Choosing the right colors for a fiber arts project can feel overwhelming. “I’m just not good at choosing colors” and “I would never have thought to put those colors together” are comments heard all too often. For those wanting to gain some “color confidence” and for those with a knack for color but who would like to understand more of the “Why?” of color, join guest instructor, Chris Adams, on a four week journey to a better understanding of color and how to use color more effectively in fiber arts. Class topics include the art and science of color, color families and relationships, and color manipulation and usage. Chris Adams is a designer trained in Haute Couture method of fashion design at The Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. He is heavily influenced by the American Arts & Crafts movement. His award-winning paintings, murals and garments have been displayed and dispersed throughout the country. He is also an art educator, lecturer and producer of fashion shows. The series of classes runs on Tuesdays in March: 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, AND 3/22 from 6-8PM
Sophia Costas scarves by Mia Berglund are not only beautiful, but also fair trade, hand-crafted, and sustainable. Sophia Costas supports an NGO that trains women from small villages in Nepal so they can earn a living. These women are often the sole breadwinners for their families. Stop by Silk Road Textiles to check out our selection of Sophia Costas scarves. We have a variety of patterns from which to choose, including animal, scenic, and geometric prints. These popular scarves won’t last long!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve found some cute, quick, free patterns for you! Knitting: Valentine Heart Shaped Puffs Embroidery: Flourishing Heart Sewing: Fabric Hearts Crochet: Love Hearts
Now is the time to nominate Silk Road Textiles for CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati award! Nominations are open now through December 31, and it only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete City Beat’s 2016 Best of Cincinnati write-in nomination form. Please write in Silk Road Textiles in the “Shops & Services” section. Fill in these 2 categories: Arts and Crafts Supplies AND Arts and Crafts Classes. You do not have to fill in every line. You only have to vote in 10 categories for your ballot to count. When you have completed a section be sure to select “Submit and Continue” to save your nominations. You will automatically be sent to the next section of the form. You can also skip any section if you wish. Select “Finalize” when your nominations are complete. After you vote, you will receive an email confirming your ballot submission. In order for your vote to count, you must click on the link in the message. Easy! Click here now to vote!
Amy Wallace, resident artist at Silk Road Textiles, was recently featured on WCET’s Artsbridge program, which interviews local artists about their creative process. The program showcases her mixed media fiber art and gives viewers a peek into her studio. If you didn’t see Amy on Artsbridge here is a direct link to the video…no need to navigate the site. Her interview is the first segment. Very Cool!
Confused about interfacing? That’s no wonder! There are so many types: fusible and non-fusible; wovens, non-wovens and knits, weft insertions and warp insertions; different weights, colors and brands. How do you decide which one to use with all these factors? This series is intended to help you better understand interfacings and how to select the appropriate stabilizers for your next project. Interfacing is a third layer of fabric applied between two other layers to provide shape, stability and structure to garments and to enhance durability. It is used in buttonhole areas to keep them from stretching and distorting, in collars and cuffs to add crispness and in facings to give stability. In tailoring, it allows the garment to retain the shape that is built in during the construction process. It can be used for special dramatic effects in costuming. This week, we will be exploring the structure of various interfacings. Woven interfacings are stable. They offer firm support and are available in many weights. Knit interfacings are drapeable and soft. They are generally light weight. Weft and warp insertion interfacings are knit fabrics with threads woven through them. These interfacings combine the stability of the wovens with the drapeability of the knits. They are available in light to medium weight. Non-woven interfacings are made of synthetic fibers. They are neither woven nor knit. In some garment makers’ opinion non-wovens are generally not suitable for quality garments. However, they are perfect for bags and craft projects. While fusible versus non-fusible interfacings is a discussion for another day, it is important to note that woven interfacings are available as both fusibles and non-fusibles. All knit and weft insertion interfacings are fusible. Silk Road Textiles carries both woven and non-woven interfacings. Be sure to ask next time you’re in the store to see more interfacings – we don’t keep them display, but we have a nice selection!
Confused about interfacing? That’s no wonder! There are so many types: fusible and non-fusible; wovens, non-wovens and knits, weft insertions and warp insertions; different weights, colors and brands. How do you decide which one to use with all these factors? This series is intended to help you better understand interfacings and how to select the appropriate stabilizers for your next project. Interfacing is a third layer of fabric applied between two other layers to provide shape, stability and structure to garments and to enhance durability. It is used in buttonhole areas to keep them from stretching and distorting, in collars and cuffs to add crispness and in facings to give stability. In tailoring, it allows the garment to retain the shape that is built in during the construction process. It can be used for special dramatic effects in costuming. This week, we will be exploring the different weights of interfacing available. The weight of the interfacing is an important consideration and is dependent on the fabric it will be used with, the style of the garment, and your personal preference. If an interfacing is too light, it won’t do the job. If it is too heavy, it will change the character of the fabric. For a stand-up mandarin collar, a shirt collar or French cuffs, you would want a firm interfacing. On the same garment, you may want a softer interfacing down the front of the blouse so it isn’t too “boardy.” On a soft jacket with a lot of movement, you would want a lightweight interfacing. For a more structured coat or jacket you might want a heavier weight interfacing. Personal preference is a factor, too. If a person likes their jackets to be more structured and to hang away from the body, they should select a heavier interfacing. If they want a slimmer fit and the garment to shape to the contours of the body, a softer interfacing should be selected. Silk Road Textiles carries many weights of interfacing from the ultra-stiff Peltex (great for highly structured bags) to the sheerweight Pellon (fuses gently onto even the most delicate fabrics). Be sure to ask next time you’re in the store to see more interfacings – we don’t keep them on display, but we have a nice selection!
We sell a lot of superwash wool in our store, so we thought it only made sense to share these tips with you for keeping your hand knits looking fabulous! Our very favorite no-rinse wool wash is Eucalan because of the gentle ingredients, lovely scent, and unparalleled results. 3 Tips for Caring for Superwash Wool Ample Water * Eucalan Wool Wash * Tumble Dry Low Many knitters and crocheters enjoy working with Superwash yarns because they are easy care. It is nice to know that you can knit a child’s garment or a cozy afghan and not have to worry about someone ruining it in the washing machine. Or do you? Superwash wool is easy care-not zero care. Here are a couple of pointers for caring for garments and blankets made from Superwash wool: Use ample water. Friction is the enemy of any natural fiber, especially merino wool. 100% Superwash merino wool has a short fiber staple length which give the yarn incredible softness, but also makes it more susceptible to pilling. A lot of energy efficient washers use low levels of water. Large projects need ample water to allow the piece to swish and not rub up against itself repeatedly, causing undue friction. A mesh bag, available at Silk Road Textiles, is also helpful in preventing friction. Use the right soap. Superwash yarn is safe for the washing machine, but not necessarily for all of the chemicals found in regular laundry detergent. Many laundry detergents contain enzymes to attack protein based stains. Wool is a protein based fiber, which means the enzymes in your detergent can harm the wool. Instead of a conventional detergent, we recommend using Eucalan wool wash, available in 5 different scents, in bottles or individual pods, at Silk Road Textiles. Use the dryer. But check the label first. Superwash yarn has been processed to remove the scales on the fibers. These naturally present scales are responsible for the adhering of the fibers during felting. Without the scales the fibers lose their gripping properties. When yarn is wet, it becomes heavy and in the case of Superwash wool it will stretch if given the opportunity. Superwash wool springs back into shape in the dryer. We strongly recommend that you tumble dry your projects to prevent overstretching. Ample Water * Eucalan Wool Wash * Tumble Dry Low Feel free to share these three tips and a Eucalan Individual Pod with the recipients of your Superwash wool creations!
One of the most popular new products in the store, Artfelt is quickly becoming our favorite felting method. This clever paper allows you to control your felting design as precisely as needle felting, yet get that amazingly smooth wet felt finish without the time and physical labor of either method. Artfelt paper was invented in Germany by Gerhard Schoppel, a name already familiar to many yarn lovers. He enjoyed felting with his daughter but wanted an easier method. Here’s how it works – You start by designing your felt. Whether it’s a pouch, coasters, scarf, or something totally different, the process begins when you lightly needle felt fibers onto the special Artfelt paper. Because the needle felting will not be the only thing holding the fibers together, there’s no need to spend a lot of time attaching firmly, a light tack will do. Once you are happy with your design, you wet the fibers and roll up the paper with a sheet of plastic to keep the layers from felting to each other. Using a couple rubber bands and a knee high stocking to secure the roll, the felt then gets tossed into any standard dryer. The agitation from tumbling in the dryer encourages the fibers to wet felt together, while the needle felting and paper hold everything in place so your design stays intact. When felting is complete, pouring boiling water over the project quickly dissolves the Artfelt paper, leaving you with a great piece of felt to use in all kinds of projects. Of course, that’s just the beginning. By layering your fibers differently you can encourage highly textural, ruffle effects. Playing with negative space in your design is a snap with Artfelt paper. Sewing the paper into a specially shaped base lets you create three dimensional projects. Even extremely detailed portraiture is possible because of the needle felting step. We can’t get enough of Artfelt, and we’re sure you’ll love it too! We have starter kits available if you just want to try it out, and we also sell large pieces of the paper for your own creative concepts.
Some of the fabrics we love are the Aboriginal prints from M&S Textiles. Each fabric is based on a painting done in the traditional style by talented Aboriginal artists. Typical Aboriginal art is characterized by the use of many small dots of color to form the pattern, reliance on familiar animal and wildlife motifs, and a utilization of a vibrant color palette. These artists, most of whom are women, have profiles and statements hanging in the store; be sure to ask to see them! We also have charts detailing the motifs used in the fabric, telling what they mean. If you just can’t get enough information and inspiration, we carry a whole book devoted to the meanings behind the fabric and amazing project ideas. Whether it’s an abstract design or something more literal (we love the turtles and platypuses!), we’re sure you’ll find a way to work these unusual fabrics into your projects. The fun prints are perfect for quilts, wall hangings, garments, and more.
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