Design Inspirations from Fabric Wake my Lazy DIY Sensibility

by on Sunday, April 18th, 2010
"An embroidery on silk featuring bees and dragonflies darting between scattered tulips and peonies, inspired by the finest gardens.  In three colourways, on ivory, on pale taupe and eau de Nil.

This Lorca fabric was the start of my inspiration journey towards thinking outside of my pre-established, fairly inexperienced DIY box.

After writing about making your own window treatments yesterday, now I’m obsessed with Lora fabrics. While looking at the luxe fabrics I got ideas for pillows, art for my walls, and even something you can do with your kids. From framing fabrics, stenciling fabric, or even your jeans – there’s lots of ideas for you to look over and consider. I definitely feel CRAFTY now. Beauty inspires me.  But in this case, I had to think how I could re-interpret some of this ideas in order to be possible. Buying tons of this fabric for curtains would be expensive. But framing just some high quality fabric? That is doable. And if that isn’t something you want to do, try re-creating one of the fabric looks with paint and your own fabrics. Just as stores look to big designers for ideas, you can look to the best interior design ideas to recreate for yourself.

Loving Fabric Enough to Frame

Have you seen or heard how people will frame a piece of fabric as art? This fabric is certainly worthy of that – and you can find similar fabrics at local stores or online. I mean, sometimes people will say you should paint a piece of canvas just a few colors and hang it like art (and that, to me, is boring)! I think silky indian fabric would look great paired with a gilded frame that you paint in a bronze or silver.

"A sumptuous collection inspired by the magnificence of India. New tones of black, white and grey are presented alongside the more usual Lorca colours such as fuchsia and burnt orange, giving a rich and varied ensemble."

"A sumptuous collection inspired by the magnificence of India. New tones of black, white and grey are presented alongside the more usual Lorca colours such as fuchsia and burnt orange, giving a rich and varied ensemble."

"A strikingly contemporary interpretation of an all-over 1930s style floral pattern on silk."

"A strikingly contemporary interpretation of an all-over 1930s style floral pattern on silk."

A strikingly contemporary interpretation of an all-over 1930s style floral pattern on silk.

"A strikingly contemporary interpretation of an all-over 1930s style floral pattern on silk."

Stenciling Fabrics

Another idea I got when looking at pictures at this site was that stencils don’t have to look totally cheesy when painted onto things – like you’re living in an issue of Country Home Living from the 80’s. If you can find a shiny, metallic paint and stencil roses on a fabric or good canvas – that can also be art!

Check out this WikiHow link for more info on how to stencil on fabric. There’s a Youtube video that shows how to stencil on your jeans – and I think it’s helpful to view how they use all the colors to create a multi-color look even for just one stencil design. (And if you’re interested, I found this Youtube video of a really cool journal you make primarily using stencils. It’s really intricate and beautiful. I wish I had the determination to try making one.) If you’re looking for a floral stencil book, try your local craft stores – or you can buy something online. This Floral Stencil Book by Louise Drayton has 31 different stencils.

For kids, give them some fabric crayons and a pair of old jeans! Woman’s Day shows you how to stencil curtains. Better Homes and Gardens encourages you to stencil dressers. Repainting an old dresser a bright new color is a great way to spruce things up, and stencils personalize it all.

"SILK ROAD is a collection of four silk designs grouped together but to be sold individually as hangers, carrés or flat samples (USA) rather than in a pattern book. The name refers to the famous trading routes from the orient to continental Europe. "

"SILK ROAD is a collection of four silk designs grouped together but to be sold individually as hangers, carrés or flat samples (USA) rather than in a pattern book. The name refers to the famous trading routes from the orient to continental Europe. "

"This design bears the name of the charming island near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco favoured by artists and horticulturalists. The stylised flowers and foliage have Californian tones which are vibrant and soft, exotic and neutral making them suitable for a metropolitan environment as well as the country."

"This design bears the name of the charming island near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco favoured by artists and horticulturalists. The stylised flowers and foliage have Californian tones which are vibrant and soft, exotic and neutral making them suitable for a metropolitan environment as well as the country."

A Quick Pillow Idea

If you do sew, or know someone who does, a great pillow idea is found in this picture, which using contrasting fabrics in a moiré pattern. Moire patterns can be silk or cotton, and they look like rippling water. With the contrasting edge and decorative button, these throw pillows can give a new look to your room.

"The name ALEXANDRINE with its imperial connotations is particularly suited to this most regal of fabrics. This is a subtle yet rich moiré in a palette of twenty-two colours perfectly suited to both classic and contemporary interiors. Woven in Trevira CS, this moiré is unique for its washable quality. The coverage and intensity of the moiré effect is subject to variation with each production batch."

"The name ALEXANDRINE with its imperial connotations is particularly suited to this most regal of fabrics. This is a subtle yet rich moiré in a palette of twenty-two colours perfectly suited to both classic and contemporary interiors. Woven in Trevira CS, this moiré is unique for its washable quality. The coverage and intensity of the moiré effect is subject to variation with each production batch."

All pictures from Osborne & Little.

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