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Thread: If you buy fabric online... (poll)

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    If you buy fabric online... (poll)

    Does the name of the fabric line encourage you to look at that fabric? In other words, I am more apt to look at "wildflowers" but something named "cabbage and roses" I wouldn't. I would look at "phenomenal fall" but not "crab shack".

    If I don't like the name, I won't even give it a chance (to make it into my house)
    Anyone else do that?

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    Sometimes the great name makes a fabric line more appealing or sparks a quilting idea but a poor name doesn't have a negative effect.

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    Sure if the name is appealing then that would make me look at it. Since lots of people love cats something with kitty or cat would be something they probably would look at.

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    Yes, I'm quilty as well. There's so many websites that by the time I find one that has reasonable prices I'm too tired and worn out to go through every crazy name. I'd rather go to Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics or JoAnns and get something I like because I can see it.

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    When I look for fabric online I am looking for something specific usually. Names don't concern me overmuch. Some times that "cabbage rose" turns out to be a really lovely fabric. There are always surprises out there!
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    I LOOK at ALL the fabric!! Never know what you'll see. I don't want to miss out on something that catches my eye. So I can't say I go by the name. Interesting to see what your poll finds.
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    I 'm not a cat person so if it has cat in the name .. I don't look at it. The name of the line has to have something in it that I am looking for .. if not I move on.

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    Unless I am looking for a specific collection or line, price is what motivates me to 'look'. I just paid LQS price for a meter of 'can't wait MUST have it for a class and it MUST match fabric ($15.49) The biggest drawback with online shopping, is that you never get a true colour from their photos or your own monitor. Once that drawback has been overcome, I think our LQS's will all be history. I know that I can't pay that kind of money for all the fabric for a queen sized quilt.
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    I'm afraid I don't even notice the names - poor, sad fabric marketers! I don't pay attention to their efforts!! To narrow the field of online fabrics I usually start somewhere like Hancock's of P and visit the discount bins. I am always finding great stuff at good prices in those bins...and it keeps the number of items I'm viewing down to a manageable level. If I find something I like but want to see it in a different color then I might start using the name of the fabric line, but only as a search tool.

    (And if I do a search and have eighteen pages to scroll through, I tend to retreat from the field of battle. Especially if it is a website that won't let me choose how many images to view on a page.)

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    I have bought from Connecting Threads and Joanns on line. I always look at all the fabrics, kits too. I always want to see everything they have before I make a choice. Names don't make a difference to me.
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    Usually when looking for fabric online I will search by color or category(ie floral, landscape, animal prints), I don't look at names either

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    You might be amused by this:

    Benartex spun off a new design division last year. They called it "Canvas". As in, you start with a blank canvas...

    But apparently they had a hard time selling their Canvas fabric because... people thought it was canvas!

    So they re-spelled the name, and now call it "Kanvas".

    Names truly *can* be importanta!

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    To be honest, I never pay attention to what the name of a fabric line is. I just buy what I like. It's all visual for me.

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    I'm a visual person...got to look at it all.

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    I like to look at the fabrics, so I'm visual. But price also plays into my selection, so I always look at the discounted or discontinued fabrics first. Fabric names don't count for me unless I am looking for something specific.

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    The site has to have a way to select a color, for instance a particular pink and then find all the floral with that pink or a way to select fabric by the subject matter. I'm only looking for fabric with roses now. If I can't search by those two methods I won't try that online store again.Unless I'm comparison shopping to see if I can find the exact fabric a dollar or two cheaper somewhere I never use names.
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    I like to look at everything just like in the store. I do start with the least expensive and sale fabrics where that search/sort is possible. I purchase most of my fabrics for charity work so it needs to be easy on the budget.
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    I look at them all. I don't want to miss anything. Afterall, whats in a name?
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    Yes, the name is what I see first. It tells me if I'm on the right track. I'm not one for animals or kids prints, so names help me. Like "Strawberry Fields" is exactly what I wanted and so I bought all the FQs. But sometimes I am fooled by the name, so I always check out the fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    If I don't like the name, I won't even give it a chance (to make it into my house)
    Anyone else do that?
    Nope, I don't do that with fabrics any more than I do it with books or with people. You miss way too much in life by forming opinions without an open mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darlin121 View Post
    When I look for fabric online I am looking for something specific usually. Names don't concern me overmuch. Some times that "cabbage rose" turns out to be a really lovely fabric. There are always surprises out there!
    Same for me...
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    When I buy fabric online the fabric line name does not have any influence of me. Sometimes I look at the manufacture because I have my favorite companies. Then at the collections, very rarely do I look by color only if I plan on doing a quilt or need a particular color. What I do too is right down a few fabric lines I would like to purchase as I see them used in some of the magazines I get, or the online quilt shop.

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    I look at all fabric! If I think they may have something I'm looking for.......I don't care about the name. I've found great fabric in very weird named places online...........and that always makes me smile!

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    I look at all the fabrics and rarely at the names. I have many areas of interest to work with, so the names just don't enter into it. In 2 yrs only once did I need the name of the fabric & that was because I had trouble locating a coordinating fabric I wanted.
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    I have purchased many, many, many, yards of music fabric. Sometimes a fabric line has a name that sounds musical but has ntohing to do with music or instruments. Other lines like Elizabeth Studios have names like Live Jazz that really is music.
    So yes, I do look at names but that does not always get me what I am looking for.
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