The prefect gift for that crafty someone who either needs a goto handbook for all their sewing questions or a step-by-step guide for learning how to sew. Sewing Basics is a a book that is anything but basic. It’s a handsomely illustrated, comprehensive introduction to machine and hand sewing by Sandra Bardwell. This season give the gift of craft! It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
*This is post #6 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.
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We are so excited to introduce our newest item: kits from Threadfollower. These little boxes contain everything you need–except scissors–to cut out and sew up a miniature critter.
This crafty gift idea is a two in one! You can stitch up a bird ornament or a tiny cat for someone (or everyone) on your list, but you can also present the kit itself as a lovely gift for anyone who’s crafty (or who could be crafty in the future).
*This is post #5 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.
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Do you have someone impossibly chic on your gift list? Or maybe just someone who likes to wrap up with a soft blanket when it’s cold and wet outside? Make either one a big, snuggly, textured cowl! Cowls are a rare intersection of ultra comfy and super stylish. And, depending on the yarn and the size of the project, they can be quick (or very quick).
Just pick a yarn that appeals to you, a textured stitch pattern, and some circular needles and get knitting. We love Knit Collage’s Sister Yarn for its sophisticated colors and thick-and-thin texture, Cascade 128 Superwash since it’s smooth merino wool and washable, and Malabrigo Rasta for its thrilling color, chunky size, and incredible softness, but stop by to find the yarn that’s perfect for you–and that person on your gift list.
*This is post #4 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.
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We love this hat. We love it so much we have a sample made up in the exact color from the cover of the book. This post is actually a two gifts in one idea: you can get the book, More Last Minute Knitted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson, for yourself and then you can use the crafty recipes inside to whip up lots of quick knitted gifts for family and friends. More Last Minute Knitted Gifts is packed full of inspiring projects and wonderful photography…it’s good enough to eat!
The Elf Hat is a quick knit and we use one skein of Malabrigo’s Rasta for that perfect chunky elfin look. Make this hat in an evening and see how it makes the wearer smile (and everyone around him or her…). File under: so cute!
*This is post #3 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.
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There is still plenty of time for a handmade holiday if you choose your projects wisely. Here’s Capricia (yes, her mother was in love with the 70s Capri and viola!). She is making a whole heap of easy one skein Twisted Turban Headbands. Here’s a link to a free pattern on Ravelry. She’s got three down, three to go and I saw her just the other day buying more skeins. She’s on a roll. And you too could be. The trick is to find that simple, easily replicable pattern and just get knitting.
*This is post #2 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.
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Our Crafty Holiday Happiness Gift Guide starts today (we need one of those cute ‘tm’ symbols, non?). We will be posting new project and gift ideas right here every day for the next 18 days. Can we do it? Yes, we can! Every day we will post a new and fresh look at how you can make the most out of your friendly neighborhood craft store to create one-of-a kind gifts for you and your family and friends (or simply find that perfect gift for that special crafty someone in your life). So sit back and relax and let us fill you with crafty gifty inspiration.
Crafty Gift Ideas #1: 1 Day Workshops This is the easiest, most enjoyable, and certainly the most convivial way to create something inspiring for the holidays. Let us guide you in one of our 1 Day Workshops (more like a few hours actually). Whether you want to sew a beautiful holiday table runner, make a chunky Christmas stocking, or an Origami ornament, each of these workshops are designed so that you walk away with something super special. Click on the links below for more info and to register. (Photo is of the fabulous Knit Collage yarns and samples from the workshop)
1 Day Workshop: Wet Felting – Scarf or Fabric [Update: this workshop is full!]
1 Day Workshop: Knit Collage!
1 Day Workshop: Table Runner + Napkins
1 Day Workshop (for Kids!): Origami Ornaments
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Thanks to the wonderful and creative Taylor, our intermediate sewing teacher extraordinaire + display designer, our shop windows have morphed with the seasons into a lovely vintage lace + fabric wrapped presents window-scape. It’s hard to capture in a photo but lovely to behold. Just in time for the weather turning into a wintery white (and hopefully presaging a little of that fluffy white powder-y stuff)…every day it feels more and more like knitting season. We are lining up fun + festive workshops and events for the month of December. One Day Knitting Workshop – Knit Collage! and Wet Felting Workshop – Scarf or Fabric are both scheduled for Sunday, December 9th. Check back often both here and in the shop for upcoming classes, workshops, and events, along with info on new yarn inventory arriving almost daily. ‘
Tis the season almost upon us!
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HOLIDAY HOURS: We will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22nd. We will reopen on Friday, November 23rd.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!
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We held another session of Nancy’s Wet Felting Workshop this afternoon. This is a perenial favorite which we’ll be sure to have again!
Seven students spent the class playing with a mountain of gorgeous fiber, arranging colors and textures into their own felted fabric. Check out the action shots below.
UPDATE: We’ve added another session of Wet Felting Workshop! If you were totally taken in by these wonderful scarves, you can sign up here to make your own.
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Check out Caryn’s newly finished jacket in the Mixed Berries colorway of Manos Maxima! The pattern is Ann Weaver’s Everybody Knows from Knitty. I love that collar detail, and the garter makes it look super comfy while still fitting beautifully.
If you’d like to whip out your own cozy fall sweater or jacket, we’ve got 2 new colors of Maxima, Oxygen (a semisolid light aqua) and Coral. How cute would these be striped together?
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