Yesterday, I had the chance to visit The Fabric Store’s 50% off sale (on through tomorrow) with a fellow fabric geek. We were picking the fabrics to stitch a “collection” for a certain upcoming pattern release. I’ve seen this fabric before at TFS and longed to make it mine except I habitually refuse to buy anything for which I do not have an immediate purpose in mind. If I bought everything I liked when I saw it I’d be in debt and surrounded by piles of “stash” fabric.
The tag said dry clean only, but I’ve worked with this kind of fabric before so I shoved it into the machine with like color and a warm wash with normal liquid soap. I also washed this lightweight textured merino in that load- intended for the same collection.
It’s soft and drapey, yet firm. I like textured cottons because they easily wash and wear well. This piece was washed last night, crammed into the dryer and stayed there until after lunch when I pulled it out to take pictures. Not bad, only a little rumpled.
The question is- boucle or piqué? It looks like a basketweave pique, except for the thick-thin quality of the yarns used, which lends a gentle slubbed effect. The slubs and the soft irregularity say “boucle” to me.
I can’t decide what to call this lovely fabric! What would you call it? Do link to articles on boucle or pique if you please! (also- what do you think of white, blue and pink together on me?)