Hemp is my favorite natural fiber for home textile items. It’s versatile, comfortable and beautiful. I’ve been using hemp fabrics for years to make my own kitchen towels, napkins, roman shades, curtains, pillow covers, bedding and slipcovers.
Good quality hemp canvas, twill and herringbone have a similar look and feel to linen but I’ve found hemp has more character and it’s stronger, which makes it long wearing. It also has less give than linen.
As far as undyed colors go you can’t beat hemp’s natural hues ranging from semi-bleached creamy white to oatmeal and dark taupe.
Recently, I tested four new hemp fabrics that are ideal for washable slipcovers. If you like the look of a casual linen slipcover but want more durability, I think you will love these options. Let’s take a look. Continue reading →
A welt cord hem adds such a pretty, and professional finish to a slipcover. It works great for chair and sofa slipcovers that don’t need a skirt. Does your furniture have exposed legs? A welt cord hem will help show them off.
The hem on this wingback slipcover (above) is edged with welt cord and attached to the bottom of the chair with Velcro. The Velcro helps keep the slipcover from riding up and creates a smooth, taut hem line.
I’m often asked how I get this look. In today’s post I share my tips and tricks for hemming with welt cord. Continue reading →
Hello everyone! This winter has been a busy and creative season at my workroom. Besides making slipcovers for my customers, I’ve been hard at work finishing my new ebook, finding and testing new fabrics, discovering new techniques and tools, and improving some back end website stuff that will make your visit here more enjoyable. I have a lot to share so let’s get started! Continue reading →