April 2010 Archives
April 22nd is Earth Day! Every year there is more awareness of the necessity to conserve and use our resources wisely. Some resources are limited and not able to be replaced. There are new innovations every year to use sustainable resources such as bamboo, renewable energy sources. Green technologies are everywhere! What can the average person do to contribute to this movement? Recycling and re-purposing are excellent ways to start. These habits will become your children's habits. Make it a game as to who can recycle the most!
What are Fabric.com contributions? Check out our eco-friendly ideas at our boutique. Sewing Green is a great book to learn about repurposing old clothing and using organic fabrics. Jean Therapy is another great book for repurposing old denim. Who does not have an old pair of jeans? Check out our new category: Diaper Central. There is a movement to make diapers and diaper covers. It is estimated that for each baby, you can save 1800 disposable diapers from the landfill. Multiply that by the number of babies out there and you can see that this is an amazing number!
Here is a bonus project for teaching your children the effects of an oil spill on our environment!
Project for 2-4th graders
- 4 plastic bags
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- Vegetable oil with food coloring
Mark each plastic bag with a number from 1 to 4. Add 1/2 c. water to each bag. Add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil and coloring to each bag. and shake to mix oil and water. Add one hard-boiled egg to each plastic bag. Remove egg from plastic bag marked # 1 after one day and peel the egg. Make notes as to what your observations are. Continue for four days, making observations each day as to what the hard-boiled egg looks like. Imagine how animal and plant life would look like after four days in an oil spill. Working with our children will allow them to look at the world with a fresh outlook. Children are the hope of our future!
Now, the other deal of the weekend is a fantastic fabric that i have never seen before. the Silk/Linen Blend Shantung has a lot of body and is lighter weight. Lightweight draperies, stunning pillows and duvets are my first thought. The body this fabric has will create large undulating folds on the rod. Then, of course, I figure out how to wear it. I have a couple pattern suggestions here. The Sewing Workshop and Shapes patterns are perfect because they are architecturally inspired shapes. They have clean simple lines that a fabric with body will look best in.
Leslie Gladman is the Owner and co-designer for Favorite Things patterns. We have been carrying her patterns for about four years. She has apparel and accessory patterns including the cutest slipper patterns. Her Cute Skirt pattern is our best seller. I think everyone here at fabric.com that sews has made that pattern. Her instructions are clear and her patterns are right in style. We also have an opportunity for you to give Leslie some feedback on her patterns. Please comment below our interview. Leslie is looking forward to hearing from you!
Hey, Leslie! Many of our customers may not know that you are a Canadian and live in British Columbia. Now, we all know more about British Columbia because of the Olympic Games. Tell us about your studio and something that inspires you about your surroundings in the beautiful part of Canada.
Hi Kristl! Thank you for the opportunity to communicate with
yourself and your customers a bit about my life, my surroundings, and my
business! I live in the southwest corner of B.C. in a farming community called
Delta, just 15 minutes away from
Share with us some things about your design partner, Kimberly Gladman.
How did you start your pattern business?
Do you have a favorite pattern in your line?
My personal favorite pattern is:
Do you have a hobby or pastime you enjoy/indulge in outside of the sewing world?
Do you have a question you have been dying to ask your customers? Now's, your chance! We'll have them comment here on the blog.