*** The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering! Find out who won here. ***
Today we are welcoming Karen from Fabric Spot. She left a comment on my Canadian Online Fabric Stores post and I was blown away when I visited her site. She has the most gorgeous shot of solid fabrics she stocks on her front page, a great selection of modern designer fabrics and (save the best for last) a large organic fabric selection! Karen’s shop is a family run business with, as she says, “three of us under the age of eight” (How she manages this I don’t know!)
Karen is a believer in organic fabrics and respecting our planet. Her fabric selection shows that and she has stocked the largest online selection of organic fabrics in Canada. You may think that all organics must be more expensive – think again. Hooray for all of us – Karen believes everyone should not have to choose between organic and non-organic fabrics by price, so she stocks her organic solids at the same price as her non-organic solids – amazing!
If you read through her FAQ’s you can see just how much she concentrates on customer service. I had an amazing experience when I ordered some fabric for an upcoming tutorial (this diaper bag (with Sew Much Ado), coming soon!). I love the Comma collection and emailed her to ask the best matching orange from her large stock of solids. She emailed me back within the hour and I was able to place my order the next day. Because I live fairly close to her Markham, Ontario shop, the fabric was in my mailbox a day and a half later!
Thread Riding Hood: What inspired you to start Fabric Spot?
Karen: “The biggest motivation for starting Fabric Spot was that I couldn’t find the fabrics that I wanted in my local quilt shops. The only places I saw cool, modern fabrics were on U.S. based fabric websites. But, I was turned off from buying from them because of the U.S dollar conversion, the shipping costs and the duties/customs charges. It seemed ridiculous to me that in Canada we couldn’t get these fabrics. Another reason for starting Fabric Spot was that not only could I not get modern fabrics here in Canada, but getting organic fabrics was even harder! My children were quite young (and still are!) and I wanted to sew things for them out of organic fabrics. When I went to the quilt shops asking about organic fabrics, they told me that there was no demand for it. This again, I couldn’t believe. I had debated about opening Fabric Spot for a couple of years until finally, I decided that I had to go for it. Life is short. I decided that I had to stop being afraid of the future and instead, embrace the adventure that the future could bring. I had to live according to Karen and not to what others expected of me. And so, Fabric Spot started!”
Thread Riding Hood: What are your favorite types of projects to sew?
Karen: “My favourite thing to sew are quilts. The idea that I’m making something that is wrapping my child in love is very comforting to me. As well, the idea that this object is not only beautiful to look at but practical too, is great! I’m also very sentimental. And so, I hope that one day, when my children look back in time, they can say that their mom made this quilt especially for them because she loved me. Now, if it’s made out of organic cotton, then that’s an extra bonus! ”
Thread Riding Hood: Which of your upcoming fabric lines are you most excited about right now?
Karen: “One of my problems is that there are too many fabric collections that I am excited about!! But, if I had to pick one, it would be Eiko by Jay-Cyn Designs. It’s organic and made by Birch Fabrics. I love love love Asian inspired fabrics (like the Tsuru Collection)! [Eiko is] due to be released in July or August.”
Karen has generously offered to give away an organic fat quarter set of (my current favorite) Tsuru! This Asian inspired fabric was designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale and is made of 100% OE certified cotton printed with low impact dyes. Okay – and it’s also gorgeous! Check out what Made By Rae did with them here. I’ve been dreaming of a set of those little dresses for my girls – but where to get the time to sew them?! Anyhow, I’m getting off track. Here’s a photo of what you could win.
This giveaway is open to all Thread Riding Hood readers from Canada and the US. The giveaway will be run from today, April 26th, until
Friday May 17th, 2013 at 10pm Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 10pm (The contest has been extended!). Three weeks to enter!
Here’s how to win: (Make sure to leave one comment per entry on this post so we can count them all properly.)
- Leave a comment on this post – easy peasy!
- Optional Extra Entry: Like Fabric Spot on Facebook. Leave a comment on this post to say that you did, include your Facebook name.
- Optional Extra Entry: Like Thread Riding Hood on Facebook. Leave a comment on this post to say that you did, include your Facebook name. (If you have already liked Thread Riding Hood on Facebook this is a free entry for you – Leave a comment!)
- Optional Extra Entry: Comment about this giveaway on Facebook – be sure to link back to this post! Leave a comment on this post to say that you did, include your facebook name.
- Optional Extra Entry: Follow Fabric Spot on Twitter. Leave a comment on this post to say that you did, include your Twitter name.
- Optional Extra Entry: Follow Thread Riding Hood on Twitter. Leave a comment on this post to say that you did, include your Twitter name. (If you already followed Thread Riding Hood on Twitter this is a free entry for you – Leave a comment!)
- Optional Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway using the hashtags #TRHGiveaway and #fabricspot. Leave a comment on this post to say that you did. Include your twitter name or url.
- Optional Extra Entry: Check out Fabric Spot. Leave a comment on this post that includes your favorite fabric from Karen’s shop!
- Optional Extra Entry: Check out the Thread Riding Hood Tutorials page. Leave a comment on this post that includes the tutorial you’d like to try next!
- Optional Extra Entry: Pin the Official Giveaway Pic (directly below this list). Leave a comment on this post to say that you did, include your Pinterest name.
If you live near Toronto, you can visit Karen’s booth today and tomorrow at Creativ Festival. I’m going to be there – it should be amazing! Good luck to everyone that enters the giveaway, have a wonderful weekend.
Beautiful fabrics! Can’t wait to see Karen’s booth at the festival today!
Hi Sherri, it was nice to meet you at the show today. Your girls are adorable and I look forward to reading more!
Awesome selection. Looking forward to placing an order!
Liked Fabric Spot on Facebook (Jennifer Sra)
Liked Thread Riding Hood on Facebook. How did I miss doing that before???
Hard to pick a favourite, but I love those Robotic Spacebots.
The next TRH tutorial for me will be the Speedy Tote-able towels.
I saw Karen and her fabrics at CreativFestival. She’s got some really lovely stuff!
It was great talking to you and am glad I got your card so I could read your blog. Kathy and I were both tickled by your name ‘thread riding hood’!
P.S. I liked the Fabric Spot on FB.
Oooh. What I could do with those beautiful fabrics….wedding gifts… shower gifts…so many fun things to make!
I liked you on Facebook!
Thanks for the giveaway! I really resisted the Tsuru print when we met at the booth! Maybe it’ll be destiny…!
Liked FabricSpot on Facebook! (Same name)
I look forward to making the Super Hero Cape for my niece cuz I know I would’ve loved it 🙂
I adore the Robotics Lab and Library fabric! Geek Chic!
Morning! Following Thread Riding Hood on Twitter (EmpressK)
And one more for good luck!
Following Fabric Spot on Twitter (EmpressK)
i came to see your shirt (love it-and yes, i will happily wait for a tutorial) from Rae’s spring top sew along and discovered your blog! love your green banyan tee too!
i love the lush uptown deer in sky-i had no idea it was reissued! i’m so happy i came for a visit to your blog. thanks!
Wow I did not realise that as Canadians you pay so much to get it over the border. Seems crazy. It is a huge dis incentive to order from the US to Australia but I might check out Fabric Spot rates from Canada. Lovely to have you and Lisa linking up to Sunday Stash so that I can find out all things Canadian.
Ok I have liked your Facebook page.
And now liked Fabric Spot as well.
Ooo I like that clever pin it button you included as it is easier to pin from a tablet. It has gone to my Pinterest account at Fiona Gregory.
I have a thang for orange and grey so some of those Comma prints and solids from Karen s shop would be on my purchase list. Hey her website is easy to navigate and visually appealing.
My last entry, I promise, but I like that reusable snack bag tutorial you just posted. I will have to check out the rest of your list. Nice to discover you today.
Just ordered fabric from Karen last night looking forward to receiving it as I am going to make a quilt with the Piper line of fabric. Also bought a yard of the Oh Deer in the bird print to back a table runner.
I also follow her on Facebook, and yourself; plus I have blogged about Fabric Spot here:
Discovering this sewing site after recommendation from the Crochet Crowd. Have always enjoyed sewing. I began sewing 35 yrs ago. Thank you for having this site
Absolutely love the name and the fabric!
I liked Thread Riding Hood on facebook! Do I win, huh? do I?
I liked thread riding hood on fb!
I also liked fabric spot on fb! Great pages!
Looks like beautiful stuff!
Liked you on Facebook (Heather Morley!), which I should have thought to do before! And for favourite fabric…tough one…I’ll go with the Cameo Anglican in Clover.
Angelica, not Anglican!
I like the Yay Day Grassy Meadow fabric on fabric spot- mixed with some of her lovely greens it would be gorgeous for a bag or whatever mood might strike when I had it! ?
Such lovely Fabrics!
Thanks Sherri and Fabric Spot for the awesome giveaway. I love the colors and prints in the Tsuru collection!
I liked the Fabric Spot on Facebook!
I liked Thread Riding Hood on Facebook
My favorite item in the Fabric Spot is the Circular Reasoning quilt kit. I’ve never seen a quilt like it!
My favorite tutorial on your page is the ombre skirt. I’m going to adapt the measurements to make a skirt for myself. I love long swishy skirts and your instructions make this so easy!
me mom would love this, now that she’s retired she’s back into quilting
I’d love to win that fabric and create something amazing!
I think I’m in fabric heaven!!
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I am a total sucker for any vintage-type fabrics in light pastel colors… so I have found my ultimate fabric collection and am simply unable to narrow it down to which specific fabric is my fave without some serious time spent contemplating these fabrics! So my fave fabric(s)? Any of the fabrics within the Organic Willow collection- beautiful!!
Pinned the giveaway image: http://pinterest.com/pin/19984792069166123/
Would love to create the Mini Art Kit – School Birthday Goodie Bag from your tutorials page!
I pinned it!
I liked fabic spot on facebook- Leanne habermehl
I already liked thread riding hood on facebook 🙂
The fabrics are absolutely stunning!
Liked fabric Spot….my Facebook name is Tambra Vandal
I have already liked Thread Rideing Hood & I love her Monday Tutorials!
Commented on Facebook & added the link to this post…my Facebook name is Tambra Vandal
Following Fabric Spot on Tweeter! My Tweeter Name is Tambra Vandal
Following Thread Riding Hood on Tweeter & my Tweeter Name is Tambra Vandal
Tweeted about this great giveaway, & my Tweeter name is Tambra Vandal
Visited Karens Shop & I think Fabric Spot is really hot! Love the Havana Blooms in Blue Fabric!
Checked out Thread Riding Hoods Page & love the Handy Fridge Towel, among many others of her great tutorials!
Pinned the official Giveaway pic….my Pinterest name is Tambra Vandal
I am a fabric hog! I am always dreaming of new ways to use or re-use fabric! My husband even looks at clothing and fabric items and asks me “Do you want to cut this one up for the fabric?” (And my answer is usually yes, unless it is already a work of art!) I Love Thread Riding Hood, and now I can love the Fabric Spot too!
Would love this fabric.
I liked Fabric Spot, nice to see a Canadian shop.
Donna van Weenen Dueck
I liked Thread Riding Hood (love the name)
Donna van Weenen Dueck
My favorite fabric is Yay Day Wings of Love. love the orange.
Donna van Weenen Dueck
I think I would like to try the speedy tote-able towel tutorial, love the frog fabric so cute.
Donna van Weenen Dueck
I would love to win this! Love your blog x
Facebook name is Sdeaf Mathews x
Thanks for the interview, and the giveaway! Karen’s store looks great!
My favourite fabric in Karen’s store is: Tsuru 1000 Cranes in Indigo.
I’d like to try your ‘Simple Knit Shorts with Side Pockets,’ though I’m kinda nervous about sewing with knit fabric.
So many selections of fabrics, so little time!!!
I am following Fabric Spot on Twitter my username is craftnlady
I am following Thread Riding Hood on twitter my user name is craftnlady
Thanks for the giveaway! I got my first order from Fabric Spot last week:)
I follow Fabric Spot on facebook:)
I found you just in time to enter your contest ! My D.H. is the quilter in the family. I’ll “like” you on FaceBook too !
I like thread riding hood on fb!
I like fabric spot on Fb!
So glad I found you. I’m about to place my first (of many more) order!
Also I liked your Facebook page (Claudie Beauvais)