Author Archives: Marie Porteus

Due Date/INFO for entries to NEWS

Due Date/INFO for entries to NEWS

Hello all,

This is directed to Susan T. I am entering two pieces to NEWS. Both Andrew and I are still fuzzy on the details of how we do this.  Could you please let us know what we need to have for the mid-May initial due date, what that date is, and where we submit the materials.  We believe photos are needed in May, but what else?  WE don’t want to mess this up.

Thanks so much!

Marie

Cotton yarn question

Cotton yarn question

Hello everyone,

I’m reaching out because I are contemplating doing some cotton cloth to make a summer jacket for the NEWS garment competition. If I wanted to weave something like a basket weave in a cotton or something with a window pane using higher epi as the base yarn and a thicker yarn to create the window pane pattern, what would you suggest as a good cotton yarn for garments.  I may also like to use some funky thick or ribbon type yarns as the weft (a whole different look – kind of like a weft faced cloth.

I have some 3/2 mercerized Valley Cotton from Webs and some 8/2 Valley cotton. I’d like the fabric to have a slightly stiff hand so that the jacket wouldn’t be too drapey since I won’t be lining it.  I could also pick up some funky ribbon or even making some cotton cloth strips to create the effect. hmmmmm.

So here’s the funny part, I need to do this asap to get the sewing done and then break the news to Randy that I won’t be around for a month. LOL.  Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Marie

Mid-19th Century Apparel Textiles

Mid-19th Century Apparel Textiles

Learn about the fashions and textiles of the 1860’s. Fabric of the period was vibrant and women used it to create spectacular clothing for themselves and their families. At our next meeting, I’ll be giving an overview of cloth common during the mid-19th Century, some no longer in production, and how it was used to create various types of garments from underpinnings and dresses to bonnets and outerwear.  We’ll review some of the these fabrics with examples and photos of original garments and reproductions made from modern versions of the cloth.

Join us on Tuesday, January 26,  at 7:00 pm  for refreshments, socializing and the library and at 7:30 pm for the meeting start and program at the Fiber Loft, Harvard Mass.

Prussian blue plaid fabric in a day dress

Fabric with design woven elements woven into the fabric

Woven ribbon curtain and ties over a straw bonnet.