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Tutorial Tuesday: Deconstructing a man's cotton dress shirt for it's fabric! Hi peeps!

Tutorial Tuesday: Deconstructing a man's cotton dress shirt for it's fabric!

So I thought I would show you how I take apart a men's dress shirt for the purpose of using the fabric for quilting. I like using X-L or Large-sized long-sleeved 100% cotton men's shirts as you get the most useable fabric out of them. Here we go! Pick up a men's dress shirt from your local thrift store, or even your husband's closet-just make sure it's one he doesn't wear anymore!

I get mine at Value Village, usually when they have a half price sale. Fine Natural Fabrics for Everyone par FabricTreasury. Bleeding Quilts - The fix is in - Field Trips in Fiber - Adventures in quilting, hand dyed fabric and other arts. If you never read another word on my blog please read this post.

Bleeding Quilts - The fix is in - Field Trips in Fiber - Adventures in quilting, hand dyed fabric and other arts.

I've done a LOT of testing on fabric bleeding and I want everyone to know my results. If you find the information valuable please share the link to this post and/or to this document. I have another post for FAQ and reader results that you can find here. You can also grab blog button code so that you have a link whenever you need it. Feed Sacks: A Sustainable Fabric History. Last week I took advantage of spring’s bounty and picked daffodils for a friend.

Feed Sacks: A Sustainable Fabric History

For transport, I grabbed a tomato can from my recycling bin — the red orbs on its label provided a nice contrast to the yellow and orange blooms. I felt a certain smug satisfaction at my eco-chic styling. But a trip to Ainsworth, Iowa, served as a reminder that my weekly sorting of paper and plastic pales in contrast to a time when recycling was a way of life and a matter of necessity. The reminder came at Ainsworth’s Community Center, a former opera house built in 1893. On the last weekend of each April, history teacher and collector Michael Zahs festoons the center’s stage and walls with nearly a thousand feed sacks and examples of the quilts and clothing made from them.

Micahel Zahs in front of a feed sack quilt in the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern. BERNINA USA’s blog, WeAllSew, offers fun project ideas, patterns, video tutorials and sewing tips for sewers and crafters of all ages and skill levels. ChromaZone, Paula Nadelstern’s 14th fabric collection for Benartex, will premiere at International Quilt Market in Houston this year.

BERNINA USA’s blog, WeAllSew, offers fun project ideas, patterns, video tutorials and sewing tips for sewers and crafters of all ages and skill levels.

Benartex will give away one set of half yard cuts of the entire ChromaZone fabric line. Read more in this post. Companies like Benartex who design and print our quilt fabrics are called converters, because they convert greige goods into the prints we buy in the quilt stores. Greige goods (pronounced gray) are raw fabrics before they undergo dying or bleaching. I don’t have an art or textile design background. Sewing tips. Designers & Licenses. Florida Row by Row Experience. Find Quilt Shops, Quilting Events, & more - QuiltingHub.com. Cotton + Steel. Smart Ways to Store Fabric. Rae’s Big List of Fabric Shops. After last week’s post where I may or may not have slightly bashed one of the major fabric chains (What can I say?

Rae’s Big List of Fabric Shops

Sometimes I grumpy-post. So here’s my official apology: Sorry JoAnn. I figure we’re cool anyway since I ended up at your store again a mere two days later..), I felt I should sit down and talk a little bit about purchasing fabric online and elsewhere. I’m guessing that many of you are in the same place I am: I don’t have a good fabric shop nearby (in a cruel twist of fate I somehow ended up living in a weird Fabric Black Hole where all the good fabric shops are at least a half hour’s drive in any direction), so most of the time when I need supplies, I shop at a chain *gasp*.

And you know what? New EnglandAlewives Fabrics / Maine (also online)Nido Fabrics / Vermont (also online) SouthWhipstich Fabrics / Atlanta (also online) Rae's Big List of Fabric Shops - Made By Rae.

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Kaffe Fassett. Michael Mrowka. How to choose quilt fabrics in five minutes (+ giveaway!) Quilt designer Kathy Brown admits that choosing fabric for quilts has never been difficult for her.

How to choose quilt fabrics in five minutes (+ giveaway!)

(Envious? I admit it. I am.) Fabric Shrinkage Test..... All About Batik Quilting Fabric. The beautiful look of batik quilting fabric is made through a method of fabric dyeing that uses a wax resist.

All About Batik Quilting Fabric

Hot wax is applied to fabric in a specific pattern, and it masks the lighter color fabric while it is dipped into a darker color of dye. These areas of fabric are protected from the dye, so they will remain the color of the fabric (white or a lighter color). After the first designs are applied with wax resist, you can do another round of wax and dyeing in a darker color to create multicolored fabric. The Double Diamond Reversible Table Runner & Mats Quilt Kit includes some cream, turquoise and orange multicolored batiks.

Batik quilting fabric can be either block printed (pictured above) or hand-drawn (pictured below). Photo via Craftsy member Annick Cottom Hand-drawn Batiks It’s possible to make DIY batik quilting fabrics, such as these wax resist designs pictured above. Free Batik Quilt Patterns. Closing the Geographic Gap™ in Media - HUMNEWS. Credit: Jennifer Micheals House of Style/NigeriaBy Melinda Ozongwu *NOTE: Africa Fashion Week begins today and runs March 7-10, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Closing the Geographic Gap™ in Media - HUMNEWS

You can find a schedule and watch a live stream of the shows, HERE. The material that we call African print or wax is a multi-million dollar business. As African as these textiles are, the Dutch companies that produce and sell the majority of our fine wax and lace materials are benefiting off an African industry and potentially destroying its authenticity.

And we, the African customer, are part of the problem.

Connecting Threads

DIY Screen Printing: A Technique for Easy Silk Screening at Home. Want to try DIY screen printing?

DIY Screen Printing: A Technique for Easy Silk Screening at Home

Silk screening at home is an easy way to create unique fabrics and designs. There are several ways to make a silk screen printing frame. All you need is a wooden frame, a piece of fabric from a sheer curtain, and duct tape. You can also purchase frames. Writing on Fabric: How to Put the Text in Textiles. Is it a coincidence that the word "text" can be found in "texture" and "textiles"?

Writing on Fabric: How to Put the Text in Textiles

Maybe so. But whether you scribble on background fabric with a permanent pen or make a focal point with 3-D embellished letters, text adds texture to textiles. Here are five techniques for writing on fabric and adding text to your textiles. Inkjet printing. With the availability of commercially prepared fabric and inkjet printers, it's easier than ever to print words and letters directly onto fabric. Robert Kaufman Printing Process. A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories. The issue wasn’t poor demand for the curtains, pillows and other textiles being produced at the factory. Quite the opposite. The owner, the Airtex Design Group, had shifted an increasing amount of its production here from China because customers had been asking for more American-made goods. The issue was finding workers. “The sad truth is, we put ads in the paper and not many people show up,” said Mike Miller, Airtex’s chief executive.

The American textile and apparel industries, like manufacturing as a whole, are experiencing a nascent turnaround as apparel and textile companies demand higher quality, more reliable scheduling and fewer safety problems than they encounter overseas. Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack. Workers tend the organic cotton plants in an experimental field in northern Alabama. The cotton was used in a field-to-garment project by two noted fashion designers. Courtesy of Lisa Lentz hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of Lisa Lentz Workers tend the organic cotton plants in an experimental field in northern Alabama.

The cotton was used in a field-to-garment project by two noted fashion designers. Courtesy of Lisa Lentz You've probably heard of "farm to table," but how about "field to garment"? It's not just an experiment in keeping production local; it's an attempt to revive the long tradition of apparel-making in the Deep South. An Inside Look at How Much Fabric Designers Earn - whileshenaps.com. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my newsletter to hear about the best in sewing, blogging, and business from around the web each week. image credit. Quilting, $3.5 billion industry, seeing bolder colors, bling and recycled-bottle batting. Quilting is certainly an art — an art, a craft, a hobby, a pastime, an outlet for creativity, even a form of therapy. But in today's world it is also an industry — an industry that recently returned its annual International Quilt Market to Salt Lake City for a second time and drew hundreds of people from around the world to the Salt Palace.

Not open to the public, the show brought together people in all aspects of the industry, from fabric, thread and notion manufacturers, to book and magazine publishers, quilt shop owners, quilt designers and pattern-makers and more, to give them a chance to see what's new, what's exciting, what's going on in the world of quilting. Gone are the days when quilting was only a cottage industry, when quilts were only made out of necessity. Today, it is a $3.58 billion industry in the United States with 21.3 million quilters, nationwide.

Fourteen percent of U.S. households are home to at least one active quilter. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Fabric Recipes, Part 1, with Donna Lynn Thomas.

Stash....novelty prints!

Modern designer fabrics, quilting basics, organics, embroidery. Canton Village Quilt Works. Pink Chalk Fabrics is your online source for modern quilting cottons and sewing patterns., Cloth, Pattern + Tool for Modern Sewists. Quilt Sandwich Fabrics. Modern Fabrics for quilting and sewing. Quilting Fabric - Great selection of discount quilting fabrics- Fabric.com. Thousands of Bolts ... only one nut!: Quilting Fabrics,Quilting Supplies, Quilt Fabric,Kits & More. Fat Quarter Shop - Moda Fabrics, Quilt Fabric, Quilting Fabric, Quilt Kits, Online Quilting Fabrics & FREE Quilt Patterns. Exclusive Quilting Fabric, Quilting Thread, Quilting Kits, Patterns & Quilt Supplies. Moda Fabric, Online Quilting Fabrics, Quilt Kits, Patterns, Block of the Month.

Quilts, Free Quilt Patterns and Designer Patterns: Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Quilt Patterns, Books and Discounted Supplies for the Quilting World. Laundry Basket Quilts. Open - allpeoplequilt.com. Amy Butler Design. Print custom fabric on-demand. Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog.

HeartSong Quilts is one of the most unique quilt shops in America, and offers visually stunning fabrics along with patterns, quilt kits, notions, books, clearance fabrics, and other cool stuff. Moda Fabrics - Producer of Quilting Fabric, Sewing Notions, and Home Decor. Hawthorne Threads - Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Michael Miller & More. Pink Chalk Fabrics is your online source for modern quilting cottons and sewing patterns., Cloth, Pattern + Tool for Modern Sewists.

Knitting Crochet Sewing Crafts Patterns and Ideas! - the purl bee. Hancock's of Paducah - The world's foremost supplier of fine fabrics and notions. FreeSpirit fabric designers. Anna Maria Horner grew up in a house full of her dad's paintings and with a closet full of her mom's handi-work. As a kid in the 70's, she passed up the $1.79 Barbie dresses in Service Merchandise, opting instead to create designs from her mother's fabric scraps....an artist was born.

After graduating with an honors fine arts degree in drawing, Anna Maria opened Handmaiden, a clothing and housewares boutique. This store served as homebase for all her fashion and design interests. Here, she also began a line of highly sought after handbags, intricately fashioned from an array of materials, that made their way onto Hollywood's red carpet. Anna Maria has also been exhibiting paintings in galleries throughout her whole adult life. Textile Designers. How do you Design Fabric? - Portabellopixie. I am asked certain questions so frequently and I try my hardest to be helpful and answer all questions that come my way. To help facilitate a bit, I've created a FAQ's section where I can navigate people to and give a little more in depth answer easier. (That way we get to chat a bit more!)

How to get started designing fabric is something that people are so incredibly interested in. Some people are wanting to design themselves, some are just curious about the medium they love! Oakshott, Yuwa, Organic & Hand-Printed Fabric. Textile Designers: 10 Women to Watch - Shopping Guide. Spoonflower blog. Designer Cotton Fabrics at Great Prices par FabricTree.