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

Well, Raspberry Threads is on its way to being fully decorated and stocked for Spring.
 We have been getting in the most amazing shirts: whites and pinks and peaches and 
ccream. 
shirt
TThey feel so soft and lush almost like the leggings which people have been
ggoing crazy over.
If you notice on these mannequins the two leggings are bright colors, but we have 
lots and lots of leggings in different varieties and colors.

 Also the shirts we have in tank tops and short sleeves, and they can be 
accessorized with anything. Try one of our Infinity Scarfs or a necklace. The 
sshirts are just long enough to cover those troublesome parts we all want to hide
 but still be comfortable in the summer time.
 Come in soon and see all the new products we are getting in.
Susan

 

Spring: I love the smell;
I love the feel of the air in the morning;
I love waking up and hearing all the birds chirping outside; 
I love being able to keep the windows open after a long winter when it's cold 
and get cleaned up from all the leaves and browness of winter;
It's so nice when the weather changes;
 the flowers start coming out;
Everything starts to come alive!
 I love that I love the whole part of the season.
It's probably my most favorite time of the year.


The same things happen with Fabrics. I have noticed that in Spring all the
beautiful florals and pinks and blues and greens start popping up in all the fabric
 lines
I got some fabric from Michael Miller which I love
 it is just so pretty. It is floral just a simple almost vintage type floral 
the cotton is soft almost feeling
 like a silk.
 I got in the most beautiful fabrics and I couldn't wait to make something with
 them. I opened up quite a few of the bolts and combined some colors, and
 I noticed that in Spring the fabric companies start coming out with the most
 beautiful bright, vivid, blush colors that everybody just wants to buy
 (me included). I have to admit I'm a Fabricaholic and anything I can make 
with fabric I will I love it I've always loved it since I was a little.
 I've known this since I was as young as I can remember sewing with my grandmother.
 
We started with Barbie doll clothes which is actually the hardest thing to do,
 but that's what we used to do when she was younger.
 but anyway going from there
 When I had my had my daughter I just could not wait to make something pretty for 
her to wear. 

 It is so nicce having a store now where I can make all the clothing I love.
 
I can combine colors and match and put things together that are just beautiful 
when theu are finished.

I 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

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