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Back To India
 
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Tuesday March 08, 2016
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

Rachel and Chase recently traveled back to India to visit some of our fellow artisan mills which create some of our best sellers including Priya, Shisha, In Flux and Prodigy. While there, Rachel and Chase were able to revisit many of the artisan techniques that are still so vibrant and alive in the country, such as woodblock printing, the hand dyeing of yarns, embroidery and hand weaving. Enjoy the colors!

Shisha, In Flux and Prodigy on the loom!

The hand carved woodblock that is used to create Priya!

The incredible state of the art embroidery machines, weaving full repeats over and over!

Yarn being hand dyed.

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TAGS:  Bangalore, India, Rachel, Chase, Pollack Studio, Travel
 
 
February: Red White & Blue
 
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Friday February 19, 2016
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

In honor of President's Day, as well as our newest Americana-inspired pattern, Weave On, February's colors of the month are red, white and blue! Even though this combination is a usual one here in the USA, we love all the unexpected ways it pops up, too! 

The inspiration continues on our Pinterest page.

From left to right: Thoroughfare in midnight sky, Game On in red rover, West Coast in Pacific, Knotty in Queen of Hearts, Eliza in blue parasol, Flaxen Field in canal and Weave On in Americana. Taza in indigo as the backdrop.

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TAGS:  color of the month, pollack studio, red white and blue, weave on, taza, eliza, thoroughfare, knotty, flaxen field, game on, west coast
 
 
Spring 2016: Weave On
 
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Tuesday February 09, 2016
POSTED BY: Maryanne Solensky
 

Fans of Americana will recognize our homage to traditional hand-woven dobby coverlets in this collection’s namesake, Weave On, above.  Emphasizing structure and weight, the warp and weft yarns weave in bundles of two to create this timeless geometric motif.  Three colors define a bold, contemporary plaid, accented with single horizontal and vertical rows of a fourth color.

A group from this collection’s blue palette, from the top:  Chime’s rippling motif, so apt for a window fabric, shades from strong forms to faint shadows and is printed on a textured linen and polyester ground.  Eliza extravagantly covers a dense, canvas-weight linen with embroidered circles, matte and lustrous, that align in concentric squares.  Speckle, an existing pattern, broadens its appeal with additional colors.  Sergio sticks to basics in its simple and exaggerated weave structure, allowing the quality of several novelty yarns to be the focus of this tactile design.  Taza translates a primitive Moroccan design traditionally seen in Beni Ourain shag rugs into a refined velvet, touched with a rustic appeal.

Chime

Grace (left) poses wide stripes of an elegant multi-yarn striae, varying in color, luster and weight, against equally broad bands of a linen and cotton ground;  an aerial feat of sorts, our double-width Flying Trapeze alternates two filling yarns, with different weights and degrees of shine, to weave crisp geometric columns, layering their rhythm and varied opacity on this sophisticated window fabric.

Our Pure label is represented in this photo, starting at the top with Archaeology.  This silk Jacquard captures an elegant stillness with delicate motifs scattered across its burnished surface like remnants of fossils cast in stone.  Luxe Alpaca opts for a lush approach, with a dense pile that coats the cotton ground with an extravagant fur-like velvet.   The linear graphics of Silken Crossroads, a reversible design, are gently diffused as the lightest and darkest values shift from one to the other through steps of subtle shading.  This lovely soft pink is one of several new colors of Heathered Flannel, an apparel quality and upholstery caliber wool, woven in a fine twill construction.   Flaxen Field grounds this group with the warp’s earthy strands of natural linen, a simple basketweave framework and a uniquely color-rich, multi-fiber novelty yarn in the weft.

The intriguing design of Moon Dance, a double-width window fabric, is printed on the ground cloth with a chemical that ‘burns out’ the natural fibers.  After washing, only the clustered motif of graduated moons remains, with just the sheer filaments of polyester left within the orbs.

Four new designs, all testing to 100,000 double-rubs, join our High Performance / Bleach Cleanable group, from the left:  the glint of metal works its way through Gifted’s contemporary version of a flame stitch.  Coral from the pristine beaches of Vieques takes on a new life in this design’s finely articulated drawing.  Ikebana renders a classic kimono motif of stylized blossoms, with arcing lines forming gracefully overlapping circles.  Polyester chenille blooms on the face of Thoroughfare’s striped design, a welcome texture in this hard working group. 

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TAGS:  Weave On, Chime, Eliza, Speckle, Sergio, Taza, Grace, Flying Trapeze, Archaeology, Luxe Alpaca, Silken Crossroads, Heathered Flannel, Flaxen Field, Moon Dance, Gifted, Vieques, Ikebana, Thoroughfare
 
 
Puppy Love
 
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Tuesday February 02, 2016
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

Jenia, one of our designers, recently made this adorable puppy for her daughter out of Heathered Flannel, one of our wool favourites! 

 

He's loving all the new color additions to the Heathered Flannel line! 

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TAGS:  heathered flannel, puppy, handmade, jenia, pollack studio, new york city
 
 
A New Year With Pantone
 
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Monday January 04, 2016
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

Pantone has announced their color(s) of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Here's what Pantone had to say about their picks: "As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace." 

From left to right: Sunrise Linen, Persueded, Sedan Plush, Heathered Flannel and Eliza. Heathered Flannel as a backdrop.

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TAGS:  Pantone, Color of the year, rose quartz, serenity, pink, blue, pollack studio, sedan plush, heathered flannel

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