Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Awesome Ikats



Suzan Steinberg, Owner
CALLING ALL FABRIC LOVERS!
We hope your New Year is off to a great start. Here at Stonemountain we are working hard to bring you the most beautiful, interesting, hard-to-find,
high-quality fabric goods ever. This week we are highlighting our gorgeous collection of Ikat fabrics.

We hope you find some inspiration here for your next project, whether you're crafting, quilting or garment making.

What are you doing with your Stonemountain Ikat? We love seeing what our fabrics turn into, so stop by or send over your pictures of your amazing projects!

Creatively yours,
Suzan

BLACK CREAMINDIGO

THE WHO, WHAT, WHERE & WHY OF IKAT
WHAT IS AN IKAT?
The word Ikat literally means 'to tie or bind,' and it is used to describe both the process and product. When fabric is woven on a loom, the vertical threads that make up the length are called the warp and the horizontal strings that make up the width are called the weft. Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the warp threads, the weft threads, or in the rare and costly 'double ikat' both warp and weft, prior to dyeing and weaving. Our Ikat collection are 100% cotton, but the process can be applied to any woven fiber, such as silk, linen, or even wool.
WHERE DO IKAT COME FROM?
Our Ikat are imported from Indonesia, India, Japan and Guatemala, although many other countries produce Ikat as well.
WHY DO WE LOVE IKAT?
We love Ikat because of the richness of the cloth and the history of the process. Its bold and striking texture draw us in and inspire us year after year. The authenticity of this fabric will never go out of style and we love it for that reason.
WHO CAN USE IKAT FABRICS?
Everyone! From beginner to advanced sewists, this fabric can be used for a range of projects. For home dec, quilting, garment making or crafting, this incredible fabric is easy to work with and care for.
Natalie, our buyer, shows off her vest made from our Ikat and one of our striped shot cottons. She used Vogue V1375 from Today's Fit by Sandra Betzina. Great for dressing up or down and so easy to make. So funky!

GREENBLUE / PURPLEORANGE

SEE WHAT FABRIC LADY IS GETTING INTO...

2015 is off to a wonderful start here at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley!
As many of you know, there are more and more exciting fabrics and patterns to entice us into the world of sewing garments! It is our mission to support all sewists make choices with more confidence and have a higher rate of success. Here in this blog, Laurel, my amazing seamstress, friend and blog partner, shares many tips for sewing each garment that transfer throughout all projects. If you are new to my blog, please take some time to scroll back in time to see the amazing garments we created in 2014!
 As I mentioned in my last blog, there are many things that make me smile! All the new fabrics being imported from India rank high on my list of fabric loves!


JANUARY 18
719E: BEGINNING QUILTING BASICS - PAPER PIECING A
WITH ANN TARABINI
SUNDAY 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Paper piecing is an easy sewing technique that improves quilting accuracy. Use this technique to make small or large blocks in quilts/ borders/pockets. In this class, we will piece three or more small, traditional blocks. By the end of the class you will have three or more small blocks.
JANUARY 19
668A: COOL BIKE BASKET WITH BARBARA BECCIO
MONDAY, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM (MLK DAY)
Create a distinctive bike basket! In this class, you will make a bike basket with pockets that will easily attach to your handle bars. A velcro strap allows you to take the basket on and off of the bike or you may stitch the strap directly to the handle bar.
JANUARY 22


30B: CRASH COURSE SEWING WITH TERRY McCLINTOCK
THURSDAY 10 AM - 1 PM
Want to learn to sew? This is our most basic class! We supply the machines and our instructors teach you what you need to get started! You'll learn how to thread a machine, wind a bobbin, change needles, adjust tension, and troubleshoot.
JAN 25, FEB 1 & 8
734A: BEGINNING QUILT IMPROVISATION
WITH ANGIE WOOLMAN
SUNDAYS 4:30 - 8:30 PM
Join Angie's intensive class and learn to see "rhythm," create a visual "melodic" sight line and lively "texture." Explore the process of practicing and playing with fabric and create an improvisational quilt!
JAN 26, FEB 2, 9 & 23 (SKIP 2/16)
101G: BEGINNING & BEYOND WITH TERRY McCLINTOCK
MONDAYS 10:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Our most popular class! Come learn to sew or improve your skills in these hands-on classes. This class is open to first time sewists AND continuing students of ALL skill levels who want to work at their own pace while building their sewing skills.
JAN 26, FEB 2, 9, & 23 (SKIP 2/16)
101H: BEGINNING & BEYOND WITH BARBARA BECCIO
MONDAYS 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Our most popular class! Come learn to sew or improve your skills in these hands-on classes. This class is open to first time sewists AND continuing students of ALL skill levels who want to work at their own pace while building their sewing skills.
JANUARY 28
250G: CREATIVE SEWING & FIT LAB WITH TERRY McCLINTOCK
WEDNESDAY 10 AM - 1 PM
Sewing Labs are a great opportunity to finish projects, give yourself a little 'me' time and expand your confidence and skill level. Come use our classroom as your sewing studio away from home!
JANUARY 29
422B: RECYCLED SWEATERS WITH BARBARA BECCIO
THURSDAY 2 - 5 PM
Make new, fashionable garments and accessories by recycling your tired and old sweaters! In this fun class, students works with sweaters they bring to cut up and re-sew to create a whole new look.

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