Hi, I’m the mother of a 4yo kid with autism and severe sensory issues. When he was a baby, an aunt from another coutry sent him a blanket, that he adored since the first second. Since then, there’s absolutely no other blanket that he want to take. He carry it everywhere and don’t sleep without it. The issue is that the blanket is really worned, in a pretty bad shape, and is starting to break apart in many places. I can’t find another exactly as this one anywhere, and the uncle that gve it to him passed away the same year he born…Nobody in the family knows if the blanket was purchased or handmade (it has no labels of any kind). I’m desperate, and I decided to make it myself, but I can’t find what kind of fabric It is. I even took the blanket to several fabric stores and nobody could tell me exactly what fabric is. It looks like a terry cloth, but there are no loops on it. I have a zoomed photo of the fabric and the border (which looks like kind of mate velvet) but I can’t post them here. Please, can you give me an email address or something where I can send the pictures so you can help me find out….I’m really worried that if the blanket finally rip off, it will be a disaster for my son….and for us! Thanks in advance for your help! By: Daniella
I’m wondering whether you can help me identify the fabric used in a set of damask napkins I received. There are no labels! Except a tiny round one that says “Made in Belgium.” They are ivory damask, wtih very narrow hems. The fabric looks and feels a little glossy and slick for a natural fiber (though I’ve never felt actual linen damask, so I can’t say how it compares). It wrinkles when creased or left folded. I washed one in my front-loading machine, in a load of delicates, in cold water; appeared to do no harm. Then I ironed it, (carefully) while still completely wet, on the cotton/linen setting, which also appeared to do no harm even when I kept increasing the heat to nearly the highest it would go, which made me wonder if they could be linen after all. They are very beautiful, and I would like to know how to care for them properly. By: N Montesano
Which One IS the Toni? I am indebted to author and collector Thelma Bernard whose research serves as the basis for this column. She unearthed the following information from her vast collection of old publications and felt it would have universal interest to vintage garment collectors as well as to collectors of all vintage items. This is Part 1 of a two-part series about fraud, sweatshops and the law in the vintage textile industry. For the past 20 years, vintage textiles has been a popular and growing field for collectors. Clothes and accessories in particular have been bringing premium prices, both at auctions, online sites and local stores. Collectors speak of pride about their garments, hats and shoes that they have acquired by inheritance or purchase, particularly those with a provenance or bearing a Paris label. Nothing quite so elegant as a Worth or a Georgette or a Paquin. But are these labels genuine? Are these garments first rate house designs or secondary workmanship, a conspiracy to defraud American women? Step back into time and then rethink your collection. The explosion occurred on March 1913 when the Ladies Home Journal published a story by Samuel Hopkins Adams, an American journalist and author who played an important part in exposing corruption in business and politics including child labor and the patent-medicine business: Dishonest Paris Labels: How American Women are Being Fooled by a Country- wide Swindle “The American woman’s slavish and insistent demand for things Parisian has brought about a swindle that today permeates almost the entire dressmaking and millinery business in the United States.” If, for example, a woman has a so-called imported gown with a Worth label sewn in it the odds are overwhelming that it is fraudulent; or a Paquin or a Drecoll or a Doucet label, or any other French label. If she has in her hat a Georgette, a Talbot, a Reboux, a Marie Louise or any other Paris label, it’s a hundred chances to one that the hat was made in America and the label is a forgery.“ “Fraudulent Paris labels are today being used broadcast by the millinery and dressmaking trades of America. The houses which are not guilty of it are the rare and notable exceptions. Some idea of the extent of the practice may be gained from the fact that the manufacture of the false French labels for American-made garments has become a specific branch of the trade-mark weaving industry. The forgeries are woven by machinery and are sold in lots…
Hi, Please I would like to know the difference between : Ultra cotton, Heavy cotton and Heavy blend. These expressions are on the labels of Gildan Tshirts. Also why the weight is mentioned and what does that means in the quality of t shirt. thank you very much for your information Best regards By: Ama Bel
You all know I am a gadget girl right? Couple of cool things for you to look into. Ipod touch gets a couple of applications that are for the home sewer. A few of them are really good. I have about four, Fabric Stash, Pattern Pall, Fabric Journal, and cloth care. Fabric stash is good because you can keep track of your fabrics, notions and projects and is free. Pattern Pall is better. You can organize all your patterns. Keeping track of what you have so you don’t get a copy of ones you already have is great. Plus there is room for notes on ones you have used and changes you have made to them. The downside to both of these is you have to load everything manually but once it’s there, it’s there. I like fabric journal because I can keep pictures of all my projects and the status of each, if it’s complete or not. There is a lot of room for notations on what materials I have used and what I could use next time I make that particular garment. It’s a pretty flexible program in that it doesn’t need to be a garment, could be other sewing project and still fit the criteria. Cloth care is a free app that is just a good idea to have. It has every conceivable identification that you could possibly come across in your clothing labels for caring for them. From different kinds of irons to which symbols mean bleach or no bleach. Unfortunately the android market has not caught up yet with these applications and there are only a few apps available that are mostly for fashion bugs and very beginner sewers. However the tech age is very fast growing so I expect to see some new developments very soon.
So often we have empty wood thread spools and not the slightest idea of what to do with them. Some [like me] throw them in a storage container and watch them accumulate over the years; some sell them on online auctions or others at their stores often with a birthday candle inserted as a way to decorate them. But here is one clever person whose artist’s eye recognized the potential for ornamentals. And what decorations they are! Introducing the carving artistry of Barbara Ziolkowski, this month’s guest columnist. A spool is a spool is a spool, or so I thought for the last 35-45 years. Just as we might not notice the special nuances in the barks of trees when we pass them in a park or on the street, so too it was for me about my spools of threads whenever I sewed. Only within the last few years have I come to appreciate the beauty of old wooden spools, their labels, and their alternative value for me as a woodcarver. About four years ago, a client who has regularly bought my carved wooden spoons, asked me if I had ever carved on wooden spools. I had not; however, I’d seen one other carver’s handiwork. How difficult could it be? Also at that time, I didn’t have a good supply of empty old spools. My client, and another woman who had been listening to our conversation at my club’s woodcarving show, brought spools of their own for me to carve, left me with extras, and I have been hooked ever since! Presently, several of my carving friends are working on their own creations and I have found a few people online who are working with spools. Some of the many types of spools waiting to be carved. Even though I had been carving the spools in the relief technique for about two years, it wasn’t until someone shared a fat, keg-shaped spool (American Thread SILKATEEN) that got me looking at them more closely. I am certain that I have sold a few carved oldies without realizing what I had had in my possession. Since then, I have obtained other special ones and appreciate their labels and shapes. I now check to see if I already have any of them. Because of this hobby, my friends, relatives and art show visitors and carvers are sharing their leftover or inherited spools with me. I don’t even have to go antiquing or “garage saling”! The spools show up in the…
www.wovenlabelsource.com As a quilter, knitter, recreational sewing buff, or a clothing designer, probably the last thing on your mind is the cloth label that serves as an advertising “billboard” of your work. Whether your needs are simply personal—such as an identifier with your name, or an actual branding statement, many crafter’s and designers often overlook labeling their handiwork until the very last minute. Fabric Labeling—the basic definitions: There are two major types of clothing labels: Printed and woven. Printed clothing labels are made of various types of ribbons that are printed, hot-cut, and folded. The most common materials are satin, cotton, and tyvek. Pros: Depending on the fabric or clothing label supplier, a shorter lead (turnaround) time. Oftentimes, printed labels are domestically manufactured (Made in the US). With the advances in cloth label technology, manufacturers are able to print photographs, shading and shadow, extremely small writing, and color gradients. In other words, the technology in place has the capacity of printing Michelangelo on your clothing label! Highly elaborate details of you art work can be captured. Soft to the touch. 48 hour rush production service available with some manufacturers Cons: May fade over time with repeated hot washing and dryer use. Background colors oftentimes need to be either pastel or white colors—though technology is constantly evolving. Woven labels are woven with a weave based on your specification for the artwork. A loom weaves your artwork or graphic as part of the fabric. The labels are then cut and/or folded. Pros: Long lasting through repeated use, including washing and dryer use. Damask woven labels have an very upscale appeal Cons: Usually, a longer lead time to completion. Most woven textiles have to be imported. If a clothing designer is in a time crunch, that is, short on time, then this is not the recommend choice for clothing labels. Artwork/graphics limitations: All artwork, logos, and lettering have to be a clear, smooth 2-D line drawing presentation. There can be no color gradients, shadows, or extremely small elaborate fonts. Remember, the loom is weaving a very small piece of cloth, and the artwork woven has to conform to weaving looms patterns. So if you have an elaborate or a highly detailed logo, it is best to stick to printed clothing labels. So remember—do not forget your labels! Planning early saves you stress, time, and a LOT of money.