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Thread: Religious themed fabrics

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    When our fabric sales rep and his guest, national sales manager for South Sea Imports / Wilmington Prints, stopped by this week, I told them that I would love it if the fabric companies came out with more religious-themed fabrics.

    The sales manager's thought was that it might be "too risky": a limited market, possibly not what a secular society would want.

    Hmmm...

    I suggested that they could do motifs from a variety of religions, and could address hard-to-find holidays too. He'd already gotten a request for Pilgrims for Thanksgiving, and I was thinking of how hard it is to find Easter fabric that with a religious theme rather than just bunnies and eggs.

    Do you think there would be a market for this? Where could it be used?

    I immediately thought of all the church nurseries that I've seen, and the cute curtains that could be made for their windows. Also keepsake quilts to be given when a baby is baptized.

    Other thoughts?

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    I think lots of families would love to have quilts with these fabrics. Hobby Lobby has a lot of these types of fabrics (compared to other fabric stores) tho theirs tend to be strictly the Christian themes, not themes from other faiths. they might have some sales records that could be made available to vendors who are interested. When I'm in the market for Christian themed fabrics, that's where I look.

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    Walmart carried some religious fabric, good quality too, a couple of years ago. It can be found, it's just rather hard to find. I have some that I've been collecting for a Bible themed quilt. I'm not sure yet if I want to design a quilt based on the miracles of Jesus, His life, or His parables. Maybe even incorporate some of each.


    Ktbb---that's because Hobby Lobby is a Christian based store. They give discounts if you're buying for church projects, aren't open on Sundays (or at least they didn't used to be), etc. I love their stores. They not only carry good fabric but someone really puts some effort into buying some fabulous prints.

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    another thought...caution would have to be taken to observe beliefs of the different religions - some won't have the name of God written down, others may have some beliefs that would prevent them from purchasing specific designs/figures

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    I think your Ideas and thoughts are womderful.

    I second you idea.

    ConnieF

    PS I just read this to my dh and he said he dosent thingk we are as sectular as some people might think. Just a few try to make people think so.
    At the beginning of every yera what do we get a new calander and we find many bible based calandars. So people do buy.

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    I frequently read comments on this board from members who are struggling to find religious themed fabric.

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    Bible bags, Church banners, wall hangings, quilts for pastors, bookmarks ...
    I think there is a market for sure.

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    I think that you should tell that rep to talk with more people. There is a really large nitch out there who want to have religious fabrics. I think that this rep and his buddy need to get their head out of their hind end and really look at the market. that is why hobby lobby and other religious lines do so well.

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    I'm all for it; no trouble finding Christian-themed fabric, a little trouble finding Jewish-themed; could not find any Kwanzaa-themed - and I searched.

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    We had alot of customers looking for it this year. I also went looking in our JoAnns for a Jewish themed fabric, and our JoAnns didnt have any at all.
    I forget tat Hobby Lobby would most likely have some Christian ones,and I really like quality of their fabric too!

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    Hi, I found some Christian themed fabric at Hobby Lobby just before Christmas. It was beautiful and subtle. It could be the concern (selling religious themed fabric) would be the fabric might not sell as quickly and would sit on the shelf.

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    I have Christian-themed fabric that I ordered online. You can find a lot online.

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    As probably the only voice from the other side of the coin, I will not shop in places that have too much religious themed product. For me, the product you select to display and sell speaks of the customer base you are wishing to attract. As a non-religious person, I save my few pennies for those who are reaching to a wider base.

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    Just received an e-mail from Michael Miller Fabrics... they have posted new (probably future) collections on their site. And guess what, they have a few religious ones! http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/...t.cfm?Gid=1239 Crosses, angels, and in the holiday section they have some Jewish ones too. So they, at least, are willing to invest in this niche market.

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    B.J.'s (LQS) carries religious pattern fabric & it sells very well. I recently bought a panel & border material of "Amazing Grace" to make a wall hanging for Easter. If there is a demand, they will stock it.

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    I think they would sell very well, not just to quilters, but to others that sew other things too :D:D:D

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