Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fabric Swatch Book



This beautiful old swatch book (circa late forties) found on display in the shop window at Paper 2 in Crown St Surry Hills....apparently bought at an auction house! Wish we had done the same with all the fabrics that we have purchased over the years.

10 comments:

  1. No time like the present! Why don't you start one today?

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  2. Love it....I think I too could start one with all the fabrics I have bought over the years, many of which are sitting there anxiously waiting to be made up! Yesterday I added to my stash with some fabulous finds at the remnant sale. The girls did a fantastic job and Collette your top looked fab, think I am going to make some of my remnants up into that top. Thanks for the inspiration! Keri L

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  3. Thanks Keri, it was nice seeing you again too. I look forward to seeing your versions of the Fave Top.

    Anonymous, we have started swatching all fabrics from around 1996 - I only wish I had started doing it back in the beginning (1992)...better late than never I suppose. Not set out quite like this magnificent book though.

    Enjoy your weekend everyone.
    xxx

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  4. Thanks Collette but my sewing has been put on hold for the moment as I have my 15yr old son wanting to design & make cool t-shirts. Last night we drafted up a pattern from an old t-shirt he had and now we have to cut & make, he is about to learn how to use the sewing machine & overlocker! I am so excited....who needs girls! From one with three boys.....x

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  5. Hi Collette...I have one of these books- I started it a long long time ago. It's the only way I can keep track of my stash. But it's very scary.....and mine is not as neat..just shows a swatch/length and width/where it is. (I dont like to admit it but I have plastic boxes marked A, B etc.) My book looks a bit like a Tessuti archive !! ha ha

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  6. I love the idea of that book, thanks for sharing! I am going to start one now. It'll be interesting to see how your taste evolves over time.

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  7. Oh wow, I just love it! It's such a great idea for us home-seamstresses too... with notes on what we made from the materials.
    Would be a good way of keeping track of ones stash, hm... I need a sutable notebook!

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