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« on: May 08, 2009 02:57:32 AM »

Hello everyone
I am a student architecture.
For school we need to rebuild a model from a architectural masterpiece
We've chosen Farnsworth house from Mies van de Rohe
http://www.e-architect.co.uk/chicago/jpgs/farnsworth_house_gmad06_8.jpg

We have to gather all the materials used in the house...
Now here's my question...
we have been looking everywhere to find a piece of Shantung Fabric (used for the curtains + it's a rather old fabric that's why we didn't find it)
So I wanted to ask if any of you have heard of this fabric or maybe if you have some of this fabric??
Is so, do you want to help us??
We only need a piece of 2" - 3" so it's easy to send in an envelope
If you want to help us, pm me and I'll send you my adress.

We need the lighter yellow colour, but if you have another kind it's good too (we can use it for the texture)

Thankyou guys soooooo much !!!

edit: on this picture you can see the fabric on the left:
http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/farnsworth/farnsworth4.jpg

edit 2: I live in Belgium so no Joan's or Michael here Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2009 03:48:50 AM »

I dont have any of the fabric, but it is also known as raw silk, its the cheaper kind of silk fabric that has slubs (lumps that are imperfections in the weave) in it. It is woven from wild as opposed to farmed silk.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-shantung.htm


I am pretty sure that if you go to a bridal wear shop they will have some, (and its a small enough size that you could ask for a sample) they are sure to have some in cream and since its not going to be washed, you could dye it by soaking it in acrylic paint that has been well thinned with water.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2009 04:25:36 AM »

I do not have any either, but I did a search for  Shantung Fabric.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Drapery-fabric,-off-white-Shantung,-54%22w.per-yd._W0QQitemZ260292297037QQcmdZViewItem

Is there an image to see what was original used in the house?
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2009 09:51:22 AM »

It's also known as dupioni and is usually silk. It's very easy to find. Quilting shops often sell it in fat quarters, which is an 18" x 22" piece.
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2009 12:08:36 PM »

I know i have bought silk at joanns in their bridal section....
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2009 12:35:49 PM »

ah thanks everyone for the advice

I dont have any of the fabric, but it is also known as raw silk, its the cheaper kind of silk fabric that has slubs (lumps that are imperfections in the weave) in it. It is woven from wild as opposed to farmed silk.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-shantung.htm


I am pretty sure that if you go to a bridal wear shop they will have some, (and its a small enough size that you could ask for a sample) they are sure to have some in cream and since its not going to be washed, you could dye it by soaking it in acrylic paint that has been well thinned with water.

We have 1 bridal shop nearby and that's a very chique place, but I am going to ask there tomorrow...
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2009 05:07:03 PM »

If you can't find it, I could probably get a sample swatch for you at my local quilt store.  They've got a variety of colors.  I have a piece but it's black.
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2009 09:44:26 AM »

I went to the bridal shop today, they didn't had any scraps ... they only 'fix' the clothing so they don't make it there :s
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