Coming January 2018!
Mayer Fabrics is pleased to introduce the Stitch Collection with designs by Jeremy Noonan in collaboration with The Common Thread For The Cure Foundation, Valdese Weavers and Crypton. The collaboration celebrates the restorative qualities and resiliency of the human spirit. The collection was inspired by textile traditions of repairing and renewal. Examples of stitching, patching, and layering are mending techniques that can be found throughout the history of textiles. The patterns are characterized by the use of linear elements (connections), texture (touch), and textile heritage (history). The Stitch Collection features C-Zero Plus Moisture Barrier, Crypton’s non-fluorinated performance option. Proceeds from the collection will be donated to The Common Thread For The Cure Foundation. The Stitch Collection fabrics are perfect for healthcare, hospitality, corporate and educational interiors.
Boro refers to the “patched and mended fabrics” that were sewn from rags and patches of indigo-dyed cotton into clothing and bed covers by Japanese peasants during the 19th and early 20th century. Each garment would last long enough to be passed down through generations. Our interpretation of Japanese Boro features an intricate multi-pick weave designed to emulate the layered dimensionality of traditional, artisanal technique.
Crazy Quilt is a Victorian patchwork craft through which various pieces of cloth were stitched together and celebrated at the seams using decorative embellishments such as “feather, herringbone, fly and chain.” The concept of “crazy quilting” originated during Colonial times when early settlers had to repurpose their worn out coverlets and bedclothes. Our Crazy Quilt fabrics removes the patchwork and focuses on the stitching by using a boucle yarn that looks like embroidery on the surface of the fabric.
Darning refers to an embroidery technique called “pattern darning” in which embroidery threads are interwoven into the ground fabric. the length of the stitches may be varied to produce geometric designs. In an effort to emulate the handmade version, we interpreted this form of embroidery art with a multi-layer matelasse construction that receives its embroidered elements from a tight ground weave and heaver, half-layer yarn.
Embellish refers to the elaborate decorations and stitches used to embellish Crazy Quilts. Buttons, lace and ribbon were frequently used. Animals and flowers seem to be the favorite embroidery themes. Some quilters believed that embroidering a spider on its web would bring good luck to the quilter. Embellish is our striped version of Crazy Quilt designed and engineered for privacy curtain use in healthcare facilities of all kinds.
Friendship Quilt refers to a quilt made by a group of friends, with each participant making and signing one of more of the patchwork blocks. Our Friendship privacy curtain fabric consists of many geometric shapes or blocks in a dramatic large-scale multi-colored rendering of Jeremy Noonan’s Darning Geometric pattern. The concept of friendship quilting also represents our Stitch Collection collaboration with industry partners in support of The Common Thread For The Cure Foundation.
Kantha is an embroidery technique used by Bengali women for centuries to repurpose remnants from saris into quilts by layering them together using running stitch. The artisans of Kantha either told a story or imparted wishes for loved ones through their quilts. These women would sometimes “autograph” their pieces to indicate their relationship with a recipient of the kantha. our Kantha interpretation uses a thick boucle juxtaposed with finer yarns to mimic the original quilts.
Running Stitch or straight stitch is the basic stitch in embroidery on which all other forms of sewing and stitching are based. An ancient Peruvian running-stitch sampler has been dated to 200-500 AD. Running stitches are a component of many traditional embroidery styles including kantha and Japanese sashiko. Our Running Stitch inspired texture is designed to look as if is stitched by hand using a sashiko effect with layered thick and thin yarns for dimensionality.
Saori is an improvisational hand weaving technique rooted in the philosophy that beauty can be found in irregular patterning created through individual expression. According to Misao Jo, the founder of Saori, the “SA” of SAORI has the same meaning as the first syllable of the work “SAI” which is found in Zen vocabulary. It means everything has its own individual dignity. “ORI” means weaving. Our Saori leaf pattern emulates this technique through the use of a unique stria effect that creates random looking texture in the leaves.