Thursday, December 26, 2013

Peppered Cottons

Peppered Cotton Fabric Bundle
New to Grandma's Attic this week are Peppered Cottons. By Pepper Cory of Studio e Fabrics, this new line of fabrics features 100% shot cotton fabrics that look like a solid color. The warp (lengthwise threads) and the weft (side to side threads) are different colors, so the resulting shades are muted and variable combinations of color. Viewed from different angles, the fabrics produce different visual effects.

All of the threads used are dyed before weaving so they have a nice tactile hand-woven quality. There is no wrong or right side to them. After weaving, they go through a finishing process where they are washed, dried and calendared--which means they have been through a heat-plus-pressing process to give them a subtle sheen and soft hand.

Peppered Cottons have a higher thread count than most shot cottons so they can be used with other regular weight quilting fabrics. Pepper Cory has prepared an article on how to work with these shot cottons. Click here to see what she has to say and to learn about a Peppered Cotton contest that is being sponsored by Studio e.

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