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Kona Cotton: The Quilters & Embroiderers Dream Fabric


What, Exactly, Is Kona Cotton?
Kona(R) cotton is a premium, 100% cotton broadcloth from Robert Kaufman Fabrics in Los Angeles. The company introduced the fabric in the 1980's in response to the then rapidly emerging quilting industry, an interest that continues unabated today. It is a soft, light fabric, often called the 'Quilter's Cotton', that is also ideal for fine apparel such as children's clothing; soft, comfortable shirts; dresses; applique and home decorating. It has a 'meaty' hand, which means you can really feel the difference when you touch the fabric and that makes it a joy to work with.
Warps. And Wefts, Too
Kona cotton has a high 60 by 60 thread count. This means there are 60 warp threads and 60 weft threads per square inch of fabric. Until I did some research, I didn't know what warp and weft threads were. (I had never even heard the word 'weft'.) A warp thread is a support thread in the loom, long and strong and usually tied down onto the loom; a weft thread is passed back and forth between the warp threads to form cloth. It is that high thread count, all those warps and wefts playing together, that make Kona cotton a soft, light, yet very durable material; one of the best woven fabrics available for hand or machine quilting.
Pre-use Care
It's a good idea to launder the fabric to remove any sizing/finish before using it in your project. Treat it as you would any new 100% cotton fabric: Gentle wash, mild detergent, tumble dry low, remove promptly and iron. Expect about a 1-3% shrinkage.
What About Color?
Kona is available in plenty of colors, 170 solid colors according to the manufacturer's web site, RobertKaufman.com. And a quick search for 'hand dyed Kona cotton' will pop up vendors offering hundreds of colors and patterns of beautifully dyed Kona cotton fabric.
But Aren't You an Embroiderer?
Yes, I am a machine embroiderer and those same qualities that make Kona cotton ideal for quilting and sewing apply to machine embroidery, too. That meaty feel I mentioned makes it very easy to hoop and quick to stabilize. The push/pull factor is minimal and, best of all, the stitched out designs are gorgeous on it. Even though there a many cheaper fabrics, I test all my embroidery designs on Kona cotton and turn to it first for any finished embroidery project I have.

Embroidery design digitizer Deb Schneider offers her machine embroidery designs on her website, WindstarEmbroidery.com.

You can contact Deb by visiting her website or by email at dschneider@WindstarEmbroidery.com


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Hobbies shared in public craft store in Elyria | Lorain County  The Morning Journal

J&L Handmade Crafts in Elyria is a new store selling hand-crafted home and outdoor goods. The craft store, 116 4th St., shares a building, but is not attached, ...


Watercolor Calligraphy Workshop | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Watercolor prints, brush lettering, and pretty quotes are so on trend right now! Join us and artist Molly Petri from The Crafty Peach for a fun afternoon of learning ...


Model Railroad School | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Fun. Educational. Clinics and demonstrations show you how to turn a toy train set into an exciting, operating model railroad. New: Live demonstrations on ...


In Stitches: Needlecraft | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Do you love needlecraft? Learn how to sew a simple phone case on our sewing machines or how to knit and purl! do you have another needlecraft interest?


Mom's Morning Out: Crafts & Croissants | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

The holidays are over, the kids are (finally) back in school, and the New Year is here. What better time to catch your breath and re-connect with friends, while ...


Cabin Fever Writing Club with Katrin Talbot | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Looking to be a part of a friendly writing community? Join the Cabin Fever Writing Club's last three-week session, January 9-23, taught by Katrin Talbot.


Strength Training for Cyclists | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Incorporating strength training into cyclists' fitness regimens can help improve performance and prevent injuries.


Beer Glass Etching Workshop at the Graduate Hotel  Madison.com

Join us for a fun evening of camp vibes and great views as we take one of our most popular workshops on the road! We'll be setting up our supplies at Camp ...


Drop-In Basic Computer Help | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Get help with basic computer questions: email, printing, filling out online forms, etc.


Open Studio w/ Artist-in-Residence Rodney Lambright II  Madison.com

Stop into the Bubbler Room to learn more about Rodney Lambright II - illustrator, animator, and writer extraordinaire. He will be present to share his work and ...


Halifax staff to explore car boot regulation  TheChronicleHerald.ca

The boot could soon be on the other foot for parking enforcement. That works for Don White of Dartmouth, who had his truck fitted with two immobilization boots ...


North Brunswick welcomes Hobby Lobby, Nothing Bundt Cakes to Route 1  MyCentralJersey.com

Hobby Lobby and Nothing Bundt Cakes recently opened in the township.


Comings & Goings: Carson’s returning to Orland Square Mall  Chicago Tribune

Carson's is returning to Orland Square Mall in Orland Park. “We have a lease signed in Orland Park and should be open by the spring,” Dylan Astle, chief ...


Eleanor Gonzales Ramos  Arizona Silver Belt

On Jan. 7, 2019 God called home His beloved daughter Eleanor Gonzales Ramos. Eleanor was born to Trinidad and Refugio Gonzales on Nov. 16, 1922 and ...


The biggest business wins for women in 2018 - Bizwomen  The Business Journals

In 2018, women busted through glass ceilings at Fortune 500 companies and won groundbreaking elections in record numbers. They made big strides in ...


Community Calendar | News, Sports, Jobs  Evening Observer

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 FREE Healthy Cooking Class for Kids, 4 to 4:30 p.m., Dunkirk Public Library, 536 Central Ave. Registration required. To register, email ...


Millennials Are Ready For Crafting, But Is The $36B Crafting Industry Ready For Them?  Forbes Now

Millennials are adopting crafting as a way to personalize things and express creativity. The largest segment of crafters is between the ages of 18-and-34 yrs.


#AmWriting: A Roadmap to Print | Crafts and hobbies | madison.com  Madison.com

Trying to launch or increase your profile and visibility as a freelance writer? Learn how to connect with different media outlets (print and digital); the pros and ...


Ipswich man's luxurious man-cave has hot tub, pool table, darts board, TV and poker | Business  Ipswich Star

Most men might settle for a nice shed or garage as their male retreat. But one man from Ipswich went the whole hog and built a five star luxury bolthole in his ...


Maltese Crafts And Hobbies You Should Totally Get Immersed In This Summer  Lovin Malta

Malta is a land riddled with mesmerising beauty. When tourists come here, they fall in love with our country, and for very good reasons too.


Craft trends for 2018 – Craft ideas – Hobby craft – Arts and crafts  Ideal Home

2018 will see the rise of new more specialist crafts becoming main stream as the nation gets more adventurous, but what craft trends are falling?


Craft & Hobby Market provides crafting variety  Columbus Telegram

For several years, Schuyler resident Laura Vanek has been a regular patron at CHI Health Schuyler Auxiliary's Craft & Hobby Market. She has admired the crafts ...


Holiday Craft Fair | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

The annual St. Albert the Great Holiday Craft Fair will be held November 17, 2018 in Sun Prairie. This popular area craft fair features artists, crafters, vendors and ...


The Highlands Is Getting a New Hobby — The Hobby Lobby, That Is  Wheeling Intelligencer

TRIADELPHIA — Quilters, crafters and home decorators, ready those handpainted shopping bags: Hobby Lobby is coming to The Highlands. The Oklahoma ...


Black Friday Craft Bar- NEW Holiday Projects Revealed!  Madison.com

Need a break from the Black Friday crowds and cyber deals, or looking for an alternative to the shopping frenzy? Let us help you get a jump on your holiday.


Art with Bea: Exploring the Visual Art Journal World  Madison.com

Explore, play, and learn how to make an art journal with Bea Neal, local mixed media and fiber artist. This four-class series will be held at the Verona Public ...


Hobby Lobby grows across America: photos, review  Business Insider

Hobby Lobby, the privately owned arts-and-crafts store chain, currently operates 800 stores across 47 states. It plans to open 60 more stores and hire 2,500 new ...


I like crafting  Newsday

Hobbies I enjoy are piano, writing, math, and swimming, but my favorite thing to do is crafts. I like to make miniature places like mini campsites out of paper, glue, ...


Banner & Card Making for Confetti Foundation! | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Did you hear the news? Last year we started working with The Confetti Foundation, a national non-profit who provides birthday boxes to hospitalized kids!


[Outside the Box] Printmaking Workshop with artist Nathaniel Stern  Madison.com

Join self-proclaimed "awkward artist, teacher, and writer," Nathaniel Stern in this outside-the-box printmaking workshop. No previous experience is required and ...


Pinterest fans rejoice! Craft studio opens in Raleigh that's perfect for pinners  WTVD-TV

Knack: DIY Craft Studio opened at 1131 Falls River Avenue in Raleigh. The store allows people to pop in and get crafty.


How to improve stress management methods in 2019  Open Access Government

Darren Hockley, managing director DeltaNet International, provides some top tips on how to boost your stress management methods.


Merry Madness-Indie Art Show! | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Merry Madness-Indie Art Show! Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 12 PM – 5 PM. Plan B, Madison WI. Hosted by Merry Madness. Join us for an all handmade items ...


Calling All Open Class Home Arts, Hobbies and Crafts Entries for the Thurston County Fair  ThurstonTalk

If it's floral design, photography, or other home arts hobbies that inspire you, then the Thurston County Fair as an open class home arts competition that's pretty ...


Meghan Markle's Surprising Hobby Is Becoming More And More Popular  HuffPost

Meghan Markle has a particular hobby that's recently experienced an increase in popularity ― and it might be one you've looked up on Pinterest, too.


Ale Asylum's Holiday Shop Hop | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Join us for our annual Holiday Shop Hop, a fun way to buy cool gifts with a beer in hand! Local artists gather to sell unique gifts and we offer.


Trainfest- America's Largest Operating Model Railroad Show | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Join 20000 families and model train hobbyists for enormous fun and endless discovery at Trainfest®, America's largest operating model railroad show. Spend ...


Hobby Lobby closes Depew store  Buffalo News

The Hobby Lobby store at 2090 George Urban Blvd in Depew has closed. Hobby Lobby has remaining stores at 6743 Transit Road in Lancaster, 3701 McKinley ...


Why are 'feminine' crafts like basket weaving disparaged by politicians?  The Conversation AU

Basket weaving. It doesn't sound much of an insult does it? But Education Minister Simon Birmingham appeared to use the term in this way in an interview ...


5 craft hobbies to try  BT.com

Looking for a new hobby? Here are five great crafts you can try for yourself.


10 Hobbies You Can Turn Into a Side Hustle  The Motley Fool

If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. It's an old truism repeated often for a reason. The average person spends around 90,000 hours at ...


Aldi's new craft range starts from a budget-friendly 79p  HouseBeautiful.com

Whether a seasoned knitter or crocheting novice​, budget supermarket's Aldi's new Hobby and Craft Specialbuys range will help you to stock up on all the ...


Lost faith in the web? Restore it with a hobby  Channel NewsAsia

In an online hobbyist community, you can glimpse a healthier relationship with your digital devices.


'Making It' review: Amy Poehler craft show is a charming reminder that we are in the grips of a cutesiness epidemic  Chicago Tribune

"Making It," a crafting competition show on NBC, is so genuinely good-hearted and adorably inventive that it's darn near impossible to criticize.


Works from local artists showcased at new arts and crafts storefront in Highland  Belleville News-Democrat

Business news: information about the grand opening of Highland Arts and Crafts, an art supply and consignment store located in Highland, IL in southern Illinois, ...


Knitting at the Library | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Drop in knitting: Learn a new craft or work on that unfinished project with other neighborhood knitters.


Money Making Tips 5 hobbies you can make money from  Pulse Nigeria

Not only can you relax doing what you love, you can make money doing so, which you can be having fun and getting paid at the same time.


Gears & Beers — Bi-Weekly Car Meet Up  Madison.com

Come out and enjoy the day at World of Beer with Gears & Beers. This is a new event this year that is bi-weekly and always at the same location. There is a car ...


Hobbies & Crafts 2015: Spinning a Good Yarn  Publishers Weekly

Publishers speak to readers' diverse interests with new titles on everything from knitting and embroidery to hand-lettering and woodworking.


The craft hustle: It can be grueling, but these Iowans are doing what they love — and making money, too  Des Moines Register

For crafters, this time of year is their Super Bowl — and no detail is too small when you're trying to stand out among hundreds of other vendors.


Twitch ditches IRL label, introducing categories for ASMR, vlogging, fitness  Polygon

“IRL” will no longer be a generic category on Twitch. The company is introducing more than 10 specific categories for streamers who want to broadcast ...


Meet the people making a living live-streaming their niche hobbies, travel adventures, and everyday lives on Twitch  Business Insider

Twitch — a subsidiary of Amazon — has become synonymous with the boom in video game livestreaming. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, the most popular "Fortnite" ...


10 Old-School Hobbies That Are Cool Again  Verily

Trading screen time for these old-school pastimes never looked so good . . . until now.


Crafter’s paradise: The business of creativity is worth $44 billion  Quartz

The total size of the US creative industry is now $43.9 billion, according to new research from the Association For Creative Industries, until recently known as the ...


Well-crafted: Hands-on hobbies learned online  CNBC.com

A growing number of sites offer paid online classes teaching hobbies traditionally picked up in person—like landscape photography and baking bread.


Aldi's new range of hobby and craft supplies is in stores TODAY!  Ideal Home

From sewing machines to haberdashery essentials, craft enthusiasts can find everything they need for making projects with Aldi's new craft supplies.


8 survival tips that could help you survive the apocalypse  Business Insider

Business Insider - Here are some useful survival skills that could come in handy in the event of an apocalypse or other dangerous situation.. Read more at ...


Hobbies: Collector crafts, sells high-end accessories for Barbies  The Columbus Dispatch

Barbie might be the queen of accessories.To go with six decades of clothes and shoes, the Mattel-made fashion doll has possessed Coach purses, ...


Make It & More crafts show coming to STEAM  Swindon Advertiser

Craft, Hobby & Handmade Show Steams into Swindon this month.


Where Americans Find Meaning in Life | Pew Research Center  Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project

Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.


Inspire Crafts and Hobbies awarded Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of Year Award  Wellsville Daily Reporter

WELLSVILLE — If you're in the neighborhood and you haven't stopped in to 112 N. Main St., it may be time to visit Inspire Crafts and Hobbies and see what ...


No Joke: 11 Hobbies That Make Money  Motley Fool

Who knew these 11 fun hobbies could actually turn into a cash cow for consumers?


Many facing hard times, need help for Christmas  Baxter Bulletin

To donate to The Bulletin's Wish Program, visit The Bulletin lobby at 16 W. 6th St. in Mountain Home.


The Forgotten Everyday Origins of ‘Craft’  The Atlantic

A new book explores the fascinating medieval history of a word whose current meaning has little to do with skill or labor.


Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show Gets a Total Make-Over  TSNN Trade Show News

The Craft & Hobby Association has transformed its CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show into Creativation, a refreshed, reimagined event for the crafting ...


50 Craft Business Ideas  Small Business Trends

There are so many different business opportunities that allow you to share your crafting skills. Here are 50 craft business ideas to get you started.


Drop-In: Holiday Ornament Making | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Once you've finished the Thanksgiving leftovers and battled the crowds on Black Friday, join us for a weekend of holiday fun and ornament making at Revel!


Business Q&A: Thompson's Hobbies and Crafts, Lakewood  The Denver Post

Interview with Georgia Thompson, president. Q: How did you get involved in this business? A: I was very crafty and my husband really loved radio-controlled ...


Pitman craft store closing after 48 years  Cherry Hill Courier Post

After 48 years, Alice Polocz is retiring. The owner of Bob's Hobbies and Crafts, a Pitman landmark, also served as the borough's mayor and was instrumental in ...


North Brunswick attracting several new businesses  MyCentralJersey.com

Hobby Lobby, iHop, Ace Hardware, The Halal Guys and Nothing Bundt Cakes are among businesses coming to the township.


6 Surprising Benefits of a Frugal Hobby  U.S. News & World Report

Whether it's woodworking or writing, a hobby doesn't have to be expensive to be satisfying. For as the little as the cost of a few hand tools or paper and pen, ...


Hobbies & Crafts 2015: Adult Coloring Books  Publishers Weekly

Nearly every craft publisher, large and small, is dipping (or redipping) a toe into the widening pool of adult coloring books. The impetus is clear: to capitalize on ...


If The Adult Coloring Book Craze Is Dead, It Needs A Postmortem  Forbes Now

In 2015, adult coloring books became the dark horse of the publishing industry, as a surprising surge in sales boosted major players' revenues. Now the trend is ...


11 Arts And Crafts Apps For The DIY Enthusiast, Because Sewing And Smartphones Totally Mix  Bustle

Crafty types may often look at technology with a thoroughly suspicious, borderline-Luddite eye — but just because you're into DIY and arts and crafts hobbies ...


How To Find A Hobby As An Adult  Bustle

Trying to figure out what to do during your days off or your evenings could be some tough stuff. It can feel a little cheesy trying to find a hobby as an adult, ...


Sac State students enjoy favorite apps, hobbies during holiday breaks  StateHornet.com

With classes canceled a few weeks ago, Sacramento State students had a few extra days of Thanksgiving break. Some using social media, while others shied ...


11 Old Lady Hobbies That Are Perfect To Try In Your Twenties, From Canasta To Embroidery  Bustle

There are lots of theories about why so many 20-somethings are getting into knitting, sewing, gardening, and other "lost arts" that our grandmothers probably ...


8 Creative Hobbies To Take Up In 2017  BuzzFeed News

To be clear, I'm not saying I'm great at all the hobbies I take up...just that I'm good at pursuing hobbies. Probably because hobbies combine three of my favorite ...


50 Hobbies For Men That Are Worth Taking Up  FashionBeans

Here are 50 of the best hobbies for men, each one designed to get you away from the screen, improve your fitness, cure burnout and give you new life skills.


Long-time friends turn crafting hobby into Christmas shop  Kokomo Tribune

KOKOMO – From the outside of Dixie Doyle's home, no one would suspect that the inside of her garage has been transformed into a fully-stocked seasonal gift ...


Hobby Lobby plans LI store  Newsday

National arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby will open its first store on Long Island next summer. Hobby Lobby said it will remodel a 43000-square-foot store, ...


Growing arts and crafts market isn't just for kids  Chicago Tribune

Growth in arts and crafts is about more than just adult coloring books. Sales of coloring and art supplies grew about 7 percent in 2015, The NPD Group says.


Top 5 things to do this weekend  Grand Haven Tribune

It's an arts and crafts weekend in Grand Haven, with free admission to three shows. (1) St. Pat's Arts and Craft Show — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 ...


7 Crafts You Can Do While Watching TV, Because You Might As Well Multitask  Bustle

Dedicating an entire evening or longer to watching TV can sometimes feel like a waste of time. But there's something you can do to make better use of your time: ...


11 Healthy Hobbies for Seniors  A Place for Mom Senior Living News and Trends

Having a healthy lifestyle factors into living a long life, but studies show that hobbies for seniors are equally important. Learn more.


5 Hobbies You Can Actually Turn Into a Career  Money Magazine

There's no end to people – and online stories – telling you to chase your dreams and turn your hobby into a career. And why not? It's easy advice to give.


Color Me Compartmentalized: Hobbies & Crafts 2016-2017  Publishers Weekly

This time last year, when PW looked at the hobbies and crafts space, editors were reluctant to predict what direction the adult coloring book craze could possibly ...


'Hiz and Herz' hobby store in Flint Hill  Rappahannock News

Flint Hill and indeed all of Rappahannock County welcomes “Hiz and Herz Hobbies & Racing,” a unique hands-on hobby store moving into the old Merry Moo ...


Hobby Craft Etc. closing its doors after death of son  Corsicana Daily Sun

After more than three decades of selling everything from car and plane models to paintbrushes and silk mums, the Hobby Craft Etc. at 819 N. Main St. in ...


Pollie surprised by number and range of men's shed activities in Narooma  Narooma News

Fiona Kotvojs takes a first-hand look at the facilities and operations on offer.


How king of crafts Paul Wright made millions from his passion  Express.co.uk

From window cleaner to TV champion, work for Paul Wright was always a hobby. KIRSTEN JONES explains how he made his millions...


7 Productive Things To Do After A Breakup That Actually Help You Heal  Bustle

When you've just gone through a painful breakup, it's natural if your first reaction is to want to hole up in your bedroom — lights off, under the covers, ice cream ...


FYI Philly: Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show  6abc.com

The 40th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show is set to kick off at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Karen Rogers previews the ...


The Craft & Hobby Association Announces 2010 Craft Industry Statistics  PR Newswire

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) announced the 2010 full-year results from its CHA U.S. Attitude ...


Downtown hobby store moving after 49 years  Evanston Now

Tom Thumb Hobbies & Crafts is leaving Evanston after nearly a half century in business here. Co-owner Cheryl Anderson says the store, at 1026 Davis St., will ...


Hobbies: Cool down summer parties with these crafts  The Detroit News

Your party guests sure to enjoy sweet treats packed into a box that looks like your favorite ice cream bar.


How to Turn Your Passions Into Retirement Income  Next Avenue

Career coach Nancy Collamer offers four ideas for earning retirement income from the things you love and the activities you love to do.


From passion to profit: turn your hobby into a business  The Guardian

Earning money from doing what you love is something a lot of us aspire to. We speak to five people actually living the dream.


Creative hobbies help prevent mild cognitive impairment, dementia  CBS News

Taking up one of these activities could help prevent mild cognitive impairment.


8 Creative Workshops to Start a New Hobby  7x7

San Francisco's creative calendar is absolutely packed with beginner workshops where you can learn everything from the Lindy Hop to Tahitian hula, and the ...


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