Sample Makin Time

We had a few delays thanks to Mr.  Flu and Mr. Crud but today finally arrived, the day that we turn the fabric samples over to the rep group and wait to see how the world will receive them. Thanks to all of your wonderful comments I approached the day filled with confidence and excitement.

First we snapped  quick pictures of the each piece on the wall to give us some smaller files to  mail to designers for presentations:

Here are a few of my favs:

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Then we put together the sales presentation aka “talking points” booklet. Thanks Shootflyshoot for the pretty pic!

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Then we had to design, print and cut all of the tags for each sample.

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

And finally it was time to cut and assemble. All hands on deck ya’ll!

One of the things I am most excited about with the samples is an innovation the mill and I came up with that I have never seen done before.

Notice the row at the bottom of the fabric ( below) which is a smaller scale that the rest? When the designers receive their samples they obviously will not have a full width of fabric therefore they will not know what the full repeat looks like. Instead of having to go the price list or flip over a tag to see a picture they will have a full repeat printed right on the fabric at 1/4 scale so they see true color, true scale, true placement.

Pretty cool idea I think.

They will also be offered almost limitless options for customizing for their jobs. Love that stripe but wish it was vertical instead of horizontal? Your wish is our command.

Love that huge scale but really just need a pillow and don’t want all of the waste? We will decrease the scale and print to the exact size pillow form you have.

This is as custom as you can get without designing it all yourself. We do all the work. You look like a genius. Sweet.

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Did I mention that I love these peeps?

Remember last week when I talked about having to reach ( word of the year) out to others who will lift you up and  help you achieve your goals. Well these three plus Jeff and a few others are my chief lifters. That one at the end? She prays for me… all the time… and she’s not even my Mama. haha What sweet encouragement they bring.

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Martin Choate has been my Duralee rep for the last decade and has walked this walk every step of the way with me.

Her cute hubby, Tab, has started his own rep group called White Calf Designs and they have assembled quite an impressive group of companies to represent. I am so honored to have made the cut!!  They have the exclusive rights to show and sell so if you are interested, give them at shout out at .

They came in bearing these gorgeous flowers

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

and then jumped right in there pulling, cutting, tagging and folding.

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Thanks guys. What a great day.

Before we knew it we had a big beautiful pile of debutantes ready to make their debut. So get ’em girls.

The world is your oyster.

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection



Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

Then we loaded Tab down

Cindy Barganier Fabric Collection

and said, “Go get em Boy!”

If you know of design firms or showrooms that might want to take a peek I would be so happy if you passed this along.

Oh! and Happy Friday Ya’ll. Can you believe ‘Bama got snow?

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Fabric Lesson Continued

If you missed part 1 of  My Fabric Line Is On The Market click here.

With roll upon roll of fabrics and wallcoverings ready to be either printed or shipped I was a girl in paradise.

This big, bad boy is the steamer room that will make charcoal out of you in nothing flat. It is here that excess dye is removed and sizing is added to give the fabric a soft hand.

The very first decision that has to be made before printing can begin is which ground fabric you want to use. There are hundreds of options from Belgian linen to China Silk. Within each category are sub-categories based on weight, finish etc.

The grey goods are pre-washed to remove any impurities or finishes that might be on them that would affect printing.

Stroheim and Romann -maybe?

This machine “re-squares the fabric if it has become skewed during the print process.
Now here is the mind blower for me as I scroll through the next few images…..

That’s right,,, that says RALPH

Thibaut Wallpaper

Duralee/Highland Court ready to ship

Lots of Thibaut

Was this Waverly? I couldn’t keep up.

That’s just lots of good old fashion paint and dye folks. Watch your clothes!

Making sure the Purchase Order matches the goods.

So these people now print for Duralee, Highland Court, Thibaut, Kelly Werstler, Ralph Lauren, Schumacher…… and ….. me?

 How does that even happen. God is amazing.

Stay tuned for the final installment of old world meets new in the land of fabric design.

If you want to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at

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New Fabric Line Hits The Market!

What artist wouldn’t be happy with a post that opens with a picture like that!

This was not planned to happen this fast but when a client sees your designs for fabrics,  flips and says,

“I want to use it”

you find a way to make it happen- right?

It was a case of right time, right place, and, God’s favor.

One of the plants that prints for Duralee is experimenting with digital printing as opposed to hand printing and they needed a guinea pig. I had a mountain of fabric designs that had so many colors they HAD to be printed digitally and I needed a printer. God put us together.

I warn you, this is going to be a long post so I will break it up into bite size pieces but I think you will find it fascinating.

hand screen printing

Traditionally, fabrics have been made a couple of different ways. The oldest method and most expensive is custom, hand screening where two people walk opposite each other down a long table filled with fabric and drag a wooden squeegee over screens made of silk to push dye through the silk. There is a different screen for every single color. For instance, if the pattern has red flowers with brown stems and green leaves, the guys walk the length of the table applying the brown first, one repeat at a time, for the entire 60 yards of fabric. Then they remove that screen and get the one with the flowers on it and do the same thing applying the red, then grab the third screen and apply the green etc, etc, etc.  It is very labor intensive and one little mistake can ruin an entire run.

silk screens

fabric ready for screening

rows and rows of screens for different fabrics or papers

Then some amazingly smart person figured out how to cut the patterns onto large drums and have a machine do the work of the sqeeggee men.The color is laid simultaneously as the fabric passes along the conveyor belt.

This is what the drums look like. This would be the “screen” for one color.

rotary printers

The bolt of washed fabric, called grey goods at this point, is feed onto the conveyor belt very carefully so that it is precisely timed to arrive at the next color station after the previous part of the pattern has been printed.

Now this is where it starts to get really fun. Can  you see that each tube or drum has a different part of the over-all design on it? One has the tree trunk, another the branches, another the leaves, then the birds etc.

You can literally just walk down the ramp and watch the pattern come to life right in front of you.

I have always loved factories. They fascinate me.

In person, you can look through the end of the tube and watch the color squirting through the openings.

first one color

then another

until finally

you have the finished deal

Doesn’t that just make you want to cheer???

final product

I think this is a Schumacher pattern but I am not sure. This machine squares the fabric up and heat sets the dye.

yuk, it’s stiff

As it rolls off the belt it is inspected for appropriate color, pattern match etc and adjustments are made. The fabric is very stiff at this point. You would not want to sit on it.

This machine is called a calander and it adds finish. Two rollers, one with heat and pressure and one with cold, squeeze the fabric as it goes through. To make a chintz the skids shine it like a spit-shine.

being prepared for sizing

It will next be sent basically to a VERY hot steam bath where any excess dye will be washed away and sizing will be added to make the fabric soft and pliable.

We will continue our lesson on how fabric is made tomorrow.

If you would like to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at


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I Love It When That Happens

Last night at about the midnight hour I was perusing random blogs to see what new friends I might find when serendipity happened.

Blog A led me to blog B…. and suddenly I stumbled upon

6th Street Design School

Kirsten was saying that she had a great time on a family trip but was glad to be home….

Suddenly I scroll down to her last picture and the caption says:

“Plus I came home to some beautiful fabrics on my doorstep.”

See that black and white fabric?

THAT’S THE FABRIC I  DESIGNED  for Duralee Fabrics!

(I know, I should be cool about it but I will NEVER get over the thrill of people liking my work enough to actually want to use it. It’s just such an awesome blessing.)

 Here it is shown on The Jennifer Chair from my new furniture collection.

My Sales Representative sent me this one of

3 Sisters Clothing

using for one of their spring jackets.

And this picture was sent in of “a sighting” where it was used as drapery.

I just might have to join my little granddaughter in a big ol’

HaPpY dAnCe! (big smile)

If YOU happen upon it somewhere I would love to see the pictures.

For more information on the products talked about here contact me at

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