Monday, May 11, 2015

A Tip from Jan at Delectable Mountain Cloth

Good Monday!

I'm still out of commission with my back but I'm a bit better than I was a few days ago so thanks for all the well wishes.  I'm going to have to figure out an ergonomic chair that can pull up to my embroidery frame so if anyone has any advice...I'm all ears!!

Here's a picture full of happiness...


This is my loot from my trip to Delectable Mountain Cloth.   I just love that crocheted and beaded berry trim.  *Sorry but there was only this one piece.* (I know, I know.  Don't be mad.)

It reminded me of this book with beaded edgings that I bought a while back.  Time to try out some of those patterns.

I also was really into the color nude this time around for some reason.


These silks have great structure and a stiffness which I'm looking forward to playing with. That's another thing about Jan's shop...there are tons of different types of fabric...the common denominator being that they are all natural materials...silks, cottons, linens, wool.

I also can't resist the incredible quilt packs that Jan puts together.  There are approximately 30-40 fabric pieces per roll, perfectly sized for piecing crazy quilt blocks.



The fabrics are unbelievable...running anywhere from $25-over $100/yd and priced incredibly reasonably.  There's no way you could afford to purchase such a wide range of exquisite fabric.  I can't get enough of them.

Lastly, I picked up some of this icy blue panne velvet.



Panne velvet is a type of crushed velvet where all the nap is hard pressed to one side.  The overall effect on the velvet is very glossy and looks like sealskin.

What if you don't want this glossy look?

No problem.  According to Jan, all you have to do is wet the velvet and put it into the dryer.

So I tried it.  I wetted it...


And dried it. Now I have two different types of velvet.  One very icy and slinky and the other very soft and malleable.



I noticed that the wetted version also doesn't hold creases like the panne velvet does.

And there you have it.  A tip for panne velvet on this beautiful Monday.

*sigh***


P.S. Unbeknownst to me, Delectable Mountain is a quilt block pattern! Maybe that was unbeknownst to you too...

10 comments:

Judy S. said...

You definitely scored! What a bunch of beautiful fabric. The hanks of thread intrigue me. What do you have planned for them. Take care of that back of yours!(As I mentioned before, consider Pilates. It's a great help!)

Allison Aller said...

A very very good tip, and a lovely look at your treasures too. So glad you back is at least a little better...

Vicky aka Stichr said...

ho ho...I knew the Delectable Mountain/ Quilt Block connection...but I did not know you could do that to velvet. And the variety fabric packs...fantastic! I would use something like that in my crazy way of fabric piecing, but not in the traditional Crazy sense.

What about a masseuse chair? They have a face 'hole' so you could do your embroidery while your whole back is supported.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely new stash for your creativity. I love the nudie colors. What a neat trick with the velvet.

I do hope your back feels much better soon.

Happy creating ~ FlowerLady

Createology said...

You have me swooning with fabric envy at all your delicious new bits and pieces. That crocheted berry trim is delightful. I do hope your back is getting better. I sometimes use my large green inflatable exercise ball for sitting when my back is out. However I never did care for the backward seeming "chairs" that look like overgrown shoe-shine foot platforms. Good luck dear...

Lisa Boni said...

So fun to see all these beauties again! I've just washed and dried my two velvets as well! Such loveliness!

margaret said...

do hope the back soon gets better and you are able to stitch again, have you found a chair yet? The internet makes life easier for finding things.
some lovely purchases and that is a good tip re the velvet

Rachel said...

What gorgeous fabrics! I hope you are properly well again soon, so we get to see what you do with them!

stitchkat said...

Such lovely treats, especially the quilt bundles and your nudes!

Daydreamer said...

I have just become a follower, I found you from Natalia's blog! I have shopped at Delectable Mountain for years (as my pocketbook will allow!) Your stitching is Inspirational! As is that of your friends and mentors! I really look forward to following you!
My blog is mostly about miniatures, but stitching finds its way into all my corners of life... and I am currently embroidering some very small bed curtains in the Jacobean style!

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