Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Make Sewing A Success

Check out KWIK SEW, a great website for easy to sew patterns. This particular pattern would be great with your favorite oilcloth print!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hollywood Forever

As summer approaches, it's getting to be that time of the year when Angelenos gather together family, friends, food and drink and head over to the Hollywood Bowl! March through September, the Hollywood Bowl will play host to various concerts, musicals and firework displays! The bowl has prices to fit everyone's budget and they encourage you to bring your own wine and picnic dinner. Make sure to check out their schedule and don't forget to include oilcloth when you pack a picnic!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Forever Green

Over the summer of 2008 Cardie Molina, the President of Oilcloth International wrote a letter to the editor of Fortune Small Business magazine in regards to going green. "As the owner of a green business, I enjoyed "Selling Green Houses (and Cars and Fuel)" (June). My company wholesales oilcloth yardage, tablecloths, and other home products. Because our stock comes on 12-yard rolls, we always generate leftovers when we cut tablecloths. Several years ago a light bulb went on-now we sell oilcloth "scrap" by the pound to fabric stores and small manufacturers. Instead of going to a landfill, it goes to so much use that we can barely meet demand. We've also tried to apply green practices in other aspects of our business. We use both sides of the paper for printing purchase orders, we buy recycled boxes for shipping, and we return wooden pallets to contractors. The little things add up."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Embroidery Directions

1) Print a template of the design and position the design upper edge approximately 5" from one oilcloth short end and right side. Mark the design center.
2) Hoop a square adhesive-backed tear-away stabilizer with the paper side facing up. Score the paper with a pin and tear away the paper inside the hoop to expose the adhesive.
3) Position the oilcloth rectangle over the adhesive stabilizer and finger-press to secure. Float a topper square over the oilcloth. Use masking tape to secure the topper perimeter, if desired.
4) Embroider the design, clipping any jump threads with each thread change.
5) Remove the oilcloth from the hoop. Gently tear away the stabilizer and the excess topper.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Come-on A My House, I'm Gonna Give You Candy

We just can't wait for summer! Our Mango Blue print reminds us of all the tropical fruit and fun in the sun that'll be here before we know it!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Jaguar

In addition to our new Jaguar Natural print, we will be offering Jaguar Burnt Orange! It's a subtle, warmer version of the stylish animal print. We think this print will make for a unique tablecloth and gorgeous products!


San Antonio artist, Rolando Briseno's "Bi-cultural Table Setting" reminds us of our print All Berries Red. If you like this vintage print make sure to check out our Forever Yellow, Blue, Red, Pink and Green prints. Briseno's art is currently featured in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. This particular piece was part of the "Caras Vemos, Corazones no Sabemos: The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration to the United States" exhibit at the Snite Museum of Art in 2006.

There's A World Where I Can Go

Check out In This Very Room, an online boutique that offers a great assortment of oilcloth products, jewelry, candles, soaps and baby products! Started by two friends in 1999, In This Very Room is a great company with unique items and hand picked products. Take a look at the oilcloth splat mats that come in an array of fun and stylish prints and patterns!

South by Southwest

Love the rural style of our Faux Bois Birch print!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Taos Adobe Quilting

Check out Taos Adobe Quilting, a great compant offering fabrics, patterns, quilts and sewing machines! Located in Taos, New Mexico, they carry about 2,000 bolts of fabric, including oilcloth!

This Is Cactus Land

Our Mesquite Plank is a gorgeous faux bois print. The rich, warm tones of the wood remind us of summer, which is quickly approaching.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bright Light City

A special thank you to the Source at the Rio in Las Vegas for hosting the International Textiles Expo! The bright city lights of sin city remind us of one of our favorite floral prints, Bloom Gold. And, I do believe that the King said it best with "Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire."

No Matter How Much You Win, You Always Lose

This photo was taken along the I-15. Our Paradise Lace Green print reminds me of the same kind of untilled allure of a desert cactus.

On the Road

On the road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, along the I-15 is Peggy Sue's 50's Diner in Yermo, CA. Eat to the beat while you enjoy the movie star madness and americana that engulfs this roadside diner. Our deep fried dill pickles gave us the strength to make it the rest of the way to Las Vegas, where we enjoyed ourselves maybe a little too much! Thank you to everyone who attended the Textiles Expo at the Rio! Thank you to all of our returning customers, you are so important to us! And thank you to all of our new customers, we cannot wait to provide you with great service and fantastic fabric!

Do's & Dots

Oilcloth International offers an assortment of polka dot colors. We love how this Mexican Calendar girl compliments our Polka Dot Red Ground!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Isle of the Snake People

We took this photo of a photo in Mexico City a few years ago. While the photographer is unknown, the subject is "Tongolele" a dancer and actress famous in Mexican Cinema. Our Banana Basket print evokes a similar sense of vintage style and glamour.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Farmer's Wife

Did you know that if you carry an acorn, you will have continued good luck and a long life? Well, neither did we until we met the Farmer's Wife. We also didn't know that you could find an assortment of gorgeous oilcloth bags, mats, placemats and homegrown lavender all in the same place. Tina Krehe, the farmer's wife, lives on a farm in Northern California; where she and her family grow rice, walnuts and prunes. Click here to learn more about where you can find her products!

Paradise City

We've always loved this neoclassical painting by Jacques-Louis David. "The Death of Marat" reminds us of our Paradise Lace Gray print.


Our Caribe White print makes us antsy for summer to come! Even though there are 108 days left until Summer officially begins you can get that summer feeling with some tropical oilcloth and the right tunes. The Beach Boys said it best, "There's a place called Kokomo/That's where you want to go, to get away from it all."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pop Dot

Roy Lichtenstein's pop piece reminds us of our Daisy Dots Red print.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Emerald City

Our Gingham Bottle Green is simple, vintage and stylish all wrapped into one. It's perfect for any occasion, especially St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget about Gingham Kiwi Green, Cafe Check Green and Paradise Lace Green in addition to over 50 prints and patterns when planning your March 17th get together!

Night of the Living Dead

Love this "Zombie Bird" by Amy Ortiz of T&A Friendly. This unique piece was made with assorted mixed media including cloth from our Garvanza Home line. Last month, we attended the "Zombie Love" gallery opening at Nucleus in Alhambra, CA. and it was definitely a night to remember!

Flower by Flower

This Lace Print Nylon Tricot dress from American Apparel reminds us of our Garvanza Beige print. At Oilcloth International we carry over 50 different prints and styles!

Monday, March 1, 2010

With a Twist

So excited to introduce our new Kenya Lime print!

The Dream is Always the Same...

Over the weekend, we re-watched Risky Business. We're not sure if it was out of boredom or some sense of absent minded nostalgia. Anyways, we must have oilcloth on the brain because we couldn't help but notice that the interior decorations of Joel's parents suburban home reminded us of our Zoya White print, available in April 2010. For now you can choose from our Zoya Blue, Green and Pink.