Mask up!

The foiled velvets may be my new favorites, but they are not my lungs’ favorites. Polyester velvets are great about throwing tiny, irritating fibers around, and I keep saying I’m going to get a valved N95 to use for them. This time I wore my everyday N95 (which is rapidly deteriorating, but no longer life-essential […]

Making good fabric choices

I went to point someone to the story of the galaxy velvet and… it’s not here on the blog? The picture of the car is in the media archives, but evidently I changed my mind on that post. Weird. Anyway, here is the story of how I came to be in possession of fabric that […]

Read the friendly manual

It is my inclination to impatiently head straight for the Let’s See Results stage of things, and so I have to admit I skimmed the instructions for the embroidery machine when I got it. Watch videos on how to use it? HA! Never. And so it is that I’ve had the thing for a year-and-change […]

Mochi color reference

In the course of organizing the work room, I uncovered my Shannon reference card and decided to build an equivalent for mochi (JoAnn’s “Pure Plush“) and compare the two fabrics color-wise. I don’t have a complete set yet, though now I have everything my local stores have had and a couple of others besides. There […]

Back to mochi

Yep, just a smidge more about this new fabric type. Earlier posts are here and here. I’ve been camping on the website, checking every day in hopes that the plain white has been restocked either online or locally. Someone requested a restock on 4″ white dragons, and all I have is foiled mochi. The gold […]

Mastering mochi, round 2

I’ve spent a little more time working with the Pure Plush, a/k/a mochi, from JoAnn, and I have some more thoughts. It’s 94% polyester, 6% spandex. That may not seem like a lot of spandex, but it’s all in the backing (I assume?) so the stretch is the same as a higher percent in a […]

Mastering scuba/neoprene

JoAnn has been getting in new fabrics frequently of late. This is a slight problem for me since I’m limiting my in-store time (and you should, too). So I bought a yard of the stretch scuba neoprene sight unseen, which is always an adventure. Verdict: this is fun stuff. I wasn’t sure, at first. First […]