First! Thank you so much for all your input yesterday! Many of the magazines mentioned are not available in our little town, no Borders or Barnes & Noble around the corner. So it was interesting to do a little research with your suggestions! The top 5 mentions –
Find My Fabric is a super useful too for fabric aficionados like ourselves! You can search for fabric by name, or if you have a scrap and need to match it…take a picture and ask it to match it for you! Then it finds shops with the fabric for sale and gives you ratings for that shop too.
Here’s a little more background information from the creators:
The inspiration for FindMyFabric.com came from the complicated nature of trying to describe fabric in words. “Fabric and quilting is so visual in nature its hard to communicate in words the fabric you’re looking for. If you don’t know the name of the product line the fabric came from, its very hard to find online.” John describes a scenario of how FindMyFabric.com can help solve that problem. He talks about a quilter frantically trying to finish a quilt in time for Christmas only to find out that she doesn’t have enough of one print of fabric to finish the quilt. The quilter doesn’t know the name of the manufacturer, collection, or designer of that print. It would be hard for that quilter to find more of that fabric, especially if the local quilt shops have run out of it or don’t carry that line. By using FindMyFabric.com, that quilter now can snap a picture of the fabric and within minutes locate an online retailer that has the fabric in stock. Her quilt can now be finished in time for Christmas, making everyone happy.
There are other innovations employed by the search engine beyond being able to search by photo. FindMyFabric.com gives you prices, detailed information and store reviews about the online stores that carry that fabric, and is fast at giving the searcher the most relevant products at the top of the search results. The search engine’s database is not limited to only fabric but any quilting-related product as well.
Any online store that sells fabric and quilting-related products can submit their products to FindMyFabric.com free of charge. The search engine accepts various popular shopping cart system’s formats including Key To The Web, Like Sew, Websites For Quilters, and FabShop Search. Other formats are coming soon.
I hope you will check out Find My Fabric it’s lots of fun!