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Interview with Violet Craft about Kona Solids

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM
  
 

t's no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers! 

Violet Craft uses solids for her amazing Animal Abstractions quilts, with varying shades creating facets of color and bringing the creature to life. Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid.

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How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don't have a specific project? What's the best size to stash, etc?)

It completely depends on what is in front of me. I often buy fat quarter bundles of colors because I love the way they've been used together. If I'm stocking up on a color just because I see it and have to have that particular color I will buy one to three yards. If it's just REALLY YUMMY, I'll have to get at least 3 yards.

What colors do you gravitate towards?

I like saturated pastels, like Pink, Coral, Mint, Aqua and Petunia

How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)

All the ways!

What do you love about Kona Solids?

Kona solids come in such a wonderfully diverse amount of colors and have a great hand for piecing. They're sturdy enough that I'm not scared to slice them up and use them in all sorts of projects, but they have a beautiful finish that just feels great too.

What's one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?

You need the colors you don't think you need. That beige-y cream-pink might not look so exciting on the bolt all by itself, but you pair it into your more saturated colors and it just makes them POP! Don't be afraid to get a good range of things and just start mixing and matching them up in piles to find the palette that works. This is why I love fat quarter bundles so much. You can get a smaller piece of a LOT of colors to play with.

Thank you Violet for your tips and tricks! If you're interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here

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Topics: solids, Fabric, Kona solids, kona complete club, solid fabric, violet craft

Interview with Jennifer Sampou about Kona Solids

Posted by Katie Remski on Dec 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM
  
 

t's no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers! 

Jennifer Sampou knows the perfect balance of intricate, artistic prints and simple solids! Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid

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How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don't have a specific project? What's the best size to stash, etc?)

I use large, stackable see through bins from the container store, then fold my Kona colors and arrange by color families. They look like books on a shelf and I can see a spine of every color.

What colors do you gravitate towards?

I love all the colors, it just depends on my mood and the season. But I always incorporate neutrals and muddies. I'm not a rainbow palette only girl.

How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)

I use solids everywhere. I mix them with my prints and yarn dyes as both a feature and as backgrounds.

What do you love about Kona Solids?

I absolutely love the consistency in color from lot to lot and of course, the expansive palette.

What's one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?

Try to use wide range of colors and values, because you can! Kona Cottons are stocked more than prints ever will be!

Thank you Jennifer for your tips and tricks! If you're interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here

Learn about our Kona Complete Club!

Topics: solids, Kona solids, Robert Kaufman, kona complete club, solid fabric, jennifer sampou

Interview with Carolyn Friedlander about Kona Solids

Posted by Katie Remski on Dec 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM
  

It's no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers! 

Carolyn Friedlander's use of color and solids in her work always inspires us to branch out and try something new. Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid. 

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How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don't have a specific project? What's the best size to stash, etc?)

I keep solids together in their own section that I have organized by color. This makes working with them super easy. Having a couple of color cards is a must for me. I have one that I cut up and one that I keep intact. The intact card is always a great reference and overview, whereas the cut card is perfect for project and palette planning

What colors do you gravitate towards?

Pickle, Orangeade, Wasabi, Leather, Lingerie, Cantaloupe, Astral--there are so many good ones!

How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)

I use solids any and everywhere. They're handy!

What do you love about Kona Solids?

I love the wide range of colors and the overall quality. The weight and hand are perfect.

What's one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?

Kona solids are great and easy to work with. I don't usually pre-wash, but if you are using them in a way that will get handled a lot (i.e. handwork), I've found that pre-washing can help limit fraying. This tip isn't limited to Kona solids, it's handy for prints as well!

Thank you Carolyn for your tips and tricks! If you're interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here

Learn about our Kona Complete Club!

Topics: solids, Fabric, Kona solids, Robert Kaufman, carolyn friedlander, kona complete club

Why Choose Kona® Solids? (Interview with Robert Kaufman Design Team!)

Posted by Katie Remski on Dec 9, 2017 10:30:00 PM
  

Kona Complete Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

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We love sewing with solids, whether it be mixed with our favorite prints or making a modern statement with all colors. Kona solids from Robert Kaufman are a popular choice, and we love the enormous rainbow of colors and smooth cotton texture. We wanted to learn more about Kona, so we chatted with the design team at Robert Kaufman! Read on to see what they had to say about how Kona is made, how they choose colors, and more.

What are Kona Solids?

Kona® Cotton Solids were first introduced in 1984, as a solid version adjunct to an existing collection of Hawaiian print fabrics called Kona® Prints, produced on the same quality basecloth. The original dozen colors included a primary palette, geared towards the sportswear customer of the mid-'80s, the target market for the fabric at the time. Robert Kaufman's foresight into the need for solid quilting cottons came at the urging of the New England sales representative, who insisted that quilters were enjoying Kona’s signature weight in patchwork projects. The range then grew through several expansions over the years and was marketed specifically for quilters.

What kind of fabric is Kona printed on? / What makes Kona different from other solids?

Kona Cotton is based on a standard cotton sheeting construction of 20 x 20 (20 singles) yarns and 60 x 60 thread count. However, this standard construction doesn’t provide the weight or bulk that Kona® is known for. To achieve this, extra yarn was added for a custom construction, which creates a higher thread count and adds to the overall bulk of the finished product. Kona® Cotton will therefore weigh more than standard cotton sheeting. Renowned for its ‘beefy’ hand, it adds desired structure to patchwork projects while still being a delight to sew through.

Piece-dyed in lots using reactive dyes, Kona® is processed and tested according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, satisfying the requirements of its product class to be free and clear of harmful substances – the only solid in the market with such certification. For more info about this testing, visit www.oeko-tex.com

Kona is also the largest range of cotton solids at 340 SKUs.

How do you choose colors to add to the collection?

There are several factors that influence our decisions on which colors to create and add to our range. The Robert Kaufman design team monitors trends from a variety of sources, including several global forecasting firms, to anticipate exciting, new colors. When we see a color start to trend, we consider adding more to that range. We also perform a sales analysis by color family. For instance, in the last few years, there has been an increased demand for grays, which led to several new additions in our latest release.  We also listen to designer and customer and consumer requests for missing colors, and are always evaluating our current range to see if we have any gaps that could be filled.

Why should sewists choose Kona® Solids for their stash? 

As the premiere brand, of superior quality and sewability, Kona® is recognized by the industry’s leading professionals. Here’s what some of them say about Kona:

    1. Only brand with 340 colors
    2. Signature bulky authentic cotton hand
    3. Forgiving and easy to needle through
    4. Oeko-Tex certified for no hazardous chemicals

Thank you to the Robert Kaufman Kona crew for answering our questions! Stay tuned for upcoming posts on solids, and click here to check out our Limited Edition Kona Club!

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Our new Kona Complete Club will help you collect all 340 Kona solids from Robert Kaufman! AND you will get a great discount on Kona reorders all 2018!

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Topics: solids, Kona solids, Robert Kaufman

Sew Solid Sunday and all the beautiful solid fabrics!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Apr 23, 2014 4:09:00 PM
  

Pink Caste Fabrics loves solid fabrics! We carry many different brands so you can get a great range of colors. We list them by manufacturer and by color for your convenience, and we even carry a few you can buy by the bolt.

Loads of Solid Fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!

And our friend Debbie Grifka loves solids too! She has always been a proponent of solids. They are less expensive than prints, and they come in a much more enormous range of colors. And there's nothing like the crisp look of a solid!

Debbie Grifka loves solids so much that she's started a monthly linky party called Sew Solid Sunday! To inspire others with the possibilities of solids. It's the second Sunday of every month.

Here are some projects she's done:

Loads of Solid Fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Mode Mondrian is made with five colors of Kona cotton. It was inspired by the abstract paintings of Piet Mondrian.

Loads of Solid Fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!

An Economy of Red shows that the economy block (and by extension all blocks) is not exclusively the province of printed fabrics.  I love how a few pops of red in a fairly restrained color palette really bring this design to life!

If you are looking to grow your solid stash, Pink Castle has two monthly clubs that feature solid fabrics:

Loads of Solid Fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!

The No Prints Allowed club will send you 12 solids of a single color per month, either as half yards or fat quarters. We also have a few extra bundles from past months for sale if you can't wait to get started stashing them!

Loads of Solid Fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!

The Color Inspirations Club will send you 10 half yards or fat quarters of RJR cotton supreme solids, a coordinating bundle specially selected by Brenda, each month that you are a member.

We also offer a Rainbow Fat Quarter Bundle - using 32 lovely solids from our many solid manufacturers!

Loads of Solid Fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!

But if you are looking for specific colors, rather than sampling, there is no better tool than a color card! I have a few of these myself, and they are quite invaluable, especially when looking for solids to coordinate with prints, and when shopping online!

As for me, I am also quite fond of solids. I am currently working on a mini quilt I hope to get done in time to link up.  It even uses one of Debbie's patterns, Third Street Neighborhood, though I changed the scale a bit. Here's a preview:

Loads of Solid Fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Whatever you're working on, we'd love to see it in the Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr Pool. And if it's all solids, be sure to add it to Debbie's Sew Solid Sunday linky party! (May 11, 2014!)

Topics: Color Inspirations Club, Monthly Clubs, solids, Fabric

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