As we clear out Winter we make room for new Spring! The fun fresh prints and colors are sure to inspire you for spring. We are seeing New Arrivals in Quiltland, fashion, notions, and home decor. Find this season’s biggest trends, pick out a new pattern and create something for yourself, or someone else! Selection will vary by store, if you see something you like here but can’t find it in-store please contact us.(more…)
A cold harsh winter opens the doors for a bright green summer. The green living collection reminds us what fresh greenery looks like! Add to your home decor with cushion covers, upholestry, or get creative with projects.
Vogue is bursting with beautiful dress patterns for this summer and we have the perfect fabric matches! Whether you need upscale cruise wear or a tea dress for a wedding, Vogue has you covered.
Vogue 1627 is a beautiful flowing dress with a satin bow to pull it together. This look would be great on a beach or a cruise! Our Lana Cotton Silk prints are beautiful vibrant colors and they are so soft against the skin.
Be chic and trendy with Vogue 1546. The fitted halter bodice with open panel back is a gorgeous look. The fuller skirt offers you the comfort and movement to dance the night away! Worried about being hot, use our Marcie natural fabric with linen to keep the dress light and cool.
This tea length dress is such a classic look and perfect fit. Keep it simple but add an edge with a Pique fabric, with offers texture and dimension to the dress.
The open back trend lives on another season but it doesn’t have to be overstated. Keep it simple with this look. The bow adds to the feminine silhouette and fit of this dress. Keep it simple in black or change up the look with a burnt orange sueded look.
The Sea View Quiltland Cotton collection is a breath of salty water air! It encompasses a Canadian beach beautifully with the rolling waves, lighthouses and the frequent flying sea birds. The bright blues are refreshing and the subtle pinks and peaches pull this collection together perfectly. Whether it is a summer table runner or a quilt for the beach cabin, this collection will meet your vision.
National Textile Day is a day to celebrate an amazing innovation that has greatly impacted all of our lives.
According to the Business Dictionary textiles can be described as “a type of material composed of natural or synthetic fibres. Types of textiles include animal-based material such as wool or silk, plant-based material such as linen and cotton, and synthetic material such as polyester and rayon. Textiles are often associated with the production of clothing”. Can you imagine your life without textiles? We sure cannot!
Textiles: Natural Fibres
The world of textiles started with four main natural fibres; cotton, silk, wool, and linen. Cotton is the most used fibre in the world with 120.86 million bales of cotton produced in 2017. Cotton is grown on a plant related to hibiscus and briefly grows a flower until it is pollinated and replaced with cotton bolls. Once the cotton is harvested it is shipped to be spun, dyed, knitted and woven into fabrics.
Silk is a protein fibre created by silkworms during the process of sericulture. The silkworm begins the process of metamorphosis by secreting a double strand of fibre, known as a fibroin, around itself in a figure eight pattern. The result of sericulture is a beautiful silk fibre.
Wool is most commonly from sheep but can also come from goats, bison, and rabbits. One sheep can produce anywhere from 2 pounds to 30 pounds of wool annually. Different breeds of sheep produce different qualities and weights of wool.
Linen is produced from the inner cellulose fibres of a flax plant. The process of separating the fibres from the outer bark is tedious and labour intensive. Some countries still separate the flax fibres by hand!
These four natural fibres undergo quite amazing processes to be spun into usable textile products. What textiles are you wearing today?