Monday, 22 February 2010

Fabric swap

Just a few days left to sign up! Here is an example of some fabrics, the top is a very traditional Japanese design on indigo dyed fabric, a way of dying fabric that has been used in Japan for centuries. The bottom fabric is a linen/cotton blend by Echino, Etsuko Furuya's label, her prints are becoming popular worldwide and she uses a unique combination of colours, I think she represents the modern Japan very well with her bold and funky designs.
You are not expected to buy designer fabric, often it is very expensive, and I only buy it if I drop on it in a sale, so either go with a design or look that you feel sums up the country you are representing right now. I am not going to specify what type of fabric you get but I would recommend steering clear of cheap and nasty polyester types, if in doubt go with cotton.
As for the size of the fabric, I think most countries use metric these days, just go with whatever your country uses, there is very little difference at the end of the day. You will need 2yds /2m of fabric, one of each type, a traditional and a contemporary. Fabric is usually sold off the bolt and is usually 44"/110cm wide (knits and upholstery weight fabric is often different). So you should have 2 pieces like this....


So, simple cut into 4 quarters like the diagram above, you send three to your swap partners and keep one for yourself.
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6 comments:

  1. I really hope to get this right I keep one section of the fabric and send the other three to my swap partner.

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  2. you will have 3 swap partners, you send each of them 2 pieces of fabric, one traditional and one contemporary.
    In return you will get three packages back, each contains two pieces of fabric.
    Does that make sense?

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  4. Sorry, another question for you :-)

    Do I have to send the same fabric to each of my swap partners or can I send different designs to each person? (As long as each person gets one traditional and one contemporary of course).

    Thanks for organising all this!

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  5. ohhh forgot to mention that, yes, you can send different ones to different partners, might be good for those of us with an extensive stash!

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  6. I am excited about this swap.

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