We carry a carefully selected range of fabrics with an emphasis on independent designers, organic fabrics, and Japanese imports. Some of the companies and designers that inspire us are Alexander Henry, Birch Organics, Heather Ross, and Nani Iro to name a few. We are constantly on the lookout for fresh, new sources for great fabric so check in often to see what’s new on our shelves.
At JP Knit & Stitch we love sewing patterns! We stock Oliver + S, Amy Butler, Colette, Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner, and more. We carry most of the basic sewing supplies such as scissors, tape measures, rotary cutters, pins, needles, thread, pin cushions, and cotton stuffing, along with some fun and hard to find items such as collar turners and bias tape makers. Come in and browse our ever-expanding collection of tools!
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The lovely and talented Janice won the JP Knit & Stitch Me Made May Instagram contest. Me Made May is a celebration of all things handmade. Crafty folks from around the world post photos of their handmade goodness throughout the month of May. We sat down with Janice to chat about her crafty life. Here are the highlights:
How did you learn to craft? I come from a long line of crafters. My mom made all my own clothes and taught me how to sew. My Grandmother sewed, crocheted, and did needlepoint. I got back into sewing and knitting when your shop opened [ed. note: that makes us happy :-)!] . My youngest daughter Ada also inspired me to sew and knit again.
What’s your crafting space like? We have lived for 8 years in our current small condo – which we love – but it did not have a dedicated crafting space. As a Christmas present my amazing husband created a sewing nook for me in our bedroom. [See photos below.] It is wonderful to be able to have sewing projects out and sit down and sew when I have the time.
As a busy working mom of three, how/when do you carve out crafting time? I knit in meetings a lot! I always have at least two projects with me, including an easy one that I can knit on without looking. [ed.note: !!!] For sewing I use weekend time. We often have a family outing in the morning and then quiet time in the afternoon and I will either cook or sew during that time.
What are your hopes and dreams around your crafting? My husband and I used to be big planners. Now we have become much more focused on the journey than the destination. I would like to be able to spend more time quilting, which requires more dedicated time than I have right now. I would like to learn to weave. I also hope to get to a point where I enjoy crafting with the kids more. [ed. note: we can totally relate to this!] It’s all about letting go of perfection – it’s very important with kids to focus on process not product.
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Are you a knitter, sewer, quilter, embroiderer, chef, urban homesteader – all of the above? Whatever manner of crafty maker you are, we have a beautiful book or magazine or quarterly to inspire your next project (edible or otherwise..check out the fiddlehead fern recipe in the latest lovely issue of our very local Maine based quarterly, Taproot). We file this under #welovethetangible
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Well, we’ve had our snow day and dug ourselves out and we are back to business as usual. Luckily, that business is inspiring you with warm, woolie yarns and saturated, sunny fabrics. We’ve been getting some amazing inventory in (yes, we’re still getting our deliveries!) so here’s a sample of what you can see in the shop right now:
Malabrigo Rasta: After a long wait, Malabrigo Rasta is back in stock! This is our favorite super bulky. It’s 100% merino and hand dyed, and perfect for all sorts of cozy, bulky accessories. Keep an eye out for more colors as soon as they become available.
Cotton & Steel: As always, it’s worth the wait! We picked our favorite prints from Cotton & Steel’s second collection, which includes metallic canvas, buttery voile, and stunning soft double gauze.
Doe by Carolyn Friedlander: We love this new collection. It’s perfect for quilting (and tops, and pockets, and bias tape); the low-volume prints play perfectly with our more gregarious prints. We’re finding that these fabrics are working their way into a ton of our projects.
Stop by, see it all in person, and be inspired!
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