Pink Castle Blog

Katie Remski

Recent Posts

Cotton and Steel Club Sneak Peek: September to January!

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM
  

Are you part of our Cotton and Steel Club? Thinking about joining? Here's a look at what our members are getting in the next few months! Remember-- if you want to start the club on one of the bundles pictured here, just sign up by the 5th of that month (for example: if you want November's bundle, sign up for the club before November 5th.) 

Cotton and Steel Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

September

The September bundle is all about animals! Lemurs, bears, squirrels, fish and cats can all be found nestled in a palette of orchid, charcoal, and china blue.  

This month's prints come from:

Menagerie, Magic Forest, Black and White 2017, Sleep Tight, Lagoon and Lil Monsters

October 

This month is a color story focused on blue and red and the shades in between. Pink, navy, royal, sky, and blush are accented with black and gray in retro inspired prints. 

This month's prints come from:

Kicks, Lagoon, Yours Truly, Snap to Grid, Beauty Shop and Sienna 

Cotton and Steel Club at Pink Castle Fabrics
Cotton and Steel Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

November

The weather may be getting cold, but this bundle is bright and ready to party! Cheerful pops of neon pink dress up black, cream, and aqua, and unicorns bring a dash of whismy to these blenders. 

This month's prints come from:

Snap to Grid, Wonderland, Magic Forest, Black and White 2017, Beauty Shop, Sienna and Flower Shop 

 

December 

A secret garden in December, the pull for this month is all about happy yellow, fresh greens, and sweet pinks. Bees, squirrels and unicorns anchor a palette that's touched with a little gold to gild the theoretical lily. 

This month's prints come from:

Magic Forest, Menagerie, Sienna, Kuijra & Star and Flower Shop 

Cotton and Steel Club at Pink Castle Fabrics
Cotton and Steel Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

January

It's a jungle out there-- Lagoon leaves, giant fish, and elephants meander among vermillion, turquoise, and bright blue. A little pale pink and neutral sand keeps things from going too crazy, but Beauty Shop's manicured hands will probaby be your favorite thing to fussy cut. 

This month's prints come from:

Beauty Shop, Sienna, Lil Monsters, Kicks, Lagoon, Kuijra & Star, Magic Forest and Flower Shop

 Cotton+Steel Club Info and Sign Up!

Cotton and Steel August 2017: Beauty Shop and Menagerie

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM
  
Beauty Shop Fabric by Cotton + Steel Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. and Cotton + Steel

Cotton and Steel has two lines arriving at the store this August: Beauty Shop and Menagerie! Let's take a quick look at the two very different, but awesome, collections!

First is Beauty Shop, a collaboration line between Sarah Watts and Melody Miller. The line was inspired by the salons and beauty parlors of yesterday, where ladies would gather just as much to get their hair and nails done as to gossip and gab. We absolutely adore the little strawberry hard candies and sassy cats

This line also includes a panel in two colorways, showcasing retro motifs that are just perfect for quilt squares! 

 Beauty Shop Fabric by Cotton + Steel

 

Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. and Cotton + Steel Second is Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. As always, the line has beautiful, painterly florals and characters, this time in the form of birds, tigers, giant leaves, and the always a hit rosa flowers. This line inlcudes a digital print, "Watercolor in Multi." Digital printing allows for more colors to make this fabric really dynamic. 

 

Menagerie also includes several substrates, namely lawn, rayon, canvas, and a rayon-lawn blend. The return of "Birch Floral" rayon in a rich eggplant color defintiely makes us happy, and the metallic "Celestial Lawn" is just dreamy! The canvases in this collection are absolute knockouts-- we want every bag, basket, and toss pillow made from tiger (Jungle Canvas in Hunter) or monstera (Monstera Canvas in Natural) prints!  

To really show off how amazing this canvas is, we made a Noodlehead Divided Basket-- see the post here! 

Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. and Cotton + Steel

 Shop Cotton + Steel Fabrics Here! 

Topics: Cotton+Steel, melody miller, sarah watts, cotton and steel, menagerie, rifle paper co, beauty shop, august 2017

Mushroom Family Sampler Gera Cross Stitch Kits

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM
  

Mushroom Family Sampler Cross Stitch Kit on Linen at Pink Castle Fabrics

These little 'shrooms from Gera designer Kyoko Maruoka are the perfect cute and quirky intro to cross stitch samplers! A free pattern from Lecien, we love it so much we decided to make kits so you can start stitching right away. 

Since everyone has their preference, the Gera Cross Stitch kits come in both Aida cloth and linen variations. The linen kits (pictured above) use Wichelt-Permin 32 count linen in the color Sea Lily, which is a beautiful light teal color-- a welcome break from white and other neutrals. If you want to know more about the technique for cross stitching on linen, check out this tutorial. The Aida cloth kits (pictured at right) use Wichelt-Permin 100% cotton 16 count Aida, and the color is also called Sea Lily, though you can see it's a bit lighter in color than the linen. Click here for an Aida cross stitch tutorial!  Mushroom Family Sampler by Gera made by Brenda Ratliff
Cosmo_Floss for Mushroom Family Samplers

Both cross stitch kits use 24 colors of Lecien's Cosmo Floss, a smooth, silky cotton thread with vibrant color. Though some of the writing on the two-page pattern is in Japanese, the chart is very easy to read and follow with the help of numbers and symbols for each thread color. Check the pattern out here if you want to see the pattern before buying the kit, and see more about Cosmo Floss (and the Q-snap frame in the photo above!) here.

If you make a Mushroom Family Sampler, make sure to tag us on Instagram with #mushroomfamilysampler and @pinkcastlefabrics --we might just share your make! 

 

Shop Mushroom Family Sampler Kits! 

Topics: japanese imports, Lecien, cross stitch, cross stitch kit, cosmo floss, kyoko maruoka, mushroom family sampler, gera cross stitch

Adorn Fabric by Alison Glass is Here!

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 10, 2017 9:20:36 AM
  

Adorn by Alison Glass

New in the shop this week is Adorn fabrics by Alison Glass! Alison is exploring new substrates with Adorn, including double gauze, tailor's cloth, and lawn, all of which can be used for both quilts and garments.

Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass
Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass

There are seven lawn prints in Adorn, four with a double border print and three with a scattered floral. Lawns make light, smooth quilts and garments with the perfect balance of softeness and structure. Like quilting cotton, it's a 100% cotton woven, making for simple washing and care of lawn quilts and apparel. 

Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass

The line has two double gauze prints, both the same scattered floral in either charcoal gray or blush pink. Double gauze is soft and light, almost plush and airy from the two very light plys woven together. Double gauze makes garments that are amazingly soft and comfortable in all seasons (cool and absorbent in summer, warm in colder weather) and after snuggling under a double gauze quilt you may have difficultly returning to plain cotton. Double gauze also shows off quilting stitches like no other fabric. 

Adorn by Alison Glass

 The last substrate is tailor's cloth, which is similar to a cotton canvas but lighter and thinner. It's perfect for garments and accessories that need a little structure, like fitted dresses, jackets, and purses, and would also make beautiful home goods like toss pillows and storage bins. "Adorn Symbolic Tailor Cloth" comes in two colorways -- warm and cool-- which is also great for those who like to choose fabric  that best coordinates with their closets and homes. 

 

Adorn by Alison Glass

 

Shop Adorn by Alison Glass 

Topics: garments, Alison Glass, double gauze, canvas, garment fabric, lawn, adorn, adorn fabric, andover

Noodlehead Divided Basket in Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 7, 2017 11:06:00 AM
  

Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co You can never have enough storage bins-- it's a scientific fact. The Divided Basket pattern by Anna Graham's Noodlehead Patterns is a soft and flexible bin with a divider panel in the middle to help you organize small items. I knew as soon as I saw the Menagerie Jungle Canvas from Cotton and Steel's latest Rifle Paper Co. collection it had to be a children's book basket. After my success with the Poolside Tote, I couldn't wait to get started! 

For the lining, I used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in the color Seafoam, which is a pale green. The stabilizer is By Annie's Soft and Stable, my go-to for all projects that need structure. I love the smooth, flawless look it gives when layered with canvas-- it's almost like it's one with the fabric. I used 1" cotton webbing for the handles, and Aurifil 50wt thread for all stitching. 

I opted for the pocketless version of the basket to best show off the large-scale print without interruption. 

Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co
Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co  I sewed the entire basket on the Janome Skyline S7, and I can't even begin to describe how much easier AccuFeed made the process-- at one point, I was sewing through canvas, 2 layers of linen, Soft and Stable, and webbing all at the same time, and the machine hummed along like it was nothing. If your machine doesn't have AccuFeed, definitely use a walking food to help keep all the layers smooth and feeding through the machine at the same rate. Wonder Clips instead of pins are also a big help for holding all layers in place. 
The Divided Basket is overall a real cinch to sew, the only complicated part being the divider-- even then, go slowly, read the directions throughly, and have a seam ripper nearby. Once you've sewn in the divider, you understand the construction and the second basket you make (trust me, you'll want dozens) will be even easier. All the instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the steps are very logical. The only part I had trouble with was keeping my topstitching straight, but changing to a 1/4" foot helped immensely. Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co
Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co

 If you're looking for a soft storage bin pattern, the Divided Basket is a great option. I'd rate the skill level for this pattern as confident beginner-- it's easy at the start and finish, and just challenging enough in the middle to build up your skills. It's really fun to get to work with some substrates like canvas and linen (the pattern works with regular quilting cotton too) and doesn't use a lot of fabric. Wouldn't this make the best gift for a child's birthday, pre-loaded with a few good books? 

Happy sewing! 


 Shop Menagerie by Cotton + Steel Now! 

Topics: bags, kids sewing, Noodlehead, skyline, For the Home, cotton and steel, linen, kids, cotton + steel, menagerie, divided basket, basket, tiger canvas, canvas, essex linen

Pink Castle Fabrics

A modern online fabric shop and Janome dealer!

Click here to Shop!

Subscribe to Email Updates

Posts by Topic

see all