Low volume fabrics are really on-trend at the moment, 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 6 x fat quarter bundle of low volume blenders to build your own subtly toned stash. Go to www.plushaddict.co.uk to order.
Take a look at the Eclectic Maker ‘fabric by colour’ selections for white and black/grey fabrics to discover some great low volume quilting fabric choices. Also some good low volume blenders in the abstract and textures categories in ‘fabrics by theme’. Visit their main website to view the fabrics.
Fabric HQ have a good range of subtle flora and fauna prints that are low volume. Also search by theme in the novelty category to discover other low volume selections. Fabric HQ website is here.
Juberry fabrics have a range of low volume fabrics available on their site, you can browse by colour so check the grey and neutral & whites section to find the low volume prints. They also sell the perfect pattern for using your low volume prints – the shades of grey bag. Browse their fabrics at https://www.juberry.co.uk/
Celtic Fusion Fabrics
Look in the white and cream ‘fabric by colour’ sections for some super low volume quilt weight fabrics. There are also lots of great bundles called ‘fabric cloth stacks’ that contain blended selections of low volume prints. For the Celtic Fusion Fabrics website, click here.
The Village Haberdashery
If you search for ‘low volume’ on The Village Haberdashery site, a few options will appear for bundles and individual fabrics. Search for ‘stash builders’ too or look under white fabrics for a really wide range of low volume fabric choices. Find the website here.