Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Frond Design Prints

We have an amazing new group of cotton prints right now from Frond design.  We got a small group about a month ago from this up-and-coming design studio, and the saturated colors and large, lifelike floral designs of the new pieces are truly awe-inspiring.

Featuring day lilies, nasturtiums, trees, and more, these images are portraits of the natural world.

Most of the designs are large-scale panels, sold by the repeat.

Frond Design has a project page on their website with inspiring ideas for these brilliantly-colored fabrics.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Vinyl-Coated Cotton

We have some really sweet new rolls of vinyl-coated cotton in the store right now.

This fabric is made by taking an ordinary woven, printed cotton and laminating it to make it water resistant   This makes it different from oilcloth, which is much stiffer and not suited for garments.

Take advantage of vinyl-coated cotton's flexibility and relative drape in garments like aprons and rainwear.  Or learn to cover an umbrella fame in Rebecca's popular April Showers Umbrella class at Treadle, and create your own custom accessory!

You can view class information at our website.  To register for classes, call us at 651.698.9690 or just stop by the store!

Monday, January 21, 2013

New Flannels

We were all charmed by this new group of cotton flannel prints that arrived recently at Treadle.

 There are four pieces: the little Scotties and coordinating plaids and dots.  Perfect for pajamas or a sweet quilt!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Liberty of London

Spring may be a few months away for us here in Minnesota, but the promise of Spring's eventual arrival is epitomized by these breathtaking new printed cotton lawns from Liberty of London.

This smooth, silky, lightweight lawn is crisp yet drapey, making it perfect for comfortable garments that dazzle with fresh, bright color.

The prints range from classic Art Nouveau styles and small ditsy florals to larger-scale natural designs reminiscent of watercolor painting.

There are so many lovely new pieces, but we have limited yardage of each one, so come in and take a look today - before they disappear!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Rayon Challis Prints

We have a few lovely new rayon prints in the store:

Known in the early 20th century as "artificial silk," rayon combines many of the best properties of silk and synthetic   Although man-made, rayon is derived from cellulose fibers which help make it comfortable to wear and static-resistant.

Try one of these fun prints for a dress, skirt, or blouse that's a little dressed-up without being over the top fancy.  Choose a style that's loose and flowing, rather than fitted, to take advantage of rayon's fluid drape.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Redefining, Redesigning Fashion Exhibit

Treadle is pleased to sponsor this upcoming exhibit at the University of Minnesota's Goldstein Museum of Design.


The juried exhibition, Redefining, Redesigning Fashion:  Designs for Sustainability, reveals the exciting potential for creative recycling, repurposing and reclaiming to reshape fashion design in the future.

The clothing designs featured range from whimsical (a dress from colorful pop-top tabs) to sophisticated and wearable (a little black dress made from one piece of cloth with no cutting or waste).

The opening party is Friday, January 18, from 6-8 p.m.  It is FREE and refreshments will be served!  The exhibition runs through January 19 through May 26, 2013.

There is a lecture on Thursday, February 21, at 5 p.m. in 33 McNeal Hall.  Sandra Black, sustainable fashion expert from London, will be speaking.  This event is also FREE and refreshments will be served.

Please consider attending this fabulous exhibition!

The Goldstein Museum of Design is on the St. Paul campus of the U of M - McNeal Hall - 1985 Buford Avenue.  More information can be found at http://goldstein.design.umn.edu.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Spring Class Schedule

The Spring Class Schedule is now available on our website!


Offerings include the always-amazing Basic Sewing Series, as well as tons of specialty classes like Pants Fitting, Bound Buttonholes, April Showers Umbrella, and so much more. We also have classes for kids and teens. Sign up for a Treadle class today!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Eric Carle prints

We have a sweet new group of cottons printed with Eric Carle illustrations.

There are two large Happy Birthday prints; one features brightly wrapped gifts, and the other shows the Very Hungry Caterpillar eating birthday cake.

The group includes a candle print and a couple bright coordinates.  Perfect for a birthday quilt!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Constellation prints

We have a new group of cotton prints at Treadle with an astronomy theme.  These two depict constellations in a night sky.

Coordinating prints in this group include a plainer starry sky and a phases of the moon design.