Friday, May 02, 2008


Ahhh, gingham. I love it. I can never get enough gingham. It makes a nice background for my personalized items and it seems I'm always running out of it. When I saw this batch at an estate sale this morning, I scooped it up right away. That alone would have made my morning, but I also got these:

Which made me very happy too. Believe it or not, I'm pretty particular about my fabric choices. I tend to go for vintage, preferably 50s-70s, bright, bold, and unique. Wacky and odd is a plus in my book. Brittle or stinky is a deal-breaker. These are just a few things I've noticed about my fabric preferences.

I like:
cotton prints (sturdy, not flimsy)
bright colors (ones you can spot a mile away)
wacky animals (preferably psychedelic)
stripes, gingham, calico (paging Laura Ingles)
velvet (totally pettable)
fleece and faux fur (good for monster-making and fun to pet)
felt (for monster mouths)
tulle (for monster tutus)
naugahyde, vinyl (smooth and strong)
smooth nylon/polyester (especially with photorealistic prints)
vintage bedsheets that aren't faded (so smoooth)
patchwork, quilt tops (vintage and in good condition is a dream come true)
Ikea fabric (it's sturdy and bright)

I don't like:
JoAnn's novelty prints (hokey)
thick scratchy polyester (ick.)
linen (boring and wrinkly)
burlap (gives me heebie-jeebies)

There's probably more. I'll revise that list if I think of any.

I also got these (mostly) vintage notions today:

I don't really need 3 purse-size tape measures, all that iron-on fabric or even any more ric-rac for that matter (I have enough to ric-rac the world). However, while I was looking through all this stuff I realized what I'm going to do for my next giveaway. I'm going to give it away! I come across so many odd, cool, practical notions in my thrifty adventures, I really shouldn't hoard it all. So, over the next few months I'm going to keep an eye out for some more cool seamstressy things and put together a package or two. I'm sure someone could put these:

bias tape makers to good use. (Before today, I didn't know there was such a thing.) Same goes for this:

Now, friends, let me tell you about MAGIC STITCHER. . . It's an unusual and ideal gift that I'm going to give away!


A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I have a thing for gingham too - must be watching Little House on the Prairie when I was youngster!! I have been doing some chicken scratch embroidery on gingham this week. Love all your vintage haberdashery items.

Kathryn and Ari said...

Hi, KB-
Great to meet you. We're regular readers over at Sugarcreek Stuff, so when she featured your blog, we had to come over and take a look. I'm so glad I did! I have a serious softspot for gingham, too. And like "A Spoonful of Sugar," I admit a serious love of Little House On the Prairie, too. Great minds think alike?

Lissa Jane said...

that was an awesome deal on the bias tape makers, they are around $9.00 here in Australia.. I go to garage sales and never get anything EVER.. I hate scratchy fabric too, if i use linen I use a blended one, I hate how wrinkly it gets too!


KB said...

I remember thinking it would be cool to be Nellie (ringlets and all) and have my parents own a shop like they had. I wouldn't be a brat though.

Spoonful of sugar - Now I want to use the words "haberdashery" more. It's a fun word.

Lissa - I think the reason I find so much haberdashery is because this town is full of fashion and costume designers. Finding stuff like this was rare when we lived in West Virginia.

textile_fetish said...

Magic Stitcher looks like a home pregnancy test. It also looks like something else, but I'm not going to type it out loud.

KB said...

Ha! That's what a couple of my Flickr friends said when they saw that picture in thumbnail!


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