Family & Consumer Sciences : Textiles and Clothing

Who is a Beginning Sewer?

A beginning sewer is anyone that has an interest in sewing but has limited sewing experience. Or they may not have even had the machine out of the box.

Who is a Kentucky Master Clothing Volunteer?

A person who enjoys the art of sewing and has received an intense, in-depth education to improve their skills in clothing construction and leadership.

How do you become a Kentucky Master Clothing Volunteer?

You can apply if you have basic knowledge and good skills in clothing construction. State-wide training seminars are conducted on the even years.

Apparel & Textiles Links and Resources


American Home Sewing Association

Offers a list of favorite e-commerce fabric sites, free projects and reliable technical information.

Soaps & Detergents Association

Technical and lay information related to wet cleaning with soaps and/or detergents. Has free and minimal cost publications.

International Fabricare Institute

Association of drycleaners, wet cleaners, and launders. Consumer information - Ask the Expert, etc.

International Textiles & Apparel Association

Organization of textile and apparel professionals, predominately from educational institutions (colleges and universities).

Sew News

Magazine devoted to home sewing.

Sewing & Craft Expo

Listing of sewing and craft expo locations and how to register for various events.

National Cotton Council of America

Economic, Educational and Technical information.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Recalled products and flammability regulations.

American Sewing Guild

Organization for lay persons who "love" to sew. Membership information and benefits.

Sewing Events

Your Source for the best in sewing, quilting and embroidery education and fun.

General / Mixed Information

Cotton, Incorporated

Issues of the Lifestyle Monitor (which compiles retail and consumer marketplace information several times a year) and Textile Consumer available. Site also has technical and lay info about cotton research and production.

Dritz Corporation

Special information on selecting and using notions. Special features such as Sewing for a Wedding., etc.

Nancy's Notions

Complete sewing and quilting catalog of products, fabrics, specials and promotions.

Jo-Ann Fabric Store

A tour of the store, free projects, question and answer station, and fashion advice.

The Snap Source

Your source for long-prong snaps and award-winning snap attaching products.

Fabric Care

Proctor and Gamble

An interactive site from Proctor and Gamble.


A comprehensive site for Textiles & Apparel. This site can be used for much more than stain info.

Ask Norma

This is the Cotton Inc. site and Norma is their Textile Consumer Expert. You can send her a question and she will reply, especially as it related to cotton and cotton blends.

Access Cotton

This is also Cotton Inc. For the past 2 years they have done a Dirty Laundry Tour. This site is recommended because it includes some 4-H and youth ideas.


This site will reference some of the other sites. This is the site from the Clothes Care Research Center that the University of Kentucky Textiles lab participates in.


Fiber World Classroom

A textile encyclopedia ranging from a basic primer to care and maintenance information. Has industry, government and business links.

National Cotton Council of America

Economic, educational and technical information about cotton.

Invista's site for Lycra® spandex

Information specifically about Lycra® spandex.

Textile Fabric Consultants, Inc.

Swatch sets, theatrical fabric, etc.

The American Wool Council

A division of American Sheep Industry Association. Since 1955, American Wool Council involved in entire vertical process of wool marketing.

The Foxfibre Company

Source of organically grown colored cotton fiber fabric developed by Sally Fox.

Super Silk, Inc.

Mail order fabric company specializing in silks made around the world.