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meguey
10:19 pm - Creepy fabric
What's the most odd, unusual, weird fabric in your stash?

Mine actually creeps me out a bit. For your viewing pleasure, some of the creepiest fabric I've ever seen, and definitely the creepiest I have in my stash. It's a weird mash-up of zodiac images and early 1900s illustration style. In somehow garish pastels. It weirds me out. I'll have to do something amazing with it some day.

Things to look for:
The sign for the Red Lion, which has a blue lion on it.
The girl near the Capricorn goat-cart who seriously looks like a sociopath.
In this weird world, Virgo looks taller than all the rest of the figures. And older.
There are large and interesting mushrooms scattered throughout.
I don't know why, but the line of little blue trees over Scorpio makes me cringe.













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From:kcobweb
Date:January 18th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
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From:meguey
Date:January 18th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
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Great link! Also, a valid point. This one is just so bizarre that I can't quite cut it into tiny pieces - at least not yet.
From:wunnerwmn
Date:January 18th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Wow, what a great link! Tons of information - I've bookmarked it to look at it closer later.
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From:wren08
Date:January 20th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the link!
From:mmegaera
Date:January 18th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
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Call me unobservant, but if it weren't for the zodiac names scattered about, I never would have known that's what it was supposed to represent [g].

I've got a few weirdies in my stash, but not enough energy to go find and photograph them.
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From:meguey
Date:January 18th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
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Exactly! Without the text, and some of the more obvious ones, like the girls playing with the scorpion, it would just be a strange 80s re-interpretation of Kate Greenaway illustrations, in pastels. With the text, it's a real head-bender.
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From:faetal
Date:January 18th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
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1. I think it's sorta cool.. nothing I'd ever buy... although it's something that I'd ponder and think about it and if I ran across it a second time I'd have to buy it.. but I'd probably never use it..
2. When I finally found the little blue trees they made me smile, but possibly only because I felt like I'd won the "find the blue trees" on the object search
3. I love parts of this fabric SO MUCH, but other parts.. like the random rings of flowers do not fly with me.
4. I feel like.. it's not creepy ENOUGH. It's that level of creepy where it's just.. vaguely unsettling, but not like, "OMG ITS SO CREEPY! I LOVE IT!!!"

My stash doesn't have anything of this level. I have some super rad Dia De Los Muertos sugar skulls in all white and pink, but those are just awesome. .
The closest thing I have to this is just weird/bad 80's geometric prints with bad color combinations... like pukey gold/green/brown mixed with bright green and navy blue..

Thanks for sharing ! It was fun!
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From:meguey
Date:January 18th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
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I know! There are parts of this fabric that would be soooo cool for an I-Spy quilt, and others that would be great for something retro, but all together? Hmmmm.
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From:jmnstars
Date:January 18th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
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This fabric kind of weirds me out too! Although, being a Virgo, I often feel like the "Almighty Mother of EVERYONE" since most of my friends/family come to me for advice. I also have ALWAYS felt older and wiser than my years so this might be what the fabric is trying to illustrate. :)
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From:meguey
Date:January 18th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Exactly! Which is odd, given the whole 'virgin' thing. I know that's kind of a later addition, but still.
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From:stateofbalance
Date:January 18th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
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I may just be desensitized to these things, but I personally don't think this fabric is creepy! It's quite interesting with lots going on in the pattern, but it's not unsettling to me. I might be missing something? (It's late and it's been a long day, so that's a possibility.)

My favorite part is the little beach scene for Cancer. It's very sweet. Though I will second that if it weren't for the words, I'd have no idea what the images in this fabric represented. Totally weird, but beautiful in its own way. Thanks for sharing! :]
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From:meguey
Date:January 18th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I think I'm settling on "strangely alluring" Lots of the scenes are sweet on their own - I love Libra and Pisces - but all together it still strikes me as odd.
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From:mariposaluna
Date:January 18th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
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I think the "creepy" name still applies. It looks like a sweet little girl or baby type print but then there are scorpions, sociopaths and questionable mushrooms mixed in ;o)

I have nothing against the Astrological signs but I don't know about them being on such a pastel and otherwise sweet print. I could see a sweet mature lady buying this, thinking it was pretty, and not realize it had the signs on there and had something against them.
From:wunnerwmn
Date:January 18th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm...that is some kind of weird material. I wonder what kind of, ahem, pharmaceutical influence the artist was under. I agree with an above post, though, that if you did want to use it, cutting it into somewhat narrow strips or small squares would give you lots of colors, all with a light value, to use without the strangeness of the subject matter. Of course, you could always fussy cut it and make some kind of humorous quilt that someone somewhere would appreciate. :)
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From:moonwolf23
Date:January 18th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm thinking 1960's acid trip myself:)
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From:demon_666
Date:January 18th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I don't think that the bits you pointed out are creepy at all.
What creeps me out are the Gemini twins, a little too much like The Shining for me. They're holding hands to strengthen their psychic bond and planning their next evil telekinetic deed. One of them is staring RIGHT AT YOOOUUU!
Whatever you make with this fabric will be haunted and the picture will change ever so slightly each day until evil things happen to some of the characters and people in real-life will inexplicably suffer the same fate!
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From:polarpaw
Date:January 19th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
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I was wondering if the artist that designed the fabric had perhaps been eating some of those strange mushrooms. It doesn't strike me as creepy just a little odd.

My mother sent me some fabric that she had in her stash that is just weird 70's fabric. It is sort of a collage of various prints all put into one fabric. I really like some of the prints but the area that they cover is oddly shaped and it would just take up more time than I want to spend to fussy cut. Since there is about 4 or 5 yards of this strange ugly fabric and it is of questionable fiber content it is now used to cover the plants in my garden when I think there is going to be a frost or freeze.
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From:gkbennett
Date:January 20th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the girls in general are just plain creepy. I'm with the cut it up in 1 1/2 squares idea. Interesting what is out there in fabric-land.

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