American Toile:Four Centuries of Sensational Scenic Fabrics and Wallpaper is a new book by Michele Palmer (Schiffer Books). From the publisher’s site: “American toile is scenic fabric and wallpaper that bring the story of America to life. It is fifty percent American history, fifty percent fabric history, and one hundred percent fascinating!”
I’ve just posted a new section on shop.Lavaguy.com for custom made bow-ties. You pick from my collection of >32 vintage and rare textiles (velvets, silks, brocades, geometrics, stripes, solids…) and choose from 7 bow-tie shapes, and I’ll create a special bow-tie for you!
I’ll also be adding more newly-created bow-ties ready to ship.
Last Saturday, I hunted & gathered new (old) fabrics for bow-ties, and I hit the mother lode! I found a new (to me) place called The Resource Exchange, in Philadelphia. They’re all about recycling and up-cycling materials that otherwise would’ve been thrown in the landfill. They take donations from film production companies, theater companies, and individuals and make them available at reasonable prices to DIY crafters like me. Continue reading
Note: this post now redirects to: http://shop.lavaguy.com/laser-cut-acrylic-bow-tie-templates/
These heavy-duty acrylic cutting templates make it a snap to quickly and accurately cut fabric for making bow-ties. This suite of seven templates are laser-cut out of 4.5mm thick clear acrylic, making them durable and easy to use. Continue reading
I’ve updated my Royal Crowns Collection of bow-ties and fabrics. Now there are seven DIY cut and sew bow-ties on each yard (instead of the previous five).
Easy sewing instructions are included right on the fabric, and I also have a step-by-step tutorial on this site.
Digitally printed on Cotton Sateen or Cotton Silk by Spoonflower.com. Scroll down to see all seven reversible designs. Click the image to order.
Also available printed on giftwrap, wallpaper, and fabric by the yard from Spoonflower.com.
The Striped Sophisticate is a collection of seven different hand-drawn stripes in colors inspired by classic sit-com television fathers like Ricky Ricardo and Ward Cleaver.
Available previously only as a collection of DIY bow-ties, the entire collection is now available printed on giftwrap, wallpaper, and fabric by the yard from Spoonflower.com!
See samples of all seven designs after the jump (click image for details and ordering info.)
The Patriotic Collection: What could be more American than Stars, Stripes, and Baseball? This collection includes seven different DIY cut and sew bow-ties on one yard of fabric. Instructions included. Best suited for Cotton Sateen (makes 7 bow-ties) or Cotton Silk (makes 5 bow-ties). See this, and all of my DIY Bow-Ties at Spoonflower.com. Available now. Continue reading
“What I like about the bow-tie
is that it’s both old-fashioned
and somehow clearly current.”
A bow-tie can often seem
“like a middle finger
protruding from your neck.”
My Baroque Collection is now available as custom printed wallpaper! Each heavyweight roll is pre-glued (simply dampen and position to install) and comes in standard rolls 24″ wide x 144″ long. Custom length rolls also available (priced by the foot). 12″ x 24″ Swatches are only $5! Click the image to order.
Baroque – Machiavellian (large print)
Custom wallpaper by J. Thomson Continue reading