This week I took a little trip to the Tarboro Town Common with my Dad to see the Norfleet Cotton Press. Originally a cider and wine press, it was converted to a cotton press in 1860 to meet the growing demand for cotton. The frame is made of yellow pine and really beautiful I think. For more information, visit:
Do I have a source for the perfect linen for slipcovers?
I get asked this question all the time and the answer is yes. Where can I purchase this fabric?
You may purchase this fabric exclusively from Pencil Me In.
Why Irish linen?
I am a big believer in purchasing the best quality you can afford. See below.
And that especially applies to materials, whether it be in the design of a slipcover or in the design of an architectural structure, especially if you are paying an expert craftsman to create custom product of the heirloom variety. Irish linen’s unique qualities of comfort, drape, and distinctive appearance have secured it’s place in the luxury market for centuries, and has only recently been widely marketed in apparel and home textiles. Irish linen is still woven today in the same traditional areas by descendants of those who have worked in the industry, using skills passed down over many generations.
If you are a discerning buyer with an appreciation for craft, quality, and heritage, contact me for more information about purchasing Irish linen for your fine projects.
I have a selection of two different linen weights, one that is perfect for slipcovers and also a lighter duty one. These fabrics are prewashed and do not shrink. Currently I am stocking Irish linen in white. Beautiful range of hues available, shipping from Ireland.
What other colors should I stock?
"Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In my nearly 30 years experience in the textile industry, I have come to realize I know a thing or two or three about fabric. Okay, let me get to the point. I have opinions about fabric. Yes opinions are subjective, and there are no right or wrong opinions, but I am surely one to argue my opinion when it comes to fabric for slipcovers.
My strongest opinions are:
1. Cleaning style should influence the fabric selection.
2. The design and the fabric must be compatible.
3. The experienced slipcover artisan will want to advise and approve of fabric choice.
Whether it is because I am passionate about R&D, or because my curiosity is innate, I have spent hours and hours researching fabrics, as they relate to new product development. Because I specialize in cotton and linen slipcovers, I have searched the world over and have wonderful offerings that are appropriate to designing beautiful and functional slipcovers for furniture, and would be happy to share these secrets with you. My collection focuses on cottons and linens, and these fabrics originate from the Carolinas to Ireland, England, Brazil, and beyond. Check back for the new FABRICS button on this website, which is currently under construction.
Now I must be true to another favorite quote and get moving on some slipcover action, because "An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." Ralph Waldo Emerson