Okay, so who knew there was a Corduroy Appreciation Club? And that today- 11/11/11- is Corduroy Appreciation Day? you know, uh, 11/11/11. This is the date that when expressed in writing most resembles corduroy since 11/11/1111, which was 900 years ago and I don't think corduroy was even invented then. Thanks to Slow Cloth for pointing this out. I totally missed the New York Times article yesterday.
this blog post by Barbara Brackman. I myself once used corduroy prominently in a quilt- the first quilt I ever made, in fact, circa 1979. This was no art quilt. It was made the old-fashioned way- using scraps of fabric leftover from clothing that I made and actually wore, an old blue cotton blanket for the filler and the binding, and some pink terrycloth for the back that I bought to make something but never used.
I can't remember what the corduroy was originally used for, but I had enough to make a border for both front and back. The colors used to be a lot brighter! Although this quilt is rags and tatters now, I keep it because it was my first, and the earliest embodiment what became the spirit of my taste: what we now call repurposing; what later came to be called shabby chic; and a mixing of disparate elements in a style that we now kindly refer to as eclectic. But I know that really this quilt is just plain weird. Hey, it was 1979!!
I've always been a big fan of corduroy, and I'm glad that it has its own special day, but I think the most important thing to take away from Corduroy Appreciation Day is the realization that fabric nuts of all kinds are just plain crazy.