Archive for the ‘Best of True Up’ Category

Quilt Market Fall 2008: Buying Bolts With Diane of Bee Square Fabrics

In case you didn’t know, the main purpose of the International Quilt Market is for fabric and quilt supply retailers to see, touch, test-drive, and order products from manufacturers. Diane of Bee Square Fabrics and her husband Michael were nice enough to let me tag along as Diane ordered fabrics from Moda. Some fabric companies [...]

San Francisco Textile Tour: Urban Burp

The second stop on the San Francisco Textile Tour (first stop: Britex) was Urban Burp. I originally learned about it from this post on the Golden Yard and this post on Apartment Therapy. The shop is owned and run by a very friendly woman named Electra Skilandat. She’s a longtime collector of vintage fabrics who [...]

10 Steps to a Decluttered Stash

Reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows in my newly decluttered stash. If you have realized you have a fabric clutter problem, it’s time to do something about it. As Peter Walsh stresses in It’s All Too Much, decluttering is not about getting new shelves or fancy color-coded containers. It’s about prioritizing your and your family’s favorite [...]

Three Signs of a Cluttered Fabric Stash

I’m seeing this previously posted picture in a whole new light now! The book It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh has completely changed how I think about my possessions. I read it after writing this post, in which I got a little defensive [...]

Know Your Weaves

image from Wikimedia Commons I’m going to be talking about different types of cotton in upcoming posts, and I’ll be posting the much-anticipated tutorial on trueing up your fabric. But first, we have to get a good grounding in basic weaving terms. Ready? There will be a quiz later. Kidding. Unless you want a quiz. [...]

Best Fabric Ever

Some readers have posted about their favorite contemporary fabric ever. What’s yours? Post about it on your blog or on Flickr. I love hearing how your favorites reflect who you are as a sewist and person. !!blue loves Ume-Komachi – Blossom CampFollowerBagLady loves this one from Amy Butler’s Ginger Bliss californiaAMY loves these polka dots [...]

About Barkcloth

Barkcloth is a type of cotton (sometimes with rayon or linen content) with a special weave that gives it a nubby texture reminiscent of tree bark. It is defined by that texture rather than by weight, fiber content, or print. It is typically a medium-to-heavy weight fabric suited best for upholstery, drapes, and other home [...]

Know Your Linen

close-up of linen fibers Before I started my research, I didn’t know that linen is made from the flax plant. We’re talking the same flax that provides the seeds that provide all those good Omega-3 acids. Here is some etymological goodness from Wikipedia: The word linen is derived from the Latin for the flax plant, [...]

Directionality in Fabric

As Spoonflower and other digital textile printing services make custom fabric accessible to the masses, I thought it might be helpful to talk about fabric design basics. Since I am not a fabric designer by trade, I called in Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cicada Studio to help write this. She graciously obliged. Thank you SO [...]