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Susan's Blog – October 2009 Archive (7)

Fabric for Handbags

Can you guess who wore the first known handbag or purse? Otzi, the Iceman, a traveling gent who lived circa 3300 B.C. He was found in the Schnalstal glacier in the Otztal Alps near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria & Italy. Otzi's clothing for the most part was made from several natural materials such as woven grass, bearskin, and different leather skins. Otzi, however had attached to his belt a piece of sewn-on leather that could be closed with a fine leather thong. Hence the first… Continue

Added by Susan on October 28, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Stitch by stitch: The nearly lost art of sewing draws interest again

"The art of sewing has proven to be resilient and culturally interesting. For example, the reality television show "Project Runway," where contestants vie to create homemade fashions with limited resources, is spurring some enthusiasm among younger people..."

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Added by Susan on October 26, 2009 at 6:58am — 12 Comments

Susan Else: Fabric sculptor creates a world of colorful characters

Susan Else brings scraps of cloth to life. The rooms of her high-ceilinged Victorian studio/home are populated with Else's ingenious three-dimensional figures, frozen in movement. A patterned elephant walks a tightrope surrounded by quilted vines and leaves. Multicolored cats stretch and preen as pawns on a giant quilted chessboard. A woman runs on her bright bedspread, corded hair flying. "I grew up watching people make art," says Else, who was a recent Open Studios participant. Her… Continue

Added by Susan on October 20, 2009 at 6:24am — 5 Comments

Caring for Silk

Silk is an elegant fabric. Did you know that it is also very versatile and can be washed? In previous years, some women would shy away from buying a silk clothing item because it meant you had to pay the upfront cost initially and then all of the dry cleaning costs. However, all silk can be washed. Silk is a natural protein similar to human hair. But silk comes from…


Added by Susan on October 19, 2009 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Importance of Fabric Grain

By Pauline Rogers In

patchwork and quilting, understanding fabric grain is helpful in achieving the results you want in your finished

quilts. What exactly is fabric grain? In woven fabric, threads are what comprise the grain.

The Lengthwise Grain - Warp Threads Long threads form the lengthwise grain in… Continue

Added by Susan on October 3, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Batik Fabric Production - The Old Is New Again

By Sew Batik If you are passionate about textiles with exotic color and texture the chances are good you have a special love for batiks. It's easy to be captivated by these stunning color-saturated marvels. While there always seems to be a place in a batik lover's stash for a new "Bali" few of us know much about the fascinating, time-honored processes that are used to make our batik fabrics. In order to discover where the batiks in our local fabric store come from, let's take a virtual trip… Continue

Added by Susan on October 3, 2009 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Fabric Basics

By Tamara Waters

For the beginner, an important part of learning to sew is becoming familiar with the wide variety of sewing fabrics available.

Fabrics fall into two categories: natural and man made/synthetic.

Natural… Continue

Added by Susan on October 2, 2009 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

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