Lanyards with Cotton+Steel at Sewtopia New Orleans

Cotton + Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics was founded in 2013 on the ideas that there is strength in collaboration and value in good design. They believe in surrounding yourself with inspiring, beautiful things, and that the materials you choose for your creative pursuits should make it easy for you bring your projects to life.

Since their founding they have designed over a thousand unique fabrics, developed and released a new line of thread with Sulky Threads, and designed two BERNINA sewing machines. They have also had their first guest designer, renowned stationery company Rifle Paper Co.,

Their designers Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight and Sarah Watts work together in a uniquely collaborative environment, creating fresh and fun fabrics that mix and match effortlessly across collections. Together they strive to honor the traditions of resourcefulness, innovation and community inherent to the sewing and quilting world.

For Sewtopia New Orleans we are so excited to have our handmade lanyards feature Kim Kight’s Spring Collection. Kimberly Kight spent a lot of time as a child at the heels of her mom and grandma, shopping for fabric in the aisles of JC Penny and the like. Though she doesn’t remember sewing on her own as a child, when she received a sewing machine as a gift in 2001, she was able to thread it without thinking about it. A layoff led to a sewing hobby that led to an interest in fabric. She started the blog True Up in 2008, right as a new era of fabric design was beginning to emerge. In 2011, her first book, A Field Guide to Fabric Design, was published. An avid collector of vintage fabric, she wants to bring her very favorite prints from the past back for a new generation of sewers to enjoy. Kim lives in the Hill Country just outside of Austin, TX with her husband and two sons.

Each attendee will be receiving a handmade lanyard from Kim’s new line, “Snap to Grid.” With bold geometric characteristics of the era, this collection will send you back to the 1980s. The 80s is making a resurgence, so embrace the electric blues, neon pins and vibrant yellows in style.



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