8/31/2007

Fashion Word of the Day-Chambray



3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2008


Chambray (sham-brey)

–Noun

1. A fine cloth of cotton, silk, or linen, commonly of plain weave with a colored warp and white weft.

8/30/2007

Fall 2007 Trend Report from Style dot com - Knit Parade



Calvin Klein Fall 2007 RTW


Surf over to Style dot com for a great review of this season's knits in high fashion. There is also a great audio report by Joanna Rodger. You choose your favorite designer that incorporated knitting in their creations, then comment back to give me your opinion.

Fashion Word if the Day-Cheongsam


Cheongsam (chawng-sahm)

–Noun

1. A form-fitting, knee-length dress with a mandarin collar and slit skirt, worn chiefly by Oriental women.

2. A long dress with a high collar and slit skirt, traditionally worn by Chinese women.

[Chinese (Cantonese) ch'eūng shaam, long gown, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) cháng, long + Chinese (Mandarin) shān, gown.]

8/13/2007

Caponi Embroidery - Superb Stitchery


Did you know that handkerchiefs were once a symbol of social status, such as the type of car we drive is today? The finer fibers and the more complicated designs indicated wealth. We all covet fine linens, especially those that are expertly crafted with elaborate detail. From the 1600s until the 1950s, embroidery was considered an extreme luxury.

Loretta Caponi's fine embroidered linens are a true testament to this. These textiles are desired by the well-to-do of today's society.


A review from cyberspace:

"Loretta Caponi is the very best the world has to offer for elegant silks, linens and cottons. She and her talented staff design and make nightogowns, robes, sheets and towels and the most beautiful baby clothes we've ever seen. She has made the nightwear for most of the royal houses of Europe.
Her shop in cental Florence is an old convent and an architectural gem.
Be sure to stop in!"

8/10/2007

Afghans for Afghans

Have you ever wanted to create something for a wonderful cause? Well, now here is your chance. I found this great website for the wonderful people of Afghanistan. Here is an excerpt from the website:

afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.

This grassroots effort is inspired by Red Cross volunteers who made afghans, socks, slippers, and other items for soldiers and refugees during World Wars I and II and other times of crisis and need. Read about the Red Cross knitting tradition.

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