A section of yardage from Oak Fabric in Chicago on the Tchad workroom sewing studio tables. It is a dusty slate teal with a light blue and gold vaguely mid-century directional print.

As Close to Nainsook As You Will Find

We aren’t going to belabor the point here, but the rebrand that Rachel did when she built Oak Fabrics from The Needle Shop is really the best thing for Chicago in a long time as far as fabric stores go.  They aren’t paying us for that or whatever, we’re just saying…

We recently wrote about a book called A Dictionary of Textile Terms and mentioned a fabric called Nainsook. When we do things like this, it tends to generate a lot of questions in class as people read it and start asking about some ridiculously obscure this or that.

Recently this week we had a cut of cotton from Oak show up and it was almost exactly what we understand Nainsook to be:

A section of yardage from Oak Fabric in Chicago on the Tchad workroom sewing studio tables. It is a dusty slate teal with a light blue and gold vaguely mid-century directional print.
This is about as close to nainsook as you are going to be able to find…

It is lighter than muslin or most shirtings, smooth, plain weave, with just the slightest hint of polish to it.  Any heavier polish and it would veer into polished cottons or chintz – any lighter and it would veer into voile, lawn, or batiste.

We can’t post about all of the stuff that is coming in here from Oak or it would be the “Sewing classes featuring Oak Fabrics” blog and we’ve got so many more things to write about, but still.  Best decision and rebrand EVER. Good work on the supply end of creation deserves to be called out and recognized.

Also, because we are writing a lot of these blog posts with voice recognition: Nainsook.  Nainsook.  Nainsook.  Its fun to say.  Nainsook.

Also: Nainsook.

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