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