Friday, November 14, 2014

How Does the Business of Fabric Design Really Work?

I've recently discovered a blogger who writes about a lot of things pertaining to this wonderful world of quilting that we all love. Her blog isn't specifically for quilters, but rather the larger world of sewists and crafters of all types. The blog is "while she naps" and its author is Abby Glassenberg.

Two very recent posts that caught my eye discuss the topic of how fabric designers are paid (or occasionally not paid) for their work. These are quite eye-opening and thought-provoking posts so I wanted to share them with you.

Part 1 talks about designers who work for the major quilting fabric companies. Click here to read "An Inside Look at How Much Fabric Designers Earn."

Part 2 looks at how and why one major fabric designer has licensed premium quilting cotton collections to the largest brick and mortar fabric retailer chain in the United States. Click here to read "An Inside Look at Designing Premium Quilting Cottons for JoAnns."

If you're like me, you might think designing quilting fabrics sounds like a dream job that will earn you oodles of money and fame.  But maybe not.  You'll have to read for yourself and see if your opinion changes.

Just some thoughts to ponder the next time you are fabric shopping!

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