Some of the fabrics we love are the Aboriginal prints from M&S Textiles. Each fabric is based on a painting done in the traditional style by talented Aboriginal artists. Typical Aboriginal art is characterized by the use of many small dots of color to form the pattern, reliance on familiar animal and wildlife motifs, and a utilization of a vibrant color palette. These artists, most of whom are women, have profiles and statements hanging in the store; be sure to ask to see them! We also have charts detailing the motifs used in the fabric, telling what they mean. If you just can’t get enough information and inspiration, we carry a whole book devoted to the meanings behind the fabric and amazing project ideas. Whether it’s an abstract design or something more literal (we love the turtles and platypuses!), we’re sure you’ll find a way to work these unusual fabrics into your projects. The fun prints are perfect for quilts, wall hangings, garments, and more.
“Falling Branches”, “Mistral” (a cold wind that blows through parts of France in the winter), “Wings” and “Birdsong” are just a few of the fabric names in this Free Spirit pack for November. Designed by Melissa White, these moody, dreamy prints are sure to inspire one to retreat to the sewing machine as the warm hues of fall turn into the cool dark tones of winter. For our 6-pack club subscribers, we included a bonus 100% cotton velveteen fat quarter in anticipation of the cooler days ahead. Suggested uses: Make a velveteen lined jewelry pouch or gift bags for tiny presents. Piece them all together and make a lap quilt for the fall season tournaments. Create some quilted Mug Rugs for hot cups of cocoa and wrap them together with special drink mixes or chocolate spoons for a truly indulgent gift.
One of our favorite yarns in the shop is our collection of Noro. Noro is made in Japan and is known world-wide for its striking colors. We thought you might be interested in learning more about the production of Noro yarns and the process that goes into designing the signature stripes. Eisaku Noro contemplated going to art school to become a painter, but instead he turned his amazing eye for color to yarns for both hand and machine knitting. Silk Road Textiles carries Kureyon, Silk Garden, Taiyo, Koromo, Kibou, Shiraito, Silk Garden Sock, and Taiyo Sock from the hand-knitting line. Noro is committed to leaving as much of the production hand-done as feasible. This is part of what makes Noro yarns so distinctive. The thick and thin effect is due to the hand picking of the fibers, the variation in stripe length is because no two people lay out the fiber in exactly the same way, and the knots that you sometimes find are because these prep techniques lend themselves better to shorter spinning runs. If you want to learn more, there is an interesting video (about 6 minutes long) produced by an English-speaking channel in Japan about Noro yarns. There is also an amazing book excerpt in PDF format available here. It details where all the fibers are sourced, what the special properties of each are, and it includes lots of pictures of the entire process. We have lots of samples made with Noro yarn in the store, and we are pleased to carry Noro pattern books and the new Noro Magazine. If you need inspiration or just want to see what it possible to be done with these amazing yarns, please stop in and ask us!
6-pack subscribers automatically receive a beautifully matched collection of 6 fat quarters and thread each month. There is plenty of room in the club, so if you’re interested in joining just contact the store. For October we are offering an elegant, fall-hued theme from Kona Bay Fabrics. The focal designs feature traditional Asian flowers, blossoms and gentle waves, edged with a fine line of gold. It has a great traditional color palette with a contemporary flavor. Suggested uses: Create beautiful holiday party coasters using the focal fabric as the main piece, then bind each with a different color so guests can identify their beverages. Piece a log cabin table runner with appliqued floating medallions. We have lots of new quilt-as-you-go patterns that work up in a jiffy! There’s plenty of time to get these hot hostess items ready for all the fall holidays ahead.
We are so proud of our classes here at Silk Road Textiles. Our regular teachers come to us with years of experience and a wide range of skills, but every once in a while we are lucky enough to host a nationally known instructor. Last Sunday we had the honor of working with Jacqueline Sullivan. Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media, acrylic and calligraphic artist. She is well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks, and words. Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer. For over 30 years Jacqueline has also been a teaching artist years. She has taught workshops for art retreats and art and calligraphy guilds in the US and Canada. She has served as faculty for several International Calligraphy Conferences. The Artist Network University is regularly offering Jacqueline’s four week on-line art workshop ~ Discovering the Magic of Acrylics ~ presented to the international art community. Jacqueline has published technique articles in Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages, and Astarte’s Mega-Zine. She most recently was honored as the cover artist interviewed for the Winter 2012 issue of Alphabet. Jacqueline has a best-selling DVD – Acrylics: Textures, Layers, and Metallics – published by Creative Catalyst Productions. A video series of her most requested art techniques is also available from Jacqueline. Recently, Jacqueline was one of 18 artists selected nationwide to become a Golden Certified Artist for Golden Paint Company. A few lucky students got the opportunity to make beautiful silk scarves with her using a wax resist dyeing technique. We had a great time painting layers of color and design, all under Jacqueline’s watchful eye. If this kind of class appeals to you, be sure to check out our You-nique Scarf class where you dye silk scarves using old ties and our Nuno Felting class where you create layers of colored wool felted into a lofty silk scarf. These classes are offered regularly at Silk Road Textiles, and who knows…maybe we’ll have Jacqueline back soon to paint some more!
Silk Road Textiles is a premier retailer of fine fabrics and yarn. We bring ethically produced textiles and fibers from around the world to Cincinnati, Ohio and offer them in our store. Please click here to contact us or to get driving directions.
Our specialties are the beautiful, the exotic, the unusual, and the fun. We offer hundreds of different products and patterns. Click here to learn more about some of the products we carry in our store.
We also offer classes for modern quilters, knitters and fabric artists of all levels. Click here to learn more.
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Wednesday: 10AM to 6PM
Thursday: 10AM to 8PM
Friday: 10AM to 5PM
Saturday: 10AM to 5PM
Sunday: 12PM to 5 PM
6106 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati OH 45224