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Why Batik Cotton is Truly Extraordinary

Posted by Nate Fineberg on

I use Indonesian batik exclusively in my business and for good reason. The colors and designs are extraordinarily beautiful and the cotton has a wonderfully fine weave. Other countries such as China and India are trying to edge their way into this market but they make poor substitutes. Indonesian batik is pure artistry and the techniques used to make this fabric is labor intensive. Imagine - it takes two days to complete each 15 yards of fabric! Here is a video created by AvlynFabrics that shows how this incredible fabric is made. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nsMFIZfBiE

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How to Make a Protective Mask That Actually Fits (with video)

Posted by Wendy Windsor on

In an earlier blog, I posted a video by YouTuber Nicole Herrick that shows how to make a protective mask. Her mask is well-designed and she provides instructions and a downloadable pattern, although for me watching the video was all the instruction I needed. Nicole lives in Australia and some of the materials and information she provides are not yet commonly accepted practice in the US. For example, she recommends using a "Sunbrella"-type indoor-outdoor fabric for the outside of the mask, which may be perfectly okay, but this has not been tested/recommended in the US, as far as I know. ...

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Get Your Vermont Made Masks Here!

Posted by Wendy Windsor on

Get Your Vermont Made Masks Here!

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Mask Fabric Test

Posted by Wendy Windsor on

After doing a simple light test, the best fabrics to use to make masks becomes clear.

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How to Score a Cross Border Deal When Shipping to Canada from the US

Posted by Wendy Windsor on

Between carrier rates, duties, taxes, and brokerage fees, a small US business might end up asking their Canadian customers to pay more to ship to Canada that the cost of the actual item. This is very frustrating because I love doing business with my fellow Canadians. Years ago I mailed a fun little $15.00 wooden reindeer housewarming gift from Vermont to my sister in Toronto and she was slapped with an $81.00 brokerage fee! This was incredibly embarrassing and had I known this was going to happen, I would have waited and brought it with me next time I visited. ...

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