I think it’s probably safe to say that the sewing community was rather shocked yesterday when Free Spirit and Westminster fabrics announced that they were being shut down by their parent company, Coats & Clark due to lack of profitability. This effects big name designers such as Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Kaffe Fassett, and Tula Pink – just to name a few. The last day for operations is May 1 – so if there was a print that you’ve been after, this is the time to snag it.
Many of the designers have begun releasing statements on the issue through social media – it’s too soon to say where they will go next, but I’m sure many of them will not have any problems finding new homes. In the mean time, I’m sad that such a beautiful fabric resource is gone – I hope this isn’t a trend.