Lyon Lace to Drool Over

Those of you who have visited our store know that we have thousands of bolts of fabric, seemingly well organized by color and fabric type.  However, every once in a while, we uncover a buried treasure that was lost in the mix at some point.  We have been doing a bit of New Year reorganizing and stumbled upon this beautiful piece of Lyon Lace.LyonLaceAmaze2

Laces are named by the region in France in which they are made.  Lyon lace comes from Lyon, France.  The main thing that makes Lyon lace different from other lace, is that it has a very large pattern repeat.  As you can see in the lace above, the pattern is very large.  Another specialty of Lyon lace, is that it often has different types of netting included in on repeat.  Look at the closeups below and notice the different nets!LyonLaceCloseup LyonEdgeCloseup

It is somewhat surprising, but there is not a lot of information about Lyon lace online.  It is a lace on the verge of distinction.  Lyon lace has not been produced for the last 30 or 40 years.  This could be for a few different reasons: 1.  Because of the scale of the print, Lyon lace can be very challenging for a designer.  The lace itself dictates the design of the garment.  It takes a very skilled designer to use Lyon lace. 2. Lyon lace is an expensive lace.  It is expensive to produce and it is expensive to purchase.  The market that could afford this lace just might not be there.

It saddens us greatly that this lace is disappearing…but there is hope!  When this piece of lace was discovered in our store, it spurred owner, Richard Schneider, to call his lace contact to find out more about Lyon lace.  Well, it turns out that recently the LAST Lyon lace machine was about to be melted and recycled, but was saved by this wonderful lady and a client in need of Lyon lace!  Does this mean that there is a future comeback of Lyon lace? We can only hope!LyonLaceAmaze LyonLaceCloseup2

Textiles Cheat Sheet: Wovens vs. Knits

One of the hardest parts of shopping for fabrics, is not knowing the type of fabric you are looking for.  You have no idea how many times we have people come into the store and say “I am looking for black fabric, how much does it cost?” – well pretty much EVERY type of fabric comes in black and the price ranges dramatically! Fear not, we are starting a blog series that will help you learn about the different types of fabrics out there so you will know more of what you are looking for!rollstake2

Today, we will be covering the different between the two most common categories of fabrics: Wovens and Knits – feel free to comment if you have any questions!


Woven fabrics are made on a loom.  The yarns or threads that make up a woven fabric run along the length (grain or weft) and width (crossgrain or warp). The threads weave together to look like a basket.woven edge copy


Generally knits have more stretch and natural give than wovens.  Knits are made using a knitting machine.  Unlike wovens, that use multiple threads, knits are made using one long thread that is knitted together with interlocking loops. When knitted together, they look like a tiny row of braids.knit edge copy

As with any rule, there are exceptions to these two categories: Examples of this would be felt and lace.

Still don’t think you will be able to tell the difference? Do these tests to find the difference:

1. Stretch Test:

-Knit: When you stretch a knit across its width, you will have a significant stretch

-Woven: Most wovens cannot stretch across the lenghtwise grain, and there is minimal stretch across the crossgrain (width of fabric)

2.Wrinkle Resistance

-Knit: When you ball up a knit in your hand, it will easily crush, but once released, it will spring back to its original shape with little or not wrinkles

-Woven: When you wad up a woven, it will wrinkle easily once releasedcrinklewoven crinklewovenreleased

3.Inspect the Edges

-Knit: Either sold in a tube or flat – when it is flat, factories commonly put either starch or glue on the edge to keep the fabric from curling

-Wovens: Wovens have a selvage edge which is very strong and doesn’t giveselvage

We hope that you have found this blog to be helpful!!  We want to spread our knowledge and love of fabric with the cyberworld!  Feel free to also shop our products on our Etsy store!

Shop at Supreme in your PJ’s

Great News! Supreme is now selling products online at our Etsy Storefront!  Shop our great products from the comfort of your own home!

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We are adding new products to our Etsy store daily…and some of these products, you may not even know that we have! We have been digging around in our back storeroom and have found some really great things! Example: Hat forms and vintage bridal headpiecesScreen shot 2013-01-04 at 9.49.38 AM Screen shot 2013-01-04 at 9.50.28 AM

Supreme has so much stock, that you may miss things when you are visiting our store.  Our Etsy store takes our supplies and makes them into a very customer friendly site!

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