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Cotton Works by Minick and Simpson

It only looks like wool…Cotton Works Wovens – a new collection from Polly Minick & Laurie Simpson – 

“Cotton laine?”  The names mixes the cotton content and wool appearance of the fabric – “laine” is the French word for “wool”.

Reminiscent of classic woolens from famous mills, Cotton Works Wovens are pure-cotton fabrics woven to look and feel like their pure-wool counterparts.  These “cotton laines” have the thickness of wool but as cottons, they don’t require extra care or expense to maintain.  As woven plaids, stripes and textures – not printed – Cotton Works can be used for quilts, home-décor, stitchery and rug-hooking.  It makes a beautiful foundation for wool appliqué!

Cotton works looks like wool, it feels like wool, it stitches like wool, but it's 100% cotton.  It is thicker than your traditional quilt fabrics, but it can still be used in quilting - with just a few modifications.  We found that it helps to starch it before you cut and we pieced quilts with a larger seam allowance and we pressed the seams open. That's it.  It stitches like a dream for raw edge appliqué that traditionally uses wool - projects like penny rugs, and table toppers.