Scrap Couture Linen Stitch Scarf

Reblogged from destashification

The Yarn Stash contains a bin of “loved and left” – over yarn.

Every knitter has some – might be left over from a sweater or maybe it was a single skein (on clearance) that was just too beautiful to pass up  – but there every knitter has “oddments.”

Their fiber content and weight may vary.  And while they are usually small on yardage, oddments are typically beautiful, soft and very patient – as they wait to be used!

Scrap Couture Linen Stitch

While sorting drooling over my Yarn Stash, I noticed a preponderance of pinks and browns  – colors I have been drawn to for a few years. Two of the yarns were gorgeous handpainted – combining pinks and a caramel brown!

With one exception, the yarns were in the vicinity of worsted weight.  The fiber content varied from acrylic to cashmere – and everything in between.

cashmere/wool and a coral cotton/microfiber

Linen Stitch is very forgiving – a slight change in the gauge will not be visible, so all of these varied yarns could be used.

Using  the longest Size 10.5 circulars in the Knitting Needle Stash, I cast on 310 stitches using the Caramel acrylic.

Returning to the start of the cast-on, I started the Linen Stitch with a mystery dark brown acrylic highlighted with a gold metallic thread (absolutely no idea why I have this yarn).

Caramel/Dusty Rose/Pale Pink. Dusty Lavender and CaramelBright Pinks and Oranges.

Returning again to the start end, the next row of Linen Stitch used one of the handpainted…

….and I was hooked!

The Linen Stitch worked to bring the colors together!   Each row was as intriguing as the one before!

Scrap Couture Scarf in progress

After a few mistakes explorations, I discovered that each row required 6 yards of yarn.  A quick check of The Stash found one very small oddment that was added to the available yarns.  Six yards is not very much.

The Linen Stitch is the same every row – and since work is always done from the right side – it is just knitting – no purling involved.

After a while, the K1, yf, S1, yb, repeat, repeat, repeat, developed a rhythm and the scarf flew off the needles.

After 66 rows, the Caramel Acrylic was used for the final Linen Stitch row and then again to bind off.

Scrap Couture Scarf

Because I am drawn to pinks and browns, the scarf will coordinate with many of my garments – but I am already planning a visit to the Fabric Stash to find coordinating colors.

The mixture of fibers makes the scarf so comfortable to wear – not a single itch!  As the majority of the yarns were cotton or cotton/microfiber the scarf hangs with a nice drape.

The  310 stitches * 68 rows created a scarf that is 6 feet long and 7″ wide.

The 60+ yarns hanging off both ends were double twisted, knotted and trimmed to create a controlled fringe.

Related Post: Blankets, Throws & Wraps

Scrap Couture Linen Stitch Scarf

Obviously, this is not the first pattern for a linen stitch scarf – all homage to those who created them before – it was those that inspired me to try this Scrap Couture Project!

Love it!

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How to design a bedroom

Reblogged from Eileen Marshall

It’s a fact that we sleep away one-third of our lives! With this in mind, what better way to end the day than in a cozy, comfortable bedroom? To achieve an inviting and well-decorated bedroom, be it a master, guest, teenager, or child’s room, consider the following helpful tips.

Colour

Colour is a huge influence in our lives so it is prudent to choose a colour for your bedroom that will entice sleep. Soft, light, muted, cool, and calming colours such as creams, warm whites, taupes, and beiges are known to be soothing. Blue and green hues are said to lower one’s heart rate and blood pressure, whereas lively red and orange colours evoke energy.

Colour doesn’t necessarily have to be confined to only the walls or ceiling. It can be incorporated into bed linens, wall art, area rugs, throws, and accessories. This is a great way to add splashes of colour for an extra punch, or change up your colour accents seasonally.

Fabrics

Fabrics and bed linens will add colour to a space, as well as soften the overall look. It is also a great medium in which to add texture and pattern, be it a medley of designs or, alternatively, a selection of plain and subtle hues.

Adding different materials, such as Egyptian cotton, linen, silk, cashmere, and matelassé will further enrich a bed’s appearance. Different sized cushions will plump it up and create both visual and physical comfort.

And don’t forget the headboard—a great way to incorporate fabric. Headboards come in many shapes and sizes and are a great way to draw attention to the bed itself. Think about a tufted or paneled headboard colour to coordinate with your walls and linens.

Fabricated window treatments are also a wonderful way to diminish noise and create soft lines.

Lighting

Lighting is key in any room and in particular the bedroom. The last thing one needs is harsh, overhead lighting before going to sleep, or a bright, disruptive light in the morning from an undressed window.

Consider a dimmer system for the pot lights to promote a gentle and calming effect, and use table lamps for task lighting such as reading.

Black-out lining on draperies will ensure a room is kept in complete darkness, which is known to encourage a great sleep.

Decorative finishes, such as flowers, soft fragrant candles, ornaments with a special meaning, a cluster of good books, or a grouping of personal photos are a wonderful way to create a beautiful bedroom.

Furniture scale/proportion

The bed is the most significant and often the largest furniture piece in the bedroom. It automatically takes on the focal point and dictates the style and flavour of the room (modern, romantic, traditional, cottage, country, industrial, to name a few).

As a crucial piece of furniture, the bed should be in proportion to the size of the room and the remaining pieces of furniture should be scaled to the bed.

The second most important furniture pieces in the bedroom (not including storage) are the side tables. If there is not enough space for a side table(s), consider a headboard with shelving or alternatively installing a shelf on either side or above the bed. It is always handy to have a place to put your bits and pieces: alarm clock, lamp, books, etc.

Related Post: KITCHEN & TABLE IN THE BEDROOM

Standard bed sizes

It is worth investing in the best bed possible. Custom mattresses, like those available from Vi-Spring, can be built to suit your height, weight, and support requirements. A good quality mattress will contribute to your long-term well-being.

Summer 2015 Ready2wear collection by Sensitive Fabrics

Reblogged from Billy Hunter

For a new season, emphasising functional comfort and total wearability, Sensitive Fabrics by Eurojersey, an Italian design brand, has introduced  the Ready2wear Summer  2015 collection that was shaped by intensely creative and innovative colour combinations.

Abstract pictorial creations and instinctive brush strokes of pure colour are the artistic instruments chosen to infuse the structural features of Sensitive Fabrics with vitality and charm.

New geometries. © Eurojersey

These fabrics are ideal for sophisticated, ultra-light, practical garments that are the solution for all occasions, the company reports. Versatile and comfortable, they are said to be imperceptible on the skin thanks to ultralight Sensitive Plus.

3D printing

The colour range and refined shapes are interpreted by traditional motifs in a structured, versatile collection designed to meet demand for an original, creative total look.

The effects and superimpositions, the recomposed and destructured combinations are enhanced by the top-quality printing techniques, the latest technology of 3D print, according to the company. This is said to ensure the utmost precision and three-dimensional reproduction of any design and decorative motif with outstandingly well-defined details.

Floral in the textures of denim and cashmere. © Eurojersey

Besides the good yield in terms of environmental impact, the 3D printing technique is also said to enable in a reduction in the use of dyes (-88%), water (-35%) and emissions (greenhouse gases -59%, methane -57%) compared to traditional printing techniques.

Collection

The collection introduces the theme of ‘Ultimate Geometrical Designs’ by interpreting dots – in motion and destructured – and ethnic stripes with a range of greys and blues and touches of powder cyan.

Practical Garments for your Bed

Animalier effects. © Eurojersey

The floral print is revisited in Denim and Cashmere textures with unusual designs and colourful shapes.

Animalier prints, always modern and trendy, are reflecting sinuous feline movements with ethnic designs that recall the African safari.

‘Tis the season for linen-love

Reblogged from Sew Tessuti

Don’t ask me how she did it but according to the maker herself, the above top – made in Night Stripe D’Ville – came together with a mere ONE metre of fabric! As I mentioned in my first post about Judith, this version is also free-formed and based on a tried-and-true style that she loves. I am very much adoring the sleeves and their variation in stripe.

And here’s another gorgeous top emulating a similar style. This version was created around the beautiful embroidered fabric that was originally made up in a long-ago gifted skirt from her late Mum and purchased in Thailand. The skirt no longer fit Judith and was way too special and gorgeous to throw away, so she cut it up and refashioned it into this beauty. The plain, loose weave linen is our Vintage Look and it provided the perfect colour and composition match for the coloured fabric.

And that necklace? It also belonged to Judith’s Mum and is actually the teeniest, most beautiful belt I’ve ever seen.

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Fabric 101: Double Cloth and Double Face Fabrics

Reblogged from Mood Designer Fabrics 

Double cloth fabrics are double-faced.
Double face fabrics are really single, not double.
Huh?

The terms double cloth and double face cause a lot of confusion for home sewers. Here’s the story: Double cloth and double face both indicate a fabric that’s reversible or having two right sides. But the way each is woven is quite different.

Double-cloth fabrics are made of two fabrics threaded or fused together to form a thicker and more substantial fabric. You can actually take the fabric edge and peel apart the two fabrics. This allows you to create beautiful garments that are completely reversible, with no lining necessary.  Many types of wools and cottons can be made into double cloth, and in all sorts of combinations—like contrasting solids, or a smooth surface with a napped surface. Double-cloth cashmere is one of the most luxurious fabrics around and deserves careful planning and slow, thoughtful sewing.

Mood Fabrics 101: Double cloth fabric is when threads join two fabrics into one fabric.

Here you can see the threads that join two pieces of fabric into one double-cloth fabric.

Ralph Rucci double cloth coat.

A designer well-known for his double-cloth coats and jackets is Ralph Rucci, whose double-cloth garments look as elegant on the inside as they do on the outside. Fall 2103 collection.


Double-faced fabrics are also fabrics where either side can be used, but unlike double cloth, these fabrics have only one layer of fabric and cannot be separated. The types of double-faced fabrics are endless and are found in the wool, silk, cotton and knit departments, and at all price points. (Quality double-cloth fabrics tend to be on the more expensive side.) At Mood we love an attractive double-faced fabric, because it offers our customers so many design options when they have two sides of fabric to work from: Satin or matte side? Print or solid side? Jacquard or reverse jacquard? Think about incorporating a little or a lot of the contrasting side into your garment for a designer touch.

Double-faced satin from Mood Fabrics.

A beautiful double-faced satin in Chinese red and mint green.

The difference between double cloth and double-faced fabrics. This is double- faced wool.

Double-faced, wool-blend polka dots, from Mood NYC.

Poly double-faced print fabric from Mood Fabrics.

A polyester print double-faced fabric, with a large floral on one side and a smaller floral on the other.

– See more at: http://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/fabric-101-double-cloth-and-double-face-fabrics/#sthash.92TEzznO.dpuf

6 Tips and Tricks for Quilting with Linen

Reblogged from Angela Mitchell in Quilting

In the world of sewing, you don’t have to look very far before you come across a quilt or sewn project that features linen. It has become a sewing staple, and plenty of quilters like to use it in place of a regular solid.

Linen Quilt

Photo via Fussy Cut

What exactly is linen?

By definition, it is a fabric made from flax fibers. Linen is durable and wrinkles easily, since it doesn’t stretch much. The more linen is washed, the softer it becomes. In its natural state, the color of linen ranges from ivory, tan, beige or gray.

Why use linen? It is a great substitute for a solid fabric in a quilt. Whether it’s used in simplepatchwork, as sashing and borders, or the main background fabric, linen lends an added depth and dimension that differs from a plain solid. The different texture is a nice alternative to regularquilting cotton.

Quilted Linen Pillow

Photo via Fussy Cut

While true linen looks wonderful in quilts, it can be very tricky to sew with, due to its weight and texture. Not only does it get very wrinkly, it tends to shift and frays easily. Don’t let this scare you away!

Here are some tips to help your quilting with linen experiences go smoothly.

  • Use a new needle and a high quality thread.
  • Shorten the stitch length on your sewing machine to prevent puckering. Always test your stitches first on linen scraps.
  • Always prewash. Linen shrinks more than other substrates.
  • Don’t be afraid to use starch. This will stiffen up the fabric, making it much easier to cut accurately.
  • By nature, linen can become shiny when ironed. If this is an issue for you, try using a pressing cloth in between the iron and the linen. Another option is to press on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Pair linen with regular quilting cottons in your project. The cotton stabilizes the linen and helps it hold shape.

If you are uncomfortable sewing with 100% linen, there are other fabrics on the market that can replace it. Here are my two favorite substitutes, give them a try!

Essex Yarn Dyed Linen and Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman – These are 45% cotton / 55% linen blends. It is the perfect mix, really. The fabric still looks and feels like linen, but the cotton makes it fray and wrinkle less than the real deal. I prefer the yarn dyed version, as it is especially soft. Both types come in a variety of colors.

Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman – This one is printed to look like linen, but it is actually 100% cotton. It also comes in a bunch of different colors and sews up just like your regular quilting cottons.

Linen Coin Quilt

Photo via Fussy Cut

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HouseHold Linens creates and designs

Reblogged from Household Linens

HouseHold Linens is a speciality bed linen retailer, providing the highest quality bed linen to private homes, designers and lodges internationally. Visit our stores in New Zealand and Australia or online www.household-linens.com

HouseHold Linens is a New Zealand owned business that began in the Auckland home of Avis Nelson over 40 years ago. Starting in manufacturing, moving to wholesale and progressing to retail it has become a truly vertical organisation.

Household Linens

HouseHold Linens creates and designs its products in Auckland and imports from around the globe. Three brands – Pan Cottage, HouseHold Linens and A.N.D differentiate the product available. Each brand encompasses different fabrics, qualities and styles. Through innovative and inspiring design, engaging store experiences and by communicating with people in a way that connects to how they live, work and play, our brands are constantly evolving to meet our customers’ needs.

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