February is National Embroidery Month. My earliest memory of hand work was doing up lace up cards with shoe strings as a young child. I remember learning to embroider in about 4th grade. My grandma used to crochet around the edges of the pillowcases and also around hand towels and my sisters and I would pick iron on stamps to embroider. My 1st project was on a pillowcase cuff which I still have today. From there I graduated to several Brucilla crewel embroidery kits. They are quite vintage now! My love for hand work has come full circle as I prefer it now even over piecing. If you are looking for an embroidery project to do this is a good month to do so. Crabapple Hill has a stitch along that you can follow with on FaceBook (you can get the free pattern on her web page). There are many designers to follow on FaceBook, Pinterest and Instagram for more inspiration. With the internet you can find a tutorial for any embroidery stitch you can think of. Of course we are always happy to share what we know about hand stitching also.
Happy Quilting, Pam
We have everything you need to begin a project for National Embroidery Month. This is a few of our favorite things. We carry Cosmo floss, Sue Spargo's Elleganza in #8 pearl cotton, and #12 pearl cotton by Valdani. We love Scarlett embroidery needles, Tulip needles, Clover needles,
and Sue Spargo needles.
Valentine's Day Tea
Friday the 14th
We would like to invite you for tea, coffee, treats and a special project on Valentine's Day! Also, for a bit of extra love, pick out a Valentine at the counter to see what discount you can have off of your sale. Our Valentines will have anywhere from 15% - 30% off that is good on regular priced fabric, books, notions, and patterns! Come in anytime during the day to work on the project. It takes 2 hours at the most.
A bit of history: The word ‘Quilling’ also known as ‘Paper Filigree’ is a form of paper art, where thin strips of paper are rolled & shaped to form beautiful and intricate designs. Quilling is certainly documented from the 1200s, but it really came into its own in the 1500s and 1600s, when French and Italian nuns used the torn edges from guilt-edged bibles and goose feathers to quill and decorate religious articles and pictures. The use of goose feathers gave rise to the term quilling.
I have seen rolled strips of wool used in various types of projects so we came up with a project using wool strips that we have. Our Valentine's project is a heart mug rug made with quilled wool strips. No sewing is required! We will provide kits for $5.00. You will also need glue. Aleene's Tacky Glue ($2.39) works perfectly. Show your favorite mug some love on Valentine's Day!!!
We love Edita Sitar's Anna line of fabric for Andover! Nothing says I love you like a bouquet of fat quarters!! LaRee made up this cute runner that was a free download from Moda. We made up kits using the Anna line and the pattern is printed for you. The kit is $33.50 and measures 62" x 14".
Annie is the next in line of our Clothesline series by Heart to Hand. She isn't quite finished yet but you can see the colors we have chosen for her kit. All of our Clothesline kits are $33.00 and measure about 14" square.
Six Halves Make A Whole Sampler Quilt
We were playing with Moda Grunge and picked out 2 color ways to do this sampler. We couldn't decide which we liked better so we made kits with both. Teresa is making the warm color tones and Sarina is making up the cool color tones version. The quilt uses the House ruler by Creative Grids to cut all the shapes used in the blocks. Quilt measures 62" x 78".
Fabric kit- $110, Book- $14.50, Ruler- $29.99
Check below for more details about a class!
Monthly Gatherings and Classes
Call the store to sign up and for information about class supplies.
Souper Sew Day
Friday February 7th
1st Friday of every month. Lunch is provided- $5.00.
FRIDAY NIGHT SEWCIAL
Friday February 7th
The 1st Friday of the month join us for an evening of sew-cializing! Bring a project at 5:00 and stay until Sarina locks the door. In other words, it is pretty open ended! Come for Souper Sew and stay for the evening!
2nd Saturday Class
Saturday February 8th
Every 2nd Saturday of the month we meet for our BOM "Ryokan" by ThimbleCreek Quilts.
Valentine Table Topper
Tuesday February 11th
This is the perfect table topper to place under a beautiful bowl filled with Valentine's chocolate. It is all about the presentation! The pattern is Happy Holidays by Atkinson Designs is $10.00 and makes 3 sizes. Our kit with Valentine fabric is $15.00 and makes the small size- 20" x 23".
Six Halves Make A Whole Sampler
Monday February 17th
We are making this a BOM class! Teresa and Sarina will show you how to cut the blocks using the House ruler which makes the blocks sew together quickly. You can join them each month or maybe you just need a demonstration to get you going. The hard part is deciding which color way to choose from!
Friday February 21st
What better way to celebrate National Embroidery Month than to come and stitch with friends! Bring a project or let us help you pick something new to work on. We all share our favorite tips for stitching.
Foundation Piecing with Toni
Tuesday February 25th
Come and learn Toni's foundation pieced method or come and work on an existing project you have started with her.
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