This is an updated version of the source list in our book, All About Cotton: A Fabric Dictionary & Swatchbook. We update the list each time we print the book, but as soon as the ink is dry, something changes. We no longer sell the updated list because we can post it here for free, and we no longer list phone numbers and addresses because you can find that information on each of the web sites.
This list was updated Sept. 18, 2021.
Batiks Etcetera and Sew What Fabrics
Authentic hand-waxed batiks and hand-painted fabrics from around the world, plus an interesting selection of handwoven fabrics, such as ikats and stripes.
San Francisco, California
Four-floor retail store with floor-to-ceiling displays of fabric of all fibers. Small fee for custom sampling to mail-order customers who provide very specific details about the types of fabrics they seek.
Dharma Trading Co.
San Rafael, California
Ready-to-dye fabrics, clothing blanks and supplies for textile artists. Sells bleached and unbleached versions of some fabrics. Cotton inventory includes fleece, French terry, duck, gauze, interlock, jersey, poplin, ribbing, sheeting and others.
Emma One Sock
Wide variety of quality fabrics of all fibers, including cotton prints, knits and novelties. Many fabrics are from designer cutting rooms. Inventory changes quickly.
The Fabric Depot
St. Louis, Missouri
Extensive selection of popular fabrics of all fibers, including many types of cotton — batik, broadcloth, canvas, duck, eyelet, flannel, gingham, quilting, seersucker and terry cloth. Discounts available on full bolts.
Archdale, North Carolina
(Formerly located in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.) Extensive inventory of quilting fabrics and supplies. If you visit the store, you can admire (and buy) hundreds of handmade quilts from all over the United States.
Mill End Store
Extensive selection of fashion fabrics of all fibers, plus home-decorating fabrics and upholstery. Plain and fancy cottons are abundant. Discounts available to qualified buyers. Large warehouse-style store is worth a visit -- tour buses are common. A second store is located in Beaverton.
Philips Boyne Corp.
Farmingdale, New York
Large collection of imported and domestic cotton shirtings, including broadcloth, oxford cloth, pinpoint oxford, novelty weaves, tone-on-tone and yarn-dyed strikes, checks and plaids. Small fee for set of samples.
Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics
Lee, New Hampshire
Fine fabrics from Italy, France and elsewhere. Specializes in fabrics made from natural fibers. Carries Liberty of London and Viyella cottons. Annual fee for seasonal mailings of swatches.
Organic cottons and silks, undyed fabrics, dyes, paints and supplies for textile artists. Fabrics are mostly white, intended for dyeing, painting and printing. Free catalog. Samples available for a small fee. Discounts on full bolts and large orders. (Various names and sister companies are associated with this company, including Rupert, Gibbon & Spider, Jacquard Products and Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Systems.)
New York, New York
Wholesale source of cotton fabrics to qualified buyers only. Extensive inventory of domestic and imported cottons in many different weaves, weights and colors.
Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics
Independent fabric store with two floors of mostly natural fibers, including a whole roomful of cottons from around the world. Swatches available.
West Pittiston, Pennsylvania
Prewashed, resin-free fabrics of cotton and other fibers that are ready to dye, paint, print and finish. Carries a wide variety of different types of cotton fabrics, all of which are white or natural in color. Samples available for a small fee.
Cotton fibers, yarns and fabrics made from FoxFibre®, naturally colored cottons developed by Sally Fox. Colors are earthy browns and greens, along with whites and ivories. Most FoxFibre® is organically grown and sold to clothing manufacturers, but small amounts are sold to consumers, including raw fiber, sewing thread, yarn, woven and knit yardage, socks and masks.
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