Samples of Alice's Scrapbook fabric
A couple of months ago Carrie Nelson at Moda blogged about some fabric industry jargon I was not familiar with. The sales reps' samples like those above are called cap-sets.
I've got a set of Alice's Scrapbag---Four cap-sets showing the four colorways of all the prints. Time for a give-away!
I have one set of Cap-sets to give away to a selected commenter. Here are the rules:
1. Post a comment here on this post before midnight tonight October 6, 2015 (U.S. Central Time).
2. One comment per reader, please.
3. I'll ship to any country.
3. Include your email so I can contact you.
5. I'll take this post down tomorrow and let you know the lucky winner.
6.. I'll choose a winner by some unpredictable event. In the past it's been things like the first commenter named Barbara, the person who comments closest to noon, the first person who says the magic word---e.g. quilt.
I'm working on some magic word right now.
I don't know how much yardage is in a cap-set.
I threw the buttons in there for scale.
You can see that the top piece is the shortest
and they gradually get longer as you go down the stack.
Spring 2015 Market cap-sets from Moda
More about Cap-sets
This is the format shop buyers see when they are deciding on fabric purchases. Each sales rep gets a set from each new collection to take on their rounds.
I looked online in old texts for a definition of cap-set and didn't find much until recently, so it must be a fairly new term for an old format.
A cap set of upholstery samples from the 1960s.
I'd have called it a sample book.
Each piece is the same size and the cardboard seems to hold
a whole season's collections.
The swatches, sorted by color, are held together with cardboard folded over the top. Carrie says a cap-set is also called a header.
The Moda Warehouse right before Quilt Market
Then they are rolled up and each sales rep gets one.
Me the designer, I don't often get them. I've been playing with this set for a while, but I have yardage and really don't need them. I am sure one of you does.