Sewing Season

We’re taking a cue from yesterday’s 70 degree weather (what!) and thinking about spring sewing. There’s a series of fun, springy sewing classes coming up that are perfect for growing your crafting skills and your spring wardrobe.

Our very next workshop, on April 27, is  Sewing with Knits: T-Shirt Workshop. Get comfortable with our awesome printed and solid knit fabrics to make that staple item: the t-shirt. You’ll want to brush up on sewing with knits because we have Colette’s two new knit patterns. We don’t want to spoil the surprise (they’re announcing them today) but you can see them in person in the shop!

What’s the perfect match for a spring t-shirt? How about shorts or a skirt? Starting May 10, our Grainline Studio Workshop walks you through constructing either item. If you’ve only worked with quilting cottons before, this is a great introduction to heavier fabrics (and zippers)!

Along with new patterns from Grainline and Sewaholic, we’re so excited to offer digital patterns from Liesl + Co. In celebration, Jeanne is teaching a Liesl + Co Clothing Workshop beginning on May 21 I can’t wait to make an Everyday Skirt (or five)!

Our Custom Fit Dress class begins June 1st. There’s just one spot left in this class, but you can bet we’ll be scheduling another one for summer. Check out the sample, in Nani Iro cotton!

 

Taylor's Custom Dress!

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by craftygals

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Be Inspired: Chambray

We just got four soft, lovely bolts of cotton chambray from Robert Kaufman. This fabric needs to be felt to be believed; it’s lighter than denim without being sheer, perfect for spring and (dare I say it?!) summer tops and dresses.

Chambray from Robert Kaufman

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by craftygals

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Springy New Yarns!

With warmer weather just around the corner, we decided to add some new and new-to-us yarns this spring!

Berroco Remix is an aran/worsted weight blend of nylon, cotton, acrylic, and silk. This yarn is a fantastic value, and perfect for cozy–but not too hot–cardigans. We love the sea-swept colors and surprising softness of this yarn!

Berroco Modern Cotton is a worsted weight cotton and rayon blend. It’s machine washable, and perfect for projects for babies and kids, especially considering its bright-but-sophisticated palette.

Berroco Fuji is a DK weight blend of silk and cotton  with a bit of nylon and rayon. This yarn reminds us of a summery version of Fibre Comany’s Acadia: it’s tweedy and textured, yet sophisticated, crisp, and has a great drape.

Classic Elite Bella Lino is a DK/sport weight sister to Classic Elite Firefly, with gorgeous variegated stripes of color. This linen, rayon, and cotton blend feels crisp–almost crunchy–in the ball, but softens as you knit, wash, and wear it into gorgeous, drapey goodness.

We’ll still carry our favorite classic spring and summer yarns, like Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton, Spud & Chloe Sweater, and, of course, Classic Elite Firefly. Plus we’ll be rolling out samples soon to show off that fabulous fiber, wool, and how to work with it when the weather gets warmer.

Berroco Remix

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by craftygals

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Inspired Knitting + Quilting

Thanks to our guests and all our JP Knit & Stitch community who came out for the Toil & Trouble trunk show and workshop on Saturday and the Quilting with a Modern Slant panel discussion and book signing on Sunday. We are always so inspired to welcome such accomplished makers into our shop and to share their stories and process and inspiration with all of you! A special thanks to Ana from Toil & Trouble and Rachel, Pippa, and Alice who were here in support of Quilting With a Modern Slant.

Next weekend we look forward to welcoming all of you to our Annual Birthday Shop-wide SALE. Read all about it right here!

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by craftygals

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Something to Knit, Something to Sew

And, of course, lots of things to inspire!

It’s Week 3 of our birthday month and we’re so excited about the upcoming weekend.

Toil & Trouble’s Trunk Show is this Saturday! Stick around after for Introduction to Shawl Design with dyer Ana. Space is limited, so sign up ahead of time!

Sunday is quilt day, with an exhibit, talk, and signing for Quilting With A Modern Slant! Email us at info@jpknitandstitch.com to reserve your copy ahead of time.

 

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by craftygals

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Thank you!!!!

We can’t thank everyone enough for the outpouring of birthday wishes on Saturday. Was it the champagne (from our lovely neighbors down the street at StreetCar Wines)? Was it the delicious cupcakes (from our crafty in-a-foodie-sort-of-way neighbors across the street, Quesqueya Bakery)? Was it the raffle (stay tuned for our winners!)? the Customer slideshow? Whatever brought you out, you came in droves and hung out and let us take pics of your crafty finery and for that we say…thank you! Thank you for inspiring us all year!  Check out all the photos from our party on our Facebook page right here.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for rest of our birthday month of fun:

March 22nd Trunk Show and Workshop with Ana From Toil and Trouble

March 23rd Panel Discussion and Book Signing for Quilting with a Modern Slant

March 29 & 30 JP Knit & Stitch annual sale

 

champagne

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by craftygals

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March 3rd Anniversary Events

We can’t believe it’s been three years! To show our thanks and gratitude to all of you for a wonderful three crafty years, we have put together a month long series of events starting with our second annual Customer Appreciation Party. Join us in Saturday March 1st for champagne mimosas, customer slideshow, raffle, cupcakes…it’s our way of saying thank you!

Saturday, March 22nd we are thrilled to welcome Ana from Toil and Trouble for a trunk show and workshop.

Sunday, March 23rd we are hosting a panel talk and book signing for the hot off the press Quilting with A Modern Slant.

Our 3rd Anniversary sale begins on March 29th.

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Posted on February 15th, 2014 by craftygals

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More Winter Weather!

In spite of winter weather, we will be open our normal hours tonight (until 8pm)! Stop by if you need some snowy night crafting supplies.

Due to the surprising amount of snow, however, we have had to cancel all Knit & Stitch classes for today/tonight.

Stay warm and stay crafty!

 

Posted on February 13th, 2014 by craftygals

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March Classes and Small Changes

We can’t believe how quickly 2014 is already speeding by! We’re getting ready for our third anniversary this March with a bunch of events, workshops (like Sock and Cable knitting), new merchandise, and, of course, our annual sale. Keep an eye on our website and in the shop for more details soon, and keep your calendars open!

Speaking of calendars, have you seen our class calendar? You might notice that March looks a little bit different. We’re changing the way classes are listed on our website calendar. Now, only the first session of each class will appear on our calendar, instead of every session of each class.

How will this affect you? It will make it easier to see what classes are coming up! From the calendar, you can see the start dates for all of our upcoming classes. We’ll continue to label our One Day Workshops as…One Day Workshops (like our March 1 Day Workshop: Learn to Crochet! Crash Course). Anything that doesn’t have that phrase in its title will have more than one meeting. Click on a class title or hover over the class to see when it meets.

We’ve also added an “alumni” section to our popular Weekend Beginner Knitting class. So, if you’ve never taken a knitting class before, you can register for Weekend Beginner Knitting, and if you’ve already learned to knit in a JP Knit & Stitch Class, you can take Weekend Beginner Knitting for Alumni. Just like our Wednesday Beginning to Knit and Beginning to Knit for Alumni, students work together to improve their knitting skills. And remember, if a class has a month in its title, it’s a recurring class. (So if you miss this session, don’t worry! We’ll schedule another one soon.)

Posted on February 11th, 2014 by craftygals

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Winter Olympics! Valentine’s Day!

We have two great workshops lined up to celebrate February in all its glory (well, among lots of other great classes!). The Winter Olympics just started in Sochi and we are thrilled to combine our love for Winter in all its glory and the knitting technique known as Colorwork in all its glory along with our LGBT community. Whew, that’s a lotta love. Click here to check out this fun workshop (and see the sample below). Valentine’s Day is soon upon us, why not send your little (or big) one to this fun Embroidered Card Workshop with Kate? SO Sweet. Check out all our wonderful classes right here. Happy February, all! – JPK&S

Posted on February 7th, 2014 by craftygals

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