NEWSLETTER #18

Newsletter #18

Newsletter #18 notes special features on our website—like our ongoing Basics Highlights and our upcoming Summer Reading (+ more) event beginning July 14.

We also have new events on the calendar at The Factory, like our second “Friends of the Café” dinner on July 25. The dinner features chef Vivian Howard and is a benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Visit here to register.

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xo Natalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

 

DIANE’S NATURAL DYE HOUSE

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About four years ago (to my dismay), Diane Hall, our head seamstress and studio directress, turned in her five-year notice. However, as her retirement grows closer, it has become evident to all of us at the studio that we will continue to see her around The Factory after her “official” retirement.

Diane has developed a passion for natural dyeing—in addition to sewing, pattern making, etc. She first encountered natural dyeing with indigo during our workshop at Shakerag in 2012. Her experience there with the renowned dyer Michel Garcia left a lasting impression. Last summer, while our entire company was writing a 10 year vision, Diane wrote that she envisioned a natural dye house here at The Factory and volunteered herself as the head dye master after her retirement.

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After that simple act of writing our vision, the dye house miraculously began to take shape.

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THE FACTORY SALE

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Our doors are open.

July 7 – 11

50% off select items, including garments, fabric, DIY kits, notions,
and other odds-and-ends we have rounded up.

Items will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

While you are here, join us for lunch in the café.

Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

Store Hours
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm

Café Hours
Monday –  Friday
11:00am – 3:00pm

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.7.2014 – 7.11.2014

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“Once you have eaten—shared food with a person, there’s a deep psychological system that means, you know, we are like family.” –Jonathan Haidt, On Being

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11:

STORE
Visit us this week for the launch of The Factory Sale. We will be offering 50% off select items, including garments, fabrics, DIY kits, notions, and other odds-and-ends.

Also, don’t forget First Mondays @ the Factory. Come and connect with fellow sewers and share inspiration while working on your latest project.

Store Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Our second “Friends of the Café” dinner, featuring Peabody award-winning chef Vivian Howard, is happening later this month. (Click here for more details.)

Also, our Vivian Howard and Southern Foodways inspired menu is launching this Wednesday, July 9. Until then, experience new dishes from our own kitchen—such as our house made BLT and pimento cheese.
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UPCOMING SALE @ THE FACTORY

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Join us the week of July 7 – 11 for our first sale at The Factory.

50% off select items including garments, fabric, DIY kits, notions, and other odds-and-ends we have rounded up. Items will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so set your clocks.

While you are here, stay awhile and have lunch or coffee with us in the café.

Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

Store Hours
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm

Café Hours
Monday – Friday
11:00am – 3:00pm

 

SWATCH OF THE MONTH: JULY 2014

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The July Swatch of the Month demonstrates one of our popular beaded embroidery techniques, the Satin Stars design. This technique is highlighted in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, where you can view an in-depth fabric map of the embroidery. Use the Satin Stars design to add embellishment using either an allover or placement technique, as it works well in both small and large quantities.

An enlargeable version of this stencil can be found on page 128 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design or you can download a version from our Resources page. Transfer the stencil to your fabric using the stenciling method of choice.

Begin working the smaller star shapes first. You will fill the “arms” of each small star using a satin stitch, adding one seed bead or chop bead to each stitch. (See page 84 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design for more information on the satin stitch.) Next, you will work a beaded backstitch – adding one bugle bead to each stitch – around the inner circle of each small star shape. Fill the center circle of the small stars with full chop or seed beading.

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THE FACTORY CAFÉ CHEF SERIES: VIVIAN HOWARD

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I feel a certain kinship with Vivian Howard, even though we’ve never met. We both left home at an early age, finding big lives and successful living elsewhere; we also both followed our inspirations as they directed us back to our regional homes, where we’ve found hard-won fulfillment. Vivian works with food as her medium, much in the way that Alabama Chanin works with cotton jersey. She explores regional food traditions and seeks to translate them into a modern light.

We are thrilled that Vivian Howard will be the featured chef for the month of July in our café, and also visiting us here at The Factory on July 25th for our second “Friends of the Café” Piggy Bank Dinner, benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance.

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FASHION BY HAND + ANNA MARIA HORNER

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Friend, inspiration, and collaborator Anna Maria Horner has been featured on our Journal several times. She is a multi-talented woman fluent in more than one creative medium, from her imaginative books and fabric design to fine art. Natalie and Anna Maria’s friendship has only continued to grow as they connect over everything from food and family, to sewing and gardening.

Since we last featured Anna Maria on our Journal, she has added child number seven to her large and happy home. She, her husband Jeff, and their children (aged 1 to 22) live on two acres of land in Nashville, Tennessee. Anna Maria’s ability to balance her life as a mother and entrepreneur is truly remarkable.

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Having collaborated with Anna Maria on garment design (and creation the textile patterns Little Flowers and Little Folks), we are excited to work with her once again during an upcoming weekend workshop in Nashville: “Fashion by Hand” with Anna Maria Horner and Natalie Chanin.

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