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Fabric supplies Sarah Waterhouse

Supplies is a brand new category of posts on the Folksy Blog, we hope to highlight all of Folksy’s excellent supply shops!  Fabrics, yarns, button, ribbons, findings and beads there are many supply and destash shops on Folksy!

Zoe Grant from Folksy shop Buttons and Bows will be posting a monthly update on all things related to fabric and sewing.  Fabric Tales will be a monthly roundup, highlighting a supplier and including tips on various aspects of choosing sewing supplies as well as her top picks from the fabric / sewing supplies shops here on Folksy.

We are looking for ‘experts’ or just keen individuals to take on a monthly post about Knitting and Crochet supplies and Jewellery making supplies in this format.  If you are interested contact hilary@folksy.co.uk

Fabric Tales by Zoe Grant

FEATURED SUPPLIER! – Sarah Waterhouse Textiles

Sarah Waterhouse Textiles
hand prints gorgeous retro designs onto unbleached cottons or organic fabrics, using water based inks. Based in Sheffield, England Sarah designs and hand prints each piece of fabric that is then made into home accessories or is sold in her Folksy and Etsy shops as fat quarters.

These textiles are a fabulous example of a current trend for retro designs with one colour prints of birdcages, retro televisions and various shaped speech bubbles. Sarah has even designed a fabric with a small scissor print that has then been used to make a sewing needle case and a glasses print used to make a glasses case. By using single colours and a single item for the designs Sarah has kept the image simple, which makes the designs clean and crisp.

As much as I adore big, bold, colourful prints I too love a simple, clean textile design that can update a retro piece of furniture without overpowering the simplicity of the lines in the furniture design. Sarah Waterhouse Textiles would certainly not look out of place as a cushion on an Eames chair.

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FABRIC TIPS! – Choosing Cotton

Cotton is a very versatile fabric, however there are different types of cotton for different types of projects.

Poly Cotton is a polyester cotton mix that is lightweight and can be quite flimsy, the cheaper it is! It can be used to make bunting, clothes and possibly cushions.

Cotton Duck is a heavier weight cotton, similar in weight to canvas but the tightly woven threads give it more flexibility than canvas. Cath Kidston favours this weight for her bags in the Sew book. I also prefer this weight for cushions that need to be hard wearing and makes great curtains.

Denim is a cotton fabric and is of course a strong heavyweight choice that will require different needles to be used in your sewing machine and is very difficult to sew by hand.

Terrycloth is used to make towels but can also be used to make towelling dresses jumpers which are great on the beach and is a good lining for beach bags.

Corduroy is another heavyweight cotton that requires a stronger needle for your sewing machine. It can be used for clothes, cushions and even curtains, probably preferred in the winter months.

Seersucker is a crinkly cotton texture and can be used for clothes and homewares.

Twill is similar to Duck but with less flexibility, making it similar to denim or canvas,
hence it makes great hardwearing trousers.

This article was written for Folksy by Zoe from Folksy supply shop ‘Buttons & Bows’

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mollimoo September 5, 2010 - 10:24 am

How wonderful to see us suppliers being included! Great article, thank you & especially for including my strawberry buttons! Xx

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