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Date: 4/22/12 7:03 AM

Cork fabric HERE.

I'm guessing it's real cork, real thin in sheets, and treated to make it durable, with a "hand" like vinyl or something.

Interesting, but not cheap!

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Date: 4/22/12 7:22 AM

$79 for a 20"x54" piece - that is truly an extravagance.... I saw the email from McCalls/Vogue/Butterick with that handbag made of cork fabric and my first thought was 'how is this stuff to sew with?' I wonder if it's brittle or becomes brittle?
I believe I'll pass! But I'd love to hear if anyone has worked with it.

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Date: 4/22/12 10:02 AM

I bought some of this for a client a few months ago when this deal was first advertised in Sewing Today. I haven't worked with it yet, so I don't know how it will handle. It's a thin layer of cork fused to a thinner (by my eye) layer of a woven fabric, kind of fuzzy, like a very thin flannel. I can't separate the backing from the cork, even though I've picked at a corner for a while. I guess I'd compare its hand to a flannel backed tablecloth, or a waterproof table protector--maybe a bit stiffer.

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Subject: Cork fabric (but it aint cheap...) Date: 4/22/12 12:29 PM

Can't wait for someone to make something from this. I am thinking it will make a very nice purse or belts

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Date: 4/22/12 1:49 PM

Oh, Kath, I'm sure you're right: I think it would make an outstanding bag. In fact, when I saw the McCalls pattern that uses it, I was surprised they mucked it up with a big cloth patch pocket smack on the outside.



I think just an interesting handle and really high-qual hardware would be enough to just play up the cork.

Especially at $79 bucks a piece!

j.

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Subject: Cork fabric (but it aint cheap...) Date: 4/22/12 2:23 PM

I love that it's eco-friendly and really visually appealing, but I'm shocked at the price. $80 for basically a 1/2 yd?!?!? WOW! I would love for someone to make something and review it though.

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Date: 4/22/12 3:30 PM

I don't understand why it would be so expensive? I have bought just a piece of thin sliced cork with sticky stuff on the back of it before, (to stick on walls at maybe Michaels Arts and Crafts or even maybe Office Depot in with the chalk boards and stuff there, I can't remember the exact size but maybe 4 self sticky backed tiles of it, at maybe a foot square each, at least for more like not more than $8 or $12 at most, for all 4 or more of them, maybe even way less.

But was shoe shopping lately, and noticed this year cork or cork look is real big on the sides of all those platform sandals. But I also noticed it's not even real half of the time! Sometimes it really may be a thin laminate of it, or more often even some fake cork that still has a texture you can feel with your fingertips, but on the cheaper shoes, sometimes it just some thin piece/sheet of plastic/vinyl glued onto there, that they just cheaply even printed a picture of cork onto it instead!

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Date: 4/22/12 3:38 PM

Any way, if you get your cork at a office supply store, or maybe an interior decorating kind of place I think it would be way cheaper than from any fabric store as some new kind of or specialized fabric at all.

You could still heat bond some or a few layers going in different grin line directions of fuse-able woven interfacing to the back of it if you really wanted to also.

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Date: 4/24/12 1:09 PM

The cork tiles and adhesive sheets I've seen in office supply stores are ground cork smushed together, most likely the waste bits and cork dust from making things like this fabric and flooring. Maybe I'm not getting to the right office supply places?

I'd guess that shaving thin enough sheets in that size might add to the cost? In other wood products, a piece of oak 1" x12" x 10' is a whole lot more expensive than a 1" x 6" x 8' piece.

And I agree, they didn't do that bag any favors with that pocket.

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Subject: Cork fabric and cork bags Date: 5/26/12 0:41 AM

Tom Bihn makes a cork bag which is very popular, called the "Swift".
Also, Peasants and Travellers makes a cork bag or two. It may just be a "trend" but I am tempted to buy some cork and construct a bag or two (NOT like the McCall's pattern though - I agree, the fabric square in the center makes it look weird).

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