Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This is how a nerd learns her fabric

When I was in school I learned best by using flash cards, I wouldn't have learned my vocabulary words without them! Since I have trouble remembering which fabric is which, I decided to apply the flash card principle to my fabrics. Kind of nerdy, but hopefully helpful :)

I went to Office Max and bought index cards that came with a ring to hold them together.

Next, I cut out a small piece of fabric with pinking shears.

I stapled the fabric to the card and put the fabric type in the upper right hand corner. I'm not sure if I should put the fabric description/traits on the front or back of the card. I might put it on the opposite side, so I can "quiz" myself.

From now on when I buy a fabric (and before I can forget what it is!) I will fill out an index card. Someday I will have my own custom swatch library and when I want to know the consistency of a certain kind of fabric, I will just flip to the card and feel it for myself.

Does anyone else have a system like this? It's definitely not the Fabric for Fashion swatch book, but it works.

19 comments:

  1. That's the best idea ever. EVER.

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  2. So clever! I always confuse the different types of silks, I can totally see something like this helping keep me straight.

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  3. Awesome idea!!! i need to do this as I'm so fabric stupid!

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  4. I have been thinking about doing something like this for a while. You could also put down good seam finishes for each fabric on the side. I am always looking up seam finishes for different fabrics.

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  5. Fab idea! I've been keeping little swatches but hadn't thought to do something useful like this!!

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  6. So so clever! I love it. I *Must* do this. I ALWAYS forget what most of the fabrics are after I get home.

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  7. This is such a great idea! Though my current stash is a red hot mess so who knows what is actually in there...

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  8. That is a very cute idea! love it! the nerd in me wants to run and make one myself!

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  9. I'm a nerd like this too! Be proud! I saved my notebook from textiles class where I had to do the same thing.

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  10. What a brilliant idea! I'm intrigued, and want to make one of those now, too :D

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  11. this is brilliant :) My problem is that my favorite fabric shop is mis-labeled methinks. I don't trust her descriptions of fabrics... I try to gather knowledge from the swatches I've gotten from online fabric shops that seem to be much more specific about the fiber content.
    Go Erin! your flashcards are so cool!

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  12. This idea is positively GENIUS!!! I always forget what my fabric pieces are!!

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  13. I was going to start a similar project, then found the Fabric for Fashion swatch book - which was a relief because I don't have enough swatches yet. :) I've been thinking about doing it anyway because I'd like to keep notes on the different fabrics I've worked with, and having a sample with the notes would really help.

    My plan (which might or might not work well) was to sew the swatch onto a piece of unbleached cotton so that I could try out different stitches if I wanted to, then intersperse the fabric 'pages' with paper pages that I'd keep notes on. If I ever do it I'll blog about it, unless of course it's a disaster. :)

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  14. Oh, this is so smart!!!! I'm going to do this too.

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  15. flash cards saved my life in school!! you're very clever!

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  16. I had to make one of these in my textiles class. I should have kept it. Maybe I should make another one. And then I can put notes on handling it - needles, sewing, fraying, etc

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