Hoop Dreams

We had such fun hosting the crafty makers behind the New Craft Artists in Action. They were here launching their inspiring book NetWorks: How to Make Hoops for Empty Nets in Your Neighborhood (copies are still available in the shop!). Our very own Taylor McVay is one of the authors and we were just thrilled to celebrate their great accomplishment with them.

Upcoming June workshops and events include First Thursdays JP with the artist Sarah Coyne; our next Friday Event Series, “be inspired” with JP Knit & Stitch sewing teachers and Social Media and Blogging for Sewers, Crafters and Makers;  upcoming Special Workshops include Tapestry Weaving in June and Screen Printing in July. 

Summer Kids Fiber Camp is filling up! See all the weeks available right here.

And as always, don’t forget our regular Sewing; Knitting; Crochet, Embroidery, and Kids Classes and Workshops. Let’s get crafty in June!

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Posted on May 29th, 2014 by craftygals

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Spring Inspiration

A little spring eye candy to get you in the mood for your next crafty project: Sam from the amazing Boston Compass (an underground free monthly newspaper based right here in JP with listings of “awesome happenings in the Boston area”) came in for a skein of embroidery floss to finish off his embellished jean jacket; Jillian, a first time quilter, is inspiring us with her creativity and color/fabric choices; and lastly some raw materials that are being whipped into class samples as we speak.

If you need a little nudge to get started, check out our sewing classes here; our knitting classes here; and crochet right here.

We are launching a Friday evening Event Series starting on May 23rd with a book signing and workshop with the ever-inventive  craft-activists New Craft Artists in Action. A “be inspired” evening with our sewing and embroidery teachers on Friday, June 13th is next on the books followed by a Social Media & Blogging Workshop for Sewers, Crafters, and Makers. Stay tuned, we have lots more up our sleeve!

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by craftygals

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Spring has sprung and Mother’s Day is tomorrow! We’ve whipped up a few quick gift ideas to buy or make for your mum.

  • A necklace (or kit!) from Red Gate Stitchery. These tiny cross stitch kits (with a finished necklace pictured below) are a perfect touch or color and texture. Even if you (or Mom) are a novice stitcher, these kits are fun, quick, and gorgeous.
  • A sewing, knitting, or crochet book. May we suggest Last-Minute Knitted Gifts?
  • A gift certificate. Whether she uses it for yarn, fabric, or a class, we know she’ll love it (and it’ll fit perfectly)!

We’re here to solve all your Mother’s Day dilemas until 5pm tonight and from 12 to 5 on Sunday. See you soon!

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Posted on May 10th, 2014 by craftygals

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We Woke Up the Earth!

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.

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by craftygals

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JP Knit & Stitch Wake Up the Earth Fiber Installation

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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Posted on May 3rd, 2014 by craftygals

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Begin Knitting!

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)!

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by craftygals

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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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