Friday, August 2, 2013


Last Tuesday I was lucky to receive a gift of three big outdated fabric sample books. The Hebrew name of the friend who gave them to me means "the golden one" - yes, golden she is, thank you Sehava!

It took some time to take the books apart (that was quite difficult) and to figure out how to remove the paper descriptions that were glued to the back of the material. In the end I discovered that by simply ironing over them, the glue dissolved and I could just peel them off. After a two days work I had piles of wonderful cloth.

The pieces are all first quality decorator fabrics, part of them mostly cotton, and part of them a mix of cotton and synthetics. The colors are vibrant and display many hues and shades. Some of the fabrics are wonderfully textured. Look at this example:

I am fascinated by the way this texture was created. The colorful flowers are embroidered or "punched" from the back to the woven fabric.

The many fabric pieces I have now are relatively small and I will have to patch them together in a pleasing creative way to get enough material for a bag or a pouch. I have a lot of leather scraps and bits of old Bedouin embroidery to match, and I have already started to put together a strip to embellish a big pouch - hm, or maybe it will be a bag.

It will be a joy to work with all those beautiful textiles and I am curious how I will surprise myself with the results. :-)


Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Whatever you do, Yael, will be beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

niki ad said...

Hello from Greece !!!!!Your creations are fantastic !
I share your love to animals and nature .I also like the fact that
you love to recycle (re-use) old
things,especially buttons.
I will appreciate it if you
visit my blog, too !!!

Bob Bushell said...

You are a lucky woman, what a nice present.

Smilla said...

Mei da hat dich das Glück ja echt angestrahlt!
Und dass du daraus etwas wunderbares zauberst weiß ich so wahr ich hier vor dem Ventilator sitze!
Viel Spaß ... Du zeigst deine Kreationen bestimmt, gell?
Herzliche Grüsse

TarracoStyle said...

como siempre haces cosas fantásticas!!!
que tengas un buen fin de semana.

Magia da Inês said...


Com sua criatividade e inspiração esses lindos tecidos se transformarão em belas bolsas.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil

¸.•°♡♡♫° ·.

Lisa Zinza said...

how fun! I inherited a few sample books .. love them!! like a treasure book! I found ironing them was the best way too... I actually "hired" my son to do the ironing and removing .. ha ha ... I know you're going to have fun!

stardust said...

The presenter knows well the place where these antique fabulous materials are made the best of. You have a creative mind and magical hands. I look forward to the time when you surprise us with the results.


Lori Plyler said...

Oh wow - lucky! What luscious fabrics to play with. I know you'll make some gorgeous things.

Hilde said...

What a great gift, lucky you :) Can't wait to see what you create, it will be something amazing I'm sure!

Friko said...

Na, hast du da trotzdem noch Zeit zum bloggen?

Viel Spass mit deinen schoenen samples.

zsazsazsu said...

must look like candy to you ;-)