fabric from Africa

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fabric from Africa

New postby ninifav on Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:49 pm

I have a DD who works for the CDC and recently returned from Mali, Africa. She brought me 36 yds of fabric!! Beautiful colors. I imagine that the material is hand dyed and most has a waxy coating...not sure how to handle it. One suggestion was to iron it over a paper bag before washing and hanging to dry...
Have no idea of what I'm going to do with it...for now, it is sitting out and I'm just admiring it!!
She is in North Vietnam this week and will try to get me some material from there..
Am I lucky or what!!!
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby Mom of Six on Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:12 pm

Am I lucky or what!!!

VERY!!!!
I told my DD to bring some fabric back from Singapore or Japan when she went last year & she forgot!!!!
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby DorothyL on Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:59 am

What a wonderful daughter. Think of all the exotic sewing you will be doing. maybe Smilie will show up and give hints how to pretreat the African fabric since she just had a similar sewing adventure herself.
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby MartySews2 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:09 am

That's wonderful, Paula. Have fun with it.
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby lendube on Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:38 pm

That'll be fun. Summer tops, flow-ey skirts, etc. Evening apparel. I can see it now. Be sure and show us some.
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby SmilieFace on Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:18 pm

Lucky you!

I have fabric from both Ghana (West Africa) and Rwanda (East Africa). I machine wash on gentle cycle in cold water and hang dry. I iron with an iron shoe on the iron. Good luck! Can't wait to see pictures!
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby vickki on Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:28 pm

You are so lucky....
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby bridesmom on Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:05 pm

Oh man, am I green with envy or what! Can't wait to see what you decide to do with it! Don't be like me and try to save it, mine ended up all falling apart, I left it for a few years and it started to deteriorate, the designs in the fabric had been bleached!!! Oh well, it was pretty to look at for a while.
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby ninifav on Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:54 pm

Okay, what is an "iron shoe??"...
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Re: fabric from Africa

New postby lendube on Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:20 pm

If you'll excuse me, Smilie, please. Here in this link it's called an Iron Glide. It's usually a teflon plate that attaches to the bottom of steel plated irons. My mom used one for years and I'd like to order one for my Rowenta.

http://www.clotilde.com/list.html?criteria=iron+cover
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