Saturday, October 07, 2006

Thrifting for fun fabric

Thrift stores are great places to find vintage fabric, or fun novelty prints. But don't forget that fabric might be in clothing or linens too, not just the remnant pile.

Asian Bird Pillowcase
Beautiful painting-like Japanese bird scene on a pillowcase.
Perfect condition, 99 cents.

Turtle Fabric
I love novelty prints. This turtle fabric is from a lady's shirt. Great condition, $2.39. You figure I'll probably get at least a yard from it, so that's a great price for a unique fabric find.

Vintage tablecloths are wonderful to sew with--even if the piece is faded or torn, parts may still be useable.
From my Flickr photo page, check out this article about making children's clothing from tablecloths, from the May 1951 issue of Woman's Day Magazine. Or making an apron from a man's shirt

Some helpful books to consult include:
Vintage Fabric Style: Stylish Ideas and Projects using Flea Market Finds in your Home

Sew Vintage: New Creations from Found Fabrics

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Crocheted Throw

So interesting how different decades value different things. Just a few years ago, crocheted things were so 'granny,' and that carried a negative connotation of dark, musty rooms and doilies on furniture.

Today at any upsale linens shop or major department store you can buy chenille throws, crocheted or knitted throws, and some will set you back quite a few bucks. Throws are comfort, luxury, home. One of my friends once gave me a beautiful throw from Z Gallerie ($50) that she said I could wrap myself up in and it would remind me of her. She gave one to each of her closest friends, inspired after her mom passed away and had recently given her a she bought a throw and said every time she snuddles within it, it's as if her mom is giving her a hug. I love that metaphor.

I got this lovely handmade peppermint throw at the Salvation Army for $2.50. I keep walking by it and just swooning. It is in absolutely perfect condition.
Crocheted Throw

detail of the lovely variegated yarn
Crocheted Throw detail

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