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STORIES IN CLOTH WITH QUILTER MAURA GRACE AMBROSE, #24 OF THREAD CULT

 ”Quilting is such a social process. It’s such a self expression, in that the quilts are beautiful designs and they can speak for themselves. There’s such a wonderful story behind them, whether it’s the maker, or what they were doing, or what was going on at the times, or how the fabrics came to be, [...]

SILK! EPISODE #21 OF THREAD CULT

The last time I sewed a silk dress, I nearly lost my marbles trying to figure out how to press, cut, and stitch up the slippery, shifting yardage. Despite finding some helpful tips in Claire Schaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques and on plenty of websites, I remember wishing that there was someone I could call with questions. [...]

INDIGO MAGIC, SHIBORI MADNESS

Cotton-and-silk voile nursing shawl/summer scarf For more than six months, I’ve been meaning to take some of the shibori skills I learned in a workshop at the Textile Arts Center and experiment with an indigo batch at home. I must have been waiting until the weather warmed a bit…that, and maybe a last burst of energy before Baby [...]

COLOR WIZARDRY WITH AUDREY LOUISE REYNOLDS, EPISODE #8 OF THREAD CULT

I’m a big fan of natural color, and lately I’ve been trying to learn more about using natural dyes and fibers in my sewing. Perhaps it’s because I’ve got a baby on the way, but using less toxic everything has become more and more important to me. It’s not surprising, then, that when I happened [...]

THREAD CULT: EPISODE #2, GROW YOUR OWN NATURAL DYES!

Last October, I had the opportunity to learn about shibori dyeing with indigo at the Textile Arts Center in Manhattan. The experience made me curious about working with other natural dyes, so I headed over to chat with Isa Rodrigues (in the picture up top), studio manager at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, who [...]

I’M COOL WITH TIE-DYE, MAN. ARE YOU?

  If you grew up around hippies, you may share my aversion (nearing allergic) to tie-dye. We kids of hippies usually aspire to a much more square kind of lifestyle and dress. So, it was with some surprise that I recently noticed myself admiring all the tie-dyed clothing I’ve been seeing this spring. (Maybe I’m [...]