Textile Stew: 3/11/11

Good news for digital fabric designers — Spoonflower has released its official 3600-color standards map with RGB color codes. It’s much more extensive than their previous color guide, and it works in conjunction with an Adobe Swatch Exchange Library, which you can download from here. To make a long story short, working from a chart like this, from the print bureau you want to use, on the basecloth on which you intend to print, is the ONLY way to ensure colors come out as you intend.

NYT slideshow and story on Mendel Goldberg Fabrics, “a small, last-of-its-kind store” offering fine European fabrics. (via STC Craft on Twitter)

Burdastyle will be here in Austin for several official and unofficial SXSW events. So will Etsy!

Help choose Robert Kaufman‘s new Kona colors … details on the Swatch & Switch blog later today.

Visiting Helsinki in the near future? Don’t miss a new exhibition, “MARIMEKKO – A Whole Life: 60 Years of Colors, Stripes and Shapes” at the Design Museum, opening 3/18/11 and running through 5/29/11.

I have been curious about Ancestry.com. Not sure why, but apparently the ENTIRE Sears Catalog Archive is available to members, which may be worth the membership fees all by itself! I have a small vintage department store catalog collection, and they’re so much fun to look through for general nostalgia, and for fabrics and fashion history in particular. (via The Sew Weekly)

Home dec departments to roll out soon in select Anthropologie stores and online … meaning fabric amongst other new textiles … ooh! Learn more on decor8.

Cherry House Quilts is leading a call to action to make baby quilts for the Baltimore Headstart program.

All about silk (with beautiful pictures) on the Colette Patterns blog.


  1. Eleanor says:

    Before paying for a membership to Ancestry.com, check to see if your local public library has a subscription. A lot of public libraries will offer access to Ancestry.com for free with your library card!

  2. jenny says:

    Here’s my fabric find of late, a site on Harwood Steiger, who screen printed his own fabrics.


  3. strikkelise says:

    Here’s a review of the Marimekko exhibition from when it was shown in Oslo last year. The review is in Norwegian but there’s a slideshow.