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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Inspiration from Contemporary Cloth

Here at Contemporary Cloth we are surrounded by the lovely colors and textures of so many beautiful fabrics. Inspiration beckons at every corner. We pulled some fabrics that may inspire you to make a quick project like an apron or simple tote for spring.

The Delilah collection is filled with vivid color.

The Simply Chic collection is a heavier weight canvas that would make both a fashionable and durable tote or apron.

For something a bit more traditional, try Mod Girls

or flowery Gaughin
or Jane Sassaman's fun Prairie Gothic .

Anything in the Anna Maria Horner collection would be an instant classic.

In the Fashion for Home Collection , there are many great choices, including contemporary turquoise and chocolate:

and this vivid floral/stripe combination.

The bold print on this Imagination makes a dramatic statement.

We hope you continue to find inspiration here and in the world around you.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Cleveland, in Northeast Ohio, is the 40th cloudiest city in the United States. (And seventeen of those 40 are located in Alaska.) Yes, the Great Lakes produce a lot of moisture – and a lot of clouds. Somewhere around the middle of November I realize I’m in for a long stretch of sunless skies.
Thankfully, I can surround myself with beautiful colors and beautiful fibers. These metallic beauties from caught my eye.

With two teenage daughters in the house, anything pink and green is always welcome and these vibrant colors were a welcome counterpoint to the never ending grey skies. Since a woman can never have too many bags, I set out to make a simple tote and selected a Butterick pattern.

The pattern was fairly simple to follow. It required craft weight, sew-in interfacing. An inside pocket was sewn to the lining.

It was not long after I began this project that I was surprised to see blue skies and sunshine. We were thrilled to have several clear days in a row, although accompanied by sub-freezing, arctic air.

The result?

Two fun bags, one satisfied Mom, and a happy "Miss Pink"

and "Miss Green."

Now which wonderful fabrics from Contemporary Cloth sewn up in a quick tote could brighten your day?


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