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Friday, February 27, 2009

Threads and the Environment: Okeo-Tex Standard

We all know the list of thread manufacturer's and dyer's continues to grow, so many choices and so many options. It doesn't come up in shop conversation but I think its worth noting that DMC is certified Oeko-Tex 100. What does this mean: DMC is committed to keeping the environment clean and their employee's and consumers healthy. Ok, so they may not always have the drop dead color selection but I applaud there efforts to adhere to these strict standards. I don't know of any other thread companiy that is - if someone does know of any I would love to know. Thought I'd pass this info on to those who want to live green. Its likely just too costly for other companies to become accredited but none the less I'm not sure who's watching what gets dumped into our air and water waste systems.   

From the DMC newsletter: The DMC® plant maintains the highest environmental standards and includes its own water recycling operation. In fact, in 1994 DMC® was awarded the ISO 9002 International Certificate for Manufacturing Excellence, and the Oeko-Tex 100 Certification for its high environmental standards.
Responsibility for the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is shared between the 17 test institutes which make up the International Oeko-Tex Association, which has branch offices in more than 40 countries worldwide. The basis for the tests for harmful substances is based on the latest scientific findings and is continually updated, ensuring that the requirements for the human ecological safety of the textiles tested are more far-reaching every year. The concept has become established as a safety standard throughout the textile manufacturing chain and enables checks to be made for any harmful substances at each stage in the production process. The test samples are tested by the independent Oeko-Tex institutes for their pH-value, formaldehyde content, the presence of pesticides, extract-able heavy metals, chlorinated organic carriers and preservatives such as pentachlorophenol and tetrachlorophenol.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Are these just not so beautiful?

Butterfly Girls. They are designed and stitched by Taetia McEwen.

I just love the elegance, simplicity and mystery of them. I found them on gumnutyarns.com. As they were both stitched using gumnut's.


I'm pretty sure she's not from the US. How come most designers here just seem to hash over the same quaint ideas. These are magical.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Two Exhibits on Embroidery

There are currently two exhibits on Embroidery in New York City and they couldn't be more different from each other. One from the Elizabethan era (16th century) and the other representative of pop culture of early 21st century.

'Twixt Art and Nature

Forget-Me-Knot Embroidered Love from the New Craft Movement

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Anchor Perle Cotton alert

Anchor will be phasing out only some of their perle cotton colors. Think you may need something? Let me know. All Anchor floss colors are fine. I do hear word that Precensia will be matching the dropped colors so next year when you bring out that WIP that was using Anchor there is hope : )

Nora Corbett's Alphabet

er new series of letters is quickly becoming popular and I understand why; they are so lovely and such interesting designs. They are feminine without being overly delicate or juvenile. Currently the collection is A - K. They use a very interesting palette of over dyed cotton floss by Cresent Colours and are enhanced with Mill Hill beads and I believe are all charted for the same color linen. Perfect for girls of every age. Here's a pic of letter E completed by a customer. I apologize about the glare from the glass. This was done on 28 count pale green Waterlilly linen (as per the chart) although the chart calls for 32ct. See them all at http://www.hoffmandis.com/productlst.cfm

Monday, February 9, 2009

Third Thursday Stitch-In

The next monthly Third Thursday Stitch-In is Thursday, February 19th, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. You're welcome to bring whatever you may wish to work on.

Also we have recently updated our main web site with listings of many of the lines we carry. Stop over and check it out.

http://nimbleneedle.net/

Isabel's Needlepoint Trunk Show happening now

All canvas's are 20% off. I have nearly their whole collection including their infamous Big Red Truck. they also sent along stitched models which are well worth a visit to be inspired. If your not familiar with Isabel they are hard to classify, other than its things you've probably have never seen before and won't quickly forget. Most of their canvas's are under 100, with a few well below, and yes, well above too. Here's a sneak peek, come by to see them all. Show ends Saturday February 21st . I'll be open until 9 on Thursday February 19th.