Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
This month, we’re showcasing an amazing group of women who are starting their own division with RJR Fabrics. Called Cotton+Steel, the new company of designers includes Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts. Each have their own style and bring a different design process to the table. Watch a video of their story and meet all the designers here. They’re set to introduce their first fabric collections in Spring.
Not updated too regularly anymore (hey, she was busy starting Cotton+Steel!), it’s still fun to go through her past posts! Melody has such a unique design style and cute photography. The fabric designer and author of Rudy Star Wrapping blogs about her products, what she’s working on, and some behind-the-scenes info.
Rashida, from the blog i heart linen, has a great mix of posts–everything from tutorials and patterns to what products and fabrics she’s loving now. If you’ve ever seen her fabric line with Cloud 9 Fabrics, you’ll know that she’s deeply influenced by her time spent in Japan growing up. We can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!
Alexia comes from an art and fashion background. She’s runs a sewing school and also a pattern company called Green Bee Designs and Patterns. You can find patterns for fashion items, such as clothes and bags, as well as quilts on this blog. Look for free tutorials (like the one pictured above!) and little peeks at her classes, fabrics, and sewing events she’s going to.
Kim is a self-labeled fabric collector with a particular interest in midcentury prints. Her blog True Up showcases different fabric lines from around the world and tells about the design and a little of the history. She also has a great bank of designer and store interviews. She takes a different look at the fabric industry and makes for a refreshing read!
Sarah is a book illustrator, fabric designer, and licensing artist. Her work ranges from whimsical designs to dark scenes, but all with a beautiful hand drawn look. Her blog showcases sketches, designs she’s working on, and stories of her travels.