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Date: 11/20/13 2:18 PM

As Christmas is just about a month away (oh dear) now, I have been working on holiday gifts for people out of my stash of fabric and bringing it with me to do the finishing hand stitching touches on things. People ask what I am doing, and I tell them "oh this is a box for my mother. This is an X for Y."

Usually people are surprised and say "oh how cool!" Or something. Suddenly, the last few weeks, the response I get is "what did you make it out of?"

I'm not sure how to respond!! "Um....fabric?" Is usually my answer. They're not really going to follow me if I tell them "well I picked up kona cotton for the shell and corduroy for the lining, but I quilted some heat bonded batting in between to give it structure and support."

What are some ways you deal with folks' responses to your handiwork?

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Date: 11/20/13 2:34 PM

I just quietly bask in the glory of them thinking I'm a genius. Honestly, it feels pretty good. Less said the better and enhances the mystery. That is unless someone has a genuine interest. Then I let it rip.

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Date: 11/20/13 5:10 PM

Maybe they actually do want to know what kind of fabric you used, and perhaps where you got it?

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Date: 11/20/13 5:11 PM

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They're not really going to follow me if I tell them "well I picked up kona cotton for the shell and corduroy for the lining, but I quilted some heat bonded batting in between to give it structure and support."

You might be surprised. Some of those people possibly sewed in a former life. When in doubt, I tell them the fiber content, blah blah blah. Most people I know really do not care nor ask.

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Date: 11/20/13 6:11 PM

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They're not really going to follow me if I tell them "well I picked up kona cotton for the shell and corduroy for the lining, but I quilted some heat bonded batting in between to give it structure and support."

You need to learn to translate that for non-sewers. Give them a little peek at the innards, if you can, and explain that it's a rigid interfacing, "like you see on the back of embroidered sweatshirts, only stiffer." I have A LOT of practice telling my parents--who don't sew--about my costuming. I gloss over stuff for my mom, because she honestly doesn't care and isn't really listening anyway , but my dad was a journalism professor and genuinely wants to know... AND expects the daughter-of-journalist-slash-teacher to figure out a way to explain it to a layperson.

Find references that they can relate to. That's a start.

...And now I'm curious about what you made!

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Date: 11/20/13 8:47 PM

funny thing is, every time I've answered with "uh, fabric?" The response I have gotten back is "really?! That's crazy! You like, bought just...fabric?!" Then I guess I do bask in them thinking I'm brilliant or something, haha!

All I made were some quilted boxes!! Posted this picture the Christmas sew along thread. :)

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2015 Sewn: 25.5 yards
2014 In: 99.75 yards
2014 Sewn: 80.5 yards

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Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 11/20/13 9:20 PM

Brillant!!

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Subject: What did you make it out of? Um, fabric? Date: 11/20/13 11:25 PM

With something structured like that, they probably are wondering how you got it to stand up. Most people don't know about stiffening products. and will wonder how come the fabric doesn't just all flop down in a heap. I was once asked if I had put cardboard inside something to make it stand up. You just need to give a vague answer that there are special stiffening products for sewing that you use inside that give the structure, I think.

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Date: 11/23/13 5:51 PM

I usually just tell them what the material is, and give them a basic overview of the way I went about making it (if they seem interested).

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Date: 11/23/13 5:58 PM

It depends on who you are talking to and what effect you want to give with your answer, but I have two standard answers for times when I don't want to give a full rundown on something.

To the inquisitive and bright 2 year old at work whose most frequently used word is "why?" I say "it is a fascinating and unusual scientific anomaly." That is keeping her quiet - this week.

The other one is what i give for anything ballroom related, especially when they want to know how I do my hair. "It's all smoke and mirrors, folks! Just smoke and mirrors."

And now I have seen your cute little baskets, I may need to make some!

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