Ankara or wax print pillow party

I never tire of the bold colors and designs of  ankara or wax print fabrics. Mix and match these fun and decorative pillows. wax-print-beauty-shot-1024x768


Non-toxic Floor Cushions


Between the Chicago Tribune’s three part expose on flame retardants in upholstered furniture and the documentary from which the expose was inspired name Toxic Hot Seat, there are few moms out there who have not heard or read about toxic flame retardants in upholstered furniture, mattresses , car seat, pajamas and many everyday objects to which they and their children are exposed.  The research and results of researching truly non-toxic sofas can prove frustrating and disappointing when the results are exposed that truly non-toxic sofas come with a high price tag. Ones that switch out FR foam for non-FR foam are much better than ones with flame retardants. But, in the research process you learn just how nasty other components of conventional sofas are: the particleboard, glues, stains, still getting a foam that is a petrochemical. If you check out textiles, you will learn that conventional upholstery fabrics prove to processed with heavy metals.

So, do you ditch the sofa and revert to floor cushions or no sofa until you can save to buy a truly least toxic one such as EKLA HOME’s or Ecobalanza’s? Quite possibly. With floor cushions becoming so popular with teens and younger adults due to their versatility , I decided to commission the making of French mattress tufted floor cushions that have carry handles and are filled with Oeko-tex 10o certified wool and covered in untreated, undyed linen.

They are pretty darn comfortable! I sat my older body on them every day for four months while I worked until I had a simple solid hardwood desk in a no-VOC stain made for me. I line three of them up as mattress cushions when Hannah comes home from college with a guest. I can stack them up under the bed as needed.


Follow up to repost of Wax print umbrellas

Over four years ago, I posted about these beautiful and ethical wax print umbrellas.  I have since found another company in South Africa  that is making umbrellas using Ghanan wax printed fabrics that are treated for water repellency.   The handles and principles aren’t as amazing as Joyaux Marisol’s, but the umbrellas are quite happy and colorful. The makers are on their Summer holiday right now, but I plan to have these on order as soon as they reopen. Do you like them?wax-print-umbrellas

Boho parasols and umbrellas


Fabricadabra vintage sari parasols


Parasols and umbrellas can look very festive if hung upside down rom the handles or displayed in clusters. They are great for nurseries, parties and events.


indian parasols

Fabricadabra sari parasols

Portobello Rd charm bracelet is awesome

charm bracelet

I write about textiles. That is what I do. That is what I know. I am passionate about textiles.  But, I just have to share this charm bracelet from John Wind Maximal Art.

This bracelet features charms uncovered while flea marketing at Portobello Road Market in London. Some are vintage and some are reproductions. I covet it. Okay, bye bye.

Brightly colored patchwork kantha pillows and bedcovers

I love these patchwork block printed cotton fabrics that are kantha stitched and made into pillows and bedcovers. Do you? Should I bring some in from India to sell on my website, Fabricadabra? I really don’t care for the ones with dark, muddy colors. I like the bright, happy colors.

patchworked, kantha stitched bedcovers and pillows

patchworked, kantha stitched bedcovers and pillows

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Fabric covered vehicles make me happy!


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


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