Textile Stew: 1/27/10

Congratulations Mary Beth!

The Fat Quarter Shop‘s Helping Haiti auction is up to 26 incredible quilts and other other items.

Jesse Breytenbach of Jezzeprints has started a new blog, PrintSpecs, dedicated to the printmaking supplies and processes.

Vote in the Poppies for your favorite handmade textiles! (poll closes January 29th, 11:59 pm)

Ayumi at Pink Penguin loves fabric with text on it — but it’s hard for her to find, so she started silk-screening her own. Now, by popular demand, she’s offering some for sale.

Pink Chalk Fabrics‘ new space-to-be looks gorgeous. Likewise for Lupine (from Bolt in Portland)’s new sewing lounge, Modern Domestic. Oh, and Heather Ross is teaching fabric design this summer in Portland too. Why oh why did I ever leave the Pacific Northwest?

Liberty of London will launch a collection at Target this spring. I might have to stalk the stores like I did for the Orla Kiely stuff …

Liesl of oliver+s will posting on BurdaStyle about fabric. “Topics will range from how to select appropriate cotton prints for your projects, to the different types of fabrics available for garment sewing, to how designers create a collection of printed fabrics.”

Jenny of Home Sweet is an environmental scientist, a certified crop advisor, and a textile block printer. She’s writing a series called “Organic Cotton: A Reality Check” … here’s Part I and Part II.

True up your fabric after applying interfacing, says Keyka Lou.

The Dos and Don’ts of fire retarding fabric, on the J&O Fabrics blog.

I loved this article on “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” on Unclutterer … not at all about fabric but oh so applicable to our craft.

And I’ll leave you today with a question: Do any of you U.S. fabric shops offer certificates of origin for int’l customers? A reader is having trouble with German bureaucracy.


  1. Lots of news! Thanks for the comment about my series on organic cotton, a heads up on the Poppies, and Jesse’s new blog… that’ll be my next stop!

  2. Rachael says:

    Certs of Orgin are also known as NAFTA certificates and any manufacturer can provide them via email if they are not available on the website. The fabric retailers may have them but obtaining from the manufacturer and emailing to the retailer to print and include with the shipment should clear up most issues. Germany may also be satisfied with REACH compliance certificates (European issue documentation, similar to NAFTA).

  3. I’ve done several Certificates of Origin (CO) with shipments, specifically to Germany. They are required when the recipient is purchasing fabric for commercial purposes.

    When requested, I complete a Certificate of Origin that is certified by my local Chamber of Commerce (I won’t go into the details of that, it’s bureaucratic beyond imagination!). In essence, it is a notarized statement of product origination that goes along with the shipment. I also scan and e-mail the CO to my customer so they have a copy well before the shipment arrives.

    The first one I did required a fair amount of research on my part. Very few Chamber of Commerce groups will sign them because of liability. Fabric is very straightforward but you have to consider that CO’s are required on a myriad of imports much more complex than textiles.

    Chamber organizations are hesitant to get involved with the process even though they are the ones designated to provide this certification (ie, it’s their choice if they wish to offer the service). The original intent was that the ‘local’ groups would be the ones that could best certify an exporter’s goods because they would know the merchant the best.

  4. Jesse says:

    Thanks for mentioning PrintSpecs! I’ve had a slew of visitors wanting to contribute.

  5. Thanks, Kim!

    I’m going to have to stalk Target for that Liberty, too … boy oh boy!