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Have I been a complete Numpty???

I found a lovely screen printed piece of fabric featuring some dancing penguins in a charity shop recently and paid a really silly price. I've been doing some prep ready for a sewing session over the weekend and have cut it out ready for a tote bag. THEN I though I'd look up the name printed on the bottom Marushka and I'm starting to think that it may have been quite valuable. Do any of you arty young things know anything about them?

Posted at 26th Mar 2009 - 05:46PM   Posted by Toady   Have I been a complete Numpty??? Comments: 12

CalicoKate's Avatar I didn't know of it at all but googled Marushka penguins and found this blogspot: Marushka blogspot
If you have these penguins then they are fab!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 26th Mar 2009 at 05:57PM

Pipany's Avatar Oh I hope not for your sake Toady! Now, i need to ask a knitting question but haven't got time to put it in forum, so if you could check in and help me out later I would be most grateful! Embarassed

Posted by: Pipany on 26th Mar 2009 at 05:59PM

Toady's Avatar Yep it's the penguins but in a shades of brown.

Posted by: Toady on 26th Mar 2009 at 06:07PM

Faith's Avatar I don't know anything about it, but I wondered if you use it for a tote bag and then sell the bag whether you could be in trouble - copyright etc?

Posted by: Faith on 26th Mar 2009 at 06:13PM

Milla's Avatar I've been wondering that about fabric full stop, Faith - how is copyright policed or is it handed over when sold??

Posted by: Milla on 26th Mar 2009 at 06:24PM

If fabric isn't for making into something to be used and loved then what is it for? (besides loft insulation, which is what my immense stash of probably hundreds of metres is doing Laughing) I wouldn't loose too much sleep, Toady. If you find it is of a 'collectible' nature, then can't you make the price tag reflect the collectability?

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 26th Mar 2009 at 06:27PM

Toady's Avatar I only ever make things in ones and twos and I use my own designs. I think if you made downright copies of things made and sold by the likes of Laura Ashley and Cath Kidson you may run into trouble though. You do tend to pay a premium for 'named' fabrics so I think they get their rake off from the point of sale of the fabric.

Posted by: Toady on 26th Mar 2009 at 06:36PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Design for fabric is copyrighted but you are using the fabric not copying it to make your own so that is fine. After all iotherwise anyoen who did home dress making or any sewing at all would be in breach of copyright! Sure the designer would be delighted that you are using them as she no doubt intended ie turning them into something not stuffing it in a cupboard somewhere! I have a real fabric fetish but lack your confidence in sewing so am madly jealious Toady!!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 26th Mar 2009 at 06:39PM

Toady's Avatar Thanks UPL that's made it nice and clear
AND where have you been lately may I ask ??

Posted by: Toady on 26th Mar 2009 at 06:47PM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Just looked at the website Toady. The penguins are cute. If you have a spare panel, how about padding it, and embroider around the penguins and make a wall hanging, or frame it. It would look super with the signature. I also have a question in the Knitting Club under patterns. Any suggestions.? Thanks x

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 26th Mar 2009 at 07:55PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Um this unarty old thing hasn't got a clue . . . love to see a picture of what you do make out of it though.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 26th Mar 2009 at 10:16PM

This link might help, and there are other useful links within it, for all of us who make and sell on using branded fabrics.

Fabric and Copyright

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 27th Mar 2009 at 10:19AM

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