Textiles

Meg Callahan

by Joanna on January 20, 2015

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For as long as I can remember, quilts were my favorite layer to add to my bed. Even as a kid, I would pile on the quilts just for the weight and coziness. And don’t even get me started about how to craft the perfect fort! When I discovered these truly gorgeous quilts by Meg Callahan, I had that sharp-intake-of-breath moment—they are actually pieces of art.

Callahan specializes in patchwork quilting and centers her studio on “creating objects that focus on the beauty of construction.” As I look forward to moving to a new apartment, I can’t help but set my eyes on one of her mad-to-order quilts—the perfectly cozy finishing touch for a new home.

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Ace&Jig Bazaar Home Collection

by Anh-Minh on January 12, 2015

ace&jigLately, whenever I go on a trip, among my must-pack items is a pair of Ace&Jig pants that are made of a super-soft patterned fabric that’s both dressy and comfortable. (Bonus: They have an elastic waistband, so they’re perfect when I’m going out to a big dinner.) If I could wear those pants every day, believe me, I would. So I was happy to learn that the brand’s founders, Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, have launched a home collection called Bazaar. Now I can truly surround myself with their wonderful textiles!

As they do with their clothing line, they work directly with weavers to craft custom yarn-dyed fabrics, all of which share a motif: the stripe. Bazaar includes pillows, bedrolls, quilts, and flags. I’ve definitely got my eye on a quilt right now, especially as the weather has gotten colder.

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ace&jig_1And if you’d like to take a peek at how the Ace&Jig textiles are made, Of A Kind has a feature about the process.

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{ Product images via Ace&Jig. Process images via Of A Kind. }

 

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Sackcloth & Ashes

by Joanna on January 6, 2015

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January is sort of an odd time when it comes to home decor. In my mind, it’s really the snuggliest month, especially after the hullabaloo of the holidays. Personally, I use it as a time to reassess my home with a focus on my bedding. After all, it’s chilly outside and the perfect time to layer on the blankets.

A recent discovery of mine is Sackcloth & Ashes, a company that sells high-quality blankets. They donate a fleece blanket to a homeless shelter whenever you purchase one. The blankets are offered in three different fabrications: alpaca, plush fleece, and Southwestern-inspired stripes. The entire concept was inspired by founder Bob Dalton’s mother, who found herself homeless after moving across the country to start over. It seems especially fitting then to feature Sackcloth & Ashes now, as we kick off a new year and look forward to fresh starts.

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{ Images via Sackcloth & Ashes }

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Coco Carpets

by Joanna on November 26, 2014

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Anyone who’s ever shopped for a rug knows one thing: it is quite the challenge to find The One. You know, the one that goes with everything you’ve already got, but still brings a level of newness and excitement to the room. Enter Coco Carpets, the latest and greatest from Caroline and Jayden Lee, otherwise known as Woodnote Photography (oh, and Elephant Landing).

Coco Carpets specializes in one-of-a-kind, vintage berber carpets, including boucherouite rugs. Berber carpets refer to rugs made by the women of the Berber tribe located in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Traditionally, rugs like this were made of wool and cotton and used in the maker’s own home. Each is about 20-30 years old and a totally perfect addition to any home (read: my home).

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{ Images via Coco Carpets }

 

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Beanie on Helina

by Joanna on November 17, 2014

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The minute I saw these cloud-shaped potholders, I sort of held my breath. They were just too good. These darling yet modern pieces are available in the Etsy shop of Beanie on Helina. In general, textile designer and illustrator Kaisa’s aesthetic is playful and sweet. Perhaps it’s her Finnish roots, but these pieces also reveal a very precise level of restraint, lest anything get too sweet.

Kaisa learned to sew at the age of six. With a background in textile design, as well as communication studies, her work strikes a really interesting balance. She also believes strongly in sustainability, using linen (which is biodegradable) as much as possible.

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 { Images via Beanie on Helina }

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