What's New

Saturday, October 8, 2011
  • The wiki now serves 176 countries, out of a total of just over 200.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
  • You may have noticed that the wiki has gained a whole section of information in Spanish over the past several weeks. This is the initiative of one of fabrics international's members, octotones, who has been very active on the site. Although the whole site is not yet available in Spanish, many of the main information pages are now fairly complete.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
  • More than 85% of web traffic is now brought to the site by search engines, compared to less than 30% a year ago. The average number of pages viewed is close to 2 pages, however, meaning that these views on average view more than one page. A one page view of a few seconds is considered to be a "bounce" - but our viewership tends to stick around and read!
  • A new feature of the site is the creation of a Fashion Watch page, whose goal is to keep track of current museum exhibits and/or shows as well as films, worldwide, that deal with fashion, sewing and design.

Friday, September 24, 2010
  • Launch of a blog for the wiki! Come and read more about what we are, what we do and who we serve!

Saturday, September 3, 2010
  • The number of countries served by the fabrics international wiki now tops 140 - there are only 195 countries, so we are serving nearly three quarters of the world's nations!

Sunday, May 9, 2010
  • The list of fabrics is now complete for most common fabrics, and a minimum of information is now available on each of the 196 fabrics listed. Some additional fabrics will continue to be added to the list, and the information provided for each fabric will be further embellished.

Friday, May 7, 2010
  • A list of countries currently served by the fabrics international wiki has been added to the wiki, for your interest, along with the proportion of total visits from each country. It is interesting to note that although the US comes first, it only represents 30% of all visits.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

  • Over the course of the past four months, the use of this wiki by the internet population has quadrupled and the number of visits is still increasing steadily - we now get more than 1500 visits per month, with a return rate of close to 25%. The wiki is read in 123 countries (out of about 200 total) and more than 2700 cities.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
  • We've introduced a section of men's blogs within our article on sewing blogs, with the expectation of growing this section over time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
  • The wiki contains a revised reference section now called the Reference Room, that includes reviews for outstanding books or media that deal with fabric, garment construction, fashion and sewing. The first book review is for David Page Coffin's book on Shirtmaking.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
  • fabrics international has launched a new section on the occasion of its first birthday, called "FabricMaps". FabricMaps provides personal stories of fabrics and fashions, tied to spatial locations, and hence provides a map of interesting and useful locations for the fabric-fashion afficionado!

Monday, February 1, 2010
  • Happy birthday fabrics international! The fabrics international wiki was one year old on January 28, 2010! The wiki now incorporates more than 400 articles under development, with over 100 completed. We've gone from a wiki primarily concerned with fabric, to incorporate articles dealing with fabric prints and with an extensive set of articles dealing with worldwide garments. As of today, viewership is coming from 108 countries (apparently, there are about 195 countries altogether, so we are serving more than half the countries in the world). Total viewership just topped 6000, with about 1500 repeat viewers, but viewership is now growing at about 1000 per month.

Sunday, January 31, 2010
  • Detailed information on making choices about eco-friendly fabrics has been introduced into the wiki, including how to choose among different fabric choices, the relative importance and eco-friendliness of fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp or bamboo, current certification standards, and so forth.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
  • A section on eco-friendly fabrics has been added to the list of on-line fabric stores, including stores in both North America and in Australia.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
  • Our visitors come from more than 105 countries, of which the ten most important are, in declining order, the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Australia, Germany, India, Belgium, Romania and Italy!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
  • New page added that lists sewing blogs. Page includes information on non-English blogs. The list is mostly culled from the BurdaStyle membership.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
  • Article completed for the Bodice.

Monday, June 8, 2009
  • Statistics for this site, based on Google Analytics, show that direct referals from Google are currently doubling every month (125 in May, 55 in April, 20 in March), while BurdaStyle.com referals are stable at roughly 150 per month. Other significant sources of referals come from the Wetpaint500 page. A significant number of key words used are non-English (French, German, other languages).

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009
  • Article completed for the A-line skirt, the Anorak, the Alb and the Babydoll. This brings the total number of finished articles to over 50.
  • The fabrics international wiki is still, for the 9th consecutive week, within the top 500 wetpaint sites

Saturday, May 16, 2009
  • Viewership of the fabrics international wiki tops 70 countries! In response to the BurdaStyle blog posting concerning the site, the number of countries from which viewers are visiting the wiki site has risen above 70.
  • Article completed for the Ao Dai tunic, the Vietnamese national costume for women. This furthers our goal for including non-western clothes within the wiki.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
  • The fabrics international wiki places, for the 8th consecutive week, within the top 500 wetpaint sites, now at #303.
  • The wiki is also featured in the BurdaStyle blog, a significant vote of support for our efforts.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saturday, May 10, 2009

Friday, May 9, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009
  • First completed article for a garment, Bermuda shorts. Includes links to patterns and examples of creations. Some 60 additional garment pages are near completion.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009
  • A new section of the wiki has been launched, focusing on garments, their types and uses and sewing challenges involved in their construction. The overall title of the wiki has been changed to reflect this addition.
Friday, April 10, 2009
  • We are now rated #231 in this week's top 500 Wetpaint sites. This is the third week we are in the top 500 sites.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
  • Photos now complement the articles for cotton, linen, hemp and silk , among others. Photos are provided either by on-line fabric suppliers who have consented to this use of their photos, or through WikiMedia Commons.
Friday, April 3, 2009
  • We are rated #265 in this week's top 500 Wetpaint sites. Wetpaint 500 sites are judged based on number of edits and comments, hence they correspond to the most active development sites, not their popularity in hits.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  • Permissions have been obtained from several online fabric stores to use their images to support our wiki. Their images are shown with a message "Courtesy of (name of source)". The plan is to "pepper" the wiki with images taken from different recommended vendors so as not to favor any one of these
Monday, March 30, 2009
  • Fabric article completed for "lace", along with the umbrella article on "Interlaced fabric (lace)". New articles were created for ten subtypes of lace - these are not yet complete, however.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
  • Check out new User Polls! As part of our efforts to help fine-tune the content of the fabrics international wiki for your needs, we are inaugurating a series of user polls to find out more about what issues are important to our wiki users. If you have an idea about a subject you'd like our readership to respond to, let us know!
  • Three more fabric articles completed ("hemp", "bamboo" and "chiffon"), bringing the total number of completed articles in the English wiki to 32. Each article requires compiling information across nearly a dozen references, and must be cross-linked thematically, linguistically, and into other websites, before it can be considered complete.

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