My mother says that even her grandmother used to weave fabrics for simple garments when she was younger. Handweaving used to be a skill that most women knew and valued. I haven’t ever woven fabric for garments, just pirtanauha-bands, and one table runner a long time ago. But the more I have studied Finnish folk costumes and textiles, the more I have come to love the simple stripy patterns that still have lots of variability in them. In fact, there is one thing that the canonized National costumes lack and that is the creativity in fabrics. In the 18th and 19th century, weavers could decide what patterns and colours pleased…
I made buckram at home or my millinery projects! You only need linen, water and little something from a grocery store! The whole process was super simple!
I put my silk fabrics under a microscope.
I decided to combine Edwardian pattern drafting with modern fabric and made a cute shirtwaist blouse that goes with both jeans and skirts.
The fabric company Mereen opened a new shop in Helsinki and I visited the opening party. I couldn't leave without new, lovely fabric.
Sewing pattern instructions tells you to use silk or crepe. The first is a fibre type and the second a type of a weave. Here's some help to the confusion.
The warm autumn colours suit particularly well with my skin tone so I'll end up stashing a lot of fabric for the following seasons. Join with me to go through my stash and plan some autumn projects!
We often think about fabric properties. The thickness, the stretchiness and the drape are all important qualities but what actually causes these properties? I decided to put my fabrics under a microscope - quite literally!
In English below… Tänä viikonloppuna 21.4.-23.4. Helsingin Messukeskuksessa on Lapsimessut. Sen yhteydessä järjestettiin myös Kädentaitomessut ja pitihän sitä käydä katsastamassa, mitä herkkuja oli tarjolla. Ensimmäiseksi osuin Nuppu print companyn osastolle, jossa oli esillä heidän kankaitaan, paperituotteitaan ja lastenvaatteita. Pidin erityisesti siitä, että heillä oli myynnissä trikoiden lisäksi myös ohutta ja laskeutuvaa puuvillakangasta (batistia paksumpaa, mutta ihanan pehmeää ja sopisi mainiosti mekkoihin, puseroihin ja hameisiin) ja pellava-puuvilla sekoitteita. This weekend from 21st to 23rd of April there is Child Fair at Helsinki Messukeskus that also includes Arts and Crafts fair. I went to see all the crafts delicacies on offer. At first I visited the booth of Nuppu print company, a Finnish design…