The Organization of a Fabric Library
January 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
A while back I reorganized the fabric library, stepping up the efficiency at the office by quite a few notches. Now that it has been a while, I can safely say that this method works rather wonderfully.
We dig through these drawers constantly, so excuse the mess.
Fabrics are stored in labeled, pull out drawers and are broken down by color: blue, blue green, green, yellow, orange, neutrals, metallic, and so on. Fabrics with multiple colors are broken down by type, such as florals, geometric, ikat/abstract, stripes, embroidery, and probably a few others. Then there are outdoor fabrics, leathers and sheers. There was one client whose design was very brown and blue oriented, so the brown blue combinations have their own drawers.
Fabrics are folded so that the fold is facing up. If possible, tags are on the outside, rather than folded in so that the vendor and pattern numbers are visible without unfolding. If the fabric is a stripe, the fabric is folded with the stripes vertical so you can see right away that it is a stripe. Fabric cards have there own drawer. If space allowed it, fabric cards would be broken into color as well.
For me, this method is perfect. If I am working with a specific color scheme, and looking for say, something purple, I can go to the purple drawer, pull it out and set it on the work table to sort through and find what I’m looking for.
Lastly, there is a ‘go-backs’ box. Its actually an ottoman that has a top that lifts off. All of the fabrics that have been pulled out and are no longer in use go into the ottoman and later, our lovely assistant sorts through it and puts the fabrics back in their drawers. Voila, perfect system.
And this is my sweet Wheaten Terrier keeping me company at the office.