4714Re:Marbling on Fabric
- Jun 1, 2008Hi all - as someone who has marbled only fabric for over 16 years, let me
chime in here - quilters love the fabric, but generally they want it for
pennies. Most quilters are not willing to spend seven dollars for a fat
quarter, 12-15 for a half yard. They equate it to dyed fabrics. We've lost
out on doing classes because the quilters have said they don't want to do
another "dye" class. So prepare yourself for a lot of education.
Putting your fabric in quilt shops - owners are even stingier - you are
lucky to get it in on consignment, and owners are convinced they have to
sell everything at twice what you are asking - so even if you wholesale at
five dollars a fat quarter, the shops want to sell it for 10.
Also, I spent a year preparing for International Quilt Market, wanting to
see how the fabric would go. NOT ONE shop owner was willing to pay the
wholesale price of $4 for a fat quarter, as they said they couldn't resell
it for $8. Not a lot of originality on their part. Plus, having to have a
large inventory almost takes the joy out of marbling. And the distributors
(which is how you want to go) wouldn't even stop and discuss.
We have been successful getting our work in books and in juried shows, but
these are finished fiber art pieces. EXCELLENT art quilters will spend the
money (we currently have a half-yard of marbled silk going for 22 dollars on
ebay), but you can't support yourself on that.
Don't want to burst a bubble, but you need to be aware of the market - and
this is experience talking. That said, I'm happy to answer any of your
Linda in Tucson
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