Fabric covered vehicles make me happy!

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There is so much creativity in this world. I am happy that no two people are exactly alike.

 

A Visual Trick or Treat: The American Textile Industry Today

Christopher Payne has spent much of the past few years photographing more than 20 of the mills that make up what’s left of America’s textile industry. Read the article and embrace the photographs from the NY Times.  I just read this article and am old enough to feel as though I am in mourning over the losses. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/magazine/fruits-of-the-loom.html    I find his photographs hauntingly beautiful juxtapositions. I am reminded that  textile production is toxic , but the results can be gorgeous.

So much has changed since my entry into the textile industry in the mid 1980′s. MY first big girl job with Carter’s (baby clothing) and Baby Dior. We were headquartered just outside of Boston. The company was vertically integrated. Carter’s had its own spinning mills, weaving and knitting mills, printing and dye mills, apparel manufacturing facilities and even its own stores. My primary job was to buy greige goods, convert them to dyed and printed fabrics and to oversee the approval of colors and prints (strike-offs) at the mills. I trudged through rural towns after renting cars at the airport to get to mills in the Carolinas, Mississippi and Georgia.  Burlington and Milliken were HUGE . It was no big deal for me to approving a 100,000 yard roller screen print run and wait 12 hours in the Customer Room for the next strike-off. So much has changed.

wool carders

wool carders

New products: Indigo textiles LOVE

My fondness for indigo fabrics is no secret. I admire that just about every culture produces hand crafted indigo textiles. I have added some Japanese indigo shibori and kasuri pillow covers to my collection as well as Indian block printed pillow covers, pouches and tea towels. I have more shibori pillow covers that will be added over the next week. Enjoy! http://www.fabricadabra.us/batiks.html

100% cotton sheeting block printed and kantha stitched pillow covers. Set of two. No two exactly alike, but very similar. 20" x 20". Bottom zipper closure. Made in India. $40

100% cotton sheeting block printed and kantha stitched pillow covers. Set of two. No two exactly alike, but very similar. 20″ x 20″. Bottom zipper closure. Made in India. $40

Indigo cotton Japanese kasuri (ikat) pillow covers

Indigo cotton Japanese kasuri (ikat) pillow covers

Set of three assorted indigo block printed towels with corner loops. 100% cotton sheeting. Each is 20" x 30". Made in India. Great holiday or hostess gift. $25

Set of three assorted indigo block printed towels with corner loops. 100% cotton sheeting. Each is 20″ x 30″. Made in India. Great holiday or hostess gift. $25

Indigo block printed cotton pouches with zippers. Set of three. 8" x 4". Made in India. A great hostess or holiday gift. $22

Indigo block printed cotton pouches with zippers. Set of three. 8″ x 4″. Made in India. A great hostess or holiday gift. $22

Indigo cotton Japanese kasuri (ikat) pillow covers

Indigo cotton Japanese kasuri (ikat) pillow covers

Vintage Japanese kasuri (ikat)pillow cover. 100% untreated cotton face. Solid white organic cotton back fabric

Vintage Japanese kasuri (ikat)pillow cover. 100% untreated cotton face. Solid white organic cotton back fabric

Vintage Japanese kasuri (ikat)pillow cover. 100% untreated cotton face. Solid white organic cotton back fabric

Vintage Japanese kasuri (ikat)pillow cover. 100% untreated cotton face. Solid white organic cotton back fabric

Jane Hall Design – Crazy Good Boho Aesthetic

Jane Hall Design custom pieces

Jane Hall Design custom pieces

Jane Hall Design custom chair and bedding

Jane Hall Design custom chair and bedding

jane hall design

jane hall design

Jane Hall Design custom sofa

Jane Hall Design custom sofa

Jane Hall Design custom headboard

Carved Wood Headboard- Upholstered in Designers Guild cut velvet fabric

Jane Hall Design custom chair

Jane Hall Design custom chair

Jane Hall Design custom pillows

Jane Hall Design custom pillows

I know I stumbled upon her work in the past and it resonated with me. I love her use of color, texture, rich textiles and her bohemian spirit. Her company and showroom are in Toronto.

Dutch and African wax print pillow covers on sale!!!

wax print pillows- 50% OFF

wax print pillows- 50% OFF

I’ve just marked down all Dutch and African wax print pillow covers to 50% off the regular retail.  Stock on each style is limited. Mix and match for a color riot!!!!

Coolest boho American flag ever!

boho American flag

boho American flag

boho american flags

boho american flags

Are these great or just amazing? A scrap fabric bohemian American flag.  As expected, I saw one on Pinterest and fell for it. But, who made it? There was no mention of the artist. With very little Googling, I found out they are the product of fine artist Maggie O’Neil of Maggie O’Neil Fine Arts in Washington D.C.  She showed them on her blog with very little fanfare. Maggie’s website has a link to shopping, but she is not selling these.  She sells her paintings on-line and they are very impressive. I’m assuming you can commission her to make one of these unique flags.  But, this is a great DYI project if you are sitting upon piles of fabric, as I am. I have never hung an American flag outside or inside of my house. But, this works just great as a wall hanging.

Great job, Maggie!! ‘So happy to have found you and your website!!!

“Indigo:The Colour that Changed the World”

Indigo: The Colour That Change the World

Indigo: The Colour That Change the World

I cannot say it any better than Yatzer or show you as many beautiful visuals of this new book by Catherine Legrand,  who spent twenty years exploring various cultures  worldwide to produce this fascinating documentation of the practices, people, art, garments and communities this dye has been so fundamental to.  It is a labor of love for the author and the people who create it.

Indigo cloth just melts me, so my copy is on order!

Please read Yatzer’s coverage of the book and enjoy the gorgeous pictures. http://www.yatzer.com/indigo-the-colour-that-changed-the-world

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