Monthly Archives: September 2014

Free Knitting Workshop

I LOVE the Dream Club.  Each month September through February the Dream in Color folks send us a box. We don’t know what it’s going to look like until we open it.  It’s always full of fabulous yummy color!!!

We know many of you are anticipating each month’s goodness as much as we are.IMG_0361

This little hot mess is supposed to be Akimbo using the Dream Club selection from February.  It has been neglected for too long.  I want to finish it and  wear it!  I’ll bet you have a languishing Dream Club project, too!  Let’s help each other!!

Thursday, October 2 you are invited to a Free Workshop for Dream Club Members.  You are a member of our Dream Club if you have purchased any of the Dream Club selections from us. Ever.  Including the new one due out tomorrow!

The October 2nd workshop is from 6-8 p.m.  Free to you and encouragement for you AND me to get it done!

Happy stitching!

Martha

Hexies: Louisa’s Garden

001 205Today is such a gray, rainy beginning to Autumn that I thought we all needed brightening up:

Shirley made this sunny quilt and I just love it!  She used the pattern Louisa’s Garden by Hemma Designs.  The fabric is from Red Rooster and is the very fabric used on the pattern!

We have kits for the crib size, which is what Shirley made.  We’ve also got some of the fabric available if you want to make the cute matching pillows.  Call us or stop by for more information.  We’ll ship just about anywhere!

Keep dry:  Sunny October will be here soon!  And, as always, hope you have time for a few stitches today!

Martha

 

Crewel Leaves

001 193Back in the day my grandmother and aunties used to love crewel embroidery.  They would go to the needlework department at Belk’s in downtown (not Uptown!) Charlotte and purchase beautiful kits with stamped linen and wool yarn.  They would make pillows, bellpulls, even panels on dresses.  Their favorite colors were 60’s brights or soft pastels.001 192

Today crewel embroidery is experiencing a revival.  Embroiderers are using the old, familiar stitches  with cotton, silk, and other fibers and contemporary design.

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A new block of the month class is starting on Monday, September 22nd–an embroidery block of the month.  We’ll learn new stitches each month while stitching these fabulous leaves.  There are eight leaves in all.  Just like in days gone by you can take these leaves and use them on pillows, a table runner, whatever you desire.  We are using a gorgeous piece of oatmeal linen and embroidery floss in rich, but neutral, colors.  Just right for today.  One leaf per month–fun, low stress, do-able.

Come join us!

Martha

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Don’t you love these mini quilts?  Jonnie just finished the little houses.  All three patterns are by Thimble Blossoms.  We have several kits for the houses using the new Miss Kate fabrics.  Call the shop at 336-765-9099 if you’d like a kit for houses or the cute one on the left called “Puddle Jumpers”.

may14 103Our friend Christie make this sweet pouch using linen and strips from a Miss Kate jelly roll.  We’ve got the pattern and jelly rolls available if you’d like a kit.  The pattern calls this a scissor pouch, but you’ll find lots of uses for this rectangular size!

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I’m working (slowly) on finishing up a few embroidery projects so I can take a piece of this yummy linen and monogram a pillow–or maybe it will want to become a napkin or a dishtowel.  The ideas are swirling!  Maybe a table runner…

Oh well, hope you get some stitching time today, too!

Martha

Have a “Dreamy” Labor Day!

IMG_0358Good Morning Early Birds!  We are closed today but I wanted you to be ready for the newest Dream Club offering Tuesday morning.

The yarn is Smooshy, a gorgeous fingering weight merino.  Your skein has a whopping 620 yards of beautiful color.  You’ve got to see this yarn is person–the photos never do it justice!IMG_0348

Here is a description of the pattern from the Dream in Color folks:   “Ann Weaver is a designer well known for her bold geometric designs. She brings that aesthetic to the scarf she designed for the Dream Club, creating a simple but bold pattern. Designed to showcase the September 2014 colorway in all the colors of fall foliage, the Flight of the Maple Seed scarf features a simple eyelet pattern shaped after the “helicopter” seeds that drop from maple trees in autumn. Knit on large needles, it goes fast and the eyelet pattern keeps the knitting interesting. The pattern includes both fully written and charted instructions.”

Enjoy your day!  I bought a new shelf unit for my sewing room.  I am playing with all my yarn and fabric and patterns while I weed out and re-organize.  Then I plan to sew/knit while I watch Gone with the Wind and Little Miss Sunshine.  Two oldies but goodies!

Hope you have time to make stitches today also!

Martha