Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fil à Coudre / Trade with France

Cotton Hand-Sewing Thread "Cocoons" in ecru, white, and assorted (110m) $2.95 ea

Invoke a higher touch with Sajou. Common Thread now stocks a selection of cotton hand-sewing thread (classic "cocoons"), and exquisite linen embroidery thread--made by the intriguing French maker, Maison Sajou (Articles de Mercerie de Qualité Fabriqués en France)...for your sewing basket...

Check out Sajou--and Common Thread's improved user-friendly range of sewing supplies, accessories, and tools.
Linen Embroidery Thread in black, ecru, and assorted (50m) (with cool dispenser) $8.95 ea

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Needles & Pins & Such... our new "Notions" display

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Stripes / Four Corners Style

Four Corners Stripe
Common Thread has recently commissioned a woven fabric designed to coordinate with colors associated with Navajo Churro Sheep, and a palette often seen in Navajo rug designs, including Two Grey Hills. Four Corners Stripe is inspired by the natural and earth tonalities of Northern New Mexico and the Colorado Plateau. This 100% cotton heavyweight fabric is handwoven in Guatemala. Available in three weft alternatives: black, burgundy, and red. Suitable for many uses. Visit LLOOM Textiles for online purchase. 

Four Corners Stripe / 100% Cotton / Handwoven / 48" Wide / $29.50/yd

New Stripes / Saltillo Style

Serape Stripe, High Desert Journey
Recently commissioned to be woven is this wonderfully soft cotton fabric in a Saltillo--or Serape stripe pattern. Suitable for many uses including interior decorating. 10 oz, 100% cotton, 48" wide. Beautiful drape. Available in two weft alternatives. Visit LLOOM TEXTILES for online purchase.

Serape Stripe / 100% Cotton / Handwoven in Guatemala / 48" wide / $29.50/yd / first few washes--handwash-cold

A selection of Serape/Saltillo Stripe Fabrics at Common Thread / 100% Cotton / Handwoven in Guatemala / 48" wide / $29.50/yd

Beautiful, Hand-Loomed Cotton Fabrics

New Stripes / Pattern with a Rationale

Fibonacci Series Stripe 
The Fibonacci Series was introduced by Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci. The idea first appeared in European mathematics in 1202. The series, or sequence, is a numerical progression whereby each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two integers. For example: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34... The Fibonacci sequence shows up in biological structures such as branching trees, the arrangement of leaves on a stem, the organization of a pine cone, and the spiral geometry of a nautilus shell. The Fibonacci sequence is sometimes used in music, art, and architecture--where connections to the Golden Ratio often occur. 

In this instance of a handwoven textile, interleaving burgundy and magenta stripe widths follow a progression of the Fibonacci sequence, to produce a pattern reflecting this rationale--what is often thought of as, "organic"--to be found in nature. 

Visit LLOOM Textiles for online purchase of this and other handwoven fabrics.

Fibonacci Series Stripe / 100% Cotton / Handwoven in Guatemala / 13.5" wide / $13.95/yd 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lightweight, Hand-Woodblock-Printed / Cotton Voile Fabrics

winter wait/shrugged off/spring
thaw/lifted veil/transparent cloth

100% Cotton ~  44" Wide ~ $13.95/yd
"Woodblock printing on textiles is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of linen, cotton or silk, by means of incised wooden blocks. It is the earliest, simplest and slowest of all methods of textile printing. Block printing by hand is a slow process. It is, however, capable of yielding highly artistic results, some of which are unobtainable by any other method." --Wikipedia


30 styles to choose from