Last week can be best described as a banner mail week. I received the following little delights from our esteemed postman, Clem:
- A clever little booklight for my Kindle that I had ordered from Amazon,
- A new biking exercise DVD (yeah, yeah, it’s called “the best ride in town,” but despite the humorous name, it is really quite excellent. It motivates you to bike harder by showing footage of a very adorable but large dog chasing you down the street!),
- An excellent Traders and Builders expansion pack for an awesome board game that we like to play these days – Carcassonne.
Best of all, though, were the items that came from the kind folks over at C&T Publishing – the company that distributes the new and improved Timtex, and provides sewing and craft products and books of all types! In the care package was a small sample of Timtex, some different weights of their Fast2Fuse interfacing (heavyweight and regular), a beautiful book on mixed media and Fabric Art that’s full of great pictures and a canvas book to try out the new techniques on. Mixed media and fabric painting is an area I have absolutely no experience in, and it will be fun to explore!
This past weekend, I had grand plans to use the small amount of old-formula Timtex from my stash as well as the new craft pack for testing out the new stuff, but the projects I had in mind turned out to be too big for the amounts I had. I do, however, have a small handbag in mind for this test and will experiment soon with the two interfacings to see how they compare.
In the meantime, I have visually and tactile-ly compared the two. Behold a photo I call “comparison photo with orange:”
The old Timtex is on the left, the new is on the right. The orange is not a symbol. It merely serves to keep the new Timtex from flapping all over the place 🙂
Both Timtexes are roughly the same thickness, which is great. The new Timtex is slightly lighter, but has a similar hand as the old. This is nice, because the old Timtex could add substantial heft to a bag’s weight, which isn’t always so ideal. The new feels more flexible, more easily folded, yet still firmer than the Peltex I am currently using. This makes me very happy. I will do a more detailed comparison soon, and hope that the items I make can be compared both while sewing, but also as it settles and wears over the long-term.
Any thoughts for good sample projects for the Big Timtex Comparison of 2009? I’m all ears!
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