Saturday, August 31, 2013

Quick Hello from Fabric Wonderland

Peekaboo!
On our way back from my partner's hometown in the countryside today, we managed to stop by Kinna, the heart of the Swedish textile industry (which I vote should be re-baptized "Fabric Wonderland" from now on). Pretty amazing place.
I'm so glad such a place exists less than 100 KM from my house, because I was seriously getting concerned about the lack of fabric choices in Sweden. Today's trip was mostly business, though -- I was looking for a high quality double knit in a very particular shade for a custom dress I'm making. But mission failure today.
Panic! I can't find the right fabric!
Has anyone seen such a fabric around the internet or their local fabric shop? I'm looking for a high quality double knit or heavy-weight knit in royal blue or rusty orange. I'm pretty desperate!

p.s.: Thank you to Johanna for her great fabric shopping guide. Very useful today!

p.p.s: I cannot, for the life of me, wrap my head around Swedish pronunciation. How on earth can a word spelled "Kinna" be pronounced "Sheennna". It simply makes no sense.


UPDATE: Thanks to PoldaPop, I've found the fabric.... Gorgeous Fabrics to the rescue with royal blue double knit samples on their way as I type!

14 comments:

  1. That looks like a Swedish fabric paradise! I need to go there! Sorry I can't help with the double knit you are looking for... And once you wrap your head around it Swedish pronunciation will make sense. But I remember thinking everything sounded so odd and wondering how I would ever make sense of it :)

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    1. Yes, you do need to go there!

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  2. If you go to www.gorgeousfabrics.com and search for "doubleknit", you'll get two pages of results and there are at least three royal blues (different shades) that might work. This is my favorite fabric shop - the quality is consistently excellent and Ann, the woman who owns it, is super responsive. I don't know what her international shipping rates are like, but she does have a 20% sale going right now!

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    1. OMG thanks so much PoldaPop. Ordering swatches as I type!

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    2. You are welcome, Adrienne - I hope you find something that works. If you haven't ordered from GF before, I think you can say in the notes that you were referred by a current customer (me - Lisa Polderman!) and we'll both get 10% off our next order. I don't know if that program is still running, but it's worth a shot. Can't wait to see what you create!

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    3. Sweet! I'll keep that in mind when I place my order!

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  3. Don't know for sure but have you check out Girl Charlee and Kitschy Coo - both have a large variety of knits. Good luck! x

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  4. Oh dear. What have you unleashed in me? now I have to visit that place. You say it is not far from your house? I suppose a trip to Sweden is in order then?

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    1. lol you are welcome to Sweden anytime, Dibs! Although I have to say that Goldhawk Road is pretty much on par. :-)

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  5. ah, but the added excitement of seeing a new country. When is the best time to come there?

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    1. Between May and July. Of course, the fall is pretty great too, but it gets rainy and days are starting dramatically shorter. December and January would be the worst. The sun "rises" at 10 and sets at something like 3 PM, but the entire day feels like dusk. By the end of the winter you feel like a walking corpse. Looking forward to it...

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    2. It will have to be May then. Can't wait. I can start saving my few pennies now, and who knows by then I'm sure I Would have enough money for some decent fabric.

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  6. My Dad (a language pedant) always tells me that Karen and Sharon are really the same name so pronouncing Kinna as Sheena makes sense (sort of)

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