As a designer, developing a fabric is fun. Inspiration for graphics are everywhere and choosing an appealing motif is where I begin. I constantly collect images from magazines, artwork, and personal photos. Pattern Bijou was inspired by a pattern on a vintage dress.
The lab at STI performs a wide range of tests on fabrics. AHFA provides the test methods and specifications for fabrics. The dynamic seam fatigue tester determines the strength of upholstery seam constructions covering a foam cushion. The stresses at the seam are created by imposing a cyclic, impact, and penetrating load. Upholstery seams are tested warp sewn to warp, filling sewn to filling, and warp sewn to filling. A pass is considered if the opening at the seam is 3mm or less. Watch video to see full test procedure!
Ever since Thanksgiving we have been encouraged to start our holiday shopping. I have to confess. I am one of those last minute kinda people. In my defense, we just had Showtime and as you know design never stops!
Well, with the holiday shopping now going into full swing, I felt compelled to write this blog.
I do have a cool holiday tradition. I love to make things and gifts. We always make an ornament. And, I often make my gifts. I thought you guys may be inspired to make your gifts this year! You can buy some cool Revolution Performance Fabrics® on our new online store and make gifts. Here are some cool ideas: bag, pillow, throw, dog bed, table runner, skirt… let your imagination run wild!!! Have fun… a home made gift is always extra special!!
A twist on an organic design. Is it an olive branch or a twig? This cool new design has a retro flavor to it. It’s organic… a non-floral floral. I love the texture which comes from the boucle and weave. Bring the outdoors in… great for a pillow, chair or ottoman!
With Halloween filling the air today, the crisp autumn breezes will soon carry with them the voices of children uttering ‘Trick, or treat?’ So, which will it be? Why not treat yourself to a TRUE performance fabric—REVOLUTION PERFORMANCE FABRICS®. Don’t be tricked by other so-called performance brands which rely on chemical after-treatments. Revolution Performance Fabrics® use NO chemical treatments and therefore are free of potentially harmful PFCs. Best of all, the performance is built into Revolution fabrics and will never go away! So, as the evening shadows grow longer and the ghouls and goblins begin to stir, will you be tricked or treated?
Did you know that last Monday was National Mother-In-Law Day?
I hope that everyone remembered to celebrate😊! Now just to clarify, I really do love my mother-in-law. She's great!! How lucky am I that she stays out of our business, well, most of the time. I know what you are thinking, I am just trying to stay on her good side. Don't worry, I am 99.9% sure that her Jitterbug phone doesn't even have internet service, so she will never even read this! Remember how I told you that she stays out of our business?? I guess that doesn't include her giving me her opinion on, well, just about everything! But isn't that what mother-in-laws are supposed to do?
I was so excited, I told my mother-in-law that we were getting a new sofa. "What color is it?" she asked. "It's white!" I said. Dead silence.....then she said "Honey, are you sure that you want to do that? I don't think that is a good idea. You know white is going to be really hard to keep clean!" I responded, excited that for once, I could correct her, of course, nicely. "No, it's not just any white fabric! It's a Revolution fabric!!" No worries for me! If it gets dirty, it easily cleans with a little soap and water, add some bleach for the tougher stains. I am so excited I can finally get the white sofa that I have always wanted!!!
More about my new sofa in blogs to follow...
I wish my favorite team would perform as well as Revolution Performance Fabrics®.
While browsing a local flea market this weekend, I stumbled upon a vintage chair which retained some of its original, yet tattered and stained fabric. In its sad condition, the chair was barely holding onto what was left of the original vibrant colors from its glory days. Sadly, unless they have spent their lives on display in the “formal” living room, most furnishings eventually lose the test of time. With Revolution Performance Fabrics®, you can have fine fabrics without the worry of stains or premature wear.
As I walked away from the chair, I imagined a flea market scene a century from now. Will Revolution Fabrics help to end the bleak future most old chairs face? Will shoppers at that market stumble upon a vintage chair adorned with still-vibrant Revolution Fabric? I’d like to think so!
A few weeks ago my father celebrated being 10 years cancer free from non-hodgkin lymphoma! This particular cancer was determined by his doctor to be from exposure to environmental factors.
I am so excited that our Revolution Performance Fabrics® are not chemically treated with stain repellants. Stain resistance is an inherent quality of the yarn, therefore your family is not exposed to any added chemicals (like other performance brands).
So this weekend my Mom and her friends took me to a cool music festival.
Yes. They allowed me in. Need I say more?
While I was at the festival I scanned the crowd and thought how awesome Revolution Performance Fabrics® really are!
People use plates and napkins to eat festival foods for the fear of staining their clothes.
Revolution Fabrics are stain resistant for life.
People go to festivals to spend time with friends and family.
Revolution Fabrics are 100% Made in the USA, by a family owned factory.
Revolution Performance Fabrics® make life easy!
How cool would it be to have a Revolution dog bed to lay on....
Well.. Mom just got home I best go tell her about my idea!
Until next time....