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sa   LINEN
sa   SILK
sa   WOOL

Five fabric choices for needlework discussed. (1) Cotton. (2) Cotton blends. (3) Linen. (4) Patterned fabrics. (5) Damask.
CROSS STITCH SAMPLER Summer 1991 (v.9#2) pg. 26

Tips on cleaning needlework.
HANDMADE #8 Spring 1983 (v.3#1) pg. 22

A guide to fiber characteristics for finishing fabrics.
HANDWOVEN Nov 1981 (v.2#5) pg. 62

A glossary of terms relating to Colonial fabrics.
HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1982 (v.3#5) pg. 25

Traditional methods of finishing cloth by hand.
INTERWEAVE Fall 1980 (v.5#4) pg. 66

How to piece fabric that is to be cut into long bias strips.
McCALLS NEEDLEWORK & CRAFTS Jun 1989 (v.34#3) pg. 18

Fabrics for a solar home. A look at which materials can withstand light, heat, and humidity.
NEW SHELTER Nov-Dec 1980 (v.1#8) pg. 93

The effects of sunlight on fabrics in solar homes is described, along with tips on reducing the problem.
NEW SHELTER Jan 1983 (v.4#1) pg. 48

A guide to selecting reproduction fabrics for curtains, bedspreads, and upholstery in a restored period house. Includes a glossary of historic fabric terms.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1977 (v.5#11) pg. 121

Computerized fabric analysis. Simple program written in Applesoft BASIC for an Apple II Plus.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #53 Winter 1982 (v.14#1) pg. 26

Finishing mohair yarn and yardage.
SPIN-OFF Fall 1983 (v.7#3) pg. 62

A guide to abaca, a tropical fiber.
SPIN-OFF Winter 1983 (v.7#4) pg. 40

An explanation of what causes pilling on fabrics. Fiber selection and preparation techniques that eliminate or minimize pilling.
SPIN-OFF Summer 1999 (v.23#2) pg. 71

Learning to see pattern. Covers the principles, properties and devices of pattern. Suggests exercises to teach how to make original designs.
THREADS #2 Dec 1985-Jan 1986 pg. 44

How to work with lame' (fabrics interwoven with metal threads) to keep them from fraying.
THREADS #8 Dec 1986-Jan 1987 pg. 32

Suggestions on how to develop textile designs using cut-and-paste methods and a copy machine.
THREADS #8 Dec 1986-Jan 1987 pg. 52

Preparing fabric for sewing. Explains the reasons for preshrinking and pressing and gives specific advice for all common fabric types.
THREADS #12 Aug-Sep 1987 pg. 43

Tip: How to determine if fabric is on grain and a look at some of the problems that occur when off-grain fabric is used in a garment.
THREADS #13 Oct-Nov 1987 pg. 6

A description of three methods used by industry to achieve the worn look in denim (prewashed, stone-washed, acid-washed) and tips on how to bleach denim at home.
THREADS #15 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 8

Plaid basics. A primer on symmetry and proportion in plaids. Suggestions for designing with plaid, buying and preparing the fabric, pattern preparation and placement, and matching plaids on the sewing machine.
THREADS #17 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 27

Sewing with knit fabrics. State-of-the-art techniques for zigzag machines and sergers. Summarizes stretch stitches to use for knits, pattern layout, cutting and marking. Also offers tips on interfacing and pressing, selection of needles and thread, pattern selection, seams and hem finishes. Explains how to install a center-back zipper that looks hand-inserted, to make button loops and buttonholes.
THREADS #19 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 60

How to sew with elasticized knit (spandex) fabrics. Tips on fabric and pattern selection, and on sewing and finishing techniques. Insert describes techniques for creating stretchability in ordinary lightweight fabrics.
THREADS #23 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 62

Tip: How to keep fabric from shifting when cutting it with a rotary cutter.
THREADS #25 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 6

Tip: How to test fabrics and yarns for fiber content.
THREADS #26 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 8

An explanation of microdenier fiber (microfiber), its characteristics and the special handling required when sewing it.
THREADS #40 Apr-May 1992 pg. 12
Added Info THREADS #42 Aug-Sep 1992 pg. 14

A technique for testing colorfastness.
THREADS #41 Jun-Jul 1992 pg. 22

Stitching fabric puzzles. How to use the techniques of designer Christian Francis Roth to inlay squiggles, squares and circles into garment fabric.
THREADS #41 Jun-Jul 1992 pg. 58

Getting the best of gabardine. Advice on choosing a fabric, matching weights to garments, handwashing and preshrinking, interfacing, and seam finishes. Accompanying article describes perfect gabardine pressing.
THREADS #41 Jun-Jul 1992 pg. 66, 70

Marvelous melton cloth. Fabric information and tips on choosing a jacket, coat or vest pattern for use with melton. Details on reducing the bulk at seams and on stitching a melton coat by hand or machine.
THREADS #45 Feb-Mar 1993 pg. 32
Added Info THREADS #52 Apr-May 1994 pg. 8

Recipe for a fabric stiffener for even the limpest fabric.
THREADS #47 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 18

Tip describes how to remove creases from velvet.
THREADS #47 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 22

Sewing with pleated fabric. Techniques from designer Mary McFadden. How to make a simple sleeveless top.
THREADS #47 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 48

Sheer magic. Tips on layering transparent fabrics over other textiles to create new surfaces.
THREADS #49 Oct-Nov 1993 pg. 70

Advice on using a nap layout when cutting and sewing velvet.
THREADS #50 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 18

Special cutting, stitching and pressing techniques to use when sewing velvet.
THREADS #50 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 37
Added Info THREADS #51 Feb-Mar 1994 pg. 4

Designing knit fabrics by combining strips diagonally.
THREADS #52 Apr-May 1994 pg. 58
Added Info THREADS #53 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 4

How to create knit/woven fabric.
THREADS #52 Apr-May 1994 pg. 70
Added Info THREADS #53 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 6

How to achieve a brushed finish on woven and knitted wool fabrics.
THREADS #53 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 11

Creating reversible fabrics on the sewing machine by machine stitching on soluble stabilizer.
THREADS #53 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 42

An explanation of fabric grainline, how grains behave and what to do when a fabric has been pulled off grain during manufacture.
THREADS #60 Aug-Sep 1995 pg. 26

Advice on using spray starch to pretreat soft silks and rayons so they are easier to work with while sewing them.
THREADS #61 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 46

Tip tells how to position fusibles so they don't shift or shrink away from seams during fusing.
THREADS #62 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 14

An overview of corduroy fabric and its color, pattern, wale size, weight and quality variations. Advice on pattern selection for use with corduroy, cutting, pressing, nap layout and tricks to sewing it. Includes advice for sewing invisible hems, facings and linings.
THREADS #62 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 66

Polartec, a description of the fabric and its possibilities. Includes instructions for making mittens as a first project in working with this fabric.
THREADS #63 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 62
Added Info THREADS #66 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 8
Added Info THREADS #67 Oct-Nov 1996 pg. 12

Tip on how to prewash fabric so wrinkles and tangling are minimized and fraying is avoided.
THREADS #66 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 18

Stitch-and-slash fabric. Technique for layering, stitching and cutting to create a new fabric with a soft, lively texture with thick pile.
THREADS #67 Oct-Nov 1996 pg. 30
Added Info THREADS #69 Feb-Mar 1997 pg. 10

An explanation of the new generic fiber lyocell (brand name Tencel).
THREADS #69 Feb-Mar 1997 pg. 12

Adventures with Ultrasuede. New design considerations and fabric pairings with Ultrasuede Light. Advice on supplies, tools and techniques.
THREADS #69 Feb-Mar 1997 pg. 49

Craft-panel couture. Tips on making clothing from printed craft panel fabrics which feature whimsical details.
THREADS #70 Apr-May 1997 pg. 18

Slinky knit fabric. A look at patterns and shapes that work best and advice on construction techniques.
THREADS #70 Apr-May 1997 pg. 48
Added Info THREADS #72 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 6

Traditional Japanese textiles. A sewer's guide to finding and using them.
THREADS #70 Apr-May 1997 pg. 68

Tip tells how to make a fabric swatchs to keep track of fabric on hand.
THREADS #71 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 16

Dear old denim. Using recycled denim to create garments that use faded folds, pleats, etc. to resemble shibori resist-dyed fabrics.
THREADS #72 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 47

How to make your own cut velvet using a chemical gel that eats away the pile.
THREADS #72 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 76
Added Info THREADS #73 Oct-Nov 1997 pg. 6
Added Info THREADS #76 Apr-May 1998 pg. 12

A process for plaids. A logical approach that simplifies cutting and matching almost any plaid.
THREADS #73 Oct-Nov 1997 pg. 55
Added Info THREADS #75 Feb-Mar 1998 pg. 6
Added Info THREADS #76 Apr-May 1998 pg. 8

Lush, embossed velvet. How to design your own unique fabrics with rubber stamps and an iron. Technique can be used with other embossing materials.
THREADS #75 Feb-Mar 1998 pg. 68

Advice on ordering fabric by mail. How to buy and evaluate swatches. A description of tests to make.
THREADS #76 Apr-May 1998 pg. 43

How to combine piecing, applique and satin-stitched graphics to create a richly textured garment fabric. Techniques include creating a fabric made up of pieced triangles on applying decorative topstitching and appliqued embellishments. Advice on designing the fabric to compliment a pattern.
THREADS #76 Apr-May 1998 pg. 64

Mastering microfibers. How to preshrink, cut, mark and sew these durable, synthetic fabrics.
THREADS #79 Oct-Nov 1998 pg. 56

Tip describes how to make a silky chiffon "chenille" from monk's cloth and raw silk using a stitch-and-slash technique.
THREADS #81 Feb-Mar 1999 pg. 16
Added Info THREADS #84 Aug-Sep 1999 pg. 19

Using the burn test to determine any fabric's content.
THREADS #81 Feb-Mar 1999 pg. 42

How to use a quilt-basting spray when layering slippery textiles to make stitch-and-slash fabric. Also suggests an inexpensive source of challis.
THREADS #82 Apr-May 1999 pg. 16

Unmuddling mudcloth. How to work with this traditional African fabric for great-looking contemporary garments.
THREADS #83 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 66

The history of broadcloth and doeskin textiles.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #26 Fall 1982 (v.7#2) pg. 38

A look at plant fibers used for textiles: sisal and other agave fibers, abaca, New Zealand flax, bromeliaceae, hemp, jutes, ramie, and nettles.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #30 Fall 1983 (v.8#2) pg. 67

A look at the processing of pina into textiles.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #30 Fall 1983 (v.8#2) pg. 77