A friend of mine who’s an interior designer told me about a fabric store that she said I just HAD to check out because I would love it. So a few days ago, on a rainy Saturday, I headed to the fabric and trimmings warehouse of SR Harris in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
Quite frankly, it’s overwhelming. There are thousands? hundreds of thousands? of bolts of fabric there – fabric for quilting, for sewing, for high-fashion design, for upholstery, for anything your imagination can come up with. I had my handy iPhone with me, so I could snap my favorite (there were many).
As it turns out, a few themes emerged from my top picks:
(1) Japanese/geisha/Chinoiserie ~
(2) Toile ~
Who would have guessed that I’d be so drawn to toile? Not me! I mean, I lived in Jouy, the birthplace of toile (toile’s full name is Toile de Jouy, and couldn’t stand all of the toile curtains, upholstered furniture and knickknacks on display. Apparently I prefer toile patterns in bold, modern colors (no beige and rust red here!)
(3) Blue + white (with or without florals) ~
If you’re in the Twin Cities, and are looking for your own fabric/trimmings/leather adventure, head to SR Harris.
2 tips before you head out there:
1) Go to SR Harris’ website and print out the coupons. Although SR Harris’ prices are always 50% off regular fabric store prices, you can bag even more savings by using the coupons!
2) Give yourself plenty of time. It will take you at least an hour to get the ‘lay of the land’ at this warehouse of goodies. The prices and selection are great, but if you’re looking for cotton fabric, for example, you’ll have eight rows of it to work your way through to find your favorites.