A tribute to Anna Marie Horner for her collection of voiles, Little Folks, written by Deborah Moebes.

Anna Maria, you amaze us. Not only are you creative and funny and inspiring, but you really care about us, the folks who love your designs. How do I know this? Because you gave us these unbelievable Little Folks voiles to work with.

I know, lots of stitchers are a little scared of the voile: it’s an unfamiliar fabric, an unfamiliar weight. What do we do with it, we ask ourselves? I asked the same question of our instructors, and sent each of them home with a couple yards of fabric to play with. It took them a while to get down to sewing, I think, because they kept sneaking in the sewing room to touch and admire, but I knew they’d make something really, really special.

I was dying to see what they’d bring back, and you’ll love what they made from your designs! Apparel is the first thing that springs to mind, since that’s what voiles have traditionally been used for. Making ruffles has never been so easy or nearly so much fun, and the supreme softness of this fabric makes it super perfect for tiny baby bottoms. This little gem was stitched up by our Whipstitch hand embroidery instructor as a baby gift for her bestest friend, who just had her first baby last week. You know, Anna Maria, that with that first one we’re all so careful and so selective—the buttery cream texture of this voile makes it such a welcome gift for the softest baby skin. And the quality of this fabric makes me sure that she’ll pass on this outfit to her next baby.

voile onesie

voile ruffle

Not everyone has a tiny bottom to sew for, but most of us have animal companions we love nearly as much. Our serger instructor whipped up these martingale collars for her two lovelies, and I’m pretty taken with them. I don’t think I really thought about how nice this fabric would feel against doggie skin, but it has just the right weight for a collar: not too heavy, not too binding, and creamy soft. Our puppy has her collar taken off every night and put on again every morning—I think maybe it’s time we give her some options to choose from so she can dress up! And Anna Maria, these colors. They are SO amazing, and have such depth and complexity. I really love them in every light, against any skin tone, against doggie fur. SO gorgeous.

voile collar

voile collar with dog

One of the things I enjoy most about working with your fabrics, actually, has been that the feel so good in the hand as they go under the machine. It’s really a treat to use top-quality goods, and since sewing asks us to touch the fabric all the time, I want to handle the smoothest, most wonderful fabrics I can. This stuff totally fits the bill. Our kids’ sewing instructor always seems to combine practicality with luxury, and that’s just what she did here: a fabulous clutch with voile as the outside (and lined with Good Folks cotton), plus a matching tissue holder. I like that the clutch is so luxurious to the touch, and makes me feel like I’ve spent a mint just to have something so modern and sumptuous to hold in my hand. And I love the touch of whimsy that the tissue holder brings: what a great way to use a teensy bit of this! Come to think of it, ALL these projects used less than a fat quarter of this fabric, which I really, really love.

voile clutch

voile clutch and tissue

For myself, I knew I wanted to make a piece that would be around for a while, something I could really enjoy over and over again. When our house flooded a few months ago, we lost the handmade cross-stitched stockings my 84-year-old grandmother made each of us, and I was so bummed about that. Having this wonderful fabric in these amazing colorways really gave me a chance to replace those stockings with something I knew I’d treasure. To answer the question I’ve heard the most: YES, it quilts up beautifully! And this Sugar Cookie colorway was so perfect for our middle child, who herself is a pink-and-gold masterpiece.

voile stocking

voile stocking 2

The drapey hand of this voile makes it a breeze to work with, and the weave is so forgiving. I’m recommending a slightly smaller needle—a 10, probably—to folks asking how to work with voiles, and all of us had great results with Gutermann polyester threads. Pinning was a snap, and cutting was like living a dream—so smooth! Working with these fabrics after using quilting cottons took almost no changes in technique, and gave such beautiful results right out of the gate. What a fantastic gift for all of us!

We all really want to thank you, Anna Maria. I know this whole thing sounds pretty stalker-ish and all, but well, we sure do love your work. And this voile? I might have to have a WHOLE LOT of it to add to my wardrobe. And my home. And my kids’ rooms…

Thanks for getting 2010 off to a creamy-soft, gorgeously patterned start!

Deborah Moebes
Whipstitch Fabrics
WhipStitch Fabrics Blog

For more on Little Folks Voile  and the buying guide from tfs.


One Response to Little Folks Voile – revisited with inspiration!

  1. arlene says:

    how do i get a doggie collar tutorial? i have two beloved adopted dogs and would love to dress them up!