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Spring 2017: On The Fringe
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Wednesday February 22, 2017
POSTED BY: Maryanne Solensky

Inspired by couture fashion, where more is never enough, On the Fringe (shown above) combines a hand-woven ground embellished with machine embroidery and appliquéd strips of hand-woven linen, fringed in two alternating colors.  Yarn, stitch, surface, luster, dimension and movement all play their part in crafting the exuberant animation of this extraordinary design.

Several new designs join our sophisticated Pure line:  from the top, a fragile hairline of linen casts its net of diamonds over the fine, burnished surface of Faceted Silk.  In Color Field, color shifts along the length of a chic, chunky bouclé yarn.  To maximize this texture, it sits on the surface of a canvas-like ground, cinched down by pairs of warp ends.  In Check Please, simplicity speaks with eloquent restraint as a refined, heathered bouclé yarn weaves in a 2x2 basketweave.  Three colors create vertical and horizontal bands that overlap in fields of tweedy color, forming a striking large scale check.  Wool at its most basic and its most beautiful has made Double Faced Wool a Pure essential.  With this collection, several new color-pairings of this reversible flannel expand the colorline.  Tailored Wool, a coordinate to Check Please, stands out for its rustic yet refined appeal. Scattering flecks of color over the surface, the heathered yarns reframe the notion of a solid pattern as an earthy and nuanced option.

We are excited to introduce a suite of five Indoor + Outdoor fabrics designed in collaboration with the British design studio, A Rum Fellow, where partners Caroline Lindsell and Dylan O’Shea celebrate the heritage of Mayan craft techniques in their hand-woven textiles.  Our fabrics share the vibrant colors and graphics of these traditional designs, while infusing them with the durability and versatility that our modern lifestyle calls for.

This photo features two designs woven with Sunbrella Contract yarns.  Tacana, on the left, is carved into a lavish, color-saturated mosaic, richly patterned with a complex play of weaves and angular shapes.  Its coordinate, Amaya, is defined by strong horizontal bands, densely filled with geometric forms.

Etiquette, top left, is a riff on a traditional houndstooth design.   A satin weave and the extremely fine, high-density nylon warp craft its reflective surface.  Cat’s Meow weighs in with the requisite amount of feline style, drama and mystique.  Hand-drawn and abstracted, the iconic leopard spots are polished with two earthy colors of viscose pile, raised above a voided cotton striae ground.  The glamorous Modern Dance poses a slick, burnished ground against bold, angled blocks of heavy viscose chenille that weave in a widely-spaced checkerboard.  Off the Grid is a modernist textile design that paints, cell by cell, an exciting linear canvas of pure, saturated color. Impeccable tailoring and crisp graphics describe Riveting.  Its understated, softly heathered cotton ground fields a grid of pristine squares, mapped out by lustrous circles of a heavy polyester yarn.

In Shape Up, architectural precision defines the angular forms of a minimalist design.  A world of geometric shapes is drawn as a fine line of filament polyester etches the cotton ground.

Coastline, at left, is patterned with finely stratified lines, meandering and soft-edged, that stream across its double-width.  With an effortless grace, this window fabric offers a translucent veil of gently combed color. Precise embroidery stitches fill in opaque triangles on Tri Out’s sheer double-width ground.  Changing direction every other row, the angular motifs, as dimensional as cut-outs, are aligned within a rigid grid to form a luminous geometric screen.  Thin, crinkled ribbons stripe Ticker Tape Parade, creating a checkerboard design as they flow from straight lines into lengths of pinched lozenges.  Produced by a couture mill in Italy, the fabric’s cotton and polyester yarns weave through a much finer nylon warp, with the contrast of the yarn sizes creating the gently rippled surface.

Celebrating the art of weaving, Bundles of Joy demonstrates the intricate beauty that an inspired combination of yarn and structure can produce.  Two layers of fabric weave and interlock to create a textured, detailed checkerboard that indulges in the pure materiality of several gutsy yarns.

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TAGS:  pollack, spring 2017 collection, on the fringe, faceted silk, check please, double faced wool, tailored wool, amaya, tacana, etiquette, cats meow, modern dance, off the grid, riveting, shape up, coastline, tri out, ticker tape parade, bundles of Joy
Fall 2016: Wonderland
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Tuesday June 28, 2016
POSTED BY: Maryanne Solensky

Two perfectly paired attributes – color and whimsy – bring this new collection into focus. Wonderland, the namesake shown above, is a modern take on the French toile tradition of scenic prints.  Stepping into an embroidered realm, it meets with a poetic party of whimsical animals and artifacts, all caught up in the motion of streaming vines.  On a natural linen ground, this world is drawn with nine colors of viscose and a lush mix of stitch lengths, directions and styles that shade and contour the motif.

White pairs with bright color in this lighthearted group.  From the top: Giverny, a painterly velvet, is streaked with eight colors of viscose pile that blend into a downpour of saturated, luscious color.  Voided areas reveal the ribbed ground that interrupts the dense surface with slits of woven texture.  Spontaneous and playful, Splatterwear's polyester motif is woven against a spun cotton ground.  Tweedy Pie, with an air of nonchalant luxury, weaves an exaggerated, loopy two-color bouclé with hefty, thirsty cotton chenille yarns.  With an Art Deco flair, the bold zigzag of Tipping Point celebrates the line – whether it’s drawn with dense acrylic chenille that blooms as richly as a velvet, or if it’s the finer voided line that reveals the canvas-textured ground.  The clipped and flipped herringbone graphic balances the two in a jazzy, angular rhythm.  In Clockwork, nostalgia for a world of springs and gears drove this graphic design, where silhouettes of imaginary machine parts float freely across a fine basketweave ground. 

Over a length of 63”, Analog expands its bold repeat, with block-patterned stripes stacked in an exuberant geometric motif.  Saturated colors add their own intensity as twelve weft colors combine with the two-color warp to create the vibrant palette of fifteen unique shades.  Even more tonality comes with varying weave effects, such as the delicate horizontal lines created by groups of bundled yarns.

Light glints off Hollywood and Vine's dense embroidery, shading into mercurial tones as the direction of the stitches change.  Even the doublecloth organza ground, woven of silk and polyester, adds to the glamour of this extraordinary fabric with the watery illusions created by its shifting moiré.

These new designs join our Pure label; from the top: fur-like Zsa Zsa, the epitome of drama, personality and style, is woven with loosely spun alpaca, which mimics a luxurious panné pile when its long fibers are brushed onto the surface.  Wool Inlay combines refined worsted wool, a classic dobby weave pattern and softly heathered yarn in this reversible design, suitable for either upholstery or drapery.  Alpaca Ridge offers a luxurious pile in a simple stripe of horizontal ribs, formed as the construction lays down pile in three directions.

Indoors or Out - these designs add sophisticated options for upholstery.  Peruvian Stripe and Peruvian Check are woven with solid and heathered Sunbrella® yarns in two coordinating designs, especially notable for their soft, cotton-like hand.  Choose either the stepped design, treading up and down adjacent blocks in perfect rhythmic geometry, or the upbeat horizontal stripe.  Surface and shading are the keywords for the third design, Pebble Check, which mixes colors and several Bella-Dura® yarns for an invitingly rustic texture.  A large check takes shape, defined by clear vertical lines and gradual tonal changes along the horizontal edges.  All three designs are bleach cleanable and test to 100,000 Wyzenbeek doublerubs.

A charming botanical design drawn from the archive of a French mill, Vineyard takes on a strong and graphic contemporary flair by simplifying the original art to a one-color silhouette, imbuing the line and forms with an engaging hand-drawn character and repeating the motif in a closely spaced halfdrop.  Heavy and lustrous viscose yarn works the raised needlepoint-like motif against the ground's soft striae. 

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TAGS:  Pollack, Fall 2016 Collection, Wonderland, Giverny, Splatterwear, Tweedy Pie, Tipping Point, Clockwork, Analog, Hollywood and Vine, Zsa Zsa, Wool Inlay, Alpaca Ridge, Peruvian Check, Peruvian Stripe, Pebble Check, Vineyard
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.


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
Fall 2015: Fusion
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Tuesday June 23, 2015
POSTED BY: Maryanne Solensky

One of the freshest surprises in this collection is the color pink, starring in the sophisticated group above.  At its most demure in our velvet Sedan Plush, this color pushes the offbeat geometry of Color Guard, a painterly block design of various weaves, in a particularly modern direction.  The color deepens in Bedford, a beautifully scaled plaid, where it’s paired with grey and white - the two tones that also brush Cobble Hill’s casual surface with the random variations of mélange yarns.

This group literally piles pattern on top of pattern!  From the top: The Joy of Hex, a hexagonal motif of matte and lustrous yarns, horizontally striped with bands of color; Magic Eye Velvet, a supple panné velvet striped with the tones of two space-dyed yarns; Color Guard, a finely woven geometric with various weave effects; Engagement, a lush and curvaceous voided velvet; Striptease, a richly textured surface woven with strips of burnished faux-leather; Alloy (background), this perennial favorite - softly metallic and crosshatched with color - welcomes six new colorways.

With an intricate play of color and luster, the strong, classic shapes of The Joy of Hex take on a boldly animated and graphic quality.

West Coast earns its casual creds by weaving multi-fiber bouclé yarns - one heathered, one just white - in the warp and weft, washing the textured surface with fresh, clean tones.  The second pattern in this cheerful duo is Zinnia, a hand-drawn motif, floral yet tailored, woven with a thick-and-thin viscose yarn against a finely checkered ground.

Sunrise Linen weaves four weft colors against a white warp, transitioning in a gentle rhythm from pinstripes to denser areas of color, finely mixing individual picks of color in a large, airy repeat.

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TAGS:  Color Guard, Sunrise Linen, The Joy of Hex, Zinnia, West Coast, Cobble Hill, Bedford, Sedan Plush, Striptease, Engagement, Magic Eye Velvet
Spring 2015: Rise And Shine
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Wednesday January 28, 2015
POSTED BY: Maryanne Solensky

This snapshot of our new collection offers a tempting range of patterns and surfaces - from the extravagant floral embroidery of Juliette, to the random, feathery motif of Plume, from the spare discipline of Spotted Wool, to the gently waving lines of Rise and Shine, and finally the striking Deco geometry of Prodigy.

Another group shot, this one gathers colorways that explore rich blue-green tones:  Riddle employs an intricate construction to create its raised grid and complex graphics, chenille frosts Rise and Shine with a velvet-like refinement, Raphael turns silk and linen yarns into a marbleized field of color, Prodigy combines glistening satin with bands detailed with tiny dots and Plushcious (from the Jaipur collection) offers lush columns of dense cotton pile.  

Two reversible worsted wool coordinates, Double Faced Wool and Spotted Wool, revel in the beauty of sophisticated mélange yarns and the softness of a fine flannel finish.  Both are part of our Pure Collection.

An emphasis on bold graphics continues with Game On, as a heavy novelty yarn simulates the precision of a needlework design. Nuanced color, created as two slightly different tones weave together, softens the playful geometry with a gentle striae.

Helsinki combines clear, fresh color with a delightfully naïve drawing to map out a charming linear landscape.


Painted Velvet joins Double Faced Wool and Spotted Wool in this sophisticated palette.  This unique velvet paints eighteen colors across its expansive striae and brushes the surface with a complex pattern of cut and loop pile.

Though Juliette's large-scale floral design is traditional, its unique embroidery is anything but!  In a deftly contemporary treatment, long floats fill the shapes and curve to mimic them in a light, feathery texture.

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TAGS:  Rise and Shine, Spotted Wool, Game On, Helsinki, Juliette, Painted Velvet

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