Image via Flickr Have you ever “almost” finished a project only to find you don’t quite have enough fabric? Frustrating!! Fabrics.net has a FabricFinder section where you can post your FabricFinder request and the stores and sources will contact you directly if they have the fabric. This works for notions too. We have been offering this helpful area since we started in 1997 and it has worked for many frustrated people. To answer a few frequently asked questions, it is rarely possible to contact a manufacturer to find where they have sold a particular fabric. Discontinued fabric may be found througfh our FabricFinder. We also post the FabricFinder requests in Pinterest. Retail stores: Check this area daily to see if you can help find a fabric. Helpful readers: If you see a FabricFinder request and know where it can be found, email the requester. Retail customers: Check this area daily if you want to help someone find their fabric. There is no charge for this free service. We do ask that all participants register with our site to further protect email addresses from unwanted emails. After a store or source contacts the missing fabric requester, the transaction of selling or buying is up to the individual people. Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life. We do not accept reimbursement of any kind for our reviews.
Image via Flickr A Less-Colorful Seal of Approval – NYTimes.com http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.comFri, 02 Jan 2009 12:30:12 GMT The Good Housekeeping seal of approval, nearing 100 years old, has had some work done over the years: seven face-lifts, starting when it was only two years old. “The first one was very nice,” said Louise Fili, the graphic … Seeking the Holy Grail in Marketing Home Brands | Making Mom … http://makingmomhappy.comThu, 08 Aug 2013 21:10:01 GMT The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval maintains its authority on quality, continually winning the trust of Moms everywhere. I recently wrote about the importance online product reviews play in the everyday brand decisions … Since 1941, the Good Housekeeping magazine has promised a money-back guarantee if products that carry the seal do not perform as advertised. I remember this promise but didn’t think much about it until recently when I found that the promise still exists! The actual seal has changed slightly but the research of the products and the promise is still going strong! So much to learn on the Good Housekeeping.com web site including the lists and results of products recently tested, lists of products not making the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, and now Eco-Friendly Products. Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life. We do not accept reimbursement of any kind for our reviews.
Image via Flickr The worst detergent to use when washing your car is dishwashing detergent, hair shampoo or laundry detergent. All of these detergents are designed to remove oil and grease from hair and textiles and will also remove oil and grease from the finish of your car. If these detergents work well, they will also remove the car wax. Brian C Mounts: How To Properly Wash And Wax A Car http://www.brianmounts.comFri, 19 Jul 2013 21:19:00 GMT Never use dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, or any other household cleaners on your car. Although most “gentle” detergents will clean your car just fine without damaging the paint they still contain detergents that will … If you want to really wash your car properly, Hemmings Daily has step by step instructions! Skills 101 – How to wash a car | Hemmings Daily http://blog.hemmings.comFri, 26 Jul 2013 12:00:31 GMT When it comes to car wash soap, always use a product specifically formulated for this purpose, as dish detergents contain surfactants and other chemicals capable of stripping wax out of the paint’s surface. The same holds … Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life. We do not accept reimbursement of any kind for our reviews.
Image via Flickr Finding stain removal information without any promotion of one laundry product or another is not an easy task! I have a few personal preferences that I use in my own laundry but my laundry consists of mostly cotton slacks and shirts, cotton towels and sheets and very minimum stain removal. Other families with small or big children have different laundry needs. When someone posts a stain removal question, I go to the University of Illinois Extension Stain Solutions Stains from A to Z. The U of I Extension is based in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The U of Illinois has a great web site with news of the university plus news of the students. Reading the ACES Student blog, also known as “Voices of Aces” gave me a huge amount of optimism when I realized that our students from all walks of life are the true representation of “What is happening to our country today”! How refreshing it is to get away from the negative form of the question/statement “What is happening to our country today?! I read about the first “Animal Care Internship at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute” and other ACES Voices. And I am not an alumni of the University of Illinois. I am just glad that this University reminded me that there are many many voices of optimism around our great country! Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life. We do not accept reimbursement of any kind for our reviews.
Remember when you had school photo’s day and how excited you were? You had a special shirt, dress or blouse that you wore especially for the photos. Your mom or you fixed your hair just the way you liked it and then you had to wait weeks before the photographs came back. School photos from each school year now give you a picture history of your growth from kindergarten through senior graduation. Today, with the smart phones, photos are taken of us every day whether we like it or not. People will post a video or picture of you that you can’t stand but there isn’t anything you can do to stop them. Well how about creating your own special image that shows the unique you? Enter Jennifer Harvey, the artistic visual poet. The images she captures will be the ones that last for years and generations from now. Yes, the images can be boudoir and lacey and they can also be a portrait. By reading Jennifer’s web site including her “about me”, it is easy to see that Jennifer’s heart is in every photographic image she produces. Although making a living is nice, the true entrepreneur follows their passion and creates a product without worrying about the bottom line or money. Jennifer is one of those true entrepreneurs. Jennifer’s biggest challenge in her business is something that all creative, right brain people struggle with, marketing and business. Left brain, logical people even find it difficult to explain to the right brain, creative people what they need to do to sell their creations. Advising a young person about the type of education they need to become a photographer, Jennifer says that the ideal would be Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara California. Their reputation for providing an education in visual communication is the best in the country. If you are serious about becoming a photographer or providing the best education for your son or daughter, send them to Brooks. Jennifer also adds that pursuing any and all education is important! You cannot be over educated. If anyone needs to put Jennifer’s business into a category, place it between boudoir and portrait images or as Jennifer describes her art, artistic visual poetry. Jennifer’s photo shoots last several hours. A list of things you need to bring will be supplied but leave the make-up and hairdo for the hair and make-up stylists that Jennifer supplies. You and Jennifer will spend several relaxing hours talking while Jennifer does her magic with her…
Hello I am designing my own summer trousers with vests and I want to use silk. However, I am not sure which silk to use and also what lining to use. I am looking for a high quality silk. Thanks By: Mandy Welsh
I found a shirt in my late fathers closet, and I am wondering about how old it is. It is a cotton western style shirt, with painted metal snaps, not pearl snaps, and the tag reads “Penny’s Foremost Sanforized” and there is a picture of a bucking bronco horse and rider. The shirt is horribly wrinkled, but still in great shape, and I would like to wash and iron it, but am afraid too, I don’t want to damage it. The tag appears to be very old, and was just wondering if anyone has any idea how old it is (round about age) and the best way to clean it. I don’t want it to fall apart on me! Thank You! By: Cathy Sanders