Introducing Fabric by the Yard

Rebecca Atwood Fabric 01We’re thrilled to introduce our fabric by the yard line!  There are five patterns and several color ways per style.  We’d love to hear which one is your favorite.  The line is available in our online shop as well as Studio Four in NYC.

The designs are printed at Griswold Textile Print in Rhode Island, using vat dyes that are thickened with gum and water.  We prefer printing with dye, instead of pigment because it produces a softer hand feel as the dye bonds with the fabric.  Founded in 1937, our printer is a family-owned and operated mill that uses eco-friendly materials, methods and disposal.  We’re using 100% Belgian linen sourced through Libeco Linen which we love not only for it’s hand feel and quality but also because it is ethically produced.

Much of the inspiration again comes from my childhood growing up on Cape Cod.  The off-season with the deserted beaches, shifting light, and coastal color palette is ingrained in my sensibilities.  I want everything to be livable, but layered and interesting.  My process for all of these designs begins in my sketchbook as well as by painting directly onto the fabric.  I then give the hand painted fabrics to both the screen engravers and printers so we can talk about the overall feeling that fabric should have and the best way to achieve it.

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NY Now

NYNow

We’re very excited to announce we will be at NY Now this year! We’re sharing a booth with the talented Farrah Sit of Light and Ladder.  Please come by and visit us in Accent on Design, Booth #4014.  We will have our new fall collection and more!

She Let Go

rebecca atwood sketchbook

It’s been pretty hectic around here prepping for our fabric by the yard launch, NY Now, and our fall product launch among other things.  Lately it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day and while I know I should be making time for myself, it’s hard to stop and do.  This weekend though I’ve been able to do just that.  It felt pretty decadent to take a whole weekend (mostly) off.  On Saturday I took a yoga class at my studio that’s not my usual schedule.  There was a new teacher subbing and it was fun to shake up my routine a bit.  It was so good to take this time and at the end of practice a poem was read that I wanted to share with you all.

 

She Let Go by Reverand Safire Rose

 

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go…

She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.

She didn’t analyse whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line.

She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.

There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

Materials Part 2

rebecca atwood zipperNew Zippers – Photo by Emily Johnston

In our lastHow We Make It‘ post we talked about fabrics.  This week we wanted to take a deeper look at the other materials we work with.

Our zippers are made by YKK.  We choose to work with YKK zippers because they are high quality and guaranteed.  The plain brass zippers we’ve been using are made right here in the USA.  This fall we’ll be debuting a new logo pull on our zippers (seen above!) and these zippers have a special slider made in Japan.  We will continue to use the plain zippers on select items as well.

Another component in our pillow is the insert itself.  We choose to use high quality down-feather inserts because they are luxurious and last for years.  Our inserts are made in the New York area and have covers made out of 100 percent cotton down proof ticking.  We’ve looked into other eco-friendly options but have yet to find something that feels like the right fit.  For example, we’ve looked into kapok inserts but they are extremely flammable which makes us extremely uncomfortable that it’s even an option in the market.  We would never sell something that wasn’t safe for you and your family.  Other options we’ve considered include a recycled poly or wool, but the feel is just not up to the standards we want.  I’d love to hear if anyone has thoughts or recommendations on pillow inserts!

Next up we’ll be talking about the printing, dyeing, and painting of our fabrics so stay tuned!