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Hawthorne Threads - Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Michael Miller & More

Hawthorne Threads - Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Michael Miller & More
We are offering a Cloud9 Enchanted fat quarter bundle for this weeks giveaway! For details on this giveaway, click here. What a Gem by Allison Cole (Late April) Arizona by April Rhodes (May) Beauty Queen by Jennifer Paganelli (May) Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner (May)

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Textile Designers: 10 Women to Watch - Shopping Guide Over the last few years, there have been some obvious standouts in the world of contemporary textile design. People like Amy Butler, Lotta Jansdotter, and Natalie Chanin have garnered well-deserved attention for their fresh signature styles, while paving the way for other talented women to make an impact in the industry. Here are ten whose work merits a closer look. Erin Flett Erin lives and works in Maine, where she has a family and two young daughters. Her pillows have a hand-drawn, slightly imperfect appearance, as they're handmade from vintage reproduction bark cloth printed with water-based inks. Kerry Cassill From her headquarters in Laguna Beach, California, Kerry Cassill creates cotton fabric collections (for body and home) inspired by traditional Indian block prints and the vibrant colors of impressionist painters.

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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 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.

Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts: Basket Weave T-shirt (a mini tutorial) The Basket Weave t-shirt idea came to me after stumbling upon this very, girly shirt. I thought it was such a great way to add texture to a shirt, while at the same time leaving it neutral enough to wear as a plain garment. The boys love their t-shirts but, in my opinion, day after day of superheros and Star Wars get a little boring. The step-by-step only reaches mini-tute status since it's basically a fabric applique. 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!

T-Time: How to: Little black jacket pattern How to make a pattern for a little jacket aka a shrug. 1. Get a basic blouse pattern - preferably made after your own measurements, but you can use one from a pattern sheet that you know that it will fit you. 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.

An Inside Look at How Much Fabric Designers Earn - 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 Designing quilting cottons is a significant status symbol in the sewing world, and for good reason. Fabric is beautiful.

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. 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.

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