We pleased to announce the launch of the Selvedge 2020 calendar. This is now available to purchase.
This calendar features 12 beautiful textiles inspired by the pages of Selvedge Magazine.
printed on white matt 178grams stock
240 mm x 483 mm
Pages: 14 leaves (including covers)
This ancient resist dyeing technique creates patterns by clamping folded cloth, and then submerging the carefully pleated fabric in an indigo vat. The result is an intricate network of lines that mimics the complex structures of snow crystals.
Darning samplers taught girls the useful skill of mending worn household textiles. Some samplers, however, were made with silk thread and stitches that mimicked woven structures and were a showcase for needlework skills.
Toile de Jouy is the name given to fabrics printed at the Jouy-en-Josas factory, near Versailles. Factory owner Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf developed etched copper rollers to create complex monochrome rural scenes, usually printed on calico.
The history of quilts began long before European settlers arrived in the New World. With the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers in North America, quilting took on a new life and flourished such as this variation of a Mariner’s Compass design from Ohio.
Before Blaudrucker is dyed linen cloth, a resistant paste is applied to using wooden printing blocks. Once the fabric has been dyed in an indigo vat the resist paste is removed and a delicate blue and white pattern is revealed.
The only equipment needed for needle lace are a needle, thread and scissors. Italian needle lace such as Gros Point de Venise creates a heavy lace with robust, sculpted, scrolling designs, but it required as many as 6000 buttonhole stitches per square inch.
The Tentmakers of Cairo sustain a spectacular aspect of Egypt’s living heritage. Their ancestors made the majestic travelling tents of the Ottoman Empire, and today they produce intricate appliquéd textiles that are unique to Egypt.
Suzanis are usually made by first drawing a pattern onto cotton, which is then embroidered on a narrow portable loom. Just four stitches, tambour, basma, chain and kanda-khayol, are used to create patterns featuring flowers and fruit.
Chintz, a crisp calico cloth originating in India, is known for its elaborate floral patterns. Originally, chintz designs were hand-painted but block-printed designs were introduced in the 18th century for the European market.
The distinctive spots and graphic motifs of batik are created with a wax-resist process where elaborate motifs are applied with molten wax using a Tjanting Tool. The word ‘batik’ stems from the Javanese word amba (‘to write’) and titik (‘dot’ or ‘point)’.
The intricate geometric brocade designs seen in Huipils from Chiapas in Mexico are woven using a backstrap loom, usually by the women who intend to wear them. The designs include sacred spiritual symbols that have personal meaning for the weaver.
The distinctive look of ikat is created by separately banding, tying and dyeing the warp and weft threads. The dyeing is done in a logical sequence from light to dark, following a pattern marked on the threads with a paste made from ash.