Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Love this photograph of two musicians enjoying the ambiance of an evening in some bohemian locale! Our Istanbul oilcloth print makes a bold appearance in this picture, just another instance of oilcloth being a great addition to any table setting! Istanbul has been one of our most popular prints for over ten years! It's consistently praised for its vintage quality yet its black background gives it a modern, stylish feel.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lose for Good!

Today is an important day for the WeightWatchers' Lose For Good campaign! Today, every time you mention WeightWatchers and Lose For Good on an approved social media activity site such as blogs, twitter, and facebook, WeightWatchers will donate "$1.00, up to $75,000.00, 70% to Share our Strength and 30% to Action Against Hunger, as part of the Lose for Good campaign donation." At Oilcloth International, we support charity and we support healthy eating habits! Meals look great on oilcloth too, check out the oilcloth twitter where I'll be posting pictures of my WeightWatcher meals all day with my favorite oilcloth tablecloth as the perfect backdrop!
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Monday, September 12, 2011

DIY: iPhone Oilcloth Project

It's really too bad that this iPhone case is sold out! The Jagger Edge Floral Leather iPhone cover looks so much like our Zoya White print! I have an old iPhone case that I'm considering using in a DIY oilcloth project to make my own oilcloth covered iPhone case! Will definitely post pics!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sewing with Oilcloth: The Book Tour

We are so excited for Kelly McCants, a longtime customer of ours, and the creator of Oilcloth Addict & Modern June, mother of two, and now- published author! Sewing with Oilcloth is a collection of "20 patterns that make sewing oilcloth easy, fresh, and fun"! Kelly has been "sewing for 27 years," after she "received [her] degree in Technical Theater and Fashion Merchandising" Kelly went on to design costumes for both film and theatre. Modern Juneoffers "handmade housewares for the hip home" and has an etsy site where you can find oilcloth goodies like party banners and table runners, or design your own oilcloth pillowcase!Oilcloth Addict feeds your "oilcloth addiction with tips and tutorials" and has an etsy sitewhere you can purchase an assortment of oilcloth, laminated cotton, and Chalkcloth (TM)fabric!

Sewing with Oilcloth is a compilation of easy to understand patterns, creative project ideas and beautiful photographs taken by Meghan McSweeney. The book is skillfully divided into four sections so that oilcloth addicts can choose from an array of project ideas and other important information, like the tools, that you need to create oilcloth projects that are super functional and absolutely stylish! From Ch. 1 "Tools, Tips, and Trims" to Ch.2 "For the House," Ch. 3 "For You," and Ch. 4 "For Kids," each chapter reflects the variety that oilcloth as a fabric has to offer. As a creative & successful entrepreneur, accomplished designer, and loving mother, it's clear that Kelly's lifestyle has influenced her in writing this smart, chic, fun book!
Some of our favorite patterns are the oilcloth "seat cushions...[which are] custom-made...weather-friendly and easy-to-clean," we can imagine your friends and family admiring this oilcloth project for years to come. The "Chalk Cloth Table Runner" is another project that we think is sure to draw attention and compliments at your next get together. The "Farmers Market Tote" is another project that will yield a creation that you'll wonder how you used to live without, featuring "four exterior pockets for...herbs and flowers and [an] interior pocket [for] a safe place to stash...money" this bag is great for shopping!

Sewing with Oilcloth is a rare book, it's clear that Kelly holds oilcloth in a special place in her heart; she mentions the way that when some customers "touch and feel oilcloth, it takes them back in time," it reminds them of their mothers and grandmothers, of cooking family meals in the kitchen or taking family trips to "Woolworth's to get a new oilcloth for the kitchen table." Many of our customers have told us about their memories attached with oilcloth and we, like Kelly, are proud and excited to provide families of generations to come with even more!

Scroll down to see the blog schedule for Sewing with Oilcloth's book tour, make sure to check it out for more information on this great book! Leave us a comment and we'll pick one lucky reader to receive a copy of the book along with some free fabric so you can start on one of the smaller projects in the book!

Monday, August 29: Wiley Craft http://www.wileycraft.com/
Tuesday, August 30: / Crafty Pod http://www.craftypod.com/
Wednesday, August 31: Sew Mama, Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/
Thursday, September 1: Dana Made http://www.dana-made-it.com/
Friday, September 2: Craft http://craftzine.com
Monday, September 3: True Up http://www.trueup.net/ and Craft Gossip http://craftgossip.com/
Tuesday, September 4: Oilcloth International http://www.oilcloth.com/
Wednesday, September 5: Average Jane Craft http://averagejanecrafter.blogspot.com/
Thursday, September 6: Prudent Baby http://www.prudentbaby.com/
Friday, September 7: Craft Sanity http://craftsanity.com/

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day from Oilcloth International! Labor Day is a federal holiday that celebrates the contributions made by the American workforce. This holiday has been in practice for over a century, the first Labor Day was held in September of 1882. Oregon made it a holiday five years later and it wasn't until almost seven years after that what we know as Labor Day became a federal Holiday. It's a "symbolic end of summer" but don't let that get you down because we hope that you'll share a relaxing day with friends and family! Oilcloth always makes these special occasions even more memorable, and with our variety of of over 50 prints and colors you can be sure to find something that will fit your personal style and holiday get together. We carry an assortment of Gingham colors, this Gingham Navy is such a class print and color combination, in addition to the fruit and floral prints we offer, we have basics such as stripes and animal prints (Zebra, Giraffe, and Jaguar) that will be sure to get people talking!