Monday, March 11, 2013

fabric geekery

My interest in fabric is such that a friend and i woke at 5.30 to get ourselves and all our fabric into Fabric-a-brac. Are we fabric geeks? Was this our idea of fun? Yes and YES! Unashamedly yes on all counts! 
Even the hour was a novelty, because i tend to the night owl end of the spectrum. It was the only time i have ever been awake before my son, and the look on his face when he saw me up and dressed was hilariously priceless.
Fabric-a-brac was beautifully organised by the lovely Vanessa and co, on behalf of Hospice. The array of fabrics, patterns and sewing accoutrement was truly impressive. The teas on vintage china with cakes was exquisite. And i got to meet the lovely Louana from the NZGreenButtons blog, that was super cool. I have met such great women through blogland, it's budding into a beautiful and supportive community. So nice to meet one of the lovelies actually face to face. Very oldfashioned of me i know!
It was a feast for the eyes. I de-stashed wildly, selling over half of what i had brought and er, bought patterns and lengths of merino fabric for the annual making of hoodies and merino gear for the autumn and winter to come. Practical buying though, needed, really!
This is a terrible photo of a beautiful piece of fabric i have had for years. It's hand embroidered garden motifs onto dark green velvet in several plys of thread. The whole piece is a huge frame, all in pristine condition. I get it out every now and then to admire and fondle. It is too beautiful to cut into, i wondered about letting it go to someone who would restore it and display it. My friend Claire encouraged me to show it to two super knowledgeable woman vintage fabric collectors about what price to put on it (i wasn't convinced i could actually let it go)...and it turns out it's worth oh, something over $400. Sheesh. Happy! Now, whether i can actually ever sell it will be another story. Knowing me i will give it away on a happy rush one day. 
 I brought home metres of this beautiful vintage blue floral...

...and a vintage tunic dress made from this delicious barkcloth. Both gifts from Claire. Both made my heart sing. Definitely recommend a visit to Fabric-a-brac next time it rolls around...i was home in time for a late lunch and a well deserved snooze.

7 comments:

  1. lovely to meet you too! Thanks again for the fabrics :) I love that embroidered piece of yours, it's stunning!

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    1. yay...love to see what you make for your wee man. Much love to you. x

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  2. oh thanks for the sneek peek of fabric a brac. I was sad to miss out and would have been great to catch up but i had to be sensible and realize i could not fit everything into that day. boo.... next time!

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    1. Sam, it has to be said, you were conspicuously absent! Though i totally get the not wanting to do too much, as you know! Look forward to seeing you soon. Sew Fun this weekend?!

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    2. The sew fun retreats are coming around fast. It is Fil's birthday and I think he is working too, so doesn't look like i'm going to make it again. double boo!

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  3. Hi. Lovely to see you at fabric-a-brac, although was too busy and a bit flustered to stop and talk since I was dragging two reluctant little people around with me. To their credit, we did manage one lap, and the purchase of a lovely Japanese sewing book from Louana too. Hopefully I will have time to loiter next time!

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    1. Lovely to catch a glimpse of you too...i was impressed with your smalls. Good on you for coming anyway. And, i suspect you bought the book i went back for...i should have known! x

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