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Andy Clark
(AndyClark) - F

Locale: East Coast
Where do I buy tarp material? on 10/24/2009 13:15:41 MDT Print View

I am going to make a tarp, does anyone have any recommendations on where a good place is to purchase UL material; silnylon, mesh, spinnaker, cuben, tyvek, etc. Poking around the internet, I have found Quest Outfitters and Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics, any other recos?

Terra _
(terra@c-3.nu) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest - i.e. wet!
Seattle Fabrics! on 10/24/2009 14:16:19 MDT Print View

Seattle Fabrics is a great resource, and currently has a bunch of stuff on sale. seattlefabrics.com

As a Seattlite I favor them :) They're a friendly shop and full of helpful advice. They have almost every kind of gear fabric, fastener, webbing, cord or notion you could possibly need. I'm headed there today to pick up heat sealable fabric and strappage for some backpacks I'm working on :)

>> Bender <<
(Bender) - MLife

Locale: NEO
Here are a few more on 10/24/2009 14:22:08 MDT Print View

I have ordered twice from Seattle Fabrics and both orders took over 2 weeks even though items were said to be in stock. I have also ordered from quest and rockywoods with much quicker service.

http://www.questoutfitters.com
http://www.owfinc.com
http://www.rockywoods.com
http://thru-hiker.com/materials/
http://www.kitebuilder.com

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Here are a few more on 10/24/2009 14:38:33 MDT Print View

i am so all about OWFINC.com I know you listed them but if you plan all the projects you want to do now you can get wholesale pricing. If you buy 6yds of 1.1rip sil for a tarp, 5yds of 1.1rip uncoated for a quilt, 2yd 1.9PU rip for a pack and 1yd 4oz PU Rip for a pack, 4yds 1.9uncoated rip for a hammock, + 2yd sil for poncho you can get anything on that order for wholesale. IF you order 20yd of one type of fabric (not one specific fabric but one type, like ripstop) your whole order is wholesale, hard to beat.

All you need to add to the above is 2.5yd climahieldHL 6oz, some grossgrain, maybe a 26" one way sep zipper #3 coil and some buckles and cords and stuff. and you can do a lot of projects for a small amount of money.

-Tim

Andy Clark
(AndyClark) - F

Locale: East Coast
Options Options Options on 10/25/2009 18:11:51 MDT Print View

Thanks everyone for laying out all of the options.

Excellent suggestion Tim on ordering large quantities to buy at wholesale $. I think I'll get there eventually, but to start off, I am thinking of just getting a small amount of Silnylon 2nds. Hopefully the learning curve won't be too steep and I can mitigate sewing, cutting and design mistakes.

AC

Scott Littlefield
(sclittlefield) - F

Locale: Northern Woods of Maine
silnylon 2nds on 11/03/2009 09:08:54 MST Print View

You can also get silnylon seconds at Noah Lamport for $3.00/yd. You HAVE to call - the website is useless, other than to get their phone number.

It's a great place for starter material.