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Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter and Facebook for your chance to win a digital subscription to Selvedge Magazine!

Selvedge Magazine’s aim is simple: to provide a publication which fits seamlessly into your creative lifestyle. Selvedge covers beautiful textiles in every context: fine art, interiors, fashion, travel and shopping.

Until Wednesday, July 14th, you can win one of three digital subscriptions to this fantastic magazine! To enter, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or comment on this blog, then answer the following question: What designer or textile shop inspires you the most, and why?

If submitting an answer via Twitter, be sure to include the @BurdaStyle tag. If submitting via Facebook, enter your response as a comment when the question is posted on our fan page.

Good Luck!

- David @ BurdaStyle

P.S. – Congratulations to Grant D. (Grant-Ashley) for winning our previous contest with Wool And The Gang!

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    Jul 15, 2010, 02.27 PMby nehmah

    Thank you BurdaStyle for this contest. I’ll be looking forward to the first issue of Selvedge on-line, very soon. Cordially, Nehmah Today, July 19, 2010, I received my first copy of Selvedge magazine. The artwork is most eye-catching! Thanks to BS for the chance to win a year’s subscription. Thanks David for giving me the good news. Cordially, nehmah

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    Jul 15, 2010, 09.04 AMby erinep

    pippijoe in Melbourne, Australia have gorgeous hand printed organic textiles. I love thinking about how I can use them!

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    Jul 14, 2010, 07.15 PMby sunspot

    I am inspired by Spoonflower – If you don’t find a design you like – print your own! http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome (No I don’t work for them, I just think it is a truly great idea)

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    Jul 13, 2010, 01.57 AMby yomamasews

    Lately, this great little store called rock.paper.scissors in town has given me a lot of inspiration. They carry modern funky patterns, vintage buttons and beads, Amy Butler fabric and even old-style kitchen toweling by the yard! They mix great colors and ideas and you end up spending hours walking around and putting things together to start your next sewing or craft project. They even have library of books to borrow when you find that one great idea! I don’t know how anyone can resist it.

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    Jul 12, 2010, 07.40 PMby xmittens

    Issey Miyake is my favorite designer. I am so intrigued by his concepts and then what he designs based on those concepts! Plus, I can’t help but love a designer that emphasizes comfort and interesting textures on cloth.

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    Jul 11, 2010, 07.41 PMby tina-c

    I’m inspired by tutorials i read on the web. if those ladies can do it, i figure, so can i. also, the pictures help. fabric that inspires me are the hawaiian vintage prints, but i’m not quite confident enough to actually cut the pieces i have….

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    Jul 11, 2010, 10.48 AMby withoutcontext

    Chanel never fails to impress and inspire me. Take their Fall 2010 Couture collection- brilliant! So many pieces I would wear, and many I may be able to somewhat recreate (a girl can dream, can’t she?) They are classic without falling into boring.

    I also love walking around local fabric shops, like SAS Fabrics and exploring- I especially love feeling the fabrics as I walk down the aisles and dreaming about what I can make with each particular fabric. Heaven :)

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    Jul 10, 2010, 04.33 PMby luxihere

    I live in Chennai, india. I don’t have any designer fabrics as such available here. atleast they are not earmarked as ‘designer’ in the stores.

    I love buying silk fabric. Kanjeevaram silk is world famous and i am prod to say i can reach it by 3 hour drive. Other than that i like ‘garden’ fabrics of the ‘branded’ ones available here.

    Basically any fabric which catches my attentions and call out to me to buy it, will be bought, as simple as that !!!!

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    Jul 9, 2010, 06.43 PMby 6kidsathome

    I don’t have a single designer that inspires me and I have a simple fabric store, JoAnn fabrics that is local. I get inspiration from the web, stores and TV to see what is current. I also take into consideration the season. Then I love to look at patterns both in the store or online. I will look for patterns that are similar to what is in fashion now, it also depends on season. I also love looking at vintage clothes online. With the look of vintage clothes there are little details that can be added to current clothes that makes a piece of clothing your own. Once the design is in my head, going through the fabric store is such a pleasure, touching the different textures and looking at the colors and designs. I guess what I am saying is that I find inspiration from everywhere.
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    Jul 9, 2010, 04.44 PMby prairieponygirl

    If I ever need some inspiration, I go to this wonderful little fabric shop. It’s in down town Crystal Lake. -Call the “Fabric Shop”. It’s been a fabric shop for around 40 years. The owner is this wonderful 90 year old little lady. All the fabric, button, and lace is all vintage. The cutting table is actually an old sales table from Marshal Fields in down town Chicago. I can go in there with no idea what to do or what to make. Give me three minutes and i’ll find some beautiful vintage pink plaid fabric and a idea.

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    Jul 9, 2010, 08.23 AMby dexez

    I don’t have a lot of options for colourful fun-pattern fabrics here, so i choose to daydream online. My favourite is Lena Corwin (http://www.lenacorwin.com/shop.php). I follow her blog and because she shows the design process and ever the fabrication process adds a lot of value. I feel i understand her creations, i would love to have some one day. :)

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    Jul 9, 2010, 03.06 AMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    Heather Ross’s fabrics inspire me! The prints are so adorable. Mendocino is my favorite.

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    Jul 9, 2010, 12.54 AMby fashionqueen920

    mood fabrics in ny inspires me. the few times i have been there, i have just been so inspired to sew. not only are the fabric incredible, but the whole atmosphere just puts you in the sewing mood :)

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    Jul 8, 2010, 10.24 PMby kdrodgers

    Michael Levine’s fabric store in L.A. inspires me most, I walk into the store and immediately I know this is where I belong. There are so many colors and types of fabrics, not to mention any notion you could ever dream of. I love the feeling that I can get inspired by the many things there are to see there!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 04.03 PMby sunquistadora

    I love Vogue Fabrics a)because it’s right near me and carries corset supplies and b) because they have a whole room full of trims and I want all of them!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 09.18 AMby mitmit

    The designer that inspires me most must be danish-born and New York-based Camilla Stærk. Her early work (made, while living in London) was very black and with lots of black leather. Love that simple, graphic look!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 07.42 AMby nehmah

    My favorite fabric shop is Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire. Their customer service is the best. I have been helped by them over the years with finding the correct colors to use when I repaired antique quilts for customers. One was over 100 years old and had been in use daily. (It was in a guest room so, not too bad.) The families had not realized what treasures they owned. The quality of the fabrics has always been 1-A. Cordially, nehmah

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    Jul 8, 2010, 06.07 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Living in Perth we do not have a huge variety of great fabric stores, in fact we have very few but I was lucky enough to get to go to two of the Tesutti Fabric stores in Sydney last year and they are amazing. I am off to Melbourne next month so I will definitely be popping into their store there for some much needed inspiration. They just have the most amazing and high-quality fabrics, it makes me want to get home and sew, sew, sew! (After making several purchases of course, hehe)

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    Jul 7, 2010, 04.02 PMby marvage

    As a beginner, I’m inspired by Dressew, an insanely wild and crazy textile shop here in Vancouver. Dressew is hard to describe. It’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.

    Everyone shops here and every style of fabric is represented. The selection, including notions is absolutely gigantic! You can cruise from baby-soft pastel interlock to the world’s most gigantic faux-fur section in about 5 steps. Last time I was there I saw bolts of gorgeous Michael Miller quilting fabric just a few rows over from an excellent selection of mustaches (the store also sells costuming and halloween supplies). Need a hideous rubber mask, some navy rick-rack, and some waistband elastic? Dressew’s got you covered!

    The store is located close to one of the more run-down areas of the city but on any given day it’s packed with every kind of person you can imagine. Every class. Every gender. Beginners and advanced sewers. All kinds of people come to Dressew.

    What’s most fantastic is the fact there’s no snooty attitude here — just people who love fabric coming together to do their thing. This is what I think craft and creativity is all about. I love it.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 03.58 PMby annawilliamson

    I just love Wenlan Chia, of Twinkle by Wenlan! I got one of her pattern books this Christmas and marked nearly every page with “love it!” sticky notes. Her designs are (to me) the perfect marriage of femininity and edginess, which is exactly what I look for in a great design, by another designer or by me! It’s easy to be edgy and it’s easy to be feminine, but to make the two work seamlessly together is really what makes the “wow” factor for me.

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      Jul 9, 2010, 12.25 AMby rachelily

      I love Wenlan Chia, too; her knitted things are just so beautiful! Her colour palettes are always so thoughtful, too.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 03.51 PMby tactilegoods

    I love serumvsvenom (SVSV)/ Savant’s graphic style and texture in their textiles as well as the overall design.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 03.34 PMby susieq3123

    Hancock Fabrics is the textile shop that inspires me the most! Not only are their 3 shops within an hr traveling distance for me, but also on-line services are available. Not only are there great sales going on every week, but the variety of fabric, notions, trims etc. are so amazing, my imagination goes wild! I always leave with fantastic items to complete my next project.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 03.28 PMby threeoclockwalk

    I love Wendy Mullin of Built by Wendy. Her pattern designs are just real fresh and modern compared to the typical sewing patterns. It was the first time I saw pattern designs that I felt I related to. They are simple, classic, comfortable looking pieces.

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