Fabric, Fun & Fashion in Germany

Hemmers1I recently spent a couple of days in Nordhorn in northern Germany visiting Hemmers, a fabric company I haven’t bought from before.

While there I, along with a handful of other fabric shop owners from the UK, was given a tour of the art department and we saw how they print small runs of fabric designs on their digital printer. We were also shown a fabulous archive book where designs dated back to the 1800s.

 

Hemmers5Another department had a fabric testing facility where specialist machinery tests for fabric wear and tear, such as pilling and also a dye-fast check.

Hemmers2One afternoon I had a couple of hours to spare and so I decided to take myself to the Stadtmuseum instead of loafing in the wonderful Riverside Hotel.

This great little museum describes the rich textile history of the town. During WW2 Germany was unable to source raw cotton and so Nordhorn reinvented itself as a centre of manufacturer of viscose – now I didn’t know that before the trip!

Hemmers3I had a quick rush around the museum and I took lots of pics. What a fabulous resource for German fashion and textile students! There is a dressing-up room, a book with fabric samples from the 1950s and lots of clothing and fashion exhibits and samples on display.

Hemmers4Nino was a famous fashion brand created in Nordhorn and there are lots of examples of the label’s clothing from the 1950s through to the 1970s. Diana Rigg, who played Emma Peel in The Avengers, modeled for the brand and she features heavily in the advertising and display material of the time.

What an exciting visit. I bought plenty of lovely Autumn stock for Fabrix customers to enjoy! So, next you come in be sure to have a look at the beautiful selection from Hemmers.

Jenny

 

Fabrix Summer Sale Now On!

It’s August SALE time and we have loads of goodies and bargains on offer in the Fabrix Lancaster shop!

Sale1 Remnants & bundles are 3 for 2 and we have a great selection of craft cottons with 25% off.

Check out our selection of Fat Quarter bundles also 25 % off!

Sale2For those of you who are well organised, you’ll be pleased to see that we have some lovely Christmas fabrics at an amazing £6 per metre!

Sale3We’ve added some fabulous viscoses, linens, cotton prints and jerseys to the large range of sale items on offer – perfect for making something for your summer wardrobe.

We have also taken 25% off some of our inspiring yarn collection.

Simplicity and Butterick patterns are currently half price (till mid August).

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Happy shopping!

Fabrix Easter Opening Hours

Please note our Easter Opening hours are as follows:

Good Friday (April 14) open 11am till 4pm

Easter Saturday (April 15) open 10am till 5pm

CLOSED on Easter Sunday & Easter Monday

Wishing our customers a very happy & creative Easter!

Fabrix Open Evening!

Fabrix Lancaster is hosting its first ever Open Evening!
Come along on April 6 (6.30pm till 9pm) and meet the teams from Incandescence Couture, Cotton On & Artybird and have a chat with the owners out about their dress making and craft courses. Of course the Fabrix staff will also be on hand to offer advice on sewing, knitting and crafting!
Plus you will get a sneak preview of our great new fabric ranges and we’re even offering exclusive discounts and deals on the evening.

Wonderful Woven Wools

Our January Sale has now come to an end but we’re delighted to announce that Fabrix customers can still enjoy some great savings in our Lancaster store!

With Spring just on the horizon and the first newborn lambs already in the fields, what better time than now to get busy with some lovely warm woven wools?

So, we’re offering 10% off all our wonderful woven wools.

WoolCoatFor a little inspiration, see our new window where we’re displaying three jackets which were made with boiled wools or wool blend micro fleece.

The rosettes were knitted using a few left over Amitola yarns and the pattern is Burda 7700.

Sale ends end of February.

 

 

Last Week of Sale!

FabSaleThere’s just one week left to come down to Fabrix, Lancaster and grab some fabulous bargains in our January sale!

We have some great savings on a wide range of stock including dress fabrics, jerseys, wool-blend suitings and  selected knitting wools.

Don’t forget, the Fabrix Sale ends next Sunday (29th Jan)!

 

 

Fabrix January Sale!

fabrix_sale_2The fantastic Fabrix January Sale starts at 10am on Wednesday 4th January 2017!

We have loads of fabulous bargains on offer in our Lancaster shop including wool-blend suitings, jersies, dress fabrics and  selected knitting wools.

With prices starting at 99p per metre there are lots of amazing value items in store to suit every budget.

fabrix_sale_1Whether you are a seasoned seamstress or a novice knitter we’re always happy to offer friendly advice and we are here to ensure that you get the very best service.

Pop into Fabrix and get 2017 off to a fantastically creative start!

And don’t forget to visit & ‘like’ the Fabrix Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest news.

 

Fall Into Autumn

sept8We thought we’d share the Fabrix September Catwalk window with you before the month turns into double figures!

We have chosen an autumnal theme using some lovely seasonal fabrics and colours to bring out the best of this time of year.

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I love the beetle print on this asymmetric top (pictured right). It’s a cotton & elastane jersey  from John Louden (150cms wide, £13.50 metre). I’ve made this particular top a few times and it’s a Newlook pattern, 6415.

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The skirt in this picture (left) s made from a Newlook pattern again, 6418. Once more, it’s got an asymmetric hemline and drapes nicely in the viscose print used. This is another John Louden fabric, available in 2 colourways (see below) and is 140cms wide/55″ and £7.99 metre.

The cardigan with the viscose skirt is knitted in a Sirdar Harrap Tweed chunky (pattern 7853). This is a new yarn from Sirdar and follows on from the success of their Harrap Tweed DK that was launched last year. Incidentally, they’ve added some lovely new colours to the DK range for this year.

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You may notice that I’ve added a cheeky little piece of the beetle print jersey into the front yoke of this ponte roma dress here, it toned so well with the teal colour. Again, I’ve used a Newlook pattern, 6429. We carry a selection of ponte roma jerseys, some are pictured below, and they start at around £8.99 (150 cms/ 60″ wide).

I hope you enjoy, and you find some inspiration, from the selection we’ve made for September. I’m thinking of making some jackets and coats for the October window to show off some of our beautiful new wool blend suitings. I’ve selected the patterns already, just got to start them now!

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Two colour ways in the viscose print as used on the skirt above

We do not have online sales at the moment but we are always happy for you to ring or email us and we can take a card transaction over the phone.

Pictured are some of the featured fabrics in closer detail showing some of the colour ranges available.

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Ponte Roma jerseys

Sew Long, Summer

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September Catwalk Fabrics

One day it’s fine, the next it’s wet and cool; it appears that we’re marching swiftly into Autumn!

The Fabrix Summer Sale is over (as of August 27) and we’re filling the shelves with a range of fabulous fabrics for Fall!

Don’t forget that we’ll be closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday (Aug 28 – 29) – however we won’t be taking any time off as we’ll be busy arranging all the lovely new Autumn stock around the shop.

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Autumn canvases

I’ve been busy making garments for the September window featuring a new viscose print, a beetle print jersey and a new teal  Ponte Roma jersey plus there’s a Harrap tweed chunky knit cardigan from Sirdar.

We’ve also got some fabulous new canvas prints. These gorgeous fabrics can be used for bags, cushions or a range of soft furnishing and craft projects; why not try a light-weight jacket or skirt?

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‘Northern Lights’ by Lewis & Irene

And while we’re talking about seasonal change, let’s not forget that Christmas is not too far around the corner! We have some stunning new ranges from Lewis & Irene and Makower featuring stockings, advent calendars, and lots of great prints for your creative festive craft projects (table-runners, place settings, aprons, etc).

 

 

 

 

Fabrix Summer Sale Now On!

The spectacular Fabrix annual summer sale is now on! Come and see what fabulous bargains we have on offer in our Lancaster store.

Reductions on a wide range of Dress Fabrics | Craft Fabrics | Christmas Cottons plus lots of other great deals including the return of the fab Fabrix Remnant Rail.

AND all New Look patterns are on special offer at HALF PRICE!

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