I bought a beautiful fabric last July during the moving sale the U-Fab location here in Charlottesville held when they were preparing to move to Ivy Road. I planned on making a valance for my embroidery studio with the fabric and even read a few tutorials for the project. As embroidery projects came in, the valance was pushed lower on the priority list and the bolt of fabric sat in the corner.
At an open house for the new store several months later, my friend Linda (who sold me that fabric), was shocked that I still hadn't made the valance. She told me that I should just bring the fabric back and have the U-Fab workroom do the work.
Usually, I would buckle down and get sewing, but this is such a busy time of year for me that giving the fabric back to U-Fab sounded really appealing. So last week, I hauled the bolt back and manager Kendall helped me order the most beautiful valance, with a contrasting welt and a center pleat. Every valance and cornice on the store's sample wall looked wonderful and I could have spent a while debating the options, but I just went with my first instinct.
U-Fab is having their annual Friends and Family sale right now, so we upgraded the liner fabric to a heavy silk (at least, I think it was silk) and the 20% discount brought the cost down to what a simple cotton would have been.
I also borrowed a swatch of a fabric that I'm thinking about using for the fantastic chair and ottoman we bought for the our bedroom. The chair is well-made and has tailored lines (have you noticed how huge chairs have gotten?). It just needs an update.
I love that this fabric is patterned, but not overwhelmingly busy. The sweet elephants made it irresistible for me!
So I had a very productive visit to U-Fab! I'm not quite ready to have the chair reupholstered, but it's exciting to have a beautiful fabric picked out for it.
By the way, Kendall from U-Fab has a home business called KR Custom Designs. You can order vinyl monograms and monogrammed gifts from her through Etsy. Back in the condo, I had a cutest vinyl monogram on my front door and now that I know Kendall makes them, I've been looking around for a place to put one!