Friday, October 12, 2012

Tissú Fine Fabric Store

Last week I made a sales trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. What a whirlwind of a trip! It took 13 hours to drive across the mostly dry desert lands of Oregon, Idaho, and into Utah. The towns are small and gas stations are few between Boise and Ogden, and we nearly ran out of gas! It was a fast but fun trip, and successful too! Let me introduce you to the cutest boutique in all of Salt Lake Valley called Tissú Fine Fabrics and Design Gallery. The fabrics are top quality, coming from the cutting rooms of well known designers around the U.S., and being sold here at really good prices. You can find a great selection of wools, the most beautiful bridal fabrics, fun and unusual notions, pattern making supplies, sewing classes, and custom sewing and design services. Thank you to my son, Denver, for shooting and editing this great introductory video about Tissú.

If you live nearby, or find yourself passing through, I invite you to stop in, and please tell Teresa I sent you!

Tissú Fine Fabrics and Design Gallery  
345 WestPierpont Ave  Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Tel. 435 896 7286 

Monday, October 1, 2012

The zipper: An American Invention

My son has been doing the filming for our instructional video on zippers. The time it is taking from his daily routine is putting a kink in his social calendar, so with it comes the occasional mild complaint "Why do people have to know about zippers? Isn't there another way?"

Well yes, I explain. We can put button in your pants. That's how it was done in the days before zippers. Or we can go back a little farther to the days when pants were basically two tubes tied together with a cloth tucked between your legs to cover the gap. Or we can go back the farthest - just think! All men (and women) could be wearing a dress right now!

That was it. He was back to the camera without another word.Technology and invention have given us a lot to be thankful for.

While you wait for the video to be completed, I recommend an excellent website that tells the complete and interesting tale of how the zipper came to be. Published by a class of students in "History of American Technology and Culture", HST 325, at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the history of the zipper is the work of Taylor Brann, which you can find here: