Fantastic Fabric World Records

When it comes to world records, is there anything people won’t do to get their name in the Guinness Book of World Records? From the incredibly bizarre to the downright dangerous, if you can imagine it, there’s a record for it. Here, let’s look at some brilliant records involving fabric:

Most People Handwashing Fabric – Yes, there is a record for this! 2,600 people simultaneously engaged in handwashing fabric in Madhya Pradesh, India on 27th June 2016. The challenge was set up by Ariel and all those involved had to wash the fabric for 5 minutes simultaneously to set the record.

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Biggest Fabric Marbling Painting – Back in 2013 in Turkey, two people were behind the challenge to create the largest fabric marbling painting in the world. It measured a whopping 145.87-foot-long by 5.64-foot-wide and was displayed at the Sanko Park Shopping Mall in Gaziantep, Turkey. The grand piece of work had more than 70 artists involved in its completion and measured 823.11 square feet.

Largest Embroidery – The largest single piece of embroidery was stitched by UK resident, Margaret Pollard. The scenes were taken from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. The stitching covered a total area of 878 square feet!

Longest Embroidery – A very long embroidery was started in 2003 by the Embroiderers’ Guild. It grew to be 1,986.77 feet long. It was taken on tour around the UK and displayed at shows and exhibitions, so people could add to the stitching. A staggering 7000 embroiderers added their stitches to the work of art, that was completed in the autumn of 2004.

Most Fabric Flowers – A momentous record was set in Malaysia for the most decorated fabric flowers made in one project. Many thousands of individuals from all walks of life were involved in the project which culminated in 63,682 decorated fabric flowers being made. Participants included inmates from the Prison Department. Fabric flowers make a beautiful addition to any home. Why not think about making some for a Christmas display this year? For a great range of Christmas Designer Fabrics, visit http://www.higgsandhiggs.com

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Longest Table Cloth – The record for the world’s longest table cloth is held by a group of people from Italy who produced a mammoth cloth of 5,784 feet in length.

Largest Bag – This is another record that belongs to the people of Malaysia. 1,492 people worked together to create the world’s largest bag while 606 people sewed simultaneously at the same time, setting a second record. This all took place during an event at Perbadanan Putrajaya.

Longest Scarf Knitted While Running a Marathon – This record is one to make you chuckle. As if running a marathon wasn’t tough enough, David Babcock ran the Kansas City marathon whilst knitting! He was running to raise funds for an Alzheimer’s Charity and achieved a rather fetching purple and yellow scarf that measured an incredible 3.7 metres.

Most People Knitting at Same Time–The National Federation of Women’s Institutes organised a huge event of simultaneous knitting in London. An impressive 3,083 people joined together for this mammoth knitting session.