Europeans, Enter to Win the Volksfaden Gift Certificate Here.

For readers with European addresses only: For the 50€ gift certificate from Volksfaden, leave a comment on this post with at least one suggestion for future True Up content. You could tell me about the fabric scene in your country, describe its traditional fabrics, talk about your favorite local textile shop or market, etc.

Good luck, and thanks again!

35 Comments

  1. Hedgehog says:

    Great give-away! Congrats on 6 months! My suggestion for a theme is map fabric. A second suggestion is fabric with text on it. Thanks!

  2. Morgan says:

    Yay! Let’s see… the fabric scene in Sweden. It’s not very big and everything’s expensive! I haven’t found a good place to buy fabric here yet, besides second-hand stores to buy recycled stuff.
    & I love hedgehog’s suggestion of map fabric! I’d love to see more fabrics from etsy or other independent designers, too.

  3. mariarrosa says:

    Congratulations! Unfortunately I don’t know anything about fabric designer in Spain and I would like. Thank you very much.

  4. Ros says:

    I’m in Scotland so the main fabric available is, of course, tartan! Also Harris tweed which is having a mini revival following a successful showing at Paris fashion week. And my LQS is excellent. Pick me!

  5. Christine Ebner says:

    Hi!
    I am writing to you from Vienna, Austria. All the best to the first 6 months!! We hope that there will be many more!
    Thank you for the give-away….do you know of “blaudruck”? this is the traditional blue fabric in the Austrian-Hungarian area. Printed with wood stencils and dyed with indigo. see some examples here: http://www.blaudruck.at/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=54
    and here http://www.blaudruck.at/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=53

    Christine :)

  6. Louise says:

    Woohoo! Congratulations on your 6 months!! I’d love to see a British theme with all fabrics London, tea with the Queen, black cabs and red buses!! x

  7. laura says:

    I live in Glasgow, Scotland. For a treat, I shop in the fabric heaven that is Mandors, and sometimes get myself offcuts of Liberty fabric which I find hard to cut into because it’s just so beautiful. (Could your site offer me psychological assistance with this?!?) More often, though, I tend to shop for fabric in Glasgow’s numerous charity shops. I’m horribly addicted to buying bargain but beautiful second hand fabric in the form of old bedclothes, tablecloths etc. Sometimes I can’t resist a lovely print but the fabric itself is strange (e.g. stretchy) so I don’t know how to use it. As you might be able to guess, my supply of fabrics is too big and is hard to get into… but it pains me to get rid of anything! Maybe if you keep on with the decluttering series, my mind will eventually accept it? But in the meantime please just keep showing beautiful prints for me to covet!

  8. Alison says:

    Hi,I’m also from Scotland and I’d describe the fabric scene here as expensive! It’s twice the price to buy fabric here as it is in the US (ie Moda fabric at my local store is £11 a metre – not far of $20 a yard!) which makes me sad cause I feel for many it is cost prohibitive. Anyway off the soapbox Alison!
    I agrre with Morgan. You get lovely independent prints on etsy and it might be nice to give someone a boost!

  9. Congratulations! I always enjoy seeing what you put up for us, even if I don’t often leave a comment- there’s nothing like a give-away for eeking us lurkers out though! I find it hard to buy fabrics in the UK on-line- the range and choice available isn’t great. We do have kitty-craft.com but if you know of any other good suppliers out there it would make a good feature.

  10. Natasha says:

    Congratulations! I definitely would like to see more on suppliers in Europe, as well as independent fabric designers in Europe. Oh and also how to get started printing your own fabrics.

  11. Sofie BN says:

    Hello from Finland!
    I would like to put a good friend of mine in the spotlight. She’s a pattern designer and work with fabrics but also other materials and she also designs furniture. Her name is Malin Klingenberg of en gul apelsin (which would be a yellow orange in English).
    All the best and congratulations!
    S

  12. iHanna says:

    How fun I think this is the first giveaway where someone is excluded and it’s not me this time! What fun, thank you! I hope your next 6 month will be great too!

  13. Rita says:

    That´s a good suggestion – the fabric scene in Europe!
    Well, in Portugal you have a traditional fabric that is very popupal and has also migrated to Brasil: the portuguese “chita”. It´s a floral pattern cotton fabric, and you can see more of it here, in Rosa Pomar´s Blog:
    http://aervilhacorderosa.com/blog/2006/10/chita_4.html

    I really think you would do some great posts on the theme, like ususal :)

  14. Jolene says:

    Hey, another one here from Scotland. I love reading about peple designing and printing their own fabric. I hope one day to indulge myself but I have far too big a stash to even contemplate adding to it at this point. Maybe a feature on how to use fabric that looked great at the time but just doesn’t go with a pattern or any other fabric in my stash would be good. Also, I have a tonne of quilting squares but don’t quilt so maybe something on what else I could use them for.

  15. Congrats! I would be interested in any and all of the above suggestions, and would add to it:

    Fabric inspired by artists and designers, such as William Morris, Charles Rennie Macintosh, Joan Miro, Frank Lloyd Wright, Andy Warhol…broad topic, I know, but I am sure there are so many out there that I haven’t yet been made aware of!

  16. Jorun says:

    Rag rugs are not unique to Sweden, I know, but it’s an old way of recycling textiles. My grandmother used to cut worn work clothes, unfashionable summer dresses, bedlinen, shirts and towels into rags that she used as weft in her weave.

    A blog friend of mine is a weaver, I’ve never learnt how to do it myself. She just finished this pretty floor runner: http://kdblogg.blogspot.com/2008/10/den-andra-ripsmattan.html

    (I’m not sure if she made these: http://kdblogg.blogspot.com/2008/08/vvpaus.html but they look really nice!)

    I prefer my mother’s rag rugs to all others, to be able to find traces of my 70′s dresses and old jeans is lovely!

  17. Deborah says:

    I’m in Helsinki, Finland. So the main fabric design that seems to be everywhere is Marimekko – I’d love some ideas on how to incorporate larger designs (as most of these are) into quilts etc.

  18. Nadia says:

    Congratulations on six months!

    Another one from the UK – I’ve found that in London it’s actually harder than anywhere else in the UK to find fabric that’s neither very expensive nor cheap-crud-on-a-bolt. I’ve resorted to using scraps of my own or my husband’s clothing for quilt purposes, but what I’d really love to do is make my own fabric. So what I’d love to see is a feature on people – not textile designers, but regular crafty people – who have come up with their own fabric designs to use themselves, and how they did it.

    I’d also love to see something about organic fabrics!

  19. Jessica says:

    Hi,

    how about the topic of ‘African’ Waxprints? Although not all of them are really produced in Africa, but rather in the Netherlands, they are used mainly in (West)Africa and have the most amazing colours and designs. Vlisco is probably the biggest and best producer with a great website, but there are so many more, providing endless possibilities for imaginative textile projects.

  20. melissa says:

    Please can we have some fabric sales notices for stores in Europe? After glumly reading through week after week searching for a shop that wasn’t in the US (have you seen the ridiculous amounts most US fabric stores charge??) I just mark those as Read now without bothering. So a Europe-only (or possibly an Aussie-only, too) fabric sales post would be fabulous!

    And Nadia, I’m also a Londoner, so I hear ya. Have you discovered Goldhawk Road yet?

  21. Nadia says:

    Thanks for the tip, Melissa – just saw your blog post on Goldhawk Road. Will definitely get over there soon!

    I agree that fabric sales notices for European stores would be a fantastic addition to this site.

  22. Concha says:

    I’d love a special feature about traditional fabrics from all over the world!

    Congratulations True Up and Kim!

  23. garen says:

    Love this site! The photos are fab! Love the idea of map fabric! There is amazing national fabrics around Europe and I would love to see them highlighted

  24. Congratulations! Love your site. Never heard about it, until Pink Chalk Studio put it on their blog. My suggestion: Let more people know about you and what you do. And … I find your site quite difficult to use. I don’t really find it users friendly. But that might be my fault.
    Good luck for the future!!!

  25. laura smith says:

    Congratulations on your 6 month anniversary. My suggestion: keep up the good work!!!

  26. Nanna says:

    I love jersey fabric from the Danish Company “Skipperstoffer” (Skipper Fabric):
    http://www.skipperstoffer.dk/site/product.asp?IDProduct=1
    It is 100 % cotton, super soft and environmentally friendly produced.

  27. Karen says:

    Congratulations! The fabric scene in my small German town is dismal (just one fabric shop with an owner who SMOKES !?! next to the fabrics, which aren’t exciting anyway so I guess they might as well stink…) but thankfully, we have internet with the endless supply of inspiration as well as the wonderful online shops Volksfaden and Charlottas both based in Germany. I hope to order from Volksfaden again soon, they are super friendly and have great fabrics. I’m new to your website so don’t have any suggestions….I’m still just getting acquainted!

  28. Cynthia says:

    Hi,

    Congratulations on your six month anniversary. I live in France though a New Zealander. It is our “Oversea’s Experience”. I would dearly love to win this draw as find European textiles very dear….My suggestion would be to keep on keeping on! You are great!

  29. meri says:

    Well, here in Portugal, specially in the North we have a strong textile industry: cotton, linen. We have good linens. And also have a traditional fabric called “chita de Alcobaça” a cotton fabric printed with flowers and/or birds. You have some links and a pattern in this post
    http://avomeri.blogspot.com/2008/05/mini-estojo-de-costura-mini-sewing-kit.html

  30. monique says:

    Hi
    I am from Holland . What do you think of the old Dutch
    “sits” fabric . The patterns are more than 150 years old. Really nice.

  31. Rose says:

    I’m in the UK too and I agree with the comments above about bying fabrics here.
    I’d like to see more posts on colour – combining, anything really.
    Congratulations again.

  32. Sarah says:

    Happy 6 months from Belgium. I can’t speak very highly about our local fabric shops and typically order on-line to get designer/mordern fabrics as everything I’ve found here is pretty much “grandma fabric” and -like Sweden apparently- really expensive. A European fabric store listing (especially with sales) would be fab.

    I’d love to learn more about the fabric styles from specific eras(especially Art Deco) so that my fabric creations can match my home not only in colour but also in style. Also, understanding colour values- I always struggle with that one :)

  33. congrats! we love all the info. keep it coming. :)

  34. Beate says:

    Congratulations!I’m so in love with japanese fabrics! :-)

    greetings Beate

  35. Merica says:

    HI, first poster here. Thanks for all the information you provide here. It really is a useful resource. I’m from Germany and am lucky enough to live near an outlet shop. I’ve made some bargains over there but usually the fabrica they sell are a bit outdated or just don’t fit my price range. Because getting 20% off of a 90€ per meter silk fabric isn’t working for me ;) Just keep on the goo dwork.

    Greetings Merica