Making Connections

Janet Klaer
Making Connections

Can you help me locate the MARIMEKKO PRINT FABRICS that were popular in the '60s?

Barbara B.

Marimekko fabrics, known for their bold designs and depth of color, are stocked by Textile Arts. Their selection includes the famous asymmetrical Unikko poppy in three sizes, as well as many other geometrics, stripes and abstract prints. Manufactured in Finland, these 54*-wide fabrics include reissues of classic '60s and '70s designs, as well as contemporary motifs. The fabric is sold by the yard and select designs are sold by the panel or repeat. For more information or to request samples, visit or call (888) 343-7285 or (631) 725-5055.

Where can I find solar-reactive EMBROIDERY THREAD?

Sally N.

Debra Mattes of SolarActive International has developed a 40-wt. embroidery thread that changes color when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. SolarActive UV thread is available in shades that change from white to one of the following colors: yellow, orange, red, pink, magenta, blue, purple and green. Also available are four shades that change from one color to another: yellow to orange, peach to wine, pink to magenta and blue to purple. For more information on the thread as well as solar-reactive buttons, fabric, lace and appliques, visit or call (818) 996-8690.

Do you have a source for a one-piece MATERNITY BATHING SUIT pattern?

Susan P.

Jalie 2317, Choice of Bathing Suits, is a classic one-piece tank swimsuit pattern that includes alteration instructions for mothers-to-be. It features a scoop neckline, shelf bra, optional tummy-control panel and boy-cut or shaped leg openings. The pattern includes misses' sizes 4-22 and children's sizes 2-14. For more information, visit

I'm looking for a retail source for ZIPPERS WITH COLORED TEETH.

Jennifer C.

The Sewing Place distributes stylish Swiss-made Riri zippers with multi-colored teeth. Used in high-end clothing and handbag lines, these zippers are available in many colors, including: pastel teeth on white or cream tape, jewel-tone teeth on white or black tape and fall colored teeth on cream or chocolate brown tape. The zippers have 6 mm aluminum teeth and are stocked in 7*, 12*, 16* and 22* lengths. They're available with closed or separating bottoms, depending on the length. For ordering information, visit or call (775) 853-2207.

I'm making tops and jackets for veterinary students and would like to find ANIMAL-PRINT FABRIC.

Olivia J.

Meribeth Correll of Hot Diggity Dog has designed more than 400 animal images that can be screen printed on 45*-wide cotton/polyester or 60*-wide fleece fabric. Included in the company's print library are dogs, cats, horses, wild and exotic animals. The designs are printed on your choice of 27 background colors and are washable. For ordering information, visit or call (800) 780-3136 or (913) 780-3136.

I'd like to REPLACE THE STRAPS on some of my BRAS with either decorative or clear plastic straps. Can you help me find a source?

Sally B.

Margarita Couture has an extensive collection of fashion bra straps suitable for almost any occasion or garment style. You can find straps to complement a causal tank top, accent a formal dress or simply replace old straps. Select from clear straps in three widths, colored elastic straps in two widths, straps with glitter, beads, rhinestones and other decorations, as well as jewelry straps made from Swarovski crystals or fresh water pearls. All of the bra straps are adjustable and have standard-sized metal hooks that won't break or bend. For more information or to order, visit

Where can I find BUTTON SHANKS to glue on the backs of coins and other items to make them into buttons?

Patricia W.

Gold-tone metal button shanks are stocked by Homestead Specialties. These 1/2*-diameter discs with a loop shank can be glued on the back of almost any type of material, including wood, metal, glass, ceramic and plastic. To order a set of 24 shanks, send $11 postpaid to: Homestead Specialties, Dept. SN-MC, 1883 State Road, Cochranton, PA 16314. You can also visit or call (814) 425-1183.


Maria B.

Beacon Fabric & Notions stocks DuPont SolarMax flag cloth in 56 colors. This 200-denier uncoated nylon fabric is made with high-strength yarn designed for flags, banners and windsocks. It has an ultraviolet inhibitor to resist fading and is also resistant to mildew and rot. For ordering information and color availability, visit or call (800) 713-8157.


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