Written by Ali Burdon of Very Berry Handmade
FEATURED SUPPLIER! – StitchyWooWoo
Textile designer Sally Hutson creates lovely homewares & beautiful textile art dolls – it’s worth visiting her Folksy shop just to take a look at them, and you can see more of her work on her blog (www.stitchywoowoo.blogspot.com). But if you are a sewist yourself, it’s also worth visiting StitchyWooWoo on Folksy to check out Sally’s deliciously desirable project packs. Each pack contains hand-dyed fabrics and trims in beautiful co-ordinating colours – typically you’ll receive 3 yards of trim/ribbon/braid, a silk carrier rod & up to 3/4 yard of fabric.
Sally clearly has a fabulous eye for colour – her combinations are very inspiring and she creates some beautiful shades with her hand-dying. The packs have also got a really luxuriously vintage look to them – the trims & braids are pleasingly opulent. The presentation of the packs is sweetly imaginative – one of these packs would make a great gift for a crafty friend, or, when you are lacking a bit of crafting pzazz, this would be just the sort of parcel of goodies that will get your creativity flowing again.
FOLKSY FINDS! – Sewing Patterns
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Sewing Tips! – Storing Fabric
No, I haven’t found the ultimate fabric storage system (I wish!) but I have got some good tips to make sure that your carefully collected stash of fabric stays beautiful and useable for years to come.
1) If your fabric is stored on open shelving or in transparent boxes, make sure it is out of direct sunlight, otherwise the fabric will fade, especially along the folded edges.
2) Make sure your fabric is clean and dry when you put it away – this is obviously especially important for vintage fabrics.
3) Try to avoid storing fabrics in areas that have extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Your attic is absolutely the worst place for keeping your stash!
4) If you are storing fabric in cardboard boxes, it’s important to insure that the card is acid-free, or that your fabric is wrapped in acid free tissue paper. Acid in cardboard will discolour fabric.
5) If you are storing your fabric in a plastic box, make sure there are some holes for ventilation, so that fabric can breathe and wont get damp or musty.
So now you can buy even more fabric to stash with complete confidence. Go on – you know you want to!
This article was kindly written for the Folksy blog by Ali Burdon of Very Berry Handmade
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