Embroidered Jacket

Here at raspberry threads, we are doing embroidery on jackets and shirts
and pants and pocketbooks and whatever else you may have a notion to embroider on.

I did this tiger on the back of a beautiful Chico's jacket; it just looks gorgeous!
tiger
We have been recycling jackets and embroidering on them and they are looking great
 
I have done a couple with faces on the back. It has that 1940s look to it.
I am doing rabbits for kids and bunnies and dogs and cats. We can do whatever you
want.
We can put it on the clothing. So far the embroidery has been a hit in the store.

We also have plain t-shirts we can embroider for children and women. And we have
pillow cases we can embroider that are made by Backyard Feathered Friends.

We can embroider names on baby bibs. We can embroider the name of your baby on
the bib and you can give it as a Mother's Day gift 
Stop by and see us inside the Grove Arcade in Asheville North Carolina!
Susan

Changing Pads

Well, with the new colors I've gotten I just couldn't wait to make some changing 
pads.

Below is a sample of a few of them for you to see.
changing pads
 I love Art Gallery fabric. I don't care what anyone says, I think it has the most Lush 
beautiful feel of fabric that I have ever felt!

 The one in that blue gray color with the branches of birch trees in it it is 
the most beautiful fabric.
 It Is by Caratini Ratchet Le. She is a designer at Art Gallery and her stuff is
 simply different and gorgeous. 
I make these changing pads with a wet dry liner so that when you turn them over it is 
softer for the baby's head, but then if there is a little accident it will hold them
 because there is a plastic background. I should not say plastic; it is some kind
 of polyurethane that keeps it from leaking through, which is what you want. Then 
you can simply roll it up, take it home and throw it in the wash for a little while
 It is just what everybody wants: easy wash and dry. I think that it is better to hang
iit dry if possible because of the plastic. Too much heat might make 
it shrink. 
I also got some beautiful elastics from a real good friend of mine. 
She sells elastic and the colors that came with these are just perfect for all 
the stuff I was making.
 Well, I hope you enjoy them. Hope to see you all soon,
Susan

Fabric

I want to talk about fabric today, specifically cotton and yes I know there are 
many cotton fabrics, but the one I want to talk about today is woven cotton.
It has been around forever or at least for as long as I can remember and I know
from generation to generation it has maintained its place as a common household 
fabric that is used for everything from from making curtains, to table runners, to
tablecloths, and cotton rugs, and yes clothing. 

And as we all know cotton is one of the nicest fabrics to use. It holds up well,
and works well for almost anything. I've been sewing for over 45 years and the other
day as I was working with a certain brand of cotton I realized that fabric has 
changed so much. Cotton used to be thicker when I was growing up. It was more dense
then it is today, and as you make clothing with it, it was not as soft and did not 
flow as well. But I notice this year's cotton have changed.

Different companies coming in making new lines of cotton have changed things up.
Different kind of woven fabrics and I will say I have some favorites. Two of my most
favorite fabric companies right now are: Art Gallery fabric, and Michael Miller 
fabric. The textures have changed Art Gallery their fabric is a thin silk-like 
fabric and Michael Miller in the last year has changed thier's to be a beautiful
silk-like fabric as well. Yes I know there is no actual silk in the fabric, but
the feel of it is so soft that silk is the only way that I can describe it.

And I noticed after you wash it, it becomes softer and softer and softer almost 
feeling like butter when you wear it. When it comes down to it who wouldn't want
to wear a cotton that just turned to your most favorite shirt after a few washings.

When it comes to children's clothing they want to be comfortable and just put on 
that favorite shirt that has that favorite feel. I know when I was younger cotton
just did not feel the way it does today, and for that I am glad.

 I am not saying that it was bad. It was just different, and I
 absolutely love the feel of todays cotton.

They work well for clothing and there are other companies (many companies) that 
make cotton that is perfect for everything else like making quilts.
For quilts I love to see the thicker fabric. The thicker cotton, like the old cotton,
because quilts are made to hold up through the times.

Well I was just thinking about all that as I was making some dresses the other day, 
and I thought I would share. 

Times change, and even the fabric changes with it. It is an amazing thing.

I hope to see you soon,
Susan

Michael Miller Fabric

Hi Everyone,

I know that it has been a while since I have posted anything; I have been very busy. I was so excited last week, when I got home, there were two huge boxes of Michael Miller fabrics. Here is some of it:

fabric

 

 

I get so excited when all the fabric comes in radiating of beautiful new colors and pattterns.

The sage green fabric with the birds is so unbelievable soft, and I love the fabric with the roses.

I absolutely love the new line of Michael Miller fabrics.

I could not wait to break them in, so I immediately started sewing. I decided to try something new and make makeup bags or rather bags that you use for your makeup and then roll up so they conveniently fit in your purse or car without all the makeup falling out.

They are large enough to fit makeup brushes and whatever else you need. I started with the green bird fabric and then tried one with the rose color and did the purple inside.

I started off making them and just putting a tie strap and then I realied that that is just ridiculous. Who wants to be bothered with that. Yes, it might look a little prettier, but it is not convenient and easy like I wanted it to be.

So I was not too happy with my first sample. The second time I did an elastic which I liked a lot better, and the third time I increased the size to make it taller so everything fit better and would not stick out.

So it took me three tries, but I finally got it.

Here is it:

pic2

Well, I hope to see you all soon. I will try to keep posting more regularly.

Susan

Easter

We’ve started a whole new month and the clues of spring have started to appear. I am always happy to have the flowers coming up and I love to feel the weather change from cold to cool.
As you can see from the pictures we are all set for Easter here at Razberry Threads.

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We have filled our window with lots of bunnies. We just got in Bunnies on the Bay which are the sweetest, softest little stuffed animals and baby toys that you could ask for.
I have bunnies and lambs and puppies in little blankies and binkie covers.
My favorite bunny that came in is cream and he is absolutely the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen and he is so soft and I just want to carry him around and never put him down.
You all should come by the store to see all the new items that we have and buy something for your little one to put in their Easter basket- something that will last longer than the candy will.
I will be going down to Florida soon to see if I can sell any of my clothes to the stores there to increase the visibility of my line. Now that it is getting to summer there again it will be time for the stores to start selling their play dresses again.
Talk to you all soon,
Susan
Easter Joy

Jesus came to earth,
To show us how to live,
How to put others first,
How to love and how to give.

Then He set about His work,
That God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself;
He made us clean and new.

He could have saved Himself,
Calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin;
He paid it out of love.

Our Lord died on Good Friday,
But the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn
That fills our hearts with joy.

Now we know our earthly death,
Like His, is just a rest.
We’ll be forever with Him
In heaven, where life is best.

So we live our lives for Jesus,
Think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Savior; Thank you Lord.
Help us love like you!

By Joanna Fuchs

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