DIY: Framed Fortuny Fabrics

Fortuny fabric is luxurious patterned art. And it is priced accordingly. But did you know, you can still have some of it for an affordable price? You can even have a collection of it to frame as wall art!

Bolt of Fortuny Fabric

Source: Fortuny Venezia on Instagram

You don’t have to be fortunate to have a fortune to spend on Fortuny. Just don’t buy a whole bolt like this.

FINDING FORTUNY FABRIC REMNANTS

Instead, search eBay for “Fortuny remnants” and you’ll find shops selling small sample pieces of Fortuny fabrics. A Fortuny fabric remnant sized 8.5 x 11 inches is about $20 if no one bids against you.

I have purchased Fortuny fabric remnants from “rrrca1” eBay store and Caravan of Textiles eBay store (what a great supplier for a Nomadic Decorator, huh!?). Both stores sell smaller pieces of expensive designer fabrics. This makes it affordable to use luxury fabrics for small projects. You can make pillows. You can cover journals and books. You can frame the fabrics, or even cover wide frames with the fabrics. You can make little handbags.

The hard part is choosing the fabrics. Which ones? There are so many patterns and colors! For my DIY framed collection, I narrowed the choices by looking for the “tribal” inspired patterns in neutral and metallic colors. The Fortuny designs I used are called Ashanti, Cuzco, Maori and Peruviano.

Four Framed Fortuny Fabrics

Here’s a sample of Fortuny patterns and colors you can find on eBay …

From the Caravan of Textiles store:

Fortuny Remnants from Caravan of Textiles

And more colors:

Fortuny Fabric Patterns Remnants from Caravan of Textiles eBay Store

The other eBay store that I’ve found consistently has Fortuny remnants is rrrca1:

Fortuny Fabric Remnants from eBay Store rrrca1

Fortuny Fabric Remnant Patterns from eBay Store rrrca1

So, I’d say to choose a few colors you like, and a pattern style you like — geometric? floral? swirly? — and watch for Fortuny fabrics that fit those. And if you are putting a collection of different fabrics together, obviously you want them all to look good together. Without some limits, it’s so hard to choose.

If you’re like these patterns and want to learn more about Fortuny, check out a good story about Mariano Fortuny and the company he founded, at Kristen Laird Design blog.

FINDING FRAMES

For inexpensive “art” I don’t pay for custom frames. Ready-made frames are just fine. The frames I used are from Michael’s. They are this frame in “rustic gold” color:

Framing Fortuny Fabrics

If you need many frames for a collection, the frames can actually cost more than the fabric! Here are some money-saving tips:

  • If you want to buy these frames online, sign up for Michael’s coupons.
  • If you buy frames in the store, there are often “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” or 50% Off sales on frames, and that’s how I got these four.
  • You can also use the Michael’s shopping app on your smartphone. You can find coupons in the app. Pull out your phone at the cashier, open the app and they’ll scan the coupon.

Fortuny fabric remnants are usually 8.5 x 11 inches, so look for frames with a slightly smaller opening in the mat. A frame for a photo sized 8 x 10 inches is perfect, and this is a common size in frames.

Framing Fortuny Fabric Remnants

DIY TUTORIAL FOR FRAMED FORTUNY FABRICS

It’s ridiculously easy to make a framed collection of Fortuny fabrics.

Fabric Collection Framing Steps

If you’re using a ready-made frame:

  1. Open the backing
  2. Remove the product marketing fillers
  3. Pop the fabric into the frame (add a small piece of tape if you feel a need to secure it, but I did not do this, the frame pieces fit tightly enough to hold the fabric in place)
  4. Close up the backing

You are done! Instant textile art collection! Isn’t that short tutorial kind of anticlimactic? But really, it is that easy. As I said above, the hardest part might be choosing the fabrics!

How to Frame a Fortuny Fabric Remnant Collection

Fortuny Fabric Wall Art Collection


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Suzani on Facebook

Real quick first: Sunday Oct. 12 is the deadline to enter a $75 gift card giveaway to Novica.com! As of now there’s 145 entries between the blog and Facebook post so — unlike the Silhouette Cameo contests I’ve entered with 5,000 entries and nil chance of winning — here there’s still a decent chance! So go enter now if you’re interested.


Numerous times I’ve thought you have gotta see this Facebook page I’ve been following. Finally sharing! It’s The Little Silk Road Shop and if you like suzani, you will get a daily dose there. What I like about their page is they share behind-scenes peeks of actually doing the embroidering, they share antique photos of old Bukhara suzani ateliers, and their photos are always just delicious for the eyes.

Here’s a visual feast (and head over to The Little Silk Road Shop’s Facebook and follow if you want more helpings of photos like these!) …

How many of us work in gray or beige offices? What if our workplaces had a little more color like this?

The Little Silk Road Suzani Shop on Facebook

I love to see glimpses of the creative and making process. It’s a reminder of the obvious but overlooked, that these complex, intricate and laborious things don’t happen in the snap of a finger:

Facebook Page for The Little Silk Road Suzani Shop

One of those antique photos I mentioned:

Making Suzani

And there’s plenty of textile eye candy, like these photos of vintage suzani:

Vintage Suzani via The Little Silk Road Suzani Shop

Suzani Vintage from The Little Silk Road Suzani Shop

They show how people weave suzani into their homes:

Suzani Bed Covering

I love this idea of simply stretching it over a canvas for display. Hmmmm. This is giving me ideas for the bins full of textiles I’ve been hoarding at my house. Why keep them boxed up? Why not let them hang free and enjoyed, like this:

Suzani on Canvas as Wall Art

So that’s just a glimpse of what you’ll find. Head on over to The Little Silk Road Shop for more!





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Around the World in 60 Trendy Textile Minutes

Wow. Trends move with dizzying speed these days. Where it once took 365 days to get around the world, it’s super easy to share online instantly these days, so we must reach further and faster to find anything new. As a regular ol’ person trying to keep up with “what’s new,” my head is whipping back and forth like watching a trendy tennis game!

Just watching textiles, designs like beni ourain rugs from Morocco were super hot for awhile. That’s not the leading edge now. KimonoIkat. Suzani. Otomi. All past trends. What? You’re just discovering these? I know, I hear you, it can make you feel like you missed something, these trends move so fast.

Textile Style Trends

Sources: Kimono, LotusHaus; Ikat, PRC Foundation; Suzani, Nazmiyal Collection; Otomi, Mexican Folk Art Craft 

With the trends of the last few years, we traveled from Southeast Asia to Central Asia to Africa. Now it seems we hopped an ocean and we should be in Peru. I’ve noticed Peruvian and Andean textiles are being talked about lately. Maybe that’s a new trail on the path of the tribal trend? But wait!! One of my arms is still stuck in a pile of Hmong textiles over in Southeast Asia!

Or maybe Hmong design can live with Peruvian? Maybe Otomi can live with Moroccan? Maybe tribal influence from Africa can find design harmony with Suzani? If you’re having a hard time picturing what I’m talking about (because yeah that’s what happens when the world spins so fast!) here’s a few combos:

Peruvian rug + Hmong Cushion:

Peruvian Rug and Hmong Cushion

Moroccan Beni Ourain rug + Otomi from Mexico:

Moroccan Beni Ourain and Otomi

West African batik wall hanging + Suzani-inspired:

West African Batik and Suzani Style

On the one hand, I wish things would slow down. It seems as soon as our eyes adjust to what’s new to us, we’re asked to focus on something else. What’s coming next? I don’t know today. But we should know by next week. (And indeed, this post sat as a draft for a week – and yesterday it was announced that Navajo is the new trend! Which reminded me to finish this post …)

On the other hand, this means we are hopefully learning about and appreciating cultures from around the whole world.

The lesson here? Live with what you like. Even if it was trendy years ago. It doesn’t matter. If ikat speaks to you, live with it. For as long as you like. It’s your life and your home, and your money that bought it. And if humans actually labored by hand to make your textile, someone spent weeks or months and sometimes even years of their life creating what you own! So we shouldn’t dispose of things so quickly. Beyond being wasteful, that feels capricious and even disrespectful. Maybe that’s the thing that bothers me about the fast trend cycle. While a plain t-shirt from Target can be a “throwaway” in a year, we shouldn’t be so throwaway with these cultural treasures from around the world. Let’s live with them for a long while!


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CRAFT by World Market

Have you seen the CRAFT by World Market shopping concept yet? Rather than putting things you want in your shopping cart immediately, they show you products and they take pre-orders.

CRAFT by World Market

There’s a deadline for pre-orders, and if they get enough orders, they produce the item. If they don’t get enough orders, they don’t produce the item. As you see here, if you like this scarf, 68 other people need to like it enough to pre-order in order for you to have it.

So … do you like that idea? I’m not sure how I feel about it. A majority of previous items were not produced. Maybe this is a new idea that still needs to catch on. After all, buying through online auction at eBay was once a new strange thing. Someone was first with the online shopping concept of “membership” sites that offer very limited quantity (even one-of-a-kind) items and very limited time to purchase them, like GILT and One King’s Lane. There’s now a whole bunch of those shopping sites.

But with this CRAFT concept, I don’t quite get the feeling that if I don’t act now, I might miss out on something good. Because I need to depend on numerous other people to also act now. The items are really nice and from online photos they appear to be a higher level of quality, like this ceramic platter hand-crafted by Indian artisans:

Ceramic Platter CRAFT by World Market

But now I also feel a little blue and sad … some people put their heart and soul into creating this and what if it’s not popular enough and it’s not produced? I feel like I want to save its future, and save the artisans’ future! Help make it happen!!

So what are we supposed to do? What can we do? Buy a billboard pleading with other shoppers to please-please-please place a pre-order? Really, what can you do other than hope?

Check out this Hand of Fatima doorknocker:

Hand of Fatima Doorknocker at World Market

As of this moment, it needs only 11 more orders and it will be produced. Whew. I’m rootin’ for it! Couldn’t quite get excited about the World Cup, but I’m rootin’ for a World Market product! But I wouldn’t place bets on this door, no matter how much I love these carved Indian doors:

Carved Indian Door at World Market

Why? Well, it’s $499 and people are probably less likely to go for it. ?? Although I can tell you that getting a similar vintage or antique door shipped from India would cost far, far more so compared to that this is a bargain.

Hmmm … well, when I started writing this post, that Lalita scarf needed 68 orders to see the light of day. Now, it needs a few less, 65. So … here’s a close-up of the handiwork:

Lalita Scarf at World Market

Head on over if you like it! Oh, and, because nowadays you never know with blogging, this is not a sponsored post and there is no commission if you click links on this post! And maybe with this honest post I blew it for any future sponsorships with World Market, which would be ideal for this blog and its global decor focus. But, hey, we’re honest around here!





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