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Plea for ribbon and trim offcuts

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:51 pm
by Vicky
Following my very sucessful plea for fabric offcuts for Luton museum (thank you everyone, the project was a big success), I'm now going to be cheeky and ask if anyone has any offucts of ribbon or decorative trims that are just taking up space.

I need it for a series of free community workshops - historically inspired but using modern materials. Absolutely anything, no matter how small, would be of use.


Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:23 pm
by Nigel
I'll ask am sure we ahve a few (tons)

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:35 am
by Tuppence
I probably have some around.

How urgently do you need them?

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:58 am
by Vicky
Thanks both.

I need them for mid-Feb (half term) workshops in particular.


Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:45 am
by frances
Hi Vicky,

I am currently going through my loft, having a sort-out. I am likely to be able to get a bag of stuff together for you. But how to get it to you this time? I am in south London.

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:09 pm
by Vicky
Hi Frances - thanks - will pm you!

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:32 pm
by Shadowcat

Can I offer you a swop for white fur? I need enough for 10 yards/metres by 2 inches wide in total, or five metres each of white and another colour. The can be lumps as long as I can make them into strips, if that makes sense. Can probably give you a fat carrier bag full -of bits and scraps - do you want beads too? However, like Frances, I live in London, so would have to be a parcel, probably.


Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:07 pm
by Vicky
Fantastic, yes please! I forgot to check on the white fur, I'll be able to on Monday.

Definitely yes to beads too! :D

I'll see what I've got on Mon and get back to you.


Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:19 pm
by frances
Shadowcat - white fur? I suppose you want real fur. I have artificial fur, the sort used for Father Christmas outfits.

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:09 pm
by Shadowcat

Yes, I got a message from the customers today - they want real fur, although I was trying to persuade them otherwise, as these are supposed to be "cheap" masqueing costumes!


Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:58 pm
by Vicky
Ah, my stuff will be no good to you then, quite definitely fake!

Would white sheepskins do instead of 'fur'. Could be easier/cheaper if you need long strips? (Just a thought, I honestly don't know!)

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:06 pm
by frances
Ah shame. I did save up a few white fur coats to trim a medieval outfit, but it was many years ago now. I then thought that as I am always up close to the public they might not like real fur. I cannot remember what I did with it now. But I do remember getting very furry as I took the coats apart into flat pieces preparatory to making one long narrow piece out of it. Got up my nose and all over the place it did.

Do they know how much bunny skins will cost them?

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:41 pm
by Shadowcat
House of De Clifford do "plates" of bunny - one should do two tabards with any luck. I should be able to see one next weekend, as I have a customer bringing one to show me.


Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:28 am
by seamsmistress
Can confirm that House de Clifford' bunny plates are well up to snuff and worth the money. With effort, I got 3 sizeable Victorian muffs out of 1, so 2 tabards with care should be okay.