I am simply enamored by F. Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon print. I think this print was trending about two years ago (meaning the trend is probably over) but I don’t care.
Determined to tame the dragon without paying it’s hefty price tag (a yard of fabric costs around $150 while a pair of throw pillows can easily run over $200), I took to the web to find more cost effective alternatives. Knock-off fabric alternatives? None that I saw. Ebay? Etsy? Still ridiculously out of my price range. The cheapest way I found to get my little hit of dragon was a pillow cover I found on Etsy for $65 only it didn’t even contain the dragon, just the surrounding flower pattern. I took to the back alleys and made my way through the blogosphere looking for a tip. Any ideas I came upon were outdated and apparently prices have gone up significantly within the last few years. I was stumped.
Then browsing an online fabric store and wracking my brain on how to make the dragon mine (all mine!) I noticed the option to order a sample swatch. $5 and no S&H. Specifically,
“Our swatch is a memo sample ranging from 4 ” x 6″ to 12″ x 18″ in size. The sizes are cut randomly. We are unable to order specific sizes.”
It was a bit of a gamble but I wagered that if I got a swatch on the larger end maybe I could make a lumbar pillow out of it. And if it was a bit smaller, maybe I could frame it, mod podge it to something or other or sleep with it under my pillow in hopes that it will multiply.After days of anxiously checking my mail box, it came! Only it was completely the wrong order. Womp womp.But oh, the size of this sample was fantastic! I’m thinking about 2ft x 2ft. And isn’t it beautiful still yet?!It did have these two little grommets and some Velcro stitched on here and there but not bad at all.
I contacted customer service and the correct sample is on its way (and they said I could keep the one I have!). So for now, back to anxiously checking my mailbox. So yeah, a whole post essentially having nothing to do with the fabric I affectionately call the dragon. But I still got something from Schumacher! In my world, that’s like receiving something in a robin’s egg blue Tiffany box (which is not to say that I don’t enjoy that, too ; ]).
Do you have any secret dragon dealing sources to clue us in on? What would you do with a small size of fabric sample?