Low volume fabrics are always popular, particularly amongst the modern quilt movement. You may have heard the term but are not sure what it means. Read on to find out more and discover our pick of the best online fabric shops in the UK where you can purchase a great selection of subtle low volume prints.
What are low volume fabrics?
Low volume fabrics can be described as basically subtle white, cream, neutral or pale coloured print fabrics often with a delicate self-coloured pattern or subtle design and they are selected to offset the much brighter palette of colours available in many fabric lines. Think of pale floral designs, faint spots or those white fabrics with text and these would be described as low volume – your eye sees them as soft colours even though they are not entirely plain. Low volume fabrics won’t ‘fight’ with more colourful fabrics and will let those bright prints shine!
How can low volume fabrics be used?
You could use low volume fabrics where the effect of using a solid white fabric is desired, particularly in modern quilts but you don’t want the starkness of a pure white fabric, which can be just as overwhelming as a bright colour. Low volume prints are great for achieving a softer look than a plain white background.
Low volume fabrics are great for adding subtle interest to a quilt design without introducing another strong colour.
I would often choose low volume prints as the background fabrics when you look at a list of quilt fabric requirements or, alternatively, you could build the block pattern using a selection of low volume fabrics and pick one bright fabric as your background to give a different effect.
Where can I buy low volume fabrics online in the UK?
Here is our pick of the best selection of online low volume fabric suppliers in the UK.
Plush Addict have a great range of tone on tone quilt weight fabrics with a good range of subtle low volume prints, available to buy as fat quarters or by length. They also offer current low volume fabric selections as a fat quarter bundle of low volume blenders to build your own subtly toned stash. Go to www.plushaddict.co.uk to find what you need and order.
Take a look at the Eclectic Maker ‘Solids, Plains, Basics and Blenders’ selections for white and black/grey fabrics to discover some great low volume quilting fabric choices. Visit their main website to view the fabrics.
New Forest Fabrics
New Forest Fabrics have a good selection of white on white fabrics – perfect for blending with other brighter colours. Take a look here.