Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Common Thread's Annual Fabric Sale Begins On Valentine's Day, Monday February 14!

looking forward to seeing you all !
hoping that we have some things you might enjoy !

all these years, we have been offering this valentines day sale (L: valentus the
courage and capacity ~ for love; also valen as in value ~ being that which we care about)

possibly an odd day to start a sale, but truly a gesture of love to our dear 
"customers" that support all of us (that circle of us, including the weavers and 
plant and animal  domains) in our endeavor to offer views of beauty, a good 
place to gather with one another; and to serve the dreams, creative designs and 
delicious touch, of the ones' so spontaneously moved !

common thread, the sale is sort of spring cleaning
to welcome in a  new year;  making way for the
new spring summer season
new colors, new textures and forms and new growth 
so, first to clear out 
and then to dream
feast of calms
during this month of february which seems like such a good time to dream
here in nm, enjoying the 
blue skies and brilliant sun which is returning more 
strongly everyday, the 
clear light brilliance

and the beautiful earth 
white now, seeming a blanket of sparkling snow
the place where all light color is joined
dreaming of...

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Timeless Beauty of Linen

In the coming months we will be offering a new range of linen-cotton blends at an excellent price (and with a soft hand). Also, we are getting in a variety of new yarn dyed 100% flax linen fabrics. These new yarn dyes possess a somewhat hard-to-find iridescent structure. That is where the weaving consists of a warp of a selected color, and a weft of another tone--or hue.

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant, Linum usitatissimum. On a per yield basis, linen is somewhat labor-intensive to produce and manufacture--but when converted into garments and objects of home decor, it is valued for its elemental qualities, exceptional freshness, and extraordinary last-ability.

Wrinkly but not Crinkly
Many people appreciate linen as a bold and relatively stiff/crisp/starched/wrinkly-but-not-crinkly material.  If that is your preference, then refrain from machine washing.  Dry clean--or gently hand wash.  Consider unwashed linen as relatively non-absorbant--and therefore soil and gunk resistant.  Imagine teflon--before it gets badly scratched up. On the other hand, be aware that linen will accomodate a stain as readily as it accepts dyestuff. Linen steadily softens with washing and wearing--but not nearly as fast as does cotton. Which is more time honored?

Hand me down..   
Like a well worn pair of blue jeans, linen is particularly lovely after many washes.

The term, "hand" may come to mind.  That which is soft to the touch, has weight, and drapes well.. Just ask Mrs. Tiggy Winkle!

Lasts a Lifetime?
Linen is “generational”, outliving and perhaps even aging better than each and every one of us!  Consider linen, an heirloom textile..

The Durability of Linen  
Linen is highly absorbent (particularly when softened), and a decent conductor of heat. Yet woven linen fabric feels cool to the touch!  Linen is among the strongest of all vegetable fibers--with 2 to 3 times the strength of cotton! It is smooth, making a finished fabric lint free.  Linen gets softer the more it is washed. Consider the fact that constant creasing in the area of sharp folds can tend to break linen threads. 

Bast Fiber Structure
Flax linen is derived from a bast fiber. Flax fibers vary in length from about 25 to 150 centimeters (18 to 55 inches) and average 12-16 micrometers in diameter. A cross-section of the flax fiber shows a structure of irregular polygonal shapes. This is what contributes to the coarse texture of the linen fabric.

Linen & Art History
Linen material is one of the preferred traditional supports for oil painting. In the US, cotton is more popularly used instead of linen.  The comparitively higher cost of linen restricts its use to professional painters. In Europe however, linen is usually the only fabric support available in art shops--preferred over cotton for its strength, durability and archival integrity.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Welcome to Common Thread

In time, we will provide views of color and texture. For now, we discuss textiles, and information about their geography of origin, raw materials, and production techniques. This site is for the enjoyment and inspiration of beauty and creativity.  We wish to assist your thoughts, feelings, and emotions

Handwoven Fabrics from Around the World

December 16, 2010