Thanks to all who contributed to our “community fiber garden” and all who came out on Saturday morning to help us “plant” it. We had a beautiful May day for the festival and our D-I-Y crafting station saw plenty of action. Thanks to Spontaneous Celebrations for another wonderful Wake Up the Earth!
A special thanks to Taylor (for her conceptual + hands on help creating the flowers) and Abbey, Heather, Laura, Gabi, and Julie for their help installing the garden.
Now that we seem to have turned the corner into full on spring, check out all our spring classes starting this week: Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Kids Classes, and Summer Kids Camp.
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Join us on Saturday, 5/2, at 9am as we “plant” our 2014 community garden at the 2014 Wake Up the Earth festival. Meeting place is between the playground and basketball courts opposite the Stoneybrook T stop. Thanks to all our JP Knit & Stitch friends who crafted flowers, mushrooms, and birds for our fiber garden. Stay tuned for photos! (See Taylor prepping our “stems” below!)
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Check out Beginning to Knit, Beginning to Knit for Alumni, and Thursday Kids Knitting Club. All of the May sessions are now posted; take a peek! These classes, all taught by Allison Nevitt, are some of our longest running and most popular sessions. If you’ve been meaning to start knitting (or know a friend who has been eyeing your yarn), Beginning to Knit is a great place to start.
We also have beginning knitting classes on Wednesday mornings, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday afternoons (at a perfect post-brunch hour)!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
Quilting with a Modern Slant author Rachel May
One of Alice’s beautiful quilts
More lovely quilts
A sweet baby quilt
The Ghastlies in quilt form!
Genevieve, Pippa, Rachel May (author), and Alice (Boston Modern Quilt Guild president)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your copy ahead of time.
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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
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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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