21 Oct Introducing…the NEW JP Knit & Stitch website
We are thrilled to debut our new website and new look. We hope you like it! We launched our first website in the summer of 2011. It’s been four and a half years and as we head towards our five year anniversary (!), we thought it was time for a refresh. We kept everything that you love about the old site – the ability to register and pay for classes and workshops online, information about who we are – and how to get to our bricks and mortar shop, and our “be inspired” blog. We’ve taken these elements and simplified them, made them more user friendly, and more accessible. There are four parts to our new site: About, Classes, #beinspired Blog, and … Shop!
We are so excited to launch what has been a long time dream of ours, a virtual JP Knit & Stitch Shop to complement our “real” shop. The JPK&S shop is where we get to share with all of you a few of our “homegrown” products such as the JP Knit & Stitch Knitting and Sewing Kits as well as the JP Knit & Stitch needle gauge, our in-house screen printed project bags, and the JP Knit & Stitch gift certificate (how many times have we been asked whether these are available for sale online…finally we can say, “Yes!”). Stay tuned for other carefully selected items appearing in the shop as we slowly expand our offerings.
We have big plans for the JP Knit & Stitch #beinspired Blog – we will be introducing guest bloggers and will continue to showcase all the inspiring projects that come our way in the shop. Our motto is “be inspired” and we’ve always meant that in a very reciprocal way – we hope to inspire you to make your crafting dreams come true and we certainly are inspired by you every day in the shop when you come by (or email! or instagram!) and show us your crafty creations. What drives us when we are bringing in a new pattern designer or indie yarn company specializing in natural dyes (wink, wink coming soon), or one the most exciting new fabric designer launches in a number of years (we’ve been sworn to secrecy), is to bring them back to you – our crafty community – to inspire you to new heights of creativity.
The heart and soul of our shop is our classes and workshop pages. Now, with an easy to use drop down menu on the front page, you can browse all your favorite classes and workshops right from the homepage. The new layout and functionality will allow us to schedule classes further out and manage our shop calendar more efficiently.
So please, poke around, let us know what you think. Let us know about any kinks you might come across. We want to hear from you!
Finally some big thanks are in order. Sarah from spunmonkey designed and built our new site. She is just amazing to work with. I can’t say enough about how extremely competent, fast, responsive, and thoughtful she is. Thank you, Sarah! Julianna worked on the redesign of our logo and – after many, many rounds – we ended up right where I wanted to be – with a clean, beautiful logo and design that keeps all the elements of our main logo intact but introduces them in a new way. Thank you, Juliana! And, finally, I want to thank the JPK&S friends who gave me such helpful feedback on the site as we developed it: Eloise, Taylor, Alexis, and Kate. Thank you, friends.
We are a yarn + fabric shop with a community soul and we hope our new website reflects that ethos. -xo genevieve / jpk&s