Welcome to the new Custom Alley Slipcovers website! We’re excited to share with you what we’ve quietly been doing behind the scenes all summer. For some of you, our redesign may be a total surprise; others – yes, we are a week earlier than even we anticipated! But when it’s right, it’s time to take the plunge. We hope you enjoy all aspects of our redesign and spend some extra time getting to know us better. If there is something you see here that you like, let us know. And on
From soft-lighting, inviting smells and warm, fluffy blankets, fall brings to mind so many elements of comfort. One of those is homespun fabric. Its time-worn, vintage look and feel exudes fall coziness. Although you may not know its name, you know homespun. It is the well-worn, handmade fabric used in a variety of fall decorations, but it might be best known for its use in making rag dolls. I found a great witch rag doll I use around Halloween and even have a Turkey rag doll
My next fall fabric is crewel. I am fascinated by it; maybe because I did a lot of crewel work when I was a kid. Some of my family and friends still have my work. A friend of mine recently told me she didn’t even know she liked crewel until she saw an idea book I shared with her, which got me to wondering how many other people were unaware of this amazing fabric. What is crewel? It is a type of hand-embroidery that has been around for about a thousand years with its origins
Keeping cool in sweltering heat is hard to do, but last week’s blog on fall decorating got me to thinking about some of my favorite fabrics for the fall. I know it sounds a little crazy to think of heavy, cozy fabrics as temperatures soar toward triple digits. Still, even as the air condition buzzed in my ears, I couldn’t stop thinking of the not so distant future when I can surround myself with some of my favorite fall fabrics. The first one that comes to mind is corduroy.