What is Vilene? A Quick-Start Guide
Today is the first day that I will be hosting The Vilene Sewing Club workshops over at Sewing For Pleasure – these FREE workshops are based on a first come, first serve basis – so, you guys are going to have to get in quick>> be sure to check out my workshop schedule!
I can’t tall you how stoked I am to be running these workshops. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity meet lots and lots of awesome folks. It has been a great opportunity to work not only with Vilene, but also some of the finest brands out there – I’m particularly blown away by the awesome print cottons from Art Gallery Fabrics that I have been using for these projects…and, if I can still genuinely say that I am besotted with the selection of prints that I have chosen to work with for these projects, after pressing, cutting and preparing over 160 individual kits for this event alone, then it must be good – right?!
I know when I say Vilene to people that it usually gains one of two reactions – the first is a total blank, no clue whatsoever to what I am talking about. And, the other is usually a conversation that runs a little something like this…
Me: “…So, I demonstrate the different uses of the products in the Vilene range…”
You: “Ah! Yes! The Vilene – I use that!”
Me: “Oh Neat! Which products do you use?”
Me: “Great – which products are you favourites?”
Ok so that just sounds like I had a conversation with myself and made no sense at all, right? Well, you’d be surprised at how many times I have this conversation. I mean, the brand name – Vilene – seems to be something that y’all are more than familiar with, but the Vilene products you use might vary dramatically if you’re a quilter or if you’re a dressmaker.
Think of it this way…
Waiter: “…So, I can offer you a wide selection of specials on the menu tonight ”
You: “Ah! Yes! The Food – I’d like that!”
Waiter: “Oh Neat! Which food would you like?”
You: “The Food…”
Waiter: “Great – which foods are you favourites?”
You: “The Food…?!”
Can you see where I’m going with this? No doubt you will know – or will have heard of – Vilene as a brand, a popular brand in the sewing sector. Depending on what you type of projects you like to work on you might use a Vilene product as an interfacing for dressmaking, you might select a Vilene product for quilting or you might be picking out a Vilene product to add some substance or structure to your latest make.
With so many folks just refer to the specific product that they use – knowing which exact Vilene item they are referring to is a little tricky! So, how about a Quick Start Guide To The Vilene Range – to help you find the right product for your next project?
This handy chart will help you to identify the correct Vilene product for the next project that you plan to make.
As I spend such a long time working with different products in the Vilene range, I thought that it might be a rad idea to put together up a selection of Vilene Tutorials…so, if you’re looking for some information or are wanting a new project featuring something in the range – Just search “Vilene” in the side bar to view the relevant posts, if you can’t find the answer to your Vilene related question or you you have a question about using a Vilene Project – just leave a comment below…if I don’t know the answer, I’d be more than happy to try to find out!