In days gone by in the Nord region of France, in particular the towns of Lille, Roubaix and Tourcoing, buzzed with the sound of hundreds of small textile ateliers of all sorts. Weaving was also abundant in les Vosges and Alsace, large sheet manufacturers could be found in Rouen and Auvergne, and fabric printing was rife in Provence, Nantes, Rouen, Jouy…
As with all the Sajou products, all are fabrics were designed by Frédérique Crestin-Billet. It has always been one of Sajou’s projects to offer a large collection of fabrics with different styles and motifs. However, until recently, printing fabrics represented a large investment. New technologies are now available and permit a larger liberty, without altering the quality. Cottons and linens undergo a number of treatments to avoid shrinkage. Also, all our fabrics are certified Oeko-tex, meaning they present no danger to human or ecological safety. From an artistic point of view, our collections are composed of a main motif and one or two coordonates leading to interesting combinations.
Our fabric swatches are available by assortments of coordinating motifs. Let your imagination and creativity run wild for pouches, bags, cushions, small items of clothing, patchwork blocks… Some selections are available with matching threads. Also a great gift for your creative friends. These swatches are presented in lovely reusable cardboard boxes. We are trying as much as possible to eliminate as much plastic as possible from our packaging. All the fabrics in this section are also available by the metre: see all the Sajou fabrics by the metre. These swatches are also available individually: see all Sajou swatches by unit.
This cloth is also sometimes called oilcloth or waxcloth, from days gone by when linen or cotton fabric was covered with a linseed oil based varnish to make it waterproof. It was first produced in France by Eugène Maréchal, founder of the company of the same name, in Venissieux, near Lyon. Ets Maréchal went on to become Vénilia, a famous French brand of contact paper. During the '50s, vinyl and other modern products replaced the original waxed products, but the oilcloth denomination remains to this day. You will find here a large selection of toile de Jouy and Sajou coated fabrics in swatches of 50 x 70cm, perfect for toilet bags, pouches, small bags or even rain hats.
These fabrics are known as"indiennes" because of their origins in India. At the end of the 16th century, trading increased enormously between the European countries and India and China, thanks to the many "trading companies", with their origins in France, England and Holland. Largely copied by many European manufactories, they still kept their motifs of 'exotic' flowers which were practically unknown in the West.
In the 17th century, the method known as “indiennes” referred to wool, silk or cotton fabrics with a printed or painted motif (as opposed to motifs obtained by weaving different coloured threads). By extension, the term was also applied to men’s dressing gowns made from these fabrics. At the time, indiennes came from India, Persia or China. These brightly coloured fabrics were immensely popular in Europe, both for clothing and upholstery. Despite the numerous bans to protect national production, hundreds of manufactories opened to imitate these fabrics. In the 18th century, “indiennes” signified printed cotton fabrics, “indiennage” was the printing of these fabrics and “indienneurs” referred to the producers. Today, indiennes refers to fabric with exotic floral motifs.
Our polka dot linen fabric measures 155cm wide. It is great for embroidery, but we recommend it especially as a backing fabric, for cushions, for tablecloth borders.
You may also like our embroidery linens in 12 and 16 count in our embroidery fabrics section.
Boiled wool originated in Scandinavia where it was invented to keep out the cold. It is a woolen fabric which is felted in boiling water. It has a supple and soft texture which doesn't fray, so needs no hemmimg. It also doesn't pill or crease. Boiled wool should not be confused with felt. There are two types of felt - a non-woven fabric generally made of poor quality synthetic fibres, or a natural fabric obtained from animal hair.
You will find here all sorts of swatches, be it ends of rolls or pieces remaining after preparation of some of our kits. These fabrics are in good condition and have no stains or flaws. Up to 50% off their normal price per metre. Attention, these products cannot be exchanged or reimbursed.
Launching this section with the pattern for our little Sajou monkey, we shall be adding other objects to make with our fabrics.
When possible, there will be downloadable versions in A3 and A4.
See the Sajou toile de Jouy fabrics in swatches and by the metre.
Read how to sew your little Sajou monkey in Madame Sajou’s Diary and join our family.
Or come and make one with Elisabeth Rozec in our Sajou Paris store. The price of the classes includes all the materials and you will receive a surprise bonus.
Subject to availability, you can also buy a ready-made Sajou monkey. You can also find them in our Sajou Paris store.
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