Shawl Tutorial: Material Discussion

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I found a lovely burgundy brocade knit in the remnants bin at Walmart last summer. It wasn't the greatest to try and hand sew, but machine stuff worked well for it. :)

Pro tip: If it is fraying ridiculously on the bolt, and you can't easily fold a decent hem on the bolt, it will be a pain to work with (if you are buying in person).

I originally got a grey rose petal print for my lining, then that switched over to a giant roll of white rose lace from the remnant bin. What I may wind up doing is using the rose print stuff for a different project (1895 waistcoat with a lavender satin lining) and use some of the actual shawl fabric to create a shoulder rest area over the lining lace, so that I have something there that has a good bite for grip. In grad school (10 years ago) I raided the remnants section on a regular basis and got five yards of white knit material, specifically for making a Flame. I may regret the decision of mixing a knit polyester spandex with woven cotton and crocheted lace......
 

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So silk is easy to work with?
....what fabric type should I (newbie) be searching for if I want a brocade like fabric?

Some silks are easy to work with, and some are a huge pain in the ass. Silk is just the fiber the fabric is made out of. The weave of the fabric is mostly what determines whether or not it's easy to work with.

The 101 on silk if you are interested in going a bit deep:

Brocade/damask/jacquard are the terms for a patterned fabric. Unfortunately it's a bit hard to tell online whether it's going to be easy or hard to work with unless they show pictures scrunched up (or even a video) to show what the drape will be like.
 

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As long as it's not ridiculously thick, upholstery brocades/jacquards tend to be a bit stiffer and easier to work with, although they're typically not shiny. I don't know that I'd recommend buying them online, though, as they might end up being like... couch fabric instead of curtain fabric. It's easier in person when you can feel the texture.
 

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I really want something like Merena listed, but the problem (for me) is finding something like that in Gray. I have something similar in blue and made a shawl out of it (before I was raised here :p), and I LOVE the fabric, and it wasn't hard to work with (I made a skirt out of it as well), but I have that stuck in my head and figure I'll follow my heart in the fabric store for the lining :laugh:
 
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I really want something like Merena listed, but the problem (for me) is finding something like that in Gray. I have something similar in blue and made a shawl out of it (before I was raised here :p), and I LOVE the fabric, and it wasn't hard to work with (I made a skirt out of it as well), but I have that stuck in my head and figure I'll follow my heart in the fabric store for the lining :laugh:

Are you looking for something floral, or is a paisley something you might consider? I have seen things like this
https://www.etsy.com/listing/844889708/1-meter-light-greysilver-shiny-paisley
 
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So, fair warning, I have ordered from that Etsy shop before. I LOVE their fabric, if you have seen my pirate outfit, I used their green and silver paisley for the waistcoat. But because it ships out of the UK the shipping is ridiculous. I bought 4 meters and the shipping was more than the fabric.
 

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That is gorgeous fabric! Was it easy to work with? I might order from there, if so.
Might as well go with tried and true... :giggle

I thought it went together quite well! I did serge all the edges to prevent fraying but not everyone has access to a serger. You can also run a line of Fray Check along it.

And if I had told you how dangerous fabric shopping with me is you might not have wanted to join!
 

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I'd found some black brocade that I quite liked, so I was hunting for a snazzy backing fabric when I stumbled upon this amazing black and white chevron pattern and now I'm looking for some red velvet for reasons...

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Help! I loved the vines on both of these - what do you think - green or blue? I'm edging towards blue right now...

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I really like the blue too, the colours pop a little more :)
 
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I agree.
 

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I love the brocade fabric for the outside of the shawl, but I'm worried about it getting damaged at Ren Faires and such. Thinking about doing a yellow batik fabric for the outside instead for a more casual shawl.
 
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Honestly it depends on the thickness of the fabric. I've seen that weave on thin flimsy fabric and on thick upholstery fabric. What kind is it?
 

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So I didn't think I was going to make a shawl, but it turns out I've never made a proper Aes Sedai shawl for myself and this gives me an excuse to do my favorite thing in the world, look for fabric online :D

Which do folks like better between these two?
https://www.etsy.com/listing/504411416/gold-blue-multi-color-melrose-floral
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1060089999/exquisite-blue-flower-embroidered-lace

It will go over blue dupioni that I'm going to take from a Moiraine dress I made for Jordan Con in 2011 (/faints). While that dress holds some nostalgic value, my skills have gone far enough beyond that I'm never going to wear it again, so I might as well re-use the fabric.
 
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