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Thread: Year of the Taupe

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    http://www.cherishedpieces.com/ (correct link)

    Canadian, but she sells quarter yards cuts online.
    Always a plus to me.

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    (Remember - we're talking about taupes, which are a style of fabric, not the color taupe.)

    Thanks for telling me this, I had no idea what taupes were, I thought it was the color.

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    Well it's all depend what you're working on, Today we don't use the beige or white as much as we use too, so TAUPE, either fabrics or colors, there's no harm in trying in one of your project.

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    Broad range of Taupe

    Quote Originally Posted by QKO View Post
    According to fabric industry blurbs, this is supposed to be "The Year of the Taupe."

    Taupe fabrics, a Japanese style of fabrics featuring a soft color palette and typically high quality screen-printed goods and finish have come on to the radar screen outside Japan in the last several years. Lots of people are discovering them and using them to create beautiful quilts and other projects.

    So, what's your take on taupes? Love them? Hate them? Indifferent? Use them? Never heard of them?

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    Quilters sometimes confuse the term "Taupe" with simply the gray/brown color we in the U.S. associate with it. In fact, Taupe is a genre of fabric very popular in Japan as well as many other Asian countries. The Japanese also refer to this genre as "Natural" fabrics. It is not merely gray/brown, but covers the entire color spectrum, and all values from off-white, to pure black.
    Another misconception is equating the name Daiwabo with all Taupe fabrics. Daiwabo is one fabric producer in Japan, similar to RJR, Robert Kaufman, or Clothworks in the U.S. They produce Taupe lines, but also produce many other fabrics (currently not available in the U.S.). It is also common to hear people refer to the Serenity line of fabrics by EE Schenck Co. as Daiwabo. This is not the case. EE Schenck has contracted with Daiwabo to produce the artwork for these fabrics, so the designs are from Daiwabo, but the fabrics are printed on the same underlying gray goods as are other EE Schenck lines, such as Maywood. These are beautiful fabrics, and they are neither better or worse quality than true Japanese Taupe fabrics, merely different. Most of the real Japanese print fabrics are on a somewhat lighter, higher thread count fabric, very popular with the Japanese consumer for handwork and applique. Serenity is printed on a weight of fabric more popular in the U.S. for machine quilting.
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    Ok you guys have me really interested in this. I have never heard of these fabrics. My Son and DIL live almost across the street from a fabric store in Iwakuni, Japan. My DIL doesn't know anything about fabric. She would gladly send me some fabric if I asked. What info do I need to give her? Also are there certain Japanese quilting magazines(in English) I shoud request? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lindy-2 View Post
    my LQS www.cherishedpeices.com has a farly large selection of japanese taupes. they are realy pretty and she dosent charge a crazy price eather.
    Just to be clear, the fabrics on the Cherished Pieces website advertised at Daiwabo, are in fact all Serenity by EE Schenck in Portland, Oregon. They are beautiful pieces, and yes, they are less expensive than Daiwabo fabric from Japan.
    -Steven

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    As a correction, Steven, EE Schenck's Serenity series is designed by Daiwabo, and also printed by Daiwabo under contract. The newer Serenity series, starting with Serenity 16, have been printed on a different stock than the 60 square quilter's cotton used for Maywood and other popular higher quality lines. Serenity 16 and newer are printed on a 75 square cotton, which is a lighter weight but finer fabric, pretty identical to what the traditional Daiwabo has been printed on.
    Last edited by QKO; 02-05-2013 at 05:38 PM.

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    A friend made a quilt from neutrals only. I thought it would be blah but it's really lovely. I saw some fabrics at quiltfest this year, various values of taupe, texture but basically reading as solids. One thing I didn't like was the Japanese fabrics were narrower than the standard 42-44 inches and expensive.

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    Hi Cindy,
    The change to the more recent Serenity fabric is interesting to note. However, when comparing the Serenity 17 line with other current Japanese prints from Daiwabo, Lecien, Westex, and Olympus, the latter appear finer, a little lighter and silkier textured than the Serenity fabric. The only one I have here that I find very similar to the Serenity is Kinkame European Taupe line from Clothworks. I would not notice the difference using it for machine sewing, but for needleturn applique I do notice a difference, particularly in how easily the fabric frays.
    I do like the changes that EE Schenck has made to Serenity, not only the fabric weight, but also returning to a broader color palette, more characteristic of the earlier Serenity releases... I hope they continue with this.

    BTW, I love your website.
    -Steven

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    Very interesting. I had never heard of them before

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    Peckish: I just saw your question and I will post on it later. I will show you some magazine covers and some taupe projects. My avatar is a hand-pieced and quilted sewing case that I made following my favorite magazine's instructions.

    meanmom: I do not know of any Japanese quilt magazine in English. I pick whatever project I like and read it through multiple times before I attempt it. There are a lot of photos and diagrams, but a tremendous amount of detail in most projects.

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