I feel like Frodo and Sam at the start of the third movie...We've been here before... Unlike Frodo and Sam, I am delighted to revisit this particular place :) I was quite happy to receive a complementary copy of Simplicity Fabric Guide: The Ultimate Fiber Resource. This resource is available this month and you can find it on Amazon UK for pretty cheap.
This has already been reviewed extensively by Peter over at Male Pattern Boldness and Debbie at Stitches and Seams. Like Peter and Debbie, I love the comprehensiveness of the book, it's spiral-bound (and easy to keep open when sewing) design, and the lovely pictures.
But there are three things that really got me excited:
1. A chapter on fabric sources...
Oh, did they say the magic word....wool??? You all know how much I am in love with our furry friends and their fabulous coats. Perhaps it's that the UK still has a somewhat thriving wool industry, or perhaps it's that our weather is so variable that wool is a brilliant fabric choice, or perhaps it's that I still get excited to see little sheepies (and yes, I really call them sheepies), but wool makes me giddy with delight.
So you can imagine that I was thrilled to learn some new facts about wool. Did you know that:
- Wool fibers are very resilient. They can be bent back on themselves 20,000 times without breaking? Wool can stretch up to 50 percent when wet and 30 percent when dry and still bounce back to it's original shape.
- Wool is a great temperature regulator--it can absorb 30 percent of its weight in moisture without feeling damp or clammy.
- According to this fab fabric guide, there are only 40 different breeds of sheep that provide the more than 200 types of wool currently used for fabric.
- I was a bit surprised that the UK wasn't in the top five list of wool producers--it's Australia, New Zealand, China, South Africa and Argentina.
My second favourite thing about the book is the inspirational colour storyboards (see picture below and the one at the start of this post). I love these so much!! I think I might try and do my summer and autumn/winter colour palettes using these as inspiration for layout! I love how they've arranged the fabric with pins and thread...
My third favourite thing about the book appeals to my
obsessive planning nature. There is space in the back of the book for a fabric journal (brilliant idea!!) where you adher a fabric swatch and write down what it was like to sew with the fabric and details about fabric care. I just might have to do this...I love organising things in this way!
So there you have it! A very Debi tour of the book :) Oh yeah, it does have pictures of all the fabrics and guides to care...blah, blah, blah....
I was super impressed that the publisher thought of us sewers across the pond!! In celebration of that I'd like to host this giveaway for one copy of the Simplicity Fabric Guide. This giveaway will be open to those in the UK and Europe. Just leave a comment on this post by midnight on Wednesday GMT time. I'll announce the winner on Thursday!
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! And thank you again for all the lovely comments on my 39 Steps inspired outfit (don't forget that giveaway for that pattern closes tonight!! Enter here if you haven't already).