fabrics, and have Art Gallery Fabrics arriving soon. I’m also excited about offering downloadable patterns that I’m currently developing, as well as custom bundles of fabric. I love feedback, and hope that people will let me know what they’d like to see more of.”

(*Update: Giveaway is closed) You get a chance to win a stash-building collection of ten colourful fat quarters. They include fabrics by Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey and Liberty! Amazing and hooray – aren’t they pretty?! I’m imagining an amazing quilt from these! But of course there are so many more projects you could make. This giveaway is open to all Thread Riding Hood readers, internationally (No one gets left out, hooray!). The giveaway will be run from today, November 22nd, until Friday, December 6th, 2013 at midnight.

Enter by filling out as many sections as you wish in the Rafflecopter widget below. More points = more chances to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Devorah is also providing Thread Riding Hood readers with a discount code – YAY! Shop at Studio Fabric Shop throughout the giveaway (November 22-December 6, 2013) and get 10% off your order with the code: “taketen”!  Here are some of my favorites from her store… happy shopping!

   
   

I hope you enjoyed finding out about another Canadian Shop. I found reading about Devorah’s background and attention to detail in her fabric choices inspiring! Be sure to check out her shop to use your discount! As always – you can find more Canadian stores on the Pinterest board.  Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!

Note: I have not received compensation for this post and as always, all opinions are my own. I would not recommend Devorah’s shop if I did not think you would like it!

 
30 Responses leave one →
  1. Fran permalink
    November 22, 2013

    I really like the Mod Dot in Nude by Alexander Henry.

  2. Debbie Rogowski permalink
    November 22, 2013

    I love the bright colors!

  3. Denise/Folsom,Calif. permalink
    November 22, 2013

    Anything bright and pretty!

  4. Rachel permalink
    November 22, 2013

    The green apples by putidepome japan is just too cute!
    Thanks for another fantastic giveaway:)
    Keep up the great work!

    • November 23, 2013

      Thanks Rachel. I’m glad you like it. I’m aiming for a giveaway/month. We’ll see! :)

  5. Linda permalink
    November 22, 2013

    I’d have to say that the Genmai Tea Cup by Alexander Henry is my favorite. I love all the colors, but this speaks to me….8-)

  6. Laura permalink
    November 22, 2013

    I love the Market Stalls by Alexander Henry.

  7. Denise permalink
    November 22, 2013

    I really like the nude dot fabric.

  8. krystina permalink
    November 22, 2013

    Alexander Henry is amazing, love Market Stalls

  9. barbe permalink
    November 22, 2013

    thanks for sharing Canadian online, shipping is much better. i like that she has some older prints, Filigree in Meadow by Anna Maria Horner, and theres a heather ross i might need too. lol

    • November 23, 2013

      I hope the Canadian List helps you – it has been great to order nice fabric without the US pricing and delays!

  10. Amanda permalink
    November 22, 2013

    If I HAVE TO choose…. I’m loving Circles and Stems in Fuschia by Erin McMorris and Dill Blossom (salmon pink) by Robert Kaufman… what can I say, I love pink :)

    • November 24, 2013

      You’re right! I picked up the Dill Blossom from her and am posting a dress I made for my daughter out of it tomorrow. LOVE that print :)

  11. Bethany Martini permalink
    November 22, 2013

    I love Forest in Lime by Erin McMorris! Gorgeous!

  12. November 22, 2013

    Loving the Japanese themed fabrics!! Mid sushi & Japanese clouds especially!!! Soo cute !!

  13. Kathleen permalink
    November 23, 2013

    Can’t wait to check out all the asian-inspired items for my (half-asian) daughter!

  14. Lindsay permalink
    November 23, 2013

    LouLouThi Framed in Sea Glass by Anna Maria Horner is gorgeous :)

  15. Marion permalink
    November 23, 2013

    I love your dandelions in orange. Though I love them all.

  16. Laura permalink
    November 24, 2013

    Love the Green Apples by putidepome, Japan!

  17. November 24, 2013

    I love the Lou Lou Thi clippings by AMH. PS the rafflecopter is under my facebook which is a different email. I hope she carries some knits too.
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  18. Tawnya Roy permalink
    November 27, 2013

    I just received a tablet as a gift and need some fabric to make a cover. I really like LouLouThi Framed in Sea Glass :) Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. jonquil permalink
    November 27, 2013

    Lucky Cats by Kona Bay is my fave….adorable :) ))

  20. Jennifer permalink
    December 5, 2013

    Thanks for introducing us to another CDN fabric store owner, Sherri. Lots of lovely fabric.

    Jennifer

    • December 5, 2013

      So true Jennifer! I’ve got to get my Christmas order to my family :)

  21. Jennifer permalink
    December 5, 2013

    oops, forgot to say which fabric… I particularly like Genmai Tea Cup by Alexander Henry.

    Jennifer

  22. December 6, 2013

    Thanks for reminding us for this giveaway (I forgot…)! I like the Green Apples fabric.

  23. December 6, 2013

    love her Heather Ross

  24. Annette Z permalink
    December 6, 2013

    I love square petals in citron by Joel dewberry. I want to make a whole quilt using this as the basis for the color scheme.

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