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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Follow-up with Customcutees

We previously posted some photos of a dress our customer customcutees had made using a selection of Christmas Fabrics from the shop. She since bought a new camera and wanted to show off her skills. Again, the dress is amazing and photos are great too.

If you have anything made you'd like to share with us, just send a photo and we'd love to share it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

New Fabric- MM Frieda Frill Mud

This is our newest fabric in our etsy shop. It is from Michael Miller's new line of fabrics called Urban Grit. This is Frieda Frill Mud. We have it listed for $8.25 a yard and we have 15 yards available. You can see the entire collection here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A New Color? Citrine

Things change from time to time and I am always curious as to what happened. I noted before that the process is actually as interesting to me as the result. I started seeing the word Citrine used in regards to fabric color. So I was curious about this-- Citrine is a rare variety of quartz. The color ranges from a pale yellow to brownish. The name "Citrina" is derived from Latin which means yellow. Here's the stone. Very nice.
And here are some examples of fabric with the descriptive as having "citrine" as one of the colors. This is just me but I think that it is a gimmick to get around using yellow. I mean yellow is much more "common". I checked on etsy today and there were 23,959 items for citrine and 583,131 for yellow.

I actually like the color- yellow or citrine- either way. I especially like it paired with grey and we are seeing this combo on alot of new fabrics.

So when you are searching for yellow and can't find what you want- add citrine to your search and see what you get.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Go With The Flow #2

Our next customer to share some skills was Trinketsandtutus. Here are some of the fun and colorful tutus available in her shop. These can be ordered for infants to adults. I'm loving the pirate skirt. Wonder if Jack Sparrow would like it? A girl can daydream can't she?

And here is the one she made using our Santa Play Dot (our #1 fabric during the holidays).

Thank you to our customers for sharing their projects and we will be sharing too as soon as we can get some good photos ;-) . Visit Trinketsandtutus and give up some love.

Go With The Flow

We were going to post some photos of quilts and other goodies we've made but the weather is yucky and rainy and there isn't good natural light for photography (not that we are pros by any means) but we wanted to try to have decent photos.

So we decided to highlight two of our customers that purchased fabric from us for projects and sent us photos. We were excited to see what was being created.

First we have Customcutees and you can see her etsy shop here. She has some serious skills going on and 2 cute live models. Here are some things you can find in her shop-

And she was looking for something over-the-top for her daughter's Christmas dress (she stated everyone always expects something WOW from her) that coordinated. M'Liss Christmas fabric fit the bill for that and this is what she came up with-- we can definitely see the WOW!!

Visit her and give up some love.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Goal: 100 Friends

The 100th person to like our facebook page will get a personalized gift. AND if you refer the 100th person - you will also get a prize. Click here to help us reach our first goal.

Crazy Sock Monkey Love

What is all this crazy sock monkey love about? When we looked at our stats from our etsy shop we were surprised to see that Sock Monkey Fabric in cotton and fleece was our most searched and had our highest sales. We have sold it everywhere and even to Canada (twice). So I decided to do a little looking about these cuties.

These stuffed animals are a mixture of folk art and kitsch in the culture of the US and Canada. Wikipedia states that the most direct predecessor for the sock monkey was in the Victorian era, when there was a craze for stuffed animals from exotic species in Africa.

(Here's the history part- which you can skip if you yawn) In 1869, John Nelson patented the sock-knitting machine and began to manufacture work socks in Rockford, Illinois in 1890. The iconic sock monkeys, made from red-heeled socks, emerged on 1932. What happened in 1932 you may ask? Well it goes like this- Nelson figured out a way to make a seamless heel in his work socks and it was so popular everyone stole his idea. So they came up with the red heel to distinguish their Rockford work sock as the "Original Rockford". During the depression, crafters made sock monkeys out of wornout socks. As always something happens to spoil the fun and in 1951, Nelson discovered their socks were being used to make monkey dolls. They disputed the design patent and in 1955 gained the patent on the sock monkey pattern. They started including a free sock monkey pattern in every purchase of socks.

Time ticks away and in 1980 a company called Marketing Tide of Willoughby Hills, Ohio sold kits with the original Rockfords. In 1992, ABC-TV Network Home Show featured the kit and the sock monkey was back in American Culture.

And now you know.

Not all sock monkeys today are made from Rockfords. A Google search for images reveals 2,100,000 images of sock monkeys in all colors, shapes and sizes. Or check out "The Original Sock Monkey Blog" for sock monkeys from around the world.

And if you want some of your own sock monkey love- visit here for a free sock monkey pattern and instructions. If you make one - share it.

And here is our shameless tie-in......
Our sock monkey fleece and quilters cotton available on etsy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How it Started....

I have always been interested in "The Process". So I thought the first blog post should be about how 2GirlsFabric came to be. Actually it was pretty simple- I (Joy) have always been around a great crafter, artist, seamstress, crochet queen and so on....... my mom. I got my skills from her. But this specific adventure with my best friend (Kim) started with a quilt and a conversation from Debbie Samuelson. Love it!

This wonderful quilt is a rag quilt with wonderful colors. And for some reason, it just was the inspiration to start to sew again. Kim and I are both hoarders of fabric. Joann's is the craft mecca and coupons are like gold. We spend hours on etsy browsing fabric and trends. So that is the short and sweet of it. And the adventure continues..........