February 21, 2012


I might have a hurty elbow, but I am not one to be deterred.  At least where shopping is concerned anyway.  Last week I nipped out to do my monthly rounds of the local charity shops and actually managed to score pretty well this time,

woollens to felt and some shirts to chop up.

Although I do often peruse fabrics online, I still prefer to pillage my fabrics from old clothes.  Many reasons why, cost is one as recycling is much cheaper.  This horror story has also worried me from the perspective of using designer fabrics for commercial purposes like I (and indeed everyone on Etsy) do when making items to sell and patterns for publishing.  That particular situation has now been resolved and agreements reached, but it does raise the question that when using fabrics, whose design actually is the finished piece?  This is why I'm very aware how much the use of well known fabric ranges impacts on a design and can take over from the piece you are making.  

My aim is for the focal point to be the item I've made, not the materials it's made from.  Anyone else feel like that?


Linnhe Mara said...

I wholeheartedly agree. Besides, when using recycled materials you are guaranteed an original piece. For me it also adds to the joy of the creative process ( hmm, just how many pieces can I cut out of that skirt!)
Happy shopping, hope the elbow is beginning to feel better.

Plushpussycat said...

I also wholeheartedly agree. I love recycling. It's good for the environment (and those who live in it), keeps nice things from ending up in a landfill, is cheaper, and the finished product usually has so much more character! Thrifting for fabrics and other materials is a fun part of my creative process! Thanks for sharing on this topic! :-) Jennifer

Jade x said...

i agree as well i mainly just use old clothes to make my softies and its better than them going to waste! and its much cheaper! hope your arm is better soon x

Twiglet said...

I love recycling all sorts of fabric. A length of fabric I was cutting the other day was actually stamped with "not for use for commercial purposes". I have never seen that before and it made me think about selling items from recognisable fabrics.

Jacqui said...

I think the problem with the whole lawsuit situation is that they're being so coy about what exactly was the problem and who the designer was that it's almost impossible to get a good idea of what it is authors should be wary of. I get the impression it was more of an attribution issue rather than one of using current fabric lines. Having said that, I love that you use all these old fabrics - I think it gives items a definite one-off appeal. I have managed to make a few things out of old clothes and it gives me a bit of a thrill and adds an extra layer of history to an item.

willywagtail said...

I am still blown away by the idea that this could even be an issue. I love recycled fabrics but do designers really want their goods being boycotted so that they can't possibly believe they are losing any cent of credit? This never seemed to be an issue in the past and we have quite a few craft books using fabrics with bold, recognisable patterns in them and designers not being offended. You have some beautiful fine fabrics in your pile. Cherrie

Fleur Cotton said...

I agree that using recycled fabrics is the perfect solution for you, especially when it makes each toy that you create more individual. Nobody wants a handcrafted toy that looks more like a mass produced softie, keep recycling and your little creations will always be unique.

Happy Crafting
Fleur xx

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Thank you for your lovely blog! I love your crafts!
Yours, Ulla (from Finland)

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